Friday, February 3, 2012

Still No Knicks/Rangers For Time Warner Cable Customers

Tom Brady announces that he watched last year's Super Bowl from an illegal website and Time Warner Cable customers may be needing these sites with their MSG Network cut off their air for over a month. So in wanting to watch their beloved Knicks or Rangers, they most likely are also watching through these sites as well. Well I guess it has gotten a little tougher. "Investigators seized 16 sites and brought criminal charges against a Michigan man who controlled nine of them."

As the TWC and MSG dispute continues, no NY doubt sport fans are seeking alternatives like these websites to watch their games. And as these sites are stopped, will others simply pop up and take their place.

The Cost Of Streaming

Let's face it, we are becoming data hogs. With our tablets, e-readers, smartphones and laptops, we are consuming more and more data. Cell phone companies want to charge us more for our exceeding our monthly use and broadband companies would like to charge us like a utility. The buffet may soon end as our streaming habits grow and each piece of content requires more data in it. This is especially true with video and the move toward streaming HD content.

There are a number of solutions. We could reduce our usage although that seems unlikely, especially as more connected devices are being manufactured and bought. The cell companies want us to use WIFI as much as possible to avoid their caps and usage bills. A short term fix but eventually even free WIFI may one day come to an end. Or rely on more innovation to make our streaming and downloading less bulky and more efficient.

Netflix is doing just that and I wouldn't be surprised to see more companies join in. "The movie and TV show streaming company is the first client of Palo Alto-based start-up eyeIO, a maker of a video encoding system it claims reduces the bandwidth needs of Netflix streams by more than 50 percent without sacrificing picture and sound quality." That is a significant improvement for the moment but in a few short years, as users and usage doubles, a quantum leap must occur to vastly improve streaming efficiency. For the moment eyeIO seems the company to bet on for a better streaming experience and lower broadband costs.