internet killed the radio (and video) star

15 06 2010

I dont have Foxtel, mainly because of the 20 or 30 channels you have , once youve watched it for about a week you (well I did) work out there is nothing to watch. Enter the modern marvel of the Internet, global media, instantly available to the masses. I have been trialling several sites & solutions.

XBMC – XBOX media centre – now no longer developed & maintained for the XBOX. Thats right, the uuber XBOX media centre is no longer for the XBOX – this is because of the under powered hardware that is contained in the original XBOX. There is light at the end of the tunnel though – you can get XBMC for other platforms – Windows / OSX / Linux / AppleTV & also a live distro. This is a great media solution – possibly only trumped by the below:

Boxee – “Boxee is the best way to watch movies, TV shows and clips from the Internet on your TV. Basically, you install our free software on an affordable computer, like a Mac Mini or Acer Revo, and connect it to your TV with an HDMI or DVI cord (depending on the computer you use). To navigate Boxee from your couch, you can use an Apple Remote or one of several PC-remotes available.” – Ok official blurb out of the way, if you have access to a US based IP (VPN etc) – this is one of the best ways I have found to discover internet based TV, Movies & Music services. Do yourself a favour, check the site (or at least the Intro Video, load up a copy & have a good go at it. This has replaced my XBOX with XBMC. I have a small form factor PC, running Linux Mint (for its out of the box media support & plugin) – with Boxee installed on it for media. It rocks.

TV & Movies
Some of these require a US IP address – several options here, use google & have a look at VPN solutions, or do what I have done & get a VPS from Crucial Paradigm.

Hulu
TheWB
CastTV
Pandora
TVGorge
Grooveshark
YouTube
YouTube-Disco
Picrap

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