Why wired television sucks.

Posted: 2013/07/15 in Audiovideo, Home Theater
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Who never had been interrupted during a TV show by the phone or someone talking? If the first reaction is to hit pause, it might mean a preference of technology over standard over-the-air, satellite or even cabled television.
Maybe there’s some time-delayed listening involving PVRs. Maybe also “other mediums” do offer what live TV doesn’t: the practicality of watching entertainment at the viewer’s convenience.
Maybe there’s the “less browsing, more watching” or the ability to watch programs from other countries.
Let’s face it, Network TV isn’t facing the digitalization of broadcasting very well. Oh, yes, they do have all digital HD channels. They have to. Non-HD Broadcast television has been removed from existence and turned over the more modern (and better looking) HD signal.It doesn’t get the attention it deserve: anyone can get freely some major channels in real 1080p HD. Rather, people historically used satellite television or cable as the main source of televisual entertainment. But that is coming to an end. Or at least a drop.
Technology now permits to automatically record your favourites shows (PVR), or you can stream it with utility/software such as netflix for only a fraction of the monthly cost of Sat/Cable TV.
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Or one can download it – torrents are fashionable – and play it on the computer, maybe with the TV as its screen, maybe straight on the television, maybe on some specifically purposed android machine or why not a Home Theater PC made of reused old computer parts.

And people use it. But why? Because it is more practical.
Networks are in decline, big time. Why didn’t any of them decide to open a free-to-download membership service of their TV shows, where you’d get the full episode (plus commercial) downloaded automatically? Ratings could be adjusted to compute this in. It could be shared between media devices, or even go on cellphones!
Let’s talk about the HTPC route – Home Theater Personnal Computer – the usage of a computer for televisual and movie watching entertainment. A “media center” computer. Something to consider is XBMC – It might be named “xbox media center” but it does run on almost anything! and it looks A-W-E-S-O-M-E.

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Using your DVDs or the ISOs of them, automatic update of your database and nice user interfaces all are possible, and make “wired” television watching somewhat obsolete ( “wired” as in using cable or satellite, as opposed to the web connection.)
XBMC can even serve as a PVR and record live TV, browse pictures, play music, display Logitech Media Center(squeezebox) information or act as one squeezebox device. The media device becomes limitless.
From there on, one doesn’t have to “follow” a favorite TV show, but can watch it in batch and is only limited by network size. Sure, maybe there is still a preference for some of the “live” content, such as sports events and whatnot… but thinking about it, it is likely already available for streaming.
It IS possible to use web connection instead of the television network. It end up in a more versatile, more flexible, better looking all-in-one media experience, better tied to the needs of the viewer. Why does wired TV sucks? Because it is not evolving.  Maybe they should if they don’t want to become obsolete.
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