This was a page I last updated in 2014
Original research in 2011, update in 2013. Article links added in 2014.
The Lure of Internet TV
I was supposed to give an updated talk on Internet TV in September 2015. Here are some things I think people would be interested in.
. How much of your cable TV can you replace with Internet 2. What are the pros and cons of the popular services: Hulu, Netflix, Amazon, network web page access 3. Is there an additional charge for specific shows e.g. Some programs are free with Amazon Prime but others you have to pay for. How much? 4. What Internet TV interfaces are best. Roku, Apple TV, Chromecast, Amazon Fire, Internet enabled TV or BLu-ray player Xbox 360, Wii, Playstation, ... 5. What is available e.g. I could go back to at least 2010 for the Daily Show on Comedy Central (http://thedailyshow.cc.com/) Does anyone know how many of the following are available on the web (network web page, hulu, netflix, amazon, ...) and how many episodes. Movies See Most popular TV shows in Entertainment 6. What will your cable company do if you use too much bandwidth on the Internet. e.g. Comcast has been known to slow down access to certain streaming sites. Others have been know to cap your usage.
Streaming Internet Audio/Video Providers|
There are dozens but hulu, Netflix and Amazon are the bigest. See some others below.
hulu PLUS $7.99/mo Netflix $7.99/mo Amazon $79.99/yr (Included in Prime Membership)Some result for TV shows.
Supported Services 2012|
(See new list below)
2. NeoTV, Sony NSZ-GS7 and Vizio Co-Star provide access to GoogleTV
Video Streaming Devices:
See more on bandwidth below.
Supported Services Aug., 2014
Other TV/Movie web pages:
Service Devices (not complete) [nnn] Thousand of people/mo as of Apr. 2013 [187,400] PS3, AppleTV, NeoTV, WD TV [12,817] see chart above for devices [13,975] Roku [13,300] [9,950] Roku [1,224] Roku, NeoTV, WD TV  NeoTV AppleTV, PS3 [ 573] Roku Xfinity.tv (Comcast) [8,722]  On Demand [8,146] one-TVsThere are dozens of others, but the above are among the most popular.
How it works. Amazon:
Amazon Instant Video titles are available to rent or buy from the Amazon Instant Video store. Prime Instant Video titles provide unlimited streaming of thousands of movies and TV shows at no additional cost with a paid annual Amazon Prime membership. Not all videos available in the Amazon Instant Video store are available in the Prime Instant Video catalog.
"Somebody who uses Apple TV only could be spending easily $100 to $120 a month just (renting shows) for a few hours a day," says TiVo CEO Tom Rogers. That's why most people who are attracted to Web TV think of it "not as a substitute, but as a supplement" to pay TV.
Cable companies say that if they begin to lose pay TV subscriptions, they'd probably have to charge more for broadband.
Above are excerpts see the whole article.
At "How to Ditch Your Cable Provider Without Giving Up on TV" - Popular Mechanics, May, 2009 they say:
There are several ways to get Internet video onto your TV.
Note Hulu Plus was relatively new at the end of 2010, so there may be new deals.
See Netflix vs Hulu Plus below
TV is big business. How will the financial model change.
Internet TV 2011
TV - Movies|
blipTV (blip.tv): Sony
IMAX (Documentaries) 3 for $20
Pub-D-Hub (classic films)
Flixter (trailers, old movies)
To activate services on a Roku you may get a from your roku to enter at the service web site or vice versa.|
E.g. Get netflix code from Roku and go to netflix.com/activate
Get Hulu code from hulu.copm/plus and enter it in your Roku.
* A fix (firmware download) is required to get the USB port on the Roku XDS
Xbox LIVE provides movies and some sports events from ESPN.
Some companies have names for their Internet TV architecture (software/firmware) in devices like their HD TVs and Blu-Ray players. e.g. BRAVIA® (Sony) and NetCast™ (LG), Viera Cast (Panasonic). These should not be confused with services like Netflix and Hulu.
1. Apparently there is a way to get YouTube on the Roku, but it is not as straightforward as others.
Mobile Devices Apple iPhone Apple iPad Apple iPod touch ANdroid Phones (comming)Netflix vs Hulu Plus - Source Comparing Hulu Plus and Netflix at HubPages.com
Other internet to TV services:
Cablevisiion Optimum iO Photos allows you to send facebook photos thru the cable connection to a channel on your TV.
PlayOn - PlayOn is software that you install on your Windows PC. It allows you to use your Wii, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, iPad or other supported device to access feeds from content providers like Hulu, Netflix, Comedy Central, CBS, YouTube, MLB.tv, your personal media, and more. PlayOn is both browser and media server software, built into one.
There are several web sites listing the best video streaming websites, but the only common one was hulu.
www.youtube.com, www.vimeo.com, www.metacafe.com, www.hulu.com, www.veoh.com
Top TV shows 2013:
CBS: NCIS, NCIS: LA, CSI, 60 Minutes. Others: Big Bang Theory
NBC: The Voice, Revolution. Others: Parks and Recreation
ABC: Dancing With The Stars, Splash, Last Man Standing and Malibu Country.
FOX: American Idol
BRAVIA® (Best Resolution Audio Visual Integrated Architecture) - A sony name for it's high-definition LCD televisions, projection TVs and front projectors and for the PlayStation 3. It is also a service allowing internet TV thru the Internet. Sony also has a BRAVIA box ($200) that allows non-BRAVIA ready TV's to use the Internet TV service
Codec - a device or computer program capable of encoding or decoding a digital data stream or signal. The word codec comes from "coder-decoder" or, less commonly, "compressor-decompressor". You can get a Media Player Codec Pack, a free simple to install package of codecs/filters/splitters used for playing back movie and music files on Microsofts Windows Media Player.
DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance)
DMCA - Digital Millennium Copyright Act - 1998 - Provides Criminal penalties on those who make available technologies whose primary purpose and function are to circumvent content protection technologies.
DRM - Digital Rights Management - Access control technologies in hardware and digital content to restrict things like copying and converting to different formats.
Dolby AC3 - AC3 (Audio Codec 3, Advanced Codec 3, Acoustic Coder 3)
DTS - DTS is a series of multichannel audio technologies owned by DTS (Digital Theater Systems), Inc
DSP/ASSP - Digital Signal Processing / Audio-Specific Signal Processor (or Application-specific standard products). Used with a CODEC to decode digital audio.
EDID - Extended display identification data - A data structure provided by a digital display to describe its capabilities to a video source (e.g. graphics card, Set-top box).
GTV - Google TV
HDMI - (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) - The standard specification for cables connecting your player, network, computer or cable service to your screen (HDTV or digital PC monitor) or Home Theater System.
LPCM - Linear pulse-code modulation - Digital Audio encoding common on Blu-Ray discs.
make.believe - a new Group-wide brand message that unites Sony's communication initiatives across electronics, games, movies, music, mobile phones and network services.
NetCast - LG's architecture for Internet TV
The problem for video streaming through wireless is latency--it can be very high at various instances and highly unpredictable.
If you are a subscriber to one of the following participating TV providers, you can connect your account to Hulu and watch new episodes the day after they air on TV. Otherwise, episodes will usually be available on Hulu.com 8 days after they air on TV. huluPLUS - Instant Streaming $7.99/mo. Hulu Plus is available on connected TVs and Blu-ray players, gaming consoles, set-top boxes, tablets, mobile phones, and more. Easily watch your favorite shows on all your devices: start watching on your phone and continue watching on your TV. Supported Devices
see Internet Connection Speed Recommendations | Netflix.com
A one-hour 720p video in the MPEG-2 standard might be 2.7 GB while the same video in one of the newest video standards, H.264 or Advanced Video Coding (AVC), could be almost 13 GB [source: Digital Rebellion]. Thus, differences in file size could be one explanation for why different Web sites have different speed recommendations for streaming their HD content.
Suppose the video you're streaming is one hour long, and the file size for that video is 6 GB. While a broadband connection of up to 10 Mbps lets you easily stream a lot of video content online, you'll want 15 Mbps or more for this six-gigabyte HD video. Here's a quick look at the math:
A hard wired wireless-G router will be good, but for wireless you may need a dual band Wireless-N router.
New Intel Internet TV set top box for 2013.
Erik Huggers, General Manager of Intel Media, has confirmed that the company is, in fact, working on providing television over the internet, and it plans to do so with new consumer hardware that Huggers described as something with "beautiful industrial design." He says the service will be relatively full-featured: "we will have live television, catch-up television, on-demand, [and] a set of applications." The hardware will also include a camera -- which can be turned off -- that will apparently watch users as they watch TV (including, possibly, for targeting ads). Huggers said one use case for the camera could include synchronizing viewing with viewers across the country for a "real social experience."
26% of market in 2014.
If you have other iOS devices or a relatively recent Mac computer, it's dead simple to push music, photos, and videos from nearly any app to your Apple TV. AirPlay is just awesome: If you have other iOS devices or a relatively recent Mac computer, it's dead simple to push music, photos, and videos from nearly any app to your Apple TV. It also gives you access to a lot of apps that aren't supported natively by the Apple TV.
Fifth-generation Apple TV: (October 2015)
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