How to watch Internet TV across borders

Living in the U.S., one of my greatest regrets is that I can't watch BBC video with iPlayer. If I were living in the U.K., I'd feel the same away about not being able to watch shows on Hulu. But, with a Web proxy or a virtual private...

How to watch the Olympics on the Internet

The simple way to watch the London Olympics is to just turn on your cable or satellite-connected TV and watch the NBC Olympics coverage on conventional television. If you want to watch the London Olympics via the Internet, though,...

Vizio Co-Star: Is Google TV finally going Prime-Time?

I wanted to like Google TV. Who wouldn't want to be able to watch Internet video, normal television, and use their HDTV as the world's biggest Web browser. There was just one problem. The various Google TV implementations, such as...

Viacom vs. DirecTV fight expands to Internet video

Viacom, a major TV content provider, and DirecTV, a major satellite TV distributor, are fighting it out over how much DirecTV has to pay Viacom. The result is that Viacom turned off 26 of its channels including MTV, Comedy Central,...

A Billion hours of Netflix and nothing to watch

Guess what? Netflix CEO Reed Hasting reported—on Facebook of all places—that “Netflix monthly viewing exceeded 1 billion hours for the first time ever in June. That's even more impressive than it sounds. Netflix reported that it had...

Google's Nexus Q: A failed Apple TV clone

I wanted to like Google TV. The first models really don't work that well. I really wanted to like Google's Nexus Q streaming media player. It was supposed to be a new take on bring Internet video to your TV. It's not. Feh!First, here...

Antennas: The Old School TV Networks

40-years ago I was on a tower in the middle of the West Virgina hills putting up an antenna for state of the art TV reception. That is, I was installing a TV antenna. In WV, with few TV stations and lots of low mountains the only way...

No new Apple TV for you, AirPlay Mirroring instead

Well, all the rumors about an Apple TV “TV,” rather than just the set-top box we already know, turned out to be false. New Macs? Sure. Bigger, better iOS? You betcha! What it didn't do though was announce a new Apple TV set or even...

Netflix goes to the edge of the Internet

Netflix eats bandwidth the way a pack of hungry fifteen-year-olds eats pizza. Indeed, Netflix's streaming-video entertainment is so popular it now takes up almost a third of peak downstream traffic in North America. So, how do they...

Why WiDi wins and loses for your computer/TV connection

When I first got started with personal computers, I often used a TV to show computer video. Well, to be more exact, I didn't have any choice but to use a TV as a monitor to display CP/M-80 command line interfaces. There's been a lot...

Waiting on the Real Apple TV

You may have noticed that when I talk about TV over the Internet, I haven't been talking about Google TV or the like. Instead, I've been focusing on “media extenders” like the Apple TV, Roku, and the various Internet-equipped Blu-Ray...

Finding your TV shows on the Internet

It seems to me some days like the media companies want their own Internet TV subsidiaries to fail. Take, for example, the simple task of finding the show you want. DVRs manage it, TV Guide managed it when the only way we got to watch...

Five Internet TV cable cutting considerations

I've been watching video over the Internet since its first days. And, I've been pushing that video from the net to televisions for almost as long. It wasn't until late year though that I finally cut my cable and went to just watching...

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