What is TV Online ?
According to Wikipedia TV Online means: “Internet television (otherwise known as Internet TV, or Online TV) is the digital distribution of television content via the Internet. It should not be confused with Web television – short programs or videos created by a wide variety of companies and individuals, or Internet protocol television (IPTV) – an emerging internet technology standard for use by television broadcasters. Some Internet television is known as catch-up TV. Internet Television is a general term that covers the delivery of television shows and other video content over the internet by video streaming technology, typically by major traditional television broadcasters. It does not describe a technology used to deliver content (see Internet protocol television).”
TV Online What Makes it so Good
TV Online is Convenient
Using TV Online you are able to turn your PC, Laptop or Tablet into your own personal Television Set. This makes the TV mobile. No longer do you have to get together around one of your static conventional TVs but you can take your TV to where it is convenient, or more comfortable. My daughters for instance regularly take their laptops to bed or out on the veranda, to watch their favourite shows in comfort.
It is also more convenient as you can access your favourite shows when you want to. You never have to miss an episode. You can review past episodes to improve your understanding of the newer ones. You are not affected by TV Channels rescheduling due to ratings or special events like the Football or Tennis.
Even I take my TV with me. If the Fremantle Dockers have an away game and I need to work on the weekend. I can sit at my desk type away on my laptop, with the game playing in a small window in the corner of the screen. Fantastic and not at all distracting!!??
TV Online reduces PVR programming frustration
It saves you the frustration of trying to program your VCR sorry, PVR, to record the football while you are at the game. Just get home, connect your laptop to the LCD TV, via HDMI, navigate to the AFL replay page and watch the game over again. Easy and convenient.
With the advent of Smart TVs you don’t even need the laptop anymore! They are even more convenient but lack portability.
TV Online is Free
Another advantage of Online TV is its low cost. If you already have a high speed internet connection, with good download limits, it costs nothing extra with thousands of programs and episodes to choose from. You can buy a great internet plan for the cost of pay TV and have access to many more programs. You can schedule these programs to your convenience, not to the Channel’s marketing Gurus.
TV Online Allows you to Catch-up with Missed Conventional TV Episodes
Internet TV can also be used to catch up on episodes of a conventional TV show that you may have missed because of timing conflicts.
Disadvantages of TV Online.
Online TV has some disadvantages.
TV Online affects family social interaction
One of these disadvantages is the further reduction in family social time gathered around the conventional TV. At home we have doubled our number of “TVs”, increasing from 4 conventional televisions to three laptops, one ipad, one PC and 4 conventional televisions. (This isn’t counting the three smartphones which can also be used to view TV online as well.) With only 3 of us living at home now? My youngest daughter frequently sits in our lounge room, where the main TV is located, watching internet TV, YouTube videos or movies on her MacBook. Its nice of her to spend time with us. She pauses her show during the conventional TV ad-breaks so we can all have a chat for three minutes or so. Family conversations in the modern age.
Live Events not Available Live on TV Online
The major disadvantage of internet TV for me is the difficulty in watching live events where transmission rights have been purchased by a Pay TV channel. Eg. The Australian Rugby Union. I have been tempted to pay for my TV at times, but can’t justify the cost. It is interesting to note that a number of programs on free to air TV are taking advantage by broadcasting live shows with built social media such as sms voting and Tweeting during the duration of the episodes transmission. Building up a following this way overcomes some of the disadvantages of the loss of viewing convenience.
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