Atta Ikede

May 30, 2008

Two internet tv services reviewed

Filed under: Uncategorized — attaikede @ 6:37 am

Fox and ABC both have streaming video services which let you watch full length episodes of popular tv online legitimately. Both services are supported by ads.

These services came out a year ago (in ABC’s case at least) but I wasn’t able to use them in Canada because at that time they had IP address filtering or something preventing non-American residents from watching the content.

Anyway, here’s my review of those sevices:

Fox- called Fox on Demand. It’s an excellent service!! Too bad the newest season of House sucks so bad i can’t bear to even WATCH a whole episode. It’s like the writers randomly cut and paste things from previous seasons and made no effort to even tidy up the story lines a bit. Even the new characters have been reduced to cariacatures of the original ones. So sad. Anyway, the services has an excellent full screen mode, the video quality is excellent and although video ads interrupt the programming occassionally, it’s seamless. This service effectively recaptures the TV watching experience. Turn it on, zone out, fall asleep. In fact, I like this service so much that I might go and watch a bunch of Prison Break episodes. That show was great until the gang busted out of jail, only to end up in another jail, which they now have to bust out of. Recyling much? Must be a plague going around Fox writing studios or something. Anyway, if i ever have some insomnia or am bored and sleepy on a weekend morning, zoning out and napping in front of the computer while prison break is on might be a good option.

ABC – it’s at some url like go.abc.come or something. This service is inferior to Fox’s service but i’m … addicted to desperate housewives and visit this site every 3 weeks or so to catch up. The “full screen” mode just makes the player full screen but the actual video stays the same size. Sucks. Luckily I have a 24 inch monitor, so it at least keeps the video viewable when i sit on my couch but overall I find myself squinting at times to get a good look at Gabby’s shoes. The video quality is excellent and, like Fox, ads are played intermittently in the same breaks as on tv but, unlike Fox, the video player makes you go back and click a link to return to the original programming after the ad is over. When the show is interrupted, they put a little counter saying “return to original programming in 3, 2, 1” etc. If you don’t notice the link to return to programming, you’ll continue watching the ad. Sometimes the ads are funny cuz they’re pitches for other ABC shows like Jimmy Kimmel. Other times the ads suck because they’re the same boring car ads you see on TV. Either way, it’s pretty annoying that the user has to lean forward, fumble for the mouse and click that tiny link 10 minutes after settling into the drama of Desperate Housewives and continue to do that every 10 minutes thereafter! Unfortunately, the convenience of this online service makes me think i’ll probably keep using it. I dont want to waste my bandwidth downloading something i can watch in decent quality using streaming video!!

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3 Comments »

  1. I wouldn’t say either of those were internet tv, they’re called VOD systems or video on demand. I prefer abc of the two it has streaming HD Video.

    Anyways I think when you say internet tv you mean video on demand, when instead internet tv to me at least means this http://www.freetube.us.tc

    Comment by Psychoticape — May 30, 2008 @ 10:07 am

  2. Thank you for the correction.

    Comment by attaikede — June 6, 2008 @ 2:53 pm

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