The new TV night
Published: Thursday 2007-04-19.
Now it is beginning to be simple to control the night in front of the TV yourself, without having to be controlled by what is on cable or satellite TV. Media centre computers have been available for while, but they are still relatively expensive. With a Nintendo Wii and Opera’s Internet Channel there are thousands of clips and programmes to watch, directly to your TV.
While yesterday’s TV listings in the flat in Vålerenga did include Battlestar Galactica on NRK 2, after that it was followed by the wonderful tribute/parody of computer role-playing games, College Saga, directly from YouTube, and if one ignores that it is a bit annoying to have to click the button for full screen mode for each new clip, that there is a progress indicator visible at the bottom of the screen at all times and that the picture quality not yet is up to TV standards, the feeling is just like watching old-style TV.
If you’re not quite sure what you want to see, Stumble Video is just a wonderful service, and they have a version adapted for the Wii (just go to stumble.tv and it will recognise that you are using a Wii automatically and adapt to it). Aftonbladet reports today about Peekvid, I haven’t tested whether it works on my Wii yet, but if it does there are not many reasons left to watch regular TV.
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