Lost. 24. Desperate Housewives. Forget broadcast television. The future is here, and it’s IPTV (Internet Protocol TeleVision). Bit-tech investigates what’s hot, what’s not, where you can download it and whether you’ll break the law doing so – and also takes a look at great geek shows like Diggnation and Hak5:
We all know that traditional TV can be a real pain. Subscribing to cable or satellite can be expensive, and the amount of decent TV shows on the box can be counted on one hand, despite the hundreds of channels. The fast drop in the price of production equipment like cameras and high-end computers, combined with an increasingly sophisticated geek community, means that there are a hell of a lot more interesting things for people like us to watch in the IPTV sphere than there are on TV.
Not only is this stuff more authentic and interesting, it’s also free, meaning that you can just grab lots of content and figure out what you like, rather than having to pay for a channel or rent a DVD. Maximum entertainment, minimum cost.
Published in: General on 2006-05-03