Linked by Eugenia Loli on Sun 18th Jul 2010 09:32 UTC
Multimedia, AV I'm a couch potato. There, I've said it. I love sitting down and watching sci-fi movies, like any good geek would. And this is an (almost religious) action that hasn't changed for many, many, years. But I feel that we're in for a surprise soon. The way we watch TV and access content is about to change. TV watching will at last arrive into the 21st Century, and the technology giants will be there to duke it out for the reins of this new industry.
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Yeah, I know that virgin .....

Virgin is an interesting kettle of fish. I have a V-Box (basic cable box) and in that box, I have a full IP based service that lets me order films on demand, watch music videos on demand, catch up on TV shows I've missed through the various Hulu style "player" services we have in the UK (BBC iPlayer, ITV NetPlayer, 4OD and a bunch of other channels that put content on the service) and there is all kinds of other stuff on there (kids TV, old series, and even on demand Porn.) My subscription package gives me all but the premium content free (i.e. Movies and Porn.) I haven't used a VCR for a VERY long time and I have no need for a DVR or PVR. No computer comes in to play. I don't need another "box" as the same "box" that already provides me my TV service does all this. To say it's pretty "sweet" is an understatement, and it wasn't till I was in the US and Canada a couple of months back that I realised how good we have it. If I upgrade to a V+ Box, I get a DVR too... which soaks up those channels that choose not to participate in the catch up service (Sky, basically.)

....have a monopoly on Cable and yes between 4pm & 11pm every day, the 50mb download slows to 4-6mb on my connection and their customer service stinks but you can always vote with your feet as i did last week. I now have rock steady 20Mb from Be.

Aside: With Virgin, get the basic 10mb service for Internet. It stays pretty much "the same" and is faster than any ADSL service I've had in recent years. The speed is relative to your local loop anyways.

Edited 2010-07-19 09:18 UTC

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