This morning I debated… how will I watch television? The debate ended quickly as I contemplated the options.
My wife and I like watching CBS News "Sunday Morning" live. It’s one of the few programs we like to watch at a specific time, so we watch it over the air, or on cable – either works.
But I missed Eli Stone on ABC the other day, so I hooked up my PC to the television and watched it. I had been thinking about buying a Playstation or Xbox for this, but I wasn’t sure if they have full browser capability yet – my Wii doesn’t, so I had questions. I’ll probably check it out soon.
I had been planing to buy a new PC dedicated to television, but I felt the game boxes might be better. I have however made a full turn-around on ordering a TV turner for my new PC. I’m unlikely to buy the PC equipped with a TV tuner anymore. I’ll use the PC to access Hulu – which has about 272 programs from 35 networks/studio’s on it’s website – or I will go to ABC, CBS, or NBC direct, since they have programs like Eli Stone, and Hulu doesn’t – I expect Hulu will soon.
So I’m starting to make changes. Hulu and the other’s will likely change my mind on buying a PC or game station when they start sending it to directly to set tops or Panasonic, like TiVO. In either way I’m finding choice, and I sort of like it. Eli Stone ran extremely well off the Net. So now I’m faced with a new decision… buy the tunerless PC, buy a new Xbox or Playstation, wait for a better browser on my Wii, or wait for direct streaming to the TV .
Whatever I decide, I’m sure the choices will grow. I expect there will be several Hulus out there, and some will make it. I also expect that someone will – if they haven’t all ready – create an interface for the xBox and Playstation that takes the MooWee model a step further. Microsofts plans to make the xBox a set-top of the future may just work.
Oh what fun it is to watch TV now days. 🙂