Posts Tagged ‘tv’

TV Cable Tidy


TL;DR If you’re putting a TV on a modern open stand then the ancillaries and cables can make a real mess and spoil the overall look. I put a board onto the VESA mount on the back of my TV to hold everything, which then let me arrange the cables into one tidy trunk running […]

My kids got quite into a few of the FreeSat channels whilst on a recent holiday, so I thought that after all the fun I had getting DVB-T to work on my Raspberry Pi I’d have a go at DVB-S. Another cheap receiver off eBay A quick search of ‘USB DVB-S’ led me to this receiver for […]

The screen on my wife’s Lenovo s10e gave up the ghost last week. I thought it might be just a loose connector and that I could fix it, and an initial attempt at strip down and rebuild seemed to work. Sadly my fix didn’t hold. I’ve been using my own s10e mostly to play videos […]

Update (26 Jan 2013) This post is now a historical record of the hoops that I once had to jump through to get my Raspberry Pi working as a PVR. Everything has now been folded into the official OpenELEC build, which at the time of writing is at 3.0 RC2. You can download an SD […]

Last week I was very impressed to find this at my desk in the Westin Jersey City: and yesterday I found this in the Crowne Plaza Zurich: NB The D-Link pocket WiFi router being powered by the media bar USB. For some odd reason this hotel doesn’t have WiFi (but thankfully it does have free […]

Pioneer One


A little while ago I wrote about how a TV series could be released on bittorrent and paid for by fans. Well, somebody’s done it – check out Pioneer One. I read about this last week on TechDirt, but it took me a few days to get around to downloading and watching it. My impression […]

I touched upon some time ago when I bought my new DVR. The question is how are we going to achieve distribution of video around the home when analogue TV goes away? The good old way I spent part of fathers day setting up distribution in my in law’s new place. They live in a […]

In this post I’d like to explore whether P2P could be the basis of a business model that would directly fund the creation of content. Think do with P2P what HBO did with Cable (HBO 2.0?).

The going rate for ratio is in the region of £0.50/GB – approximately the same as physical storage. Let me restate that – people will pay as much for the ability to download content as they will for the empty physical asset to store it on. Also bear in mind that bandwidth is getting cheaper at a different rate to storage – so right now we’re passing the crossover point – the ‘freetards’, or at least people in their community are willingly paying more for ratio (=bandwidth) than they are for disk.