I Hope This Is Not the Future - Complications Ensue
Complications Ensue:
The Crafty TV and Screenwriting Blog




Baby Name Voyager graphs baby name frequency by decade.

Social Security Administration: Most popular names by year.

Name Trends: Uniquely popular names by year.

Reverse Dictionary Search: "What's that word that means....?"

Facebook Name Trees Match first names with last names.


Archives

April 2004

May 2004

June 2004

July 2004

August 2004

September 2004

October 2004

November 2004

December 2004

January 2005

February 2005

March 2005

April 2005

May 2005

June 2005

July 2005

August 2005

September 2005

October 2005

November 2005

December 2005

January 2006

February 2006

March 2006

April 2006

May 2006

June 2006

July 2006

August 2006

September 2006

October 2006

November 2006

December 2006

January 2007

February 2007

March 2007

April 2007

May 2007

June 2007

July 2007

August 2007

September 2007

October 2007

November 2007

December 2007

January 2008

February 2008

March 2008

April 2008

May 2008

June 2008

July 2008

August 2008

September 2008

October 2008

November 2008

December 2008

January 2009

February 2009

March 2009

April 2009

May 2009

June 2009

July 2009

August 2009

September 2009

October 2009

November 2009

December 2009

January 2010

February 2010

March 2010

April 2010

May 2010

June 2010

July 2010

August 2010

September 2010

October 2010

November 2010

December 2010

January 2011

February 2011

March 2011

April 2011

May 2011

June 2011

July 2011

August 2011

September 2011

October 2011

November 2011

December 2011

January 2012

February 2012

March 2012

April 2012

May 2012

June 2012

July 2012

August 2012

September 2012

October 2012

November 2012

December 2012

January 2013

February 2013

March 2013

April 2013

May 2013

June 2013

July 2013

August 2013

September 2013

October 2013

November 2013

December 2013

January 2014

February 2014

March 2014

April 2014

May 2014

June 2014

July 2014

August 2014

 

Sunday, December 21, 2008

I've been trying for the past ten minutes to see LEVERAGE on my computer. (My parents don't have a TiVo, inexplicably.) The TNT website promises me "full episodes." But first I have to get FlipforMac to watch Windows video. So I do. Then I reboot and reload, and it tells me I have to get FlipforMac.

So I try Firefox. Firefox tells me I can only watch on a Windows computer. 

So I try my mom's Windows computer. This asks me to upgrade two components of my browser, Flash and something else. And then agree to some sort of DRM. And then watch a commercial. And then another commercial.

Then I got a couple of seconds of video. And then it froze. And then it jumped. It's unwatchable. (The commercials, interestingly, had no such problems.) 

The TNT site is really crappy.

For a mere $2.99 I can download the whole thing to iTunes. And I might do that. But only because I consider John Rogers a friend. $2.99 is a lot for a heist show.

I think they're going to need to work out a few bugs in these systems before they replace broadcast and cable.


Labels:

12 Comments:

I'm streaming it just fine on a PC.

Don't you have bootcamp?

By Blogger Whaledawg, at 12:48 PM  

I think it's fair to say that's the present.

Most networks want to maintain full control over the presentation of their programs so of course they're hosting the shows on their own sites. Some sites like Hulu that can offer a high enough standard of quality and usability (to avoid situations exactly like this) are convincing enough bigger players (NBC/Universal, Fox, and for a brief time, Joss Whedon's Dr. Horrible) that they can outsource that media hosting but then of course they can't tack on trailers, ads, and surround the embedded video with banners, towers and popups.

My first instinct would be to hope that the media content providers agree on a single method of media presentation, but then I think about what channels are only available on which Cable or Satellite networks, the DRM issues (I still can't watch CBS's or NBC's free clips or episodes from Canada unless re-presented by Global TV or CTV's website) and realize it's probably not going to come to that. The real winner will be the virtual TV app that will take whatever media type/content that you can throw at it and channel it through a single understandable interface (i.e. the Slingbox, but that's just another set-top box that nobody really wants)

I'd worry more about what the proprietary plug-ins the networks want you to install are tracking, or at least are trying to.

By Blogger J.Rai, at 1:19 PM  

Everyone wonders why or how to make money in the future via the web.

It's really easy: deliver it faster, easier and cheaper than the pirates do...

You do that, the rest will follow suit.

By Blogger Cunningham, at 1:29 PM  

Or you could, oh...I don't know...torrent it like I did. But that would be illegal and everyone would frown upon you for it. (Except I did it anyways.)

By Blogger Nicholas, at 1:47 PM  

Oh Nicholas, you're so cool and rebellious! swoon!!!!!

By Blogger DMc, at 1:57 PM  

Alex, you said Leverage was on iTunes, but it doesn't appear to be on the Canadian store. How exactly are you getting around the pesky "where you live" thing?

By Blogger Tim W., at 3:00 PM  

American credit card at my parents' address in NY.

By Blogger Alex Epstein, at 3:27 PM  

I hate to say it but Leverage is truly terrible.

By Blogger sghsfh, at 4:57 PM  

I had the same problem with Flip4Mac on CNN's site. I contacted them and they instructed me to uninstall the version on my mac before installing the upgrade.

By Blogger Jeff Juliard, at 12:25 PM  

"It's really easy: deliver it faster, easier and cheaper than the pirates do..."

If you can't beat them...

I usually connect my laptop to the TV, and the quality is ok (nowhere near HD but good enough for a TV).

Are there any websites that offer TV-series to locations outside the US?

By Blogger avlan, at 4:21 AM  

I had a similar problem with the scifi.com site. I've heard a lot about Battlestar Galactica when it originally aired but never got into it.

But with the recent addition of webisodes, my interest was piqued. I wanted to watch some original TV episodes first, to get some back-story, so I looked for archived shows. Here's what I found:

1. The navigation was unintelligible, ie: I had no idea what season I was looking at.

2. When I gave up and just chose one at random, the episode had trouble loading properly, but the commercial aired just fine.

3. When I finally was watching the episode, I realized why I stopped watching the first time. It was awful. Bland characters, corny-corn-cornball dialog, and a story that just didn't make much sense. And a set that looked like the Galactica has had trouble paying their electric bill.

Okay, that was a bit off subject, but I couldn't help myself. But, yeah, this online broadcasting has a lot of kinks to shake out before TV is a distant memory.

By Blogger Cliff G., at 1:53 PM  

I had the same problem. I wanted to show a clip to some friends who were over. That didn't happen.

By Blogger Jesse, at 11:29 AM  

Post a Comment

Back to Complications Ensue main blog page.



This page is powered by Blogger.