How you ask?
Answer: Get rid of your cable TV.
But how will you survive without TV and Movies?
Well it might not be quite time to sever the coax cable yet, but this is the year that it will be possible and many people will start to do it. How?
Simple. It’s called Boxee.
Boxee is a multimedia application that runs on many hardware platforms including Mac OS X, Apple TV (with an easy no fuss hack), and Ubuntu Linux. It finds all your music, photos and videos on your computer (or network) and allows you to play them easily through a nice “big screen ready” interface. And if you have your computer attached to a big HDTV, well, you can watch your stuff on the big screen.
Big deal. There are many things that do that, right? Well, sure. Tivo, AppleTV, Windows Media, Vulu, and many many more. And sure enough as I type, more are being created. But what Boxee has is the right approach…open platform, network connected and versatile.
âˆš Stream a movie from Netflix
âˆš Play a video or current TV Show from Hulu.com or watch the NBC Nightly News
âˆš Play a current TV Show from the CBS website
âˆš Watch recent John Stewart or Steven Colbert shows on Comedy Central
âˆš Watch The WB shows
âˆš And Youtube, obviously
Sure there are some holes and the software is in ALPHA so it has bugs. But quality is reasonable especially considering the price…free! And compared to the network television websites where you can stream a show already (ABC, NBC, CBS, etc) with Boxee you don’t have the annoying buttons where you have to press something on the screen to finish up a commercial break (don’t the networks realize people are watching in the living room and don’t want to use a mouse every 10 minutes!). There are commercials, but they are more like what we are used to on regular network TV. And Boxee is built to be a full screen viewer as opposed to a web browser/flash plugin which sometimes fail in that category.
This is just the beginning of the end for CableTV and likely Satellite TV. Everything will be sent to you via TCP/IP. And you can do most of it right now.
My configuration is a $500 Mac Mini attached to an HDTV. But if you want to go cheap, get an refurb’d AppleTV for just $199 (or a new one for $229). Installation is as easy as it gets.
I imagine we will start to see HDTVs with this type of software built right in. Get rid of the RG-6 Coax connector and give me an ethernet jack.1 comment