The Smart Girl’s Guide To Smarter TV
It’s nearly the weekend! Maybe you want to sit on the couch and watch Good Stuff?! (Like NEW GIRL!?!)
In Ye Olden Days, we all gathered around a tv which weighed as much as the whole family combined, to watch Countdown or Fantasy Island or a bit of Charlie’s Angels. There was no cable TV, there was no internet, heck COLOUR TV was an amazing revolution, back in the day. If the picture got fuzzy, Dad would climb on the roof and wiggle the antenna. Ah. Things were so simple. Unless you were Dad and you fell off the roof. But let’s move on.
Take off that body shirt and fast forward to NOW. Things are not simple. Things are varied and complicated in the TV department. Where a big brown box presented us with a few channels to flick through (Sometimes remote-less! Ye gads!), we now have the option of flat screen, LCD, Plasma, 3D TV, Smart Tellys, monitors and more. We can watch Free To Air, Digital or Cable. We can use platforms like Apple TV, Slingbox, Streaming Media Players and other smart devices to stream our Kardashians or our Attenboroughs or our Vampire Fancier faves into our lounge rooms and beyond.
Things are moving FAST.
You probably already know about Apple TV which streams to your telly via le internet and your iTunes account, but there are a ton of ways to watch even more varied programming too. For starters, YouTube are working very hard to develop WAY BETTER content (less catz?!) and channels which will stream onto your TV via your internet connection. Quickflix offers Playstation 3 owners over 50 000 movies to stream via their PS3 for a monthly subscription of around $15 (I think there’s a special introductory price of around $5 for new subscribers?) You can also use the internet on the PS3, turning your telly into a mega browser. Told you this was fast.
New smart TVs will be internet ready, and plug and go media platforms are on the rise, too. For instance, the Boxee Box media device lets you watch a host of regular digital channels, YouTube, Vimeo plus a ton of other TV shows and movies (use the Navi-X app!) for FREE. Free. Freeeeee! Boxee streams files from your computer, wirelessly and will even screen a movie you have playing on your iPad onto the big screen. Hot diggity. There are other units like this too, at varying prices. Check your local JB Hifi, Officeworks etc and do some research online before you buy.
If you don’t want to fork out for one of the new media boxes, you can just plug your computer into your TV with an HDMI cable (if you have a newish tv) and watch stuff from your computer on the big screen like that. YouTube has lots of videos to show you how to do that. (I have a PC and use the ‘Windows Mobility Centre’ on my computer to connect any telly with a HDMI port to my computer. It’s easy and adjust the screen resolution automatically for the best possible picture. Ask your local electronics retailer for help if this idea hurts your brain. It’s actually super easy to do.)
In my humble opinion, Pay TV should be VERY worried. We’re getting smarter and making our own choices. Probs they don’t include back to back episodes of How I Met Your Mother all weekend. Maybe they do. Choice is the appropriate word here. Do you want more choice? Do you want less repetition? I know I do.
How do you watch what you want to watch? Are you doing things the old skool way? Are you a Cable TV subscriber? Do you have your computer connected to your TV? Or are you an AppleTV champion? Or maybe you have one of the new streaming media players, like I do? Why don’t you share how YOU watch stuff? You might inspire someone else to get smarter with the telly. That would be a very good thing, because we can’t be watching rubbish, can we? We need to watch the thing we love most! Comment below!
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