I'm on vacation right now in Germany, and I thought I could watch some American TV here on my PC. But I've learned that US sites consistently block their TV shows outside the US, a practice I find more than a bit curious. I tried the network sites. I tried alternative sites like [URL="http://www.hulu.com"]Hulu.com[/URL], but all the shows I wanted to watch are blocked. It seems my only recourse is YouTube. Unfortunately, it has low quality (often illegal) copies. When you log onto the internet, whether you realize it or not, your browser broadcasts your IP address, which provides the …

Member Avatar
Member Avatar
+0 forum 2

In case you hadn’t heard, and you probably have, Blu-ray has come out on top over HD-DVD in the new age video consumer marketplace. I thought that the higher prices for Blu-ray DVD players would work against it, but the superior technology and the always important “look-and-feel” quotient for Blu-ray put the capper on the jug. Now, what does this all translate to on Wall Street? Let’s take a look. According to a new research report from Strategy Analytics, “Blu-ray Devices: Forecasting Sales and Ownership”, Blu-ray devices will find their way into 29.4 million homes worldwide by the end of …

Member Avatar
Member Avatar
+0 forum 1

According to the [URL="http://www.timesonline.co.uk"]Sunday Times[/URL] one couple got more than they bargained for courtesy of the almost extortionate charges that mobile phone companies are allowed to levy in Europe when it comes to sending text or data while 'roaming' away from your home country. Although the case in question might be a little out of the ordinary, it does serve to highlight just how ridiculous the situation has been allowed to become. Mrs X decided to download no less than four episodes of the sitcom Friends via the unlimited broadband service on the mobile phone belonging to Mr X. Not …

Member Avatar
Member Avatar
+0 forum 3

Warner Brothers certainly has a lot of weight to throw around the consumer technology - and their latest move landed squarely on increasingly frustrated HD-DVD providers. In a move that signals a tectonic shift in the consumer video industry, Warner Bros. Entertainment announced last week that it will release its high-definition DVD titles exclusively in the Blu-ray disc format, most likely starting later this year. The news came straight from the top -- from Barry Meyer, Chairman & CEO, Warner Bros. and Kevin Tsujihara, President, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group. “Warner Bros.’ move to exclusively release in the Blu-ray disc …

Member Avatar
+0 forum 0

For anyone outside the UK, news about the [URL="http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/"]BBC iPlayer[/URL] is hardly going to be earth shattering I agree. Indeed, for most people inside the UK and who are not part of the Beta trial there is no access to the [URL="http://www.bbc.co.uk"]BBC TV[/URL] content via streaming video across an IP connection either. But there will be at Christmas when Auntie Beeb go public and launch their big new Internet TV scheme. Unfortunately, until today it looked like only Windows users were going to be able to play, but the BBC has now announced a deal with Adobe which will add …

Member Avatar
+0 forum 0

Remember [URL="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lonelygirl15"]Lonelygirl15[/URL]? If you have ever been anywhere near YouTube then the chances are the answer is oh yes, or more likely oh no. This was the supposed [URL="http://www.youtube.com/user/lonelygirl15"]video diary[/URL] of a teenager on the run that resonated with intrigued, and often concerned, viewers around the globe. A total of 60 million hits on the videos, with an average viewing figure of 300,000 per episode. Viewing figures and episodes? All sounds a little bit like TV doesn't it? That's because it was. The YouTube postings and the [URL="http://www.LG15.com"]Lonelygirl15 website[/URL] was the brainchild of three twenty-something guys from California: Miles Beckett …

Member Avatar
Member Avatar
+0 forum 2

It has always been something of a running joke here in England, where you have to buy a license from the government in order to watch TV (I kid you not, it helps fund the good old BBC), that blind people get a 50 percent reduction on the annual £135 ($271) fee. Some might say that not being able to see the programming content of British television is a good thing, others that you can already listen to radio for free so why bother paying for the privilege? However, in a similar way that subtitles and closed captioning have allowed …

Member Avatar
Member Avatar
+0 forum 3

Apple's digital hub, known as the Apple TV, has finally started shipping. It's aiming to bridge the link between your media and your TV, providing a wireless digital hub through which you can transfer your content to watch, namely the content purchased through the iTunes store. How much does it cost? $300, if you live in America. Apple has of course, designed this device to be multi-platform, so it has support for both Mac and Windows. (Nothing for *nix, of course.) However, though it supports multiple operating systems fairly well, it doesn't seem to play too well with other formats …

Member Avatar
Member Avatar
+0 forum 6

The founders of Skype, Janus Friis and Niklas Zennstrom, have already pretty successfully shaken up the telephony marketplace, and their next target could be YouTube. According to their [URL="http://www.theveniceproject.com"]posting [/URL]the duo are “working on a project that combines the best things about television with the social power of the internet - a project that gives viewers, advertisers and content owners more choice, control and creativity than ever before.” [URL="http://www.theveniceproject.com"]The Venice Project[/URL] is still pretty much under wraps right now, with a very limited Beta test underway but one which is set to expand dramatically next month. If you want to …

Member Avatar
+0 forum 0

According to some online blogs, TiVo is employing a new scheme of digital rights management (DRM) which allows program sponsors (the people who provide the show, such as the network, or perhaps the syndication agency) to define when a show may be watched, and if it may be stored for later re-runs. TiVo quietly upgraded their "EULA" or End User's License Agreement" inside of an OS update that allows program suppliers to restrict how long the DVR may save recordings, or prevent the device from recording them alltogether. Of course, this was a quiet modification... I am certain that they …

Member Avatar
Member Avatar
+0 forum 3

The End.