TV on your PC??????????????

  • MikePhilPerez

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    Jun 23, 2008 9:51 PM GMT
    I get hundreds of spam emails every day, but every now and then, while looking through them just in case there is an important one there, I find one that interests me. I am always afraid to click on the links in the mails, but just now I got one about turning your PC into a TV. You just download some software and hay presto, you have free TV on your PC.

    I googled it, rather than clicking on the link, and there is a website, but it says it is free to test drive icon_rolleyes.gif Yeah, I know, free my arse icon_rolleyes.gif

    Anyway, I have never checked those things out before because I just have dialup, and thought it would not work. On this site, when I checked out the requirements it says dialup icon_eek.gif Yes I was shocked. Is it from the net the TV comes, or is it beamed down from space some where icon_question.gif How could dialup work if I have to wait hours to see a 5 minute you-tube movie icon_question.gif

    Have any of you guys got TV on your PC icon_question.gif Is it free icon_question.gif Will it work on dialup icon_question.gif

    Mike
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    Jun 23, 2008 9:55 PM GMT
    oh it'll work
    But not well

    The picture will be either very small or very very choppy or so compressed you wont be able to make out a darned thing.

    You can get a tv card for your computer though or a USB dongle TV receiver.

    Might be a better option if your wanting to watch tv at your PC

    this isn't for you, but joost is pretty good if you have the bandwidth.
  • redheaded_dud...

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    Jun 23, 2008 10:35 PM GMT
    not quite the same thing, obviously, but I enjoy www.hulu.com Lots of stuff there. Also, this from the Clark Howard website:

    Time Warner is launching an experiment in Texas with metered Internet. Much like your utilities, you'll be charged based on your usage.

    Why are they trying out this "Dark Ages" approach? Clark believes the cable companies are terrified of people watching TV shows on the Internet for free. It completely demolishes their main business model.

    But Time Warner doesn't have a chance with this experiment, according to Clark. This business model could only work if they were the sole provider of the Internet, but that's not the case. There are so many more choices coming, including WiMAX and even the wireless cards from cell carriers that are close to becoming cost-effective.

    So if you're in the testing grounds in Texas, don't think you're a sitting duck. Just go to a monopoly phone company for Internet, even if that's the only other choice. At least they aren't metering!

    The United States isn't even in the Top 10 worldwide when it comes to a good Internet experience -- we're 15th. Our Internet is slower, more expensive and less reliable than many other developed nations. We're even below some Third World countries! But new technologies coming into the market will blow things open and promise a much different experience -- without metering.
  • redheaded_dud...

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    Jun 23, 2008 10:35 PM GMT
    These ISPs are in terror of people skipping cable or satellite and going straight to the Internet to watch video content. Think about it: Comcast, too, has already admitted degrading the Internet experience of its customers when they watch a competitor's video content. Are you beginning to see a trend here?

    Clark's staffers Kim and Joel both watch TV on the Internet, especially via Hulu.com. It's just like on-demand TV without having to pay for anything.

    The cable/phone monopolies are trying to choke their Internet customers. This is a byproduct of our nation's shortsighted policy, where only the monopolies control the Internet.

    There is, however, a hope on the horizon. Stay tuned for a new wireless way to get on the Internet that will bypass the cable/phone monopolies.

    Meanwhile, Kiplinger's has crunched the numbers and figured out that downloading a single movie under Time Warner's metered Internet plan will cost you $30. Imagine if you download 10 movies per month!

    They want to eliminate your freedom to watch video with a Time Warner Internet connection. Don't stand for it; anytime an ISP tries to meter you, you need to take your business elsewhere!
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    Jun 24, 2008 5:45 AM GMT
    redheaded_dude saidnot quite the same thing, obviously, but I enjoy www.hulu.com Lots of stuff there. Also, this from the Clark Howard website:

    Time Warner is launching an experiment in Texas with metered Internet. Much like your utilities, you'll be charged based on your usage.

    Why are they trying out this "Dark Ages" approach? Clark believes the cable companies are terrified of people watching TV shows on the Internet for free. It completely demolishes their main business model.

    But Time Warner doesn't have a chance with this experiment, according to Clark. This business model could only work if they were the sole provider of the Internet, but that's not the case. There are so many more choices coming, including WiMAX and even the wireless cards from cell carriers that are close to becoming cost-effective.

    So if you're in the testing grounds in Texas, don't think you're a sitting duck. Just go to a monopoly phone company for Internet, even if that's the only other choice. At least they aren't metering!

    The United States isn't even in the Top 10 worldwide when it comes to a good Internet experience -- we're 15th. Our Internet is slower, more expensive and less reliable than many other developed nations. We're even below some Third World countries! But new technologies coming into the market will blow things open and promise a much different experience -- without metering.


    ew. metered internet. isn't this what the Net Neutrality movement is for? I'm writing a paper on this for school. It's good you brought it up, I think it does need exposure. Clearly, I need to read more on this topic. And I haven't. I'm a bad student.
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    Jun 24, 2008 6:00 AM GMT
    Mike, check this out, for free TV:
    http://search.ebay.com/search/search.dll?from=R40&_trksid=m37&satitle=tv+tuner+digital+usb&category0=

    These tuners, connected to an antenna, will process your free airwave TV. With a simple program that either comes with the tuner or with Windows, you can record on your hard drive while you're away, and watch TV while you surf RealJock.

    If you have cable or satellite TV, this tuner can be connected to your output cable from the wall jack.

    But the best is free.