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Old 10-30-2012, 04:28 PM   #21
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Another vote for the ROKU box.

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Old 10-30-2012, 06:24 PM   #22
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We love our ROKU box and Acorn TV. Watching the new Midsomer Murders series right now. We will consider HULU+ but it would have to be really good to pay $8 per month.

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Old 10-31-2012, 09:28 AM   #23
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Originally Posted by audreyh1 View Post

OK, I'm settling down now.

I've been watching a bunch of photography software tutorials, and it is so awesome to be able to play the YouTube tutorials on my TV. Much nicer than watching on my computer - better sound, better image. Most of the "serious" software companies offer tutorials in high resolution when they detect you are using a high res device. These videos look AWESOME on my TV.

I actually select them on my iPad and then send them to the AppleTV. Then I put my iPad aside. I could select them directly from AppleTV, but the search interface is more cumbersome.

I had watched a couple fullscreen on my laptop yesterday, and they come in higher res, but somehow it's not nearly as comfortable of a viewing experience as watching them on my hi-res TV.
We have a different set of equipment, but similar functionality. WD TV Live media player and Windows OS computers. We can surf on youtube on any computer really, mark a video as "favorite" and this saves it to our favorites list. Then next time we are on the big screen HDTV with the WD TV, we surf to Youtube, click on "favorites" and there is my list of queued youtube videos ready to watch with 1 click. I don't know if ipad/appleTV has similar functionality, but it is a cool way to "save for later" any youtube videos you don't have time to watch in detail at the time you find them.
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Old 10-31-2012, 09:38 AM   #24
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I prefer Sony streaming boxes over Roku. With Roku just to activate the device it wanted a bunch of personal info, name, address, credit card data, etc. So I returned it and opted for the Sony which had no such requirement.
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Old 12-02-2012, 10:42 AM   #25
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Originally Posted by audreyh1 View Post
Then I went exploring - what else was available? Well, I found it had two seasons of Masterpiece Theater's Downton Abbey. And 10 seasons of NOVA! And a bunch of other stuff. We watched the first episode of Downton Abbey last night - it looked so amazing (I don't get PBS in full HD locally), and today we watched a 2010 NOVA episode on Stonehenge. I almost never get to watch NOVA when airs because the time is not good for me.

Ads, but only about 3 minutes of quite unobtrusive, not-loud or obnoxious ads per hour of programming. The 1.5 hr episode of Downton Abbey had no ads at all after the initial plug for PBS.

What a concept - years and years of programming available to browse and watch on demand when I feel like it. Ability to catch a show you missed during the week. I hope PBS adds a lot more content as there are years of cooking shows I would love to get to see (Rick Bayless, ya listening?) Actually, there are a few cooking shows available now, but not that many.

Very impressed with the Internet video streaming.

I just downloaded the PBS app on DW's Kindle Fire HD and watched Nova's Megastorm. There are many other shows, all for free and no ads. We are now lining up the watchlist for the winter.
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Old 12-02-2012, 11:40 AM   #26
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Originally Posted by lemming View Post
For some reason the ads don't run on my computer in Hulu. The programs are fine but the ads skip and start in fits. If Hulu+ fixed that problem I would try it.
We have the exact same problem - show plays fine, ads freeze up every other second so watching a 30 second ad takes 1-2 minutes. Seems like many people are having this problem but hulu refuses to fix it. I like their content but am going to drop my hulu+ subscription if they don't address this.

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