- by Jon, "Too Tall", Pentecost
I am sure by now you have heard of Netflix and Blockbuster. If not, then you can check them out at www.netflix.com and www.blockbuster.com.
They are movie retailers that you pay a monthly fee and can have DVDs shipped to your house or allow you to watch online. Most cable and satellite providers are also getting into the game of providing content online for subscribers. The newest member to the online content provider – Microsoft.
According to PC World's website, Microsoft is planning on releasing streaming TV content onto either an Xbox 360 console or a Windows 7 mobile phone. The plans are still about a year out, says the article, but wouldn’t you love to be one of the first ones to have this service? Just think about it – you can be anywhere there is 3G service and you can be streaming your favorite Simpsons episode right to your phone. Or you can be in your living room watching the latest game on ESPN (already has a deal signed with Microsoft for the service) through your Xbox 360.
So, after starting out with an Operating System that is on the majority of computers around the world, entering the gaming console era with the Xbox, and adding its market share to the mobile phone market, do you think Microsoft will succeed with its latest idea? If it does, you can be sure that IT Support companies like Trigon Technology Group will be looking into it for their clients.
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That is the saddest sentence I've ever written.
For a time, the rumored AppleTV with apps was the white knight that was going to save me from the evil, cold, grasp of the cable providers. Well, those dreams were quickly flushed down the toilet yesterday. Then it clogged.
Now, this may not mean the same thing to you. I watch sports. I'm a die-hard Philadelphia Flyers fan. If I get rid of Cable TV, I'd be forced to head to the local pub to watch every game. You're probably saying that's not exactly a bad thing. And for the most part, you're right. I love a good beer or 12, but it's not exactly going to save me any monies in the long run. In fact, my liver would be taking a mean pounding.
My hope, however delusional, was that the AppleTV would have a brand new App Store with channels being represented. Maybe even sports, too. An NHL app that streamed games would make me lose my last 3 lunches.
So what's next for my hopes and dreams?
Microsoft. I think I just spilled my pudding. I use my XBOX 360 to watch Netflix and stream movies. ESPN3 is going to be a part of their next update and will include live streaming sports. Their ESPN3 page on their website is super slick. Millions of people used it to watch the recent World Cup. Crazy, right? Who knew people watched soccer?
My last depressing hope is that the historically idiotic NHL will sign with ESPN for programming once their contract is up. Streaming NHL games on my 360? I'd pay a hefty yearly sum for that, NHL.
Ah forget it, I'll have Cable TV forever.