Posts Tagged ‘Television’

Not long ago we talked about the awesome coming of the PS Vita TV.

Awesome animated image of PSVitaTV courtesy of Kotaku.

This thing is Awesome! Can play PSP, Vita, PS1, perhaps even PS3! All on your TV with your PS3 controller. A-WE-SOME.

But it might just be awesome for asians, as Sony in their infinite wizdom has apparently figured this thing wouldn’t sell to non-japanese people and is planing on not selling to America.


Maybe we need to contact Sony Computer Entertainment and ask what’s on their mind for Europe and America…



Under The Dome is a SciFi televisual adaptation of Stephen King’s novel and is aired on CBS on Mondays since late June.  Not going into details (no spoilers here) the show happens in a city that is blocked away from civilization, separated by a dome that appears out of thin air.

UnderTheDomeThis week’s episode (s01e05.Blue on blue) demonstrate a bit more the product placement that was already present but in a more subtle manner in previous episodes. In a scene where one of the main character discuss with her fiancé using his tablet, we not only see the tablet in action – a Microsoft Surface – but we also see the OS behind it, which is somewhat rare in television. Generally, we either see “a tablet, or a cellphone” without seeing what it is, or we see it somewhat branded but with edited functionality to match what would look good on screen. Rarely do we see people really use the product in television.


Of course, this is product placement.


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.
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.