Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Websites make it easy to catch a missed TV show; Networks value loyalty in watchers

Full length streaming continues to take center stage. HBO recently announced access to their east coast feed, as well as VOD type access, via broadband to their content. Surprising announcement given their parent, Time Warner Cable announcing a test to charge broadband customers based on usage rather than a flat fee.

USA Today offers an article comparing 6 different streaming websites. From Fancast and Joost to Hulu, they offer a side-by-side comparison of each site, its upside and down. From my personal experience, I have been most impressed by Hulu, and least by Joost. My experiences with Fancast have been limited. Still, I like the quality of Hulu's picture, the variety of programming, and the spped of access. The commercial interruptions have been limited and not too overwhelming.

As the writers strike continues, the quality of product on TV has gone downhill. I remain a Heroes fan and anxious for its return. As a traveler, I rely on streaming to substitute for Tivo away from home. It is what I want when I want where I want.