Neil Kjeldsen of TechCrush discusses “Download Your TV” and offers a variety of options for watching and downloading television on the net.
Downloadable television, first made popular by Tivo and its competitors, is compelling stuff. As consumers become accustomed to watching a show whenever they choose, pausing at will and fast tracking through commercials, tuning in to a station at a scheduled broadcast time seems quaint at best. Today, 7% of U.S. households have a digital video recorder, or DVR and most cable companies offer a DVR as an option.
File trading networks, such as bittorent, are also extremely popular (if sometimes illegal) choices for consumers wanting access to time-shifted television content.
While DVRs are great, content producers and distributors are less than thrilled by the loss in revenue from all those skipped commercials. Also, DVR’d shows cannot be easily transferred to mobile devices or otherwise viewed away from their home television. Some consumers want more flexibility and options.
The article continues with some history and variety of resources for finding television on the Internet, but I thought I’d ask. I’ve seen blog posts about how many people are now turning to YouTube for their visual entertainment, using it even more often than their televisions as online videos are increasingly entertaining, well done, and offered as a series. I also know many are watching vblogs (vlogs or video blogs) on a regular basis.
What do you think? Do you watch television online? How? Do you pay or watch for free?
Or do you find yourself watching less of the boob tube and more online videos instead? Do you have favorite vblogs? Which ones?
- TV Squad – Blogging Community About What’s On Television
- Watch International and Domestic Television on the Internet
- Blogging Weather and Video Blogging
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