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2006-07-26
Something's wrong with whomever's in charge... :)
Okay, this is not entirely about Apple, Macs etc. - this is just my personal gripe. One I'd like to share - and one I hope you share as well.
So... There's tons of television, right? Mankind has, in the past couple of decades, produced a lot of "video with sound". You could probably say, there's an "infinite amount of television". At least it's such a mindboggingly huge amount of video-minutes that you'll probably never have the time (or the language-skills) to watch and grasp it all. Most of it is bad television. But 10% of infinity is still infinite, or more specifically: There's still incredibly much good television, probably still too much for you to view.
Now, if you go get "democracy", a free client which allows you to get videos via some kind of funky RSS and BitTorrent magic, you'll see that it'd easily be possible to give the good (and bad) television a very nice, super user-friendly front-end with an integrated - and good - video playing software. Of course with this free solution, you only get to see a very small subset of "infinite television", mostly the stuff you don't really want to see. There's also the - probably illegal - sharing of regular TV, and somehow you might even get this (probably illegally) to work with "democracy". However: It already gets difficult here again.
So let's go back to the title. "Something's wrong with whomever's in charge." I don't want my MTV. I want my MTV, I want the newest Stargate season when it premieres in the US or the UK, I want to watch my favourite news show when *I* am ready and of course I want all of this for free or for a reasonable amount of monthly fee regardless of how much I watch. I want to watch this on my MacBook, on my video beamer (from my MacBook) and on a video iPod. Call me a whiner, but hey! The technology is there. The content is there. But it seems that capitalism can't sort this one out for me.
Yes, this is a rant. And I might reconsider it and remove it tomorrow. But right now, it feels right to put it up. Feel free to comment. :)
Comments:
I used to have DirecTV and really liked it, but when I moved into my current place and I couldn't put up my dish, I decided to just not get any TV. I now just use NetFlix. I realized that I hardly watched anything anyway, so I really don't miss it. I would be into getting cable if I could pay per channel, since there are only 4 or 5 channels I want. But I can't, and will not pay over US$40 a month for something I rarely watch.
 
During an emergency having a source for information other than the television box would be not only nice but a necessity. We own 1 television located downstairs and I work upstairs all day and night sometimes seeing a television program on the computer monitor would be something I would use.

In the USA the news is now heavily edited for content having the option to watch the news from other countries would great to get a balanced view of things.

mr. moto
 
There's always radio.
 
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