Posts Tagged ‘Streaming media’
Welcome! You’ve Got Dial Up!
Last Updated on Monday, 30 July 2012 02:28 Written by Laddie13 Monday, 30 July 2012 09:00
I cringe when I think of my earlier days of Internet surfing and the dreaded dial-up connections. Not only was it slow but the ridiculous task of having to log on was a real time waster. I, like many of you, had AOL. Since I didn’t know any different I was pretty happy with the company who were notorious for cd bombing your mailbox with their install discs. However once I got cable Internet I never looked back and the thing I missed most about AOL was Slingo. It behooves me to learn that in this day and age 3 million people are still subscribed to AOL. In their heyday AOL had more than 25 million subscribers but 3 million is a pretty high number considering the availability of the various types of high-speed Internet available. I’m not sure what the going speed for dial-up is today but I would imagine even the slowest DSL would be faster not to mention more convenient.
How does one live with a life of little bandwidth? At any given moment I have several devices or gadgets connected to my home network which is both wired and wireless. Of course I’m on a whole different level of geek than many people but from online console gaming to streaming videos, the Internet can’t get fast enough. Perhaps these faceless 3 million are afraid of change and you have to admit AOL was so user-friendly even the least tech savvy person could use it but for the love of Bill Gates no one should still be subjected to dialup internet. Read more: Welcome! You’ve Got Dial Up!
What could Spotify announce on the 18th?
Last Updated on Friday, 13 April 2012 11:06 Written by LoganDX Friday, 13 April 2012 07:00
Spotify has something they need to say it seems. They sent out invites for a special press briefing to be held on the 18th at 12 p.m. EST in the Big Apple. No mention of what they want to get off their chests but the rumors floating around point to them giving certain brands access to the streaming service to recommend apps and playlists. By doing this, Spotify could make their offering more tantalizing to advertisers and bring in more of that ad loot.
Not familiar with Spotify? It’s a handy app you can download to your computer and stream your favorite tunes from their massive library. They have three different tiers of memberships, each successive one delivering more features. Personally I run the free version as it gives me plenty of tasty jams to rock to while I pound away on the keyboard. Try if out, you might like it!
Once we know for sure what Spotify wants us to know, we’ll send it on to you geeks.
That was quick, Qwikster is no more.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 October 2011 02:15 Written by LoganDX Monday, 10 October 2011 03:00
It’s good to see Netflix can change their mind when they really, really want to. Doubling back on their earlier stance that Netflix’s future is streaming and the future of DVD was in Qwikster, the Los Gatos company has decided to keep everything under the one, unified label of Netflix. CEO Reed Hastings issued another one of his blog apologies, justifying that slap-in-the-face price hike but not so much Qwikster. He then goes on to tout the addition of hundreds of movies and 3,500 TV episodes to Instant Streaming.
I’d like to imagine Reed sitting in his office, wringing his hands in angst over the anger his customers have felt the last few months but I doubt that will ever enter the realm of reality. At least they are adding more selections to Instant Streaming, I nearly crapped my pants when I saw the Walking Dead on there! As I said before, I dropped the DVD portion of my plan and enjoy a cool two bits in my pocket every month. Thanks Reed, this Monster is to you! Hit the break to read the full but brief press release.
Blockbuster VS Netflix: Round Deux
Last Updated on Saturday, 24 September 2011 11:35 Written by baldalbino Sunday, 25 September 2011 01:00
It seems like we’ve done this dance before. Blockbuster has set its sight on taking a share of the pie that Netflix currently owns. The proverbial pie seems just within the reach of Blockbuster now that Netflix has announced its plans to split the DVD service and the streaming service. Blockbuster is looking at the loss of the customer base that Netflix recently reported and seems like a good time to strike!
Blockbuster really needs to hit something with this plan. After declaring bankruptcy and was then bought by Dish Network at auction. Blockbuster launched its “Total Access” service a couple of years ago which basically was a clone of the Netflix service. Netflix has been doing everything in its power to take down the Total Access.
Only time will tell if Blockbuster will be able to get a slice of the pie from Netflix or whether the move to split the companies will hurt or help Netflix in the long run! Leave your comments after the break.