How To Pause DirecTV And Resume Watching In Another Room

Most of us have seen the current crop of advertisements on television for DirecTV, in which they show how simple it is to stop watching a TV program in one room, and resume watching the same TV program in another. For the past several weeks I have tried doing this without success. I guess my thinking was that if you paused the TV program, you could resume the TV program in another room without a problem.

What is confusing about the operation is the fact that, in the TV commercials for DirecTV, they show the pause and resume process in what appears to be one simple operation as the person walks from room to room. Unfortunately this is not how it works. The process is more involved and requires several steps with user intervention in order to complete.

Here are the steps you need to follow in order to watch a program in one room and resume the same program in another:

Press the Record button, then press the List button and select the show you are recording. Select Play from the list. Stop the process by pressing the key with the square stop button. You can turn off your DVR. Go to the room where you wish to resume the playback of the program you were watching. After powering up the TV and DirecTV in your other room, press List from the remote. Select Resume from the list to continue watching your show.

Here is a ‘gotcha’ I have noticed when I have pressed the Record button. In some instances the entire program will get recorded if you have been watching the show from when it started. If this happens to you, you will need to fast forward the program to where you were when you pressed the Record button.

Confusing? Not really. Once you perform the procedure a few times you will be more proficient in its use. However, do not expect the simplicity that the DirecTV advertisement on television shows. The commercial doesn’t even show the actor or actress changing remotes.

If you know a simpler way to achieve the same results, please share your procedure with us.

Comments welcome.

Movie Studios Back Door Theaters With VOD Service For DirecTV

It seems the movie studios have a new proposal for those using DirecTV. They want to offer their brand new movies on Video On Demand service for a flat $30 rental. What the studios may not have planned on was that their plans were not shared with the theater owners who are now not feeling the love. What is also drawing the ire of theater owners is that they were meeting with studio bosses when the news broke at the CinemaCon being held at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, at which point the show came to an abrupt halt.

The studios involved include Warner Bros., Fox, Sony, and Universal. The agreement is that these new movies would come to DirecTV after they have been in the theaters for 60 days. What the theater owners are annoyed with is that prior to this new agreement between the studios and DirecTV, the theater owners were promised a 120-day window before the movies were released to other sources.

What is also upsetting to the theater owners is the fact that they were promised they would be kept in the loop when it came to any deals between studios and DirecTV. So the announcement came as a shock to the theater owners when they learned of the finalized agreement. It was unfortunate that the timing of the agreement came as the theater owners and studios were together celebrating their partnership together.

But why should the theater owners cry foul? Aren’t these the same people who hold us up at the popcorn, soda, and candy counters once we pay the blood money to enter their establishments? Why is it that the tickets cost $8 to enter and $12 for a bag of popcorn and a coke? What goes around comes around, people.

Comments welcome.

Source – Yahoo

Broadband Usage Increase – Is It Because We Have More Devices Connecting To The Internet?

I was thinking this morning how things have changed in my own household in just ten years. Ten years ago I had two computers, one for me and one for my wife, connected to the Internet. Just five years ago we had only increased our broadband usage in our home by adding one additional laptop computer with a connection to the Internet. In the past year we have added more devices, so this morning I did a head count of just how many devices we had in our home with Internet access.

Computers: I have one desktop for gaming, and three laptop computers for a total of four.

Tablet – one Apple iPad

Chrome – one Cr-48 test computer.

Roku – two Rokus for streaming video to two HDTVs.

DirecTV – one device for streaming video from DirecTV.

Total number of devices: nine

So is it the number of devices we use in our home the cause of increased broadband usage or is it what we are doing with the devices that is increasing our usage? I would venture a guess that is it a combination of both. Netflix has become to new culprit that ISPs like to blame for our uncontrolled usage of broadband. The ISPs state that one could exceed a 250GB limit easily by streaming video into our homes, which some ISP companies claim can be done in as little as 10.5 days.

AT&T recently announced that the company would impose a 250GB cap starting soon. This may sound like a reasonable amount since AT&T provided its own figures that the average user only uses 18GB a month. But what about in a few years as more of us buy more tablet computers or signs up to stream video and/or TV programs? Those GB may go quickly and the ISPs will be the ones that benefit by adding higher charges to what they call broadband hogs.

Also adding to our GB woes are those who also use Skype or other video chatting services. So between all of these online services that we may use, broadband limits may come back someday to bite us in the rear end. For the causal Internet surfer this may not be a problem. But for those who want to take advantage of everything the Internet will offer, it could be.

So will the tiered pricing scheme have an affect on your surfing needs?

Comments welcome.

Source – gigaom

If Amazon Builds An Android Kindle Tablet, Would You Buy One?

According to Amazon it has sold millions of its popular eBook reader, Kindle. The Kindle is advertised on Amazon as a device that not only allows the reader to download eBooks, but also newspapers and magazines. Its 3G model is also unique since it provides free access to the Amazon site from anywhere that 3G service is available. With a battery that Amazon claims will last for over a month, the Kindle is in fact a very popular and reliable device.

So could an Android Kindle Tablet actually be in the Amazon arsenal coming our way soon? Amazon has been on a recent hiring adventure looking for Android developers. At first some thought it was for the upcoming Android application store soon to hit Amazon shelves. But now it seems that some are thinking that Amazon could be in the process of building an Android Kindle Tablet of its own.

So what would Amazon accomplish by having its own tablet computer? Amazon is and has been in direct competition with Apple for music downloads, Barnes and Noble [at one time], for eBook downloads, and also against Netflix for the movie streaming plus rental business. Amazon also has what I would describe as a trustworthy reputation. For the most part all of my deals with Amazon have been great and I am even a Prime member. I now have access to its free movie rental service, which like Netflix and DirecTV provides old movies of little or no value (just my personal opinion).

What Amazon may be looking at is how the company can position itself — kind of like an online Walmart of sorts. Amazon having its own tablet computer would allow the company to not only offer Android applications, but also movies, music, and TV shows it controls to a device that it also would make. This is not to say that the device wouldn’t also offer other third party applications or downloads. Amazon, because of its reputation, could become the next great tablet company.

I see this situation like standing at a craps table in any gambling casino. Standing around the table are representatives from all of the major tablet producers, soon to be tablet producers, the music, movie, and TV entertainment industries. No one is exactly sure who is going to throw a 7 or 11, make the point, or crap out. With billions of dollars at stake it should be interesting to see what happens.

Would you buy an Android Kindle Tablet?

Comments welcome.

Source – Betanews

Source – slashgear

The Number You Call For Technical Support Really Does Matter

When you call technical support or for information about any company, the number you call really does matter. For the past few months I have written articles about my experience with Straight Talk. Yet when I have needed support from Straight Talk, I have found that either email support for a simple problem, or calling its corporate office, resulted in better customer service than calling the standard technical support phone number. FYI – the Straight Talk corporate phone number is 800-876-5753.

I also discovered that when you call DIRECTV, if you call 800-531-500 and press 0 0 quickly, you can usually cut down on your wait time. I received this tip from a DIRECTV representative when I called before. It seems to work, but like any tip, your mileage may vary.

So if you can stand listening to music for countless minutes on end, or just sit holding a phone to your ear, how do you find the best number to call?

My first step is to do a Google and find out what others are using. You would be surprised at how many recommendations you will find.

There is another trick you can try. When you are prompted to push a number, do nothing. Remember those old rotary phones? The system may be fooled into thinking you have an oldie but a goodie and connect you to a real person. Remember, your mileage will vary depending on which company or business you call.

Give GETHUMAN [link below] a try. This website has a listing of phone numbers for a wide assortment of companies and businesses that others have found useful. They even offer a listing of phone numbers for some elusive companies like Google and Facebook.

What tips do you have? Share your experiences with us.

Comments welcome.

Source – Gethuman

DIRECTV – You May Be Entitled To Restitution For Alleged Illegal Practices

If you believe that DIRECTV has misled you in their offers or that you were charged fees illegally, you may be entitled restitution from DIRECTV. The company has settled an agreement with all 50 state Attorney Generals, including the District of Columbia, and will pay back some $13 million dollars to consumers. DIRECTV customers must file a claim within their state by June 9, 2011 in order to receive compensation.

Here is what the alleged claims against DIRECTV are:

  • Failed to disclose clearly its prices and commitment terms.
  • Failed to disclose clearly its promotional prices.
  • Signed you up for contract terms without clearly disclosing the terms.
  • Failed to disclose clearly that it would automatically renew a seasonal sports package.
  • Advertised but failed to provide local channels in your programming area.
  • Enrolled you without your consent in additional contracts when DIRECTV replaced defective equipment.
  • Withdrew funds from your bank account without your consent.
  • Failed to disclose clearly that it charged a fee if you cancelled a programming agreement before the end of the contract term.
  • Extended your contracts without your consent.
  • Failed to disclose that their rebates were bill credits that you had to sign up for on DIRECTV’s website.

It appears that the problem is being caused by third-party vendors that may stretch the truth in their offerings. I receive advertisements continually from third-party vendors offering DIRECTV plans that seem to good to be true. DIRECTV has stated that they are in the process of fixing the problem and want their customers to know what they are or are not getting and do not want the customer confused.

Will you be filing a claim against DIRECTV? If you are, what will you claim you were confused by? Let us know.

Comments welcome.

Source – Consumer Reports

Link to state attorney general offices

DIRECTV – How Does It Compare To DishNetwork?

I switched from DishNetwork to DIRECTV on Wednesday December 8, 2010. I had been using Dish for 3 years and I had no complaints with the service. My only reason for switching carriers was because DIRECTV was offering a better deal for new customers, so I decided to give DIRECTV a try. Prior to having Dish, I had cable TV from a local provider, so I have no brand loyalty to either cable nor satellite. My only consideration is how much it costs me a month.

Equipment: Dish uses a single HD-DVR which comes with two tuners built into the receiver which controls two TV’s. The first tuner broadcasts a HD signal whereas the second tuner only broadcasts in SD. In my case the HDTV in my bedroom only received a standard definition signal which was less than stellar. DIRECTV supplied me with a HD-DVR for the living room and a HD receiver for the bedroom. Both broadcast signals in HD including local stations. You can also view recorded programs and record programs from both rooms.

Picture Quality: Both my wife and I noticed that it appears to us that DIRECTV has a better picture in HD with more depth than did Dish. This is on all stations which broadcast in HD. SD channels are the same for both DIRECTV and Dish.

Remote Control Features: Both DIRECTV and Dish offer comparable feature rich functions on their remotes. Each offers the ability to pause, rewind and fast forward live programming. The main difference I found is that with Dish you can pause, rewind and fast forward live programming from both remotes. With DIRECTV this is limited to the main TV in the living room and does not function for live TV in the bedroom. To over come this, you can record the program and then take advantage of the pause, rewind and fast forward features on the second TV in the bedroom or in any other room that is connected by a receiver.

DIRECTV offers what is called a Quick Tune feature. Using Quick Tune you can set up up 9 stations you watch most often. With this feature you do not have to surf through the channel guide.

Channel lineup: 200, 220, 250 channels oh my! Everyone of us have different viewing habits and different programming needs. But what both DIRECTV and Dish have in common is that both like to include their music channels in the programming packages. Plus both include programming such as CSpan, multiple news networks and so forth that I never watch. When I setup my Favorites programming I end up with about 90 channels that my wife and I normally view and that is out of the 205 channels I signed up to receive. Typical for both DIRECTV, Dish and if I recall cable as well.

Recommendation: I believe that both DIRECTV and Dish provide very good service. I would give DIRECTV a slight advantage over picture quality but not to the point where I would not use Dish again. IMO opinion both DIRECTV and Dish are both better than cable, but that may just because where I live, the cable service is mediocre. Your mileage may vary.

Comments welcome.

Another Cable Cutter Throws In The Towel

In order to justify our decision-making, it is always nice to find someone who has done the same thing, with the same results. Like David and his wife eBeth, I had delusions of grandeur that I would someday be able to cut the cord [cable or otherwise], and live a happy peaceful life knowing all of the money I was saving. But like David, sometimes in life you just throw in the towel and surrender to the TV Gods.

I had cut my DishNetwork subscription to the bare bones package. I was going to rely on my Roku to stream programs using either Netflix or Hulu Plus to make up for the programming loss. I tried my best for just about a month. What I found was similar to what David encountered. It was a hassle to try to find programming to match what I had discontinued. The streaming from Hulu Plus left much to be desired since it sputtered and spurted unstable pictures to my HDTV. I finally stop using Hulu Plus after the initial free experience ended.

Here is what David said:

I chose to replace my full slate of cable TV with a combination of over-the-air antenna programming, available for free from local broadcasters, and Internet TV services. eBeth and I experienced first-hand a few big disadvantages to this arrangement, not all of which will apply to other prospective cable-cutters.

Spotty antenna reception. Despite purchasing a $180 antenna that’s appropriate to my location, installing it on the rooftop, and orienting it properly, I couldn’t get reliable over-the-air (OTA) reception of the local CBS station in my area. Other major stations came in well most of the time, but during windy days we experienced outages and breakup even on strong stations–frustrating, to say the least.

I had the same problem. Though I didn’t spend $180 for an outdoor antenna, I also experienced reception problems. I recall one Sunday watching an NFL game when the station went dark. After several minutes of no picture, I changed channels which worked just fine. Back over to the football game which finally came back on. But it was spotty for the remainder of the game which was annoying. FYI. I live about 20 miles from the local stations.

Less programming than cable. Even if I achieved perfect reception by securing the antenna better or cutting down a tree or two, the five major networks available over-the-air aren’t enough for my household.

It wasn’t enough for my household as well. Both my wife and I missed programming that we thought we could live without. It soon became evident that we were a spoiled pair who needed our programs back.

Lack of a DVR. We also missed DVR functions previously taken for granted, such as fast-forwarding through a program or rewinding to catch something we missed–actions that were less convenient or impossible with streaming video.

Not being able to record live TV was my biggest disappointment.

My household is now back on the pipe, dumb as it may be, and I’m back to being able to watch Knicks games legally. More importantly, my wife eBeth can watch CBS daytime shows and Bravo prime time without having to deal with streaming video from, a wind-tossed rooftop antenna, or paying for individual episodes via Amazon VOD.

So is mine. I am enjoying DirecTV and it is good to have returned to the programs that I liked. My wife is happy as well.

I still use my Roku to stream from Netflix only. I give Hulu Plus a try once they have a more reliable service.

Comments welcome.

Source – CNet

DIRECTV – My First 24 Hours

As many of you may have known, I switched from Dish Network to DIRECTV. The reason I made the switch was that DIRECTV offered a Premium TV package that was lower than what I was paying Dish for. I have been a Dish customer for 3 years and have absolutely complaints with the company nor the service they offer. In fact Dish customer care is great. As an example the hard disk went out on my Dish DVR and the company delivered a replacement to me less than 24 hours after I reported the failure. They even included a return box and postage to return the broken DVR.

So yesterday, Wednesday, December 8,2010 the DIRECTV technician arrived at my door to do the new installation. Before he even arrived DIRECTV was in contact with me to confirm not only the appointment time, but also to confirm the exact hour of arrival. The tech. took the time to check where the new receivers would be placed, where the connection to the Internet was and where the location of the satellite dish would be.

The install took about 2.5 hours and the system was up and running. The tech. was very enthusiastic to show me how to record a program in one room and play it in another from any TV. That is a nice feature. With Dish we only had the record capabilities from the main and one secondary TV. Also with the Dish DVR, the second TV connection only broadcasts in standard definition.

Much of last evening was spent setting up our favorite channel menu and dumping the stuff we never watch. Once that chore was completed we next channel surfed to see how the reception was. Perfect on all stations. I was pleased that all of our local stations were in hi-def. Dish for our area still broadcasts the locals in standard def. In order to receive the channels in hi-def from Dish, I had to have a second satellite dish installed, which I thought was a dumb idea.

DIRECTV also offers a library of some 4,000 movies and TV programs that I can stream via my Internet connection.

Thus far DIRECTV is working perfectly. I am pleased with the install.

Comments as always are welcome.

Thinking Of Cutting The Cord? Programming We Can’t Live Without

I tried an experiment. Several months ago I cut my DishNetwork package from the 220 channel package down to the 120 channel package. My thinking was that my wife and I watched mostly broadcast stations and we could live without some of our favorite programs like Lifetime Movie, AMC, Turner Classic, Military channel, History International and a few more. We were going to watch more movies from Netflix streaming via our Roku.

Guess what? I miss my favorites. So I am making a switch. Yesterday I signed up for DirecTV and will get all of my favorites back plus more, for the same price I am paying for DishNetwork. Yes, it is one of those special one year deals with a two-year commitment, but I will get a better choice plus a HD-DVD and HD receiver for free. I will also be getting our local stations in HD on both of our HD TV’s.

So when I read about what others are watching and why cord-cutting is so hard, I thought I would share what I learned.

Broadcast still rules, but… Here’s some ammo for the broadcasters to bring into whatever the next standoff with distributors will be regarding retransmission-consent fees. The Big Four finished 1-2-3-4, which is somewhat surprising given the notion that the broadcasters are the TV equivalent of wallpaper, nice to have in the background but not essential. However, Martin also noted that most respondents who wrote in one broadcaster, wrote all of them. That may validate the criticism that each broadcaster has no real brand because they try to please everyone. “Most folks think of the four broadcasters as a monolith,” said Martin. “This may be because consumers actually watch shows on all four broadcast networks, or it could be because they have no idea which network their favorite shows are on.”

HBO subs really love their HBO. While it may not seem all that impressive that HBO finished behind all four broadcasters and three cable channels, it actually is quite noteworthy given that HBO is in less than one-third of the homes as those networks and costs an additional charge as a premium channel. “This equates to a 33% rating (similar to the broadcast networks) after adjusting for the relative audience sizes,” said Martin. No wonder Time Warner (NYSE: TWX) CEO Jeff Bewkes keeps dangling the prospect of HBO Go being offered outside the usual bundles.

I must admit I fell for the hype. I really thought I could dump my favorites and stream from the Internet to get the same content. But the reality is that streaming is not ready for prime time. Maybe someday in the future, but not today.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

Source – paidcontent

Logitech Revue Companion Box With Google TV – Amazon Reviews Not Favorable

This morning I received a blurb from Amazon stating the the Logitech Revue Companion Box With Google TV was available for ordering. I haven’t paid much attention to this unit, since I personally think that $300 is expensive. I am getting the Roku HD unit for my birthday — which is this Sunday — and believe that $80 is enough to pay for streaming video. I did take a look at the Google TV box and I was surprised that the reviews for the device were less than stellar. In fact the unit was rated only 3 stars out of a possible 5 by 46 reviewers.

Here are some of the less favorable comments being made:

First things first I want to save time for those readers who have a dial-up or don’t have a cable box or if you have your PC connected to a TV and using it as a DVR or in a similar fashion, you can stop reading now; this thing is not for you.

First, you should know that I’m a gadget/tech hound. I’ve had everything there is out there, from Amiga to Zenith. Remember the WebTV? I had one some 15 years ago. I bring that up because, frankly, I don’t see much difference between that failed attempt at bringing the “web” (as it was called then) to TV and Google’s latest try.

The concept of Google TV is very neat and I’m excited to see where it goes, but the only place my Logitech Revue is going is back to Best Buy.

Interesting. But are these reviews fair? I went over to Best Buy to see what was being said:

First and foremost, before purchasing this product, I knew it was not ready for public consumption, but I had to try it out.

The software itself is really in beta. Lots of quirks, bugs, slowdowns… similar to how Android initially was, however it has the potential to be what Android is like today. In 6-12 months this could truly be a great platform.

Similar to another review I read, I am very tech savvy and have been installing home theaters for years. I’m sorry I have to write this negative review because I was so excited about this product. If you have an A/V receiver (I have a flagship Onkyo, not a piece of junk receiver) everything will go fine until the screen comes up that says you should see your tv picture showing. The picture appeared for a sec, then disappeared, and the sound would continue to flutter on and off. I then hooked the unit directly to my TV and it did work, but I no longer could get 5.1 audio out of my FiOS, no matter what I tried I was stuck with 2.0 stereo. I bought a $1000 receiver for the convenience of A/V switching for 5 HDMI inputs. I bought it Sat night and returned it Sun night.

Not going to go into the details covered by others, but I just want to point out that currently, Google TV does *not* fully integrate with DirecTV DVRs, only Dish Network. What this means is that, aside from controlling basic functions with the remote, you won’t get what this product is meant to do with an attached DVR — the ability to search for TV content from your DirecTV service and DVR and access it through the Google TV Interface.

On the Best Buy site the device was rated at 3.7 stars our of 5 stars by 20 reviewers.

To be fair there were also many positive reviews from both Amazon and Best Buy Web sites. Some people had no issues hooking up the device and were able to stream without flutters or stutters. I think this one statement says it all:

The software itself is really in beta. Lots of quirks, bugs, slowdowns… similar to how Android initially was, however it has the potential to be what Android is like today. In 6-12 months this could truly be a great platform.

This is not earth shattering news. It usually takes any company about a year to fix the bugs, add features and get any product fully functioning for mass consummation. I believe this is going to be a super device in about a year or so, PLUS, it will be cheaper. LOL

Next week I will let you know how the Roku works. I am still practicing my surprise look when I open the box.

Comments welcome.

Source – Logitech Revue Companion Box with Google TV and Keyboard Controller

Comcast Says Cord Cutting Is Not Really Cord Cutting – It’s The Economy, Stupid!

Just because 662,000 folks have left Comcast since the beginning of the year, doesn’t mean they have switched to DISH Network, DirecTV, Netflix , or another competitor. According to Comcast these folks are using over the air services. Comcast also explains that the subscribers who have left did so because of economic reasons. The economy sucks and people don’t have the money to spend on cable TV services. At least this is what Comcast says is the reason that its earnings have dropped.

A recent article also states:

A “small number” of former Comcast subscribers did appear to be swapping out cable for a free, over-the-air signal, said Comcast Cable president Neil Smit. But based on exit interviews, he said, they don’t seem to be planning on using the Web or services like Netflix, Apple TV, Hulu, et al as a cable substitute.

On the one hand, that distinction seems to be pointless, since someone who isn’t getting cable anymore isn’t getting cable anymore. Which makes them a “cord cutter,” technically speaking.

But those customers aren’t the ones that worry cable companies and Wall Street–or excite potential disruptors and their investors: When those guys are talking about cord cutting, they’re thinking about customers using the Internet and “over the top” services to get what they want.

So we’re still stuck where we’ve been for a while: Lots of people–many of whom are the kind of people who read sites like this one–say that cord cutting is either here or inevitable. And the incumbent cable companies say they see no sign of it.

The average video customer now pays Comcast an average of $130 per month, a 10 percent bump.

I see it this way. If 662,000 subscribers quit, and your earnings are down, then a 10% bump to $130 a month didn’t cover the loss in subscriptions. Of course, I didn’t attend the Bernie Madoff school of accounting. There are so many downright lies and deceit in corporate America that only a loon would believe any of this tripe.

Comments welcome.

Source – All Things Digital

In Case Of Fire Grab Your Cable Equipment First

In Fargo North Dakota, there was a fire at an apartment complex that destroyed 62 of the units, leaving about 150 residents homeless. Some of the residents lost all of their personal belongings, plus their cable equipment from Cable One. In the fine print Cable One requires that the customer be responsible for any damaged equipment and pay for it if it is destroyed. Some residents are stating the cable company now wants to charge them between $500 and $1,000 depending on the type of equipment the customer was using at the time of the fire.

Service agreements that customers sign say you’re responsible for returning equipment in good working condition. But Rich Smith says he wasn’t responsible for the fire, and what it did to his third-floor home. He admits the cable wasn’t the first thing on his mind after the fire, but when he called CableOne Wednesday, “The operator I talked to said it was a big loss to the company. I really had to bite my tongue because I know she didn’t write the policy.”

CableOne’s general manager said, in a phone call, that they’ll work with customers on a case by case basis. It will be based in part on their payment history, and the depreciated cost of older equipment. They won’t charge for modems or DCTs, but they will for DVRs, which are worth $500 when new. G-M Scott Geston added, “We’ve been hurt too.”

This one statement made me think. What is the real value of a used DVR?

but they will for DVRs, which are worth $500 when new.

For any of us who have had cable service, we are aware that the equipment that is supplied may be used when we receive it from the company. We are all aware that used electronic equipment, no matter what it is, loses its value fairly quickly. For those who lived in the apartment complex and who had insurance, it would be interesting to see the value that the insurance company would put on a used DVR.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

Source – Today

Hulu May Drop Plus Plan To $4.95 But Content Remains Stale

When I read an article this morning about Hulu reducing the price for their Plus plan to $4.95, something struck me as odd. If Hulu Plus was so great why would they be dropping the price in half, from $9.95 to $4.95? I read some of the comments to the original article and one in particular pretty much stated what the problem is:

The problem is that they are cutting all the most appealing content from the service, Hulu Plus has a huge catalog of content, but it’s 95% leftovers from the 80’s, give us current content when and how I want it (quickly and on the devices we want) and people will pay for it, even more than $10/mo, but if they give us 20 y/o content that we might not even have liked the first time, they shouldn’t expect our money.

It’s funny when they get worked up about piracy too, it’s just another market force, people only go to it when they don’t have other valid options, just like they’re doing here.

But it isn’t only Hulu Plus that is coming under fire. Netflix also has their own detractors who complain that much of the content for streaming is old and stale. We are entering into a shift of technologies, similar to what we experienced when we changed over from receiving programming via an antenna and making the switch to cable TV.

I recall many who believed why would anyone pay for content that could be received for free over the airwaves? The main reason was because of the increased content one received with cable. Over the years this has changed with the advent of satellite TV as well. This expansion via satellite allowed those who were unable to get cable, have an alternative option.

I am still waiting to hook up my Roku. Just 9 more until my birthday. I am practicing my surprised look every day. Once I do get it hooked up I’ll be able to try these streaming services from Netflix, Hulu and others to determine how well it works, or doesn’t work for me.

Comments welcome.

Source – All Things Digital

NFL Sunday Ticket To Go – $350 From DirecTV But There Is A Catch

Are you a certified football fanatic? Well you may want to check into the offering by DirecTV to get NFL Sunday Ticket to go. The package is being offered for a flat $350 for the season. The restriction is that you can’t get DirecTV service where you live. You might be aware that some rentals do not allow satellite dishes to be affixed to their building. So if you are stuck with cable or over the air TV, you still can watch your favorite games on your computer or iPad.

On its site, DirecTV states:

Super-high resolution streaming, Mix Channel and more.

NFL SUNDAY TICKET™ Online takes your online experience to the next level. Not only do you get every game every Sunday, as well as highlights, scores and stats, on any laptop or desktop — PC, Mac or iPad — with Internet access**, but new for 2010, you also get:

  • HD-quality streaming: See every play with greater clarity than ever
  • Create-Your-Own Mix Channel: Watch up to four live games of your own choosing at the same time on one screen
  • Picture-in-Picture: Easily switch between two NFL games
  • Complete schedules by league and team

In addition, DirecTV states that, with its software, you can watch four games at once.  In addition these devices are supported:

The NFL Sunday Ticket To-Go Mobile app is available for iPhone, select Android, BlackBerry smartphone and Windows Mobile devices, Palm Pre, and iPad.

So if you qualify here is a way to get the best of what football has to offer without a contract from DirecTV.

Comments welcome.

Source – DirecTV