Archive for the ‘TV’ Category

Sonic.net Traffic Leaps on Netflix “Arrested” Release

Tuesday, May 28th, 2013

[caption id="attachment_1789" align="aligncenter" width="597"] Netflix "Arrested Development" release helped bump Sunday/Monday Internet traffic 40%[/caption] Netflix's release of Arrested Development appears to be enjoying some strong uptake. Typically we see normal or slightly reduced Internet traffic on a holiday weekend, but the surge in broadband use on Sunday and Monday was substantial, ...

Internet Video Needs a “Carterfone” Decision: Any Lawful Device

Friday, May 24th, 2013

[caption id="attachment_1742" align="aligncenter" width="576"] Carterfone on display in the Sonic.net lobby[/caption] From 1877 until 1968, consumers in the US were only allowed to use telephone equipment that was provided by the telephone company. It was a closed system, where your only choice of handset was the one that the local phone company ...

Review: AppleTV AirPlay Steals the Show

Saturday, May 28th, 2011

After my review of the Sezmi, Roku and Boxee, it's time to wrap things up with the shiny new star, the AppleTV. Like the Roku, the AppleTV has a simple and easy to use interface, and is a great way to access Netflix. But the AppleTV also adds the entire iTunes ...

Review: Boxee is the power tool

Thursday, December 2nd, 2010

In my reviews of OTT solutions, I would be remiss if I didn't write about the much anticipated Boxee Box. Boxee has been available as free software for a laptop or home theater PC for quite some time, but I've avoided it because I prefer a small box, a turnkey appliance. ...

Review: Roku is the perfect streamer

Wednesday, December 1st, 2010

Continuing my reviews of "over the top" (OTT) solutions, the Roku deserves a special place in the list of options. Roku started out with music streaming devices, then moved on to video a couple years ago. Their equipment and software is mature and feature rich, showing the polish of consistent updates. ...

Review: Sezmi delivers OTA plus OTT

Wednesday, December 1st, 2010

Customers are doing more than ever with their fast Sonic.net Fusion service, with video being a primary application. I've written previously about OTT, or "over the top", which is the delivery of video entertainment via, or over the top of, an Internet connection.  More and more consumers and adding over the ...

NFL, Not Quite Over The Top

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

I've talked about OTT video in the past, and we have debated the merits of the ESPN3 broadband offering here as well. So I was really excited to read news coverage (via Yahoo! Sports) that said DirecTV and the NFL have teamed up to offer the full NFL Sunday Ticket package ...

Full Circle

Wednesday, June 16th, 2010

[caption id="attachment_603" align="alignright" width="224" caption="Imagine if: The wrong path"][/caption] With the World Cup in progress, I've seen more discussion about ESPN's "360" subscription model, (now called "ESPN3") and we've seen one or two requests from customers that Sonic.net subscribe to ESPN3 for all of its customers. However, I have real concerns about ...

WTH is OTT?

Friday, April 23rd, 2010

[caption id="attachment_573" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Boxee what's new screen"][/caption] A coworker recently hassled me for my use of acronyms without explanation. It's something that I try not to do, but the various acronyms of our industry boil down large concepts into just a few letters, so sometimes it's unavoidable. This posting is intended ...

Comcast price goes up, Sonic.net DirecTV price goes down

Friday, October 16th, 2009

With news about Comcast's fall rate hikes, (PressDemocrat: Comcast raises rates again: 43 percent since '03) I'm really pleased to announce that Sonic.net DirecTV new customer pricing has just dropped by $5 monthly. With introductory pricing and our $10/mo broadband bundle, you can get into a Sonic.net DirecTV package for ...