Next stop IPTV. But what have I been using?

Currently the rising tide of IPTV has caught the imagination of most internet commentators. Indeed some misguided fools are labelling the concept ‘Web 3.0‘ in the same way as I describe going outside for a cigarette as having an ‘external conference’, or business analysts refer to sackings as ‘headcount reductions’.
Aside from the flawed concept of Web 2.0, and the even more flawed concept of ‘Web 3.0‘, there are interesting developments. The main hope appears to be Joost, with Bittorrent also in the running, and the likes of BT Vision etc.

Well, call me Marty McFly if you like, but I’ve been watching IPTV for over two years now, along with some of my colleagues, friends, and countless sports fans. In fact, I once manned a desk at a large public trade show, and watched an entire Premiership football match at the same time, thanks to the fast broadband connection. Want to join in? Go to almost any reasonably popular forum, and post a topic about wanting to watch any sports without having to subscribe to Pay-Per-View television.

Without fail, someone will mention PPLive. Although the menus are in Chinese, there are plenty of English language sites to explain how to select the channel you wish to view. And then you get streaming football, for example, sometimes with English commentaries. And at a reasonable qaulity, depending on your connection etc…

If you do want to keep up with the ‘Johnny-come-latelies’ of the internet television world, I’d recommend NewTeeVee from the GigaOm network. Part of the NewTeeVee round-up this week links to four potential P2P IPTV problems from Mark Cuban.

I’m off to fire up my Delorean.

Comments

  1. I have my Wii hooked up to t’internet and my TV. I have these sites set up as favourites:

    peekvid.com
    alluc.org
    tv-links.co.uk
    http://moviespider.vwho.net/

    Video on Demand – happy days.

    The live football on PPLive is very ropey. There is anything up to a 40 minute delay and the quality leaves a lot to be desired.

    Your blog has a very smug, self-satisfied tone to it – in my experience, condescension is not a tone most people enjoy. It will earn you a lot of money writing for the Femail section of the Daily Mail though.

  2. I have my Wii hooked up to t’internet and my TV. I have these sites set up as favourites:peekvid.comalluc.orgtv-links.co.ukhttp://moviespider.vwho.net/Video on Demand – happy days.The live football on PPLive is very ropey. There is anything up to a 40 minute delay and the quality leaves a lot to be desired.Your blog has a very smug, self-satisfied tone to it – in my experience, condescension is not a tone most people enjoy. It will earn you a lot of money writing for the Femail section of the Daily Mail though.

  3. hi,Marty McFly

    I think TVkoo, the p2p live streaming technology provider are much adanced than BT, Joost or pplive. You might try TVkoo with 200 channels, the quality is closer to DVD.

  4. hi,Marty McFlyI think TVkoo, the p2p live streaming technology provider are much adanced than BT, Joost or pplive. You might try TVkoo with 200 channels, the quality is closer to DVD.

  5. BadgerGravling says:

    Hi,
    Thanks for the comments. I’ve also used tv-links in the past and enjoyed it. PPLIve can be ropey, but it seems to work better the earlier you can connect, and the longer you can leave it running.
    I’ll certainly check TVkoo, peekvid, alluc and moviespider.

    As for my tone…I will have a think about it. But please don’t mistake my enjoyment in pointing out the shortcomings of others to be the same as condescension to my readers.
    I respect, and love my readers. They’re the reason I do this. What i don’t enjoy is watching people who earn a lot of money making mistakes because they can’t be bothered to actually engage with the internet and examine anything.
    And should I ever start writing for the Daily Mail, you have my permission to come and slap with with a large rubber chicken.

  6. BadgerGravling says:

    Hi, Thanks for the comments. I’ve also used tv-links in the past and enjoyed it. PPLIve can be ropey, but it seems to work better the earlier you can connect, and the longer you can leave it running.I’ll certainly check TVkoo, peekvid, alluc and moviespider. As for my tone…I will have a think about it. But please don’t mistake my enjoyment in pointing out the shortcomings of others to be the same as condescension to my readers. I respect, and love my readers. They’re the reason I do this. What i don’t enjoy is watching people who earn a lot of money making mistakes because they can’t be bothered to actually engage with the internet and examine anything. And should I ever start writing for the Daily Mail, you have my permission to come and slap with with a large rubber chicken.