More people watch internet-sourced video on their TVs than their PCs - at least in the US. Another sign, maybe, that the PC is losing its place at the centre of consumers' digital lives, at least for video entertainment. According to NPD, a North American market watcher, during the past 12 months the proportion of folk watching …
My sammy tv does a great job of streaming Downtown Abbey on iplayer and random kids cartoons on youtube. My myth box saves everything I want to watch to my cheap android tablet for the commute to work... When's the next IT Crowd repeat?
Why the sigh? I have a similar set up and it is great.
My Sony TV does the iPlayer, Demand Five (some good kids stuff), Lovefilm and Youtube. It also plays direct from the Myth box over DLNA.
Netflix has the IT Crowd I think. Your Sammy might be able to get that direct, I need to turn on the PS3 for Netflix.
Somehow I don't think he wants to watch Downton Abbey or kids cartoons...
Best of both worlds...
My PC is plugged into my TV.
Re: Best of both worlds...
Same here. No issues with what I can or can't watch due to hardware. Seems like the best solution to me.
Re: Best of both worlds...
An HTPC / home NAS really makes life easier when you've got your whole family's collection of mobes, tablets, laptops, consoles, etc all wanting to get at the same data. The advantages of a full fat OS over a "smart" TV are fairly obvious. My wife and daughter may never use the mouse/game controller/keyboard on the coffee table, but having that option is great. I also like the advantage of having one interface that controls/records antenna, ripped movies, streaming content, console emulation, and BlueRay. And, if I decide I'm sick of that interface I can easily swap it out for another one or customize the one in use.
All data, all the time, everywhere
Convergence marches on. Telly, tablet, PC, all just data consuming and data presenting appliances. Evolution of electricity use similar.
Time was, electric motors were sold separately to power existing machinery previously powered by hand/horse/steam. Then the machinery became integrated with electric motors, so separate motors (now set top boxes) no longer were needed. Finally, new classes of machinery using electricity were developed. I expect the same with data using devices.
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