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    NOT THAT KIND!

    Just curious as to the percentage you estimate you are watching video on your computer?

    Places like Hulu & Crackle? Using Boxee?

    I think traditional cable & satellite might slowly get "dropped" and the personal computer will become your home receiver.

    Wondering....

    J.C.

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    How would all the lower income people with no money to buy computers be able to watch TV?

    You have to remember in ghettos, low income areas, dial up is the only connection still and some people don't even have a PC.

    So maybe we need a "Cash for computers" so everyone could then have a PC.

    But in all seriousness ya, I think everyone would need a PC first, and that will take a while if you ask me,

    Just my thoughts BUT great question J.C.

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    • #3
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      Originally posted by PlumbingSkool View Post
      How would all the lower income people with no money to buy computers be able to watch TV?

      You have to remember in ghettos, low income areas, dial up is the only connection still and some people don't even have a PC.

      So maybe we need a "Cash for computers" so everyone could then have a PC.

      But in all seriousness ya, I think everyone would need a PC first, and that will take a while if you ask me,

      Just my thoughts BUT great question J.C.
      Ha! The "low income" people in the "ghettos" I've worked in have more up to date computers and faster access than I do!

      And you also have to remember the supply-demand of the capitalistic chain. If the majority begin to do it, it will happen. Know of anyone that has eliminated their house phone?

      This is just a "guess prediction" by me. We'll have to watch and see...

      J.C.

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      • #4
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        Originally posted by JCsPlumbing View Post
        Ha! The "low income" people in the "ghettos" I've worked in have more up to date computers and faster access than I do!

        And you also have to remember the supply-demand of the capitalistic chain. If the majority begin to do it, it will happen. Know of anyone that has eliminated their house phone?

        This is just a "guess prediction" by me. We'll have to watch and see...

        J.C.

        J.C.

        You're right, It will happen in time for sure. I will give you that for sure.

        BUT - when is the question, because many poor people still have no PC'S same with seniors....even though your ghetto is technologically advanced

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        • #5
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          i have Roku. wireless to the tv. thousands of movies to watch for only $9 a month.
          the only dumb question is the one that is not asked!

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          • #6
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            I'm a Hulu addict

            I believe that if the US wants to be competitive in future markets we need to have broadband available and affordable (maybe even free) for everyone!

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            • #7
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              I canceled my Land Line Phone 2 years ago, I gave my Television away 4 years ago. Even tho I no longer have an actual Television, I do watch over the air TV and Basic Cable on my computer, the computer presents video on 2 screens, a 24" on the desktop and a 110" on the wall.

              I use this devise to tune in the programs and record my favorites to hard drive.


              I don't subscribe to premium services, I get my movies on NETFLIX, Mail Box and Streaming.

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              • #8
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                I also watch TV on my laptop, using a similar device from Medion. Mine is analog though, purchase about three years ago. It looks to be just about only a little larger than the device that you show, with mine being about 1 x 3 x 1/2 inches in size. For about $60, it came with a remote, cable connector, antenna, and PAL-type conversion plug and software that allows me to watch TV, record, edit, etc.

                So for me, I'm still getting the signal via cable and internet via the wireless router, but all on the laptop. Here at the Binghamton house, it's just so much easier to catch a movie in the evening and at the same time, check my E-mail, forums, etc. all at the same time. Picture on the laptop is also significantly better than on the old television too.

                Only problem I see with TV going directly to the internet is "bandwidth". I'm on TimeWarner's Roadrunner and I just don't see it being fast enough to handle multiple access or multi-tasking. Back in the Corning Area, Time-Warner is less reliable and often just freezes up, as does their "cable".

                However, with the Google initiative and what's coming up from the government (good article in the NY Times yesterday) I think we will soon see some huge steps in the technology. But, the TV networks and the cable companies are having a real fit.

                I think this is going to be, for a large part, a government issue too and of course, like health care, there is going to be a tremendous amount of politicing and of course "tea-party" types who will be screaming socialism. But left to their own devices, corporate America is just too interested maximizing profits while keeping the status quo on low tech.

                CWS

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                • #9
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                  I know several people who still have dial-up as their only internet connection and watch TV via an antenna on the roof. And this is in semi affluent areas. I bet you'd be surprised how many folks aren't connected.
                  Steve
                  www.MorrisGarage.com

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                  • #10
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                    Originally posted by smorris View Post
                    I know several people who still have dial-up as their only internet connection and watch TV via an antenna on the roof. And this is in semi affluent areas. I bet you'd be surprised how many folks aren't connected.

                    Agreed, 100% with this as well, Like I was saying above, many many places are still stuck in the 70's and some not even by choice, just because the fiber isn't there yet.

                    I would say within 20 years everyone should have broadband, that's my guess

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                    • #11
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                      Almost every movie, show, and streaming video site is done right at my laptop. Combined with my Netflix account, there is no reason to even have a TV.

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                      • #12
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                        Originally posted by tailgunner View Post
                        Almost every movie, show, and streaming video site is done right at my laptop. Combined with my Netflix account, there is no reason to even have a TV.

                        Stupid Question

                        What do you do if you want to watch with others?

                        Does everyone huddle around your laptop or do you have a TV like in a closet for when guests come over...., or do you just watch alone always?

                        I am not trying to be a smart arse, just curious......

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                        • #13
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                          Originally posted by PlumbingSkool View Post
                          I would say within 20 years everyone should have broadband, that's my guess
                          My guess is, within 10 years, everyone will have access to BroadBand over the Cell Phone network, no connections needed at your residence, just a PCI Express size card in your laptop, or a tether on your cell phone. Take the Broadband with you when you're out & about.

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                          • #14
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                            Originally posted by PlumbingSkool View Post
                            What do you do if you want to watch with others?
                            My computer connects to one of these, I keep it hanging from the ceiling,


                            It projects the computer display onto this living room wall, where all visitors are able to see

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                              Originally posted by PlumbingSkool View Post
                              Stupid Question

                              What do you do if you want to watch with others?

                              Does everyone huddle around your laptop or do you have a TV like in a closet for when guests come over...., or do you just watch alone always?

                              I am not trying to be a smart arse, just curious......
                              You have a point when it comes to viewing for a group, and newer computers can be hooked up to most flat screen tv's . I was just thinking how big a 17" computer screen is compared to the first black and white tv's made available many years ago. I think the screen was only 5" and the cabinet was huge filled with vacuum tubes. My Dad said you had to buy insurance and the tv was very expensive.

                              Imagine traveling back in time with a touch screen lap top and setting it on top of the first tv for home use? It would be like something out of StarTrek

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