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Cloudscout's Avatar Picture Cloudscout – December 16, 2007 02:54PM Reply Quote
"Digital hubs." iPod and its successors. (iPhone?) Convergence. How ridiculous will DRM get? Yep, put it all together and it just might make for a successful thread.

El Jeffe – January 08, 2015 01:38AM Reply Quote
What a journey.
yeah, get a VPN [http://www.vpnspblog.com] and hook up with someone with a sling box (?). I put question mark because I have never had cableTV, and I THINK that is a/the preferred way of watching one's cable/dishTV from afar.
http://tinyurl.com/kvgbn7q

John Willoughby – January 22, 2015 05:07AM Reply Quote
Save us, Lord, from the furries of the Norsemen!
Blackberry believes the authorities should force Apple to open iMessage to other platforms.

http://appleinsider.com/articles/15/01/22/blackberry-ceo-prods-regulators-for-app-neutrality-wants-cross-platform-imessage

You know, because Blackberry has always been so open. I don't understand how they think, "You must implement your key differentiating features on rival platforms" will work. Grasping at straws, I suppose.

porruka (Admin) – January 22, 2015 08:54AM Reply Quote
Failure is pre-greatness.
Shades of AOL/AIM/ICQ competitors at the time...

ARL (Moderator) – January 28, 2015 03:17PM Reply Quote
I whinge therefore I am!

El Jeffe – January 28, 2015 04:47PM Reply Quote
What a journey.
NOW Apple TV can stop being a HOBBY!

Cloudscout – February 12, 2015 12:20PM Reply Quote
Det finnes ikke dårlig vær, bare dårlige klær!
Sling.TV opened its service to the general public on Monday. I had received an invite to the closed testing period earlier but didn't bother signing up at the time for various reasons but decided to jump in on Monday.

My initial reaction was relatively poor. I was using the Windows application since they hadn't released the Fire TV app yet and was plagued with buffering/dropout issues. Today they finally released the Fire TV app and I've been using it a lot while I've been working.

First, the good:

- The price is reasonable. I'm not a sports fan so I can't help but wonder whether $20/month price could be lower if ESPN and ESPN2 weren't bundled in... which goes to show that the traditional bundling model hasn't been killed yet.
- Picture quality is good.
- Startup times are good, too. The buffering issues appear to be resolved and changing "channels" is about as responsive as a digital cable box or satellite receiver.
- For some channels, you can scroll back through three days worth of shows and watch whatever you missed.

Now, the not-so-good:
- Like I said, there are channels I don't need/want. If I could drop the sports channels to save say $5/month, the value would go up substantially for me.
- The "top tier" channels (ESPN, Disney, TBS, TNT, Cartoon Network, ABC Family) do NOT allow any of the DVR-like controls. You don't get to scroll back to watch previous shows or pause the current stream. This can be a problem if the stream gets interrupted because there's no way to catch what you missed. On the other hand, maybe this is a suitable treatment for ADD... if you want to watch a show, you have to learn how to pay attention like the old days before VCRs and DVRs.
- Stereo audio only. No support for 5.1 right now. This MAY come in the future but for the time being, no surround sound on any channel.

El Jeffe – February 15, 2015 09:29AM Reply Quote
What a journey.
I like this new Apple hire/guy's style: http://www.theverge.com/2015/2/15/8041499/zane-lowe-apple-bbc-radio-1-hire
I liked his Chris Martin interview (series)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9pF7bS_4JnE

And of course, his attire was notably Jobs-ian.

porruka (Admin) – February 17, 2015 07:11PM Reply Quote
Failure is pre-greatness.
Bwaaahaahaa. AOL anyone? (he says, having worked directly on tools that NYT used to publish on that platform -- Recall the visit to The Big Apple, JW?)

Quote

Beyond its own apps, part of attracting a younger readership involves contemplating content-sharing deals with third-party platforms such as Facebook and Snapchat. As Re/code reported in December, Facebook execs have recently been meeting with media companies to encourage them to publish more of their journalism directly on Facebook. As part of the push, Facebook is offering publishers some specialized tools that will make it easier to share their content with the social network’s 1.3 billion users.

http://recode.net/2015/02/17/ny-times-is-considering-giving-away-news-digest-app-for-free-ceo-says/

John Willoughby – February 18, 2015 06:12AM Reply Quote
Save us, Lord, from the furries of the Norsemen!
Vaguely. That was the last time that our group was allowed to talk directly to information providers. That I remember anyway. After that, AOL made sure that developers and partners were never in the same room. Because managers. Always managers.

ddt – February 18, 2015 07:50AM Reply Quote
I so want to quote that last part in public (no attribution, of course).

ddt

John Willoughby – February 19, 2015 03:03PM Reply Quote
Save us, Lord, from the furries of the Norsemen!
It's fine by me. I doubt it's an original sentiment.

porruka (Admin) – March 10, 2015 07:43AM Reply Quote
Failure is pre-greatness.

ARL (Moderator) – March 10, 2015 03:12PM Reply Quote
I whinge therefore I am!
Geo-blocking is finally coming to an end...

El Jeffe – March 11, 2015 01:38AM Reply Quote
What a journey.
Is that a minecraft or Tetris style game? :)

ARL (Moderator) – March 11, 2015 02:54PM Reply Quote
I whinge therefore I am!
Kind-of. The MPAA boss at the end of the game has never been defeated...

porruka (Admin) – March 12, 2015 07:33AM Reply Quote
Failure is pre-greatness.

ARL (Moderator) – March 20, 2015 06:26PM Reply Quote
I whinge therefore I am!
We don't have a dedicated AppleTV thread, do we?

I was just wondering what I'd need to sign up for HBO Now (http://www.apple.com/appletv/hbo-now/) when it comes out in April

A decent geo-dodging VPN:

https://www.unblock-us.com/

And a "load & go" Visa card not attached to an Australia address:

http://auspost.com.au/money-insurance/load-and-go-reloadable-visa-prepaid-card.html

Anything I'm missing?

El Jeffe – March 21, 2015 03:52AM Reply Quote
What a journey.
vpnblog has all the options.

$39 LIFETIME VPN https://stacksocial.com/sales/vpn-unlimited-lifetime-subscription

ARL (Moderator) – March 21, 2015 02:45PM Reply Quote
I whinge therefore I am!
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$39 LIFETIME VPN

Mine or theirs?

ARL (Moderator) – April 05, 2015 04:18PM Reply Quote
I whinge therefore I am!
Hmmm... They're cutting it a little fine with this HBO Now service.

As far as I can tell you still can't sign up (it still has a "soon" sign at https://order.hbonow.com/)

Is it just me - or has anyone signed up for it yet?

Anyone got the app appearing in their AppleTV?

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