What Are Streaming Media Players?

Streaming media players, or media streamers, are simple little devices that plug into a standard TV, and convert it into a smart TV. They enable you to stream the content that you would ordinarily watch on devices like laptops directly onto the TV in your living room or any room of the house. This means that you can watch content from Netflix, iPlayer, and even YouTube on a full sized TV instead of watching it on a 15″ monitor.

Simple

The key to a good streaming player is that it must be simple to use. Most people opt for a streamer because they don’t want the hassle of plugging a laptop directly into their TV, navigating the laptop, and eventually buffering the content onto the TV screen. They want to be able to view the content they see online, but they want the ease and convenience of using a TV and set top box in the living room.

As such, streaming media players are designed to be simple and intuitive. They should be easy to install, easier to use, and have very little to master in order to offer their benefits to users.

Channels Are Everything

The media player itself is, in a lot of cases, inconsequential. It is the quality and breadth of channels, or content apps, that are available on the chosen device that really determines whether it is a good deal or not.

Devices like the Chromecast, the Apple TV Player, and even the Now TV Box, are geared specifically towards the content of the companies that they represent. The various Roku models that are available, on the other hand, offer access to more than 700 channels regardless of whether you buy the cheap, entry model, or the overly advanced Roku 3 player.

There are free channels available, including terrestrial catch up TV services, but there are also premium subscriptions services such as Netflix. The latter will typically offer access to a greater range of content, and will enable you to choose from a larger selection of films and TV series.

HD Content

Check the channels and the media streamer itself to ensure that you can enjoy HD content through your device. You will obviously also need an HD compatible TV, but most devices work through HDMI so this will be a given in most instances. The Roku 1 player is the exception, because this can be used even on TVs that do not have an HDMI connection.

The Controller

Some players require the use of your smartphone or other mobile device in order that you can change channels, mess with the volume, and navigate the menus. Some buyers will like this feature, but many people that are buying a streaming media player want a TV-like experience so they will prefer a standard TV remote. The Apple TV Player offers a stunning looking remote, and all Roku devices include remotes.

Additional Features

Some devices offer additional features. The Roku 3 player, for example, offers motion gaming with access to a free Angry Birds game, and it also includes a USB port so that you can watch, view, or listen to your own content on the device.

Choosing the right media streamer will enable you to enjoy the best quality content, and it will ensure that you have all the features and benefits that you are looking for.



How to Get Satellite TV on PC

You may have been wondering about the hype surrounding watching Satellite TV on your PC.  This article will attempt to answer some of your questions.

Is it possible to watch Satellite TV on your PC?

With Satellite TV for PC it is possible to watch over 3000 channels on your pc.  This virtually changes your pc into an entertainment powerhouse! 

How does it work?

Satellite TV for PC accesses and streams thousands of audio and video media files from the Public Domain and World Wide Web. It streams the channel (media file) across the computer’s I.P. address right to their computer.This streaming process allows the user to watch a TV show immediately, without having to wait for a downloading process to finish in order to watch a particular program.

Is it Really Free?

There is a fee for purchasing the software, but after that it is 100% free, and there are no further costs to be incurred – ever.

What Hardware and Software is required?

No special hardware or software is required.  Satellite TV for PC will work on any Windows-based computers (including Vista). It does require other easily attainable software to work, such as free Windows Media Player and RealPlayer.

After purchasing the above-mentioned Satellite TV for PC proprietary software, the user will legally own it, and can install the software on as many computers as desired. The merchant’s copyright policy should however be adhered to.

What kind of Channels are available?

  • Live sports
  • Movies
  • Music
  • News
  • Kids Channels
  • Weather
  • Educational
  • Shopping
  • Radio Stations etc

Many different languages and countries are catered for.



Connecting Television to Internet Videos

YouTube videos have created a revolution on the Internet. The only disadvantage is perhaps the lack of public viewer ship of the Internet in comparison with Television and the lack of censored videos. TV still remains the most popular medium. Internet is far from being used by a majority of the population. An average house hold has a television, but does not have access to the Internet.

The time has come to connect these two mediums. There has been some technology that has been developed to connect the medium of television to the medium of Internet. Since this has been done we can see the commercialization of services that play videos without copyright violations on Television.

The advantages are enormous. The cable operators can choose from a high volume collection of videos, snippets and movies. Caution must be exercised to choose censored material that is without adult content and other provocative material.

However it may be possible for a team of Internet technicians to search the Internet for high quality videos. These can be uploaded on to a few servers. These servers can be made accessible to the Cable TV operators. Technology can be developed to receive TV specific Internet pages on Television.

There can be a show that hosts the best of you tube and the Internet to the world of TV audience. Also there can be an on demand service of you tube requests that can be streamed continuously to TV audiences. So what are we waiting for, let us catch the next Best of you tube on TV!



Whose Reality Is This?

There are hundreds of reality television shows on today and it seems like everyone is tuning in to watch. Ordinary people, just like you and me, are elevated to celebrity status. The secret thrill of thinking next time, this could be me. We could be lucky enough to receive the next makeover, be the next celebrity, or instantly become a millionaire.

Many of us are inexplicably drawn to these shows. Have you ever considered the reason we might be attracted to watching reality TV? Or examined the type of reality television we watch on a weekly basis?

Why Do We Watch Reality Television?

It may be illuminating to look at what kinds of reality TV shows we’re drawn to.

A few reasons we watch the different types of reality television could include:

· To Educate

Many shows depict weight loss methods like The Biggest Loser, or cooking demonstrations and competitions like Master Chef. Although at times the information presented can be unhealthy and promote unrealistic expectations, causing us to become disheartened when we can’t replicate the results.

· To Entertain

Reality television can provide a voice to the normal, everyday person. Someone we might be able to relate to or easily identify with. We are provided with the opportunity to cheer for the Average Joe on shows like Here Comes Honey Boo Boo or Duck Dynasty. Although the voice of the “normal” everyday person portrayed on reality television don’t always represent ordinary well.

· To Inspire

Shows like Extreme Home Makeover or Three Wishes can provide a vehicle to fantasize about something we might want for ourselves. We can dream that all of our problems could be eliminated in one televised hour.

· To Escape

Tuning out everyday life and immersing ourselves in the life of a celebrity, or a spirited competition like Survivor, or The Apprentice can provide an escape from focusing on issues in our own lives. A little escape might be beneficial for stress relief, but too much could prevent us from facing our own issues and feelings.

How Much is too Much?

If we notice we are watching a variety of reality shows on an ongoing basis, that these shows make up a significant proportion of the types of shows found appealing, then we may want to consider some self reflection around this activity.

Watching a few shows doesn’t mean you have a problem. “Being hardworking and self-disciplined in my own live, I enjoy the escape into fantasy and melodrama at the end of the day as well as the rags to riches stories, over the top diva antics, glamorous lifestyles and mean girls (and boys) shenanigans.”~ Melanie Greenberg, Ph.D, Clinical Psychologist, Author, Speaker

There is a difference between a person who watches one or two shows occasionally and just enjoys the show for entertainment, versus someone who really is drawn to, or attracted to-some people go as far to claim they are addicted to-reality TV.

My wish for you today is that you may find enough joy and happiness in your own reality everyday that you never need an escape.



TV Psychics And Mediums

There are innate difficulties in proving the existence of the ‘after life’ or the spirit world; some people ardently believe that there is life after death and that they are a channel or link from earthly life to this strange, unproven world.

But, at the opposite end of the scale are those people who believe that it is all fake; the soul departs a dead body, they cannot explain where it goes or why, believing that psychics are preying on vulnerable people.

There is nowhere that this debate is more hotly pursued than in the realm of TV psychics – are they true? Is it all camera trickery? Ear pieces and information about people must surely be sourced and passed to the ‘entertainer’? Is it as simple as this?

TV psychics – entertainers or real psychics?

Let’s be honest; those people who are self-employed, whether that is as medium, fortune teller or local plumber, you need a certain sense of the commercial world you operate in. It is no different for a celebrity psychic, looking to spread their talent and keep the bank balance healthy.

However, let us not take a mercenary turn, where we label all TV psychics are people seeking their fortune at the expense of others; for many genuine mediums and spiritualists operating in this way, this is not the case. There is a very real need and concern to spread the message from the other side to the people who need to receive them.

Fake?

There is a process called cold reading, and involves a subtle trickery that many people are not wise too until the moment has passed. It is the power of suggestion and, with practice, anyone can do it. A client or member of the audience may be asked what their worry is; “my job”, they may reply. From this, the medium can create a whole set of scenarios or situations and the audience member could agree, or give off other signals, cleverly read and used to form the twists and turns of the conversation.

Do all TV psychics operate this way?

No, for genuine mediums will receive a bundle of information, if you like, within their mind, none of which will make instant sense. Those people seeking arguments to debunk mediums as genuine tend to focus on this lack of clarity as a way of proving it is all entertainment. Surely, they say, if a loved one was coming through they would say a password or give their name, or some other titbit of information that would make them instantly recognisable?

But earthly life is not simple is it? Full of misunderstanding and conflicting information, we do not live in a world that is simple, expecting the afterlife to be ordered and sensible seems at odds when you consider the perpetual confusion of earthly existence.

And so…

TV psychics, along with others who ‘perform’ to mass audiences are complex characters, some using their ability and skill in a positive way to enhance the understanding of the afterlife but others, take advantage, with one eye on the monetary prize… you decide – fake or real?



Dish TV

Dish TV and Dish Network are the same company, and offer the same services to all customers. There are a total of 4 regular monthly programming packages to choose from, or 5 prepaid packages to choose from. When applying for Dish TV, you will be required to undergo a credit check, as the company does require a deposit from those with less than perfect credit in most cases. The application will require your name and address, a credit check with a deposit if there is a credit issue. If you have a credit problem, or have not yet established credit, no worries – Dish TV offers prepaid billing options that can get you started with Dish TV for no upfront cost.

Dish TV offers free Standard Professional Installation of Dish TV Systems to all customers. When completing your order, you will be asked for the best installation time so that a Certified Dish TV Installer can come to the home and install the satellite dish and set up service for you. If you do not already have cable outlets in the home for the satellite cables to run through, these will be installed at no additional costs, but you should tell the personnel about this when ordering. This is simply to ensure the installation specialist comes prepared with all the materials required for the job.

When completing your order, you will be asked about what package you would like to purchase. For the lowest priced package, you will pay $24.99 a month for the Classic Bronze 100. This plan includes 120 channels including local channels and CNN, ESPN, Disney Channel and the Discovery channel. The next lowest priced package is $37.99 a month with 200 channels called the Classic Silver 200. This includes family programming, music channels, public interest channels, sports and movie channels as well as children’s programming. For $47.99 a month you can get the Classic Gold 250 which includes 260 channels. These channels are all of the Classic Silver channels plus History Channel International, Discovery Kids, FOX movie channel and even music channels.

There are more regional sports network channels that are added to this package, and are available by zip code. The America’s Everything Pak is available for $87.98 a month and includes all the channels in the previous 3 packages along with 31 commercial free movie channels such as Starz, HBO, Showtine and Cinemax as well as NBA TV and other regional sports networks as validated by your zip code. As of this time, these prices are a total of $15 off the regular prices charged, and are to stay the same for new customers only, with an agreement. There is no longer a prepaid agreement for Dish TV. If you are a customer of the prepaid channels, you must call the toll free phone number in order to determine how to continue your services.

Internet and home phone are available through Dish TV, for additional costs. These services are contracted to local phone service providers in your area that handle other phone services such as AT&T or BellSouth. Dish TV offers high speed internet that is powered by WildBlue. Speeds of up to 20Mbps are available, and there are discounted bundles for those that wish to have internet and home phone services.



New Media Innovations Worth Checking Into

You have no doubt heard of blu ray and know that it was was designed to supersede the standard DVD. Blu ray media is advancing by leaps and bounds and the name itself comes from the blue-violet laser that is used to read the disc. Blu ray employs a shorter wavelength laser than what is used on the DVD format, and it allows for almost six times more storage capacity than a DVD. Blank bluray discs are available in single, 25GB and dual layer 50GB formats. If you have paid hundreds of dollars for a big LCD, plasma or widescreen HDTV, then you should get all you can out of that purchase. Unfortunately, the standard DVD player cannot do these sets justice, but blu ray media does. The main advantage of blu ray media is the playback quality. Blu ray plays video in HD at a much higher resolution than a standard DVD. With blu ray you get enhanced special features and more intense movie experiences.

Another great development is lightscribe media. This is an optical disc recording technology that uses recordable CD and DVD media to produce labels that are etched with a laser to produce text and graphics. This makes stick-on labels and printable discs obsolete. The advantage to lightscribe is that it allows you to create direct labels to your discs using an optical disc writer. It does require that you use special discs designed for this purpose as well as a disc writer. Once you have burned your data to the read-side of the disc, you need to just flip it over and insert it. The laser will etch into the label side so that it produces an image. You must take some special storage precautions so that the lightscribe discs do not fade. This includes using polypropylene disc sleeves and you must store the discs in a cool and dark place.

A thermal CD printer is another great innovation that is ideal for the home or the office. A thermal CD printer is an affordable CD printer that uses heat to transfer the print to the surface of the disc. This is done by putting a thin ribbon of film between the disc and the print head. This type of CD printer is faster than other CD printing technologies and the print is long lasting and it does cost much to operate.



Smart TVs – Do I Need a Smart HDTV?

The clear picture quality of an HDTV can offer numerous functionalities that are never before conceived in a regular TV. You can connect your devices in order to get a larger picture of the videos you are watching. Some models can even allow you to directly plug a flash drive to access music, pictures and compatible video files, using the remote controller to navigate through the directories.

But as functional HDTV might already seem, it might be interesting to know that you can even achieve better functionality with it. You won’t be using an ordinary HDTV though, but a special version that is capable of mixing display options with wireless technologies well.

Why is it Called Smart HDTV?

A Smart TV is technically a TV that is integrated with features that you would normally see on computers. For example, an HDTV that is installed with a custom web browser can be roughly considered as a Smart HDTV. In addition to computer functionalities however, Smart HDTV’s might also feature automatic and suggestive options and interfaces that can be used to simplify access and menu navigation. The development of Smart HDTV’s was highly influenced by the current trend of integrating most of our electronics technologies to modern computers. If you see an HDTV that is slightly more geared towards internet or network based media (having access to streaming and online interactive audio and video files), then it is most likely a Smart TV. Another general term that is used to refer to these appliances is “Hybrid TV”.

Advantages and Disadvantages of Smart HDTV’s

Added media functionality of course is the primary advantage of a Smart HDTV, but this advantage can be subdivided further into these separate positive points:

  • Direct internet access. You no longer need to connect an HTPC, a laptop, or a desktop computer to the HDTV before you can use it for web browsing.
  • It has perfect compatibility with Internet TV services. Supporting the first point, having access to internet means having access to streaming media. For instance, you can watch YouTube videos as if they were “channels” from a satellite TV service.
  • It can be used as a simple computer. Smart HDTV’s might have crude (and sometimes clunky) operating systems, but it should be sufficient to navigate through a home network or to access media files from external devices when needed.

Moving onto its negative points, some of the disadvantages of Smart HDTV are as follows:

  • It can ironically be more confusing to use. With all of the added options, some people who are not used to highly functional HDTV’s might not be able to navigate efficiently through a considerable number of buttons and links.
  • Has a significantly larger price tag. Since it is installed with other technical hardware to have computer-like functionality, it would definitely be a lot more expensive. A lot of Smart HDTV’s are usually near to twice the original price of an HDTV of the same size and screen technology.
  • It holds a higher energy consumption rate. This supports the second negative point, and is also quite easy to notice (due to added hardware), though usage rates are not comparatively as high as its price difference.

Assessing Your Need for Smart HDTV’s

Before getting excited over a Smart HDTV, it would be wise to first assess you actual need for the electronic appliance. First and foremost, if you don’t exactly have plans on using it to surf the net, or would much rather just connect it to your current computer then the Smart HDTV would most likely be just a wasted investment. We have to remember that HDTV’s are quite expensive, and you would not want to waste a huge amount of money on something that would just be used like any other normal TV.

However, if there would be a direct need for its versatile connectivity options (Having multiple subscriptions to different streaming media services for example), then a Smart HDTV could then be your ultimate entertainment investment, allowing you access to almost any kind of media file from any device, interface, network, or website on the planet.



All Media Is Fiction

All media is fiction. Every thing you see, hear and read, in print and on any screen anywhere is a fabrication that has been altered, edited, censored, and pointed towards a preconceived agenda. It is not true, it is not real, it is not the whole story by any stretch of the imagination-which it is, but it’s not really anyone’s imagination either.

It is a corporate product; a mind game conceived of by faceless committees meant to dupe anyone within view or earshot into complacent consumerism. It is calculated manipulation with no genuine content that can remotely be thought of as the truth. It only appears real after it has been focus grouped and cut to fit commercial standards, no matter how amateurish or incompetent the final results appear. It has been approved-and that alone determines it as fake.

From cartoons to pornography, from news to soap operas, to game shows and antacid commercials, it is all contrivance. You will never see anything truthful or even factual in the media. Even the weather is approximate. The weather is taped. File footage is not news. The latest trend is ‘reality’ TV not ‘truthful’ TV. There is no one in the media or Hollywood interested in the truth, regardless of being ‘breaking news’ or ‘based on a true story’. Truth is simply one buzzword among many used to conceal and distort reality.

By its very definition media cannot depict reality because media is not real. At its best it resembles the most pedestrian dinner theater; at its worst, it simply is what it is, a transmitter and signal. It is not a mirror, though it uses mirrors, lenses, cameras, tape, film, lights, overrated actors, make up, under appreciated writers, whatever. The fact is so obvious that making the very point becomes painfully tedious-and moot, since for all of the interactive, real time, ripped from the headlines, video game chat rooms, no one seems to care one bit. The entire investment is in making the delusions of others tangible in one’s own life. One must believe what one is fed through the media, or else…or else what?

Let me give an example. War. War is not real for you and me but it is for the people in a war zone. When we turn off the set or change the channel, all of that suddenly disappears. Reality does not suddenly disappear. If you’re of a certain age you remember what TV looked like before black people existed. If you’re of another age you remember what MTV looked like before black people existed. I suppose if you’re even older you remember what war looked like before black people existed. That was a long time ago, but my point is this; war looks like whatever the media tells you it looks like and that is war. Nowadays war looks like a video game, except, of course, to the people in the war.



The World On-Demand Service

World-On-Demand (the leading platform of the The New Media Group) is a network neutral “power-play” IPTV service based in Japan and available across the Asia-Pacific region. Bringing together the best of international television and film to users on demand, it provides a full range of channels and networks for viewing on television sets, PC’s and soon Japanese based mobile phones.

World-On-Demand was launched to bring greater diversity to the Japanese media marketplace by specializing in handling internet television from a diverse and international perspective. Initial reaction by the industry was positive and since its launch the service has added many of the world’s major television networks to its service, along with expanded distribution in Australia, Korea, Taiwan and elsewhere. Although there was some criticism that The New Media Group was entering a competitive market, its unique positioning allowed the company to target a greater diversity of interest groups and communities.

A single subscription allows users to view their chosen channels and video content through their TV’s, PC’s and Mobile phones whenever they choose. Functionality includes browsing for favourite channels across an easy-to-use web or screen interface, swift access to hundreds of the most current and popular television shows in the world and regular updates as to when new shows and viewing options are available.

World-On-Demand also offers online social networking features known as My world communities, allowing users to discuss, share and post comments on tv shows while building online communities based on their shared interests.

Content

Members of World-On-Demand are offered to be a part of communities called “My” that make their viewing more distinctive. Communities come to the World On-Demand to interact, within an online space that World-On-Demand has created to personalize the way people watch major media, altering the one-size fits all approach of tradition broadcasting means.

World-On-Demand carries channels from well-known networks such as FOX, Star TV, TV5Monde, Deutsche Welle, National Geographic, EuroNews, EuroSport, MTV, FCTV, Al Jazeera, VOA and more. By working with partners from every country in the world the service has greater power at serving more community groups and more interest areas and ensures that it reaches them by running neutral to one particular internet service provider or telephone network.

Sports

World-On-Demand has a diverse portfolio of sports rights covering major events in Football, Cricket and more. World-On-Demand includes a mixture of live events and highlights coverage that is picked up from specialist sports channels based in a number of nations.

In addition to the sports above, World-On-Demand is building a broader collection of alternative interest for adrenaline junkies and fans of extreme sporting events.

World-On-Demand intends to encourage a strong following of customers who aim to see their favorite events in different languages, or want quick and easy access to sporting events that are not usually covered in the local mainstream media. For example somebody living in Japan can gain access to international cricket events through Indian, Australian or British TV coverage without having to wait for late and toned down distribution in the Japanese media.

Education

Specialist education packs are offered to language learners and students studying foreign languages. The packs combine powerful elearning tools with television and video content direct from a country’s most popular channels to act as one combined access point to a new culture.

Other Communities groups served include:

Action

Adventure

Business

Cooking

Dance

Drama

General Interest

National channels

Lifestyle

Nature

News and Documentaries

Religion

Travel

Technology

World-On-Demand requires a minimum broadband connection of 4Mbit and Flash 8 or above on either Internet Explorer 6.0+ or Firefox 2.0+. A set-top-box supplied directly by the company is needed for TV viewing.

History

World-On-Demand is owned and operated by The New Media Group, a company founded by ex-employees of media and media financing firms from the US and Asia-Pacific. The New Media group also owns a variety of other new media products and companies, including Media Pay, Dynamobile CMS, Intelligent Ad Delivery and Factor Moble, K.K., all based in Tokyo, Japan.