Also known as TV on your Computer, or Streaming Video or connected TV
Internet-TV, is also known as TV online, movies online, or streaming video. Netflix is the most popular, but You have Amazon, Roku, Xbox 360 and many others in the game! This is a new frontier in Home entertainment and a real challenge for cable TV!
This summer, my wife and I carried our laptop out to the porch, and watched movies online using Netflix, and really enjoyed it.
Later, I was watching free movies on hulu.com. We really enjoyed watching what we wanted, when we wanted it! This was really On Demand!
I’ve been reading a lot about the convergence of the internet and TV. So, I thought I would add this to my website. So, here we go!
What is Internet TV?
(aka TV on your Computer, or Streaming Video, or “connected TV”)
Some consider accessing the internet on your television screen, as internet TV. This pretty much what it meant to me, but now that is changing. In the past, there was WebTV, where you could use you TV set, as a computer. But, when I was watching a movie on the computer, it was just backwards! I was watching “Television” on my computer! In fact, I connected my TV screen as a second monitor, and used my Bose radio for the sound, and now I had sort of a Surround Sound TV set! So I went to Best Buy to see what they had for internet TV.
I saw TV sets, that can access the internet, and display Netflix, Hulu and other streaming video’s (videos stored on a website.) Usually, you had to download the movie to a hard drive (usually the same one that you stored you television programs – your Digital Video recorder). Frequently, you had to access your controls with a regular TV Remote.
Internet Television by Wikipedia – definition
Video Clips and Data StreamingYou tube and other video clips a re becoming very popular. This too can be brought to you TV set with Internet TV.
Do away with cable TV??
Many people are canceling Cable TV, and using the internet for entertainment! Some are using Apple TV, some are using Xbox 360, Roku, Netflix, Hulu Plus and even Amazon to provide movies, recorded TV shows as alternatives. This week-end, my grand kids were at my house, and they watched Netflix almost exclusively! I have Roku, and I didn’t know there was that much stuff on Netflix. They also want me to get Hulu Plus!
This trend is not a landslide, but it is raising concerns with cable companies. Hopefully, they will respond with less expensive alternatives than the current high monthly bills! I personally dislike paying for hundreds of channels for $50-100 per month, when I only plan to watch just a few, outside of the standard channels. I now have basic cable and Roku, Netflix and Hulu Plus. Current Pay per view (on cable) is too expensive as an alternative. However, I’m seeing a trend for the cost per movie coming down!
I believe cable will become obsolete once there is a way to stream live sports via Internet TV.
What are the Challenges facing producers of Internet TV?
Content is the movies and TV shows that are available to the producers, and so far the leaders are Netflix, HuluPlus, Apple and Amazon. But, when I look at their content, Cable or Satellite have more! 2012 should yield some significant changes for this. I’m looking forward to this.
I am currently using Roku (older TV with no internet access), and now have a 32in HDTV connected to my computer (test mode). The Roku access is very klunky and slow, for finding content thru their User Interface. On the computer setup, I’m accessing Netflix and HulPlus, on their websites, which is much faster and more thorough, but alas, this is not a good interface compared to cable TV! I’m going to check out Apple (iTV), Google TV, XBox 360 and Samsung to see what they have to offer. I want to replace my main TV in the living room, and want a modestly simple interface. So far, I’m not impressed with what I’ve seen.
What’s The Latest News with Internet TV (Streaming Video,etc.)
Apple television gamble the talk of CESUSA Today article about “connected TV (internet TV)” talking at the Consumer Electronics Show. 1/4/12
Stop being duped by the 3D scam 12/22/11Amazing! I have felt this way for years, and now this article points out how I’ve always felt!
Another day, another DVD price hike: Blockbuster Express
Competition for Netflix gets serious as Verizon enters ring 12-7-11 Competition for cable services is getting more heated! Is this a sign that cable profits were too high, therefore attracting the other guys?
Wean Yourself off Cable and Save Money!There is some truth to this, and some hype too! However, this menu may be of some use to you! Look it over. 12/25/11
Internet-TV – the legal issues (net neutrality??)
Internet-TV is very promising for many of us, in that it could provide you with alternatives to Cable! Currently, many of us have 150-200 channels, at $50-100 per month, but really do not want all of that. Conceivably, with Internet TV, you could pick and choose what you want for less money!
If the FCC votes in favor of the cable companies, then we the consumers will lose!
Internet TV Shootout: Apple TV, Roku and Sony Blu-Ray DVD Player 11/28/11
The debate continues. I’m using Roku, now, but this could be improved. So, I’m still open to try others. I’ll buy an internet enabled TV next.
This is a CNET article that describes alternatives to the standard cable television show on cable. The article is a little dated, but it does show you that this has been underway for awhile.
This is a very good article comparing Desktop devices out there.
A visual look at each of the contenders contents – somewhat useful
A review of what is in the box for each device, marginally useful.
What is Roku?
Roku is an inexpensive attachment to your TV, that will help add Movies and other internet videos to your TV screen. Their forte is easy user interface, and offers a broad selection of Movies and content.
Note: We bought a Roku box, and are watching a lot of Netflix now, and my grand kids love it! The have a Wii box at home, which also does streaming video. But theirs has a much smaller TV screen. Norm 8/15/11
Update: We search Netflix on the computer, because it is easier to find what you want. Then we use the over simplified, cumbersome search tool on Roku to get the movie.Norm 9-17-11
What is Apple TV?
Apple TV is an inexpensive attachment to your TV, that will help add Movies and other internet videos to your TV screen. Their forte is simplicity! They also limit your content to provide them with maximum $$. Apple users, who are accustomed to their I-tunes content will like Apple TV.
However, their library is extensive!
With Google-TV, users can channel-surf between traditional TV shows, web sites, online video, social media, and eventually programs recorded on a DVR, all with just a few clicks of the remote.
Google TV is more conceptual and comprehensive than the other Internet-TV options. There is more cost involved. but the end result may be better! Look at the demo, then decide! If you have some extra cash, you might try the Sony Version of Internet TV.
For more on Google TV
Watch Internet TV on Xbox 360
Amazon – Instant Movies
I’m keeping a close look at this, as a possible supplement to Netflix. What I find annoying is how long it takes me to review what is available. What I need is a handy search tool, to find a movie or show, without going to each different source! ( not a knock to Amazon, per se, but to using alternatives to TV.).
Note: I’ve found I can search on the internet to find what I want(using my laptop), then go to my Roku and enter the name there, to get it . I will be buying an internet ready TV very soon, so I can do it all on one screen.
Amazon Instant Videos
This is more than just movies! In fact, you can add Amazon to your Roku, Playstation and more. This also includes TV shows. Check out becoming a Prime member.
Internet TV on Wii Console
Internet TV with PS3
Smart TV with Samsung Apps
Internet is being built into new “Smart TV’s”. Read this from Samsung, and you’ll see an alternative to Roku, Apple TV and Boxee, built right into Smart TV. Worth a look! 12/25/11
Read Internet-TV Set Top Comparison for details.
Wikipedia on Boxee
Personally, I bought Roku, and I’m now watching Netflix, and occasionally others. I would like a better way of combining regular TV and Netflix on a combined menu. Maybe I should have bought a gaming console, as my wife wants Wii for the exercise and dance stuff. Norm Sep 12, 2011
Summary: In 2011, I cut back to basic cable, and added Roku to my main TV. and I am saving about $40 a month. However, I am having a tough time finding what I want. With Roku, it is hard to find what I want to see, as hunting is a major challenge, with their rudimentary menu. So, in 2012, I will be doing major research to find the best way to use Internet TV shows.
To accomplish this, I just installed a 32 inch TV, which I have connect to cable, and to my computer. I will test different methods, looking for the best way to find the shows I want. I will be publishing these results to my site.