Entertainment of all kinds has been available on the internet for quite a while. Recently though, web sites that offer television programs and movies have been popping up with regularity. Two of these sites are: Hulu™ & Crackle™ video matters.
Some of these sites require a monthly membership fee, while some don’t. The ones that don’t require a membership offer a series of commercial breaks within the program. Even though these breaks exist, they are much shorter then the average commercial breaks on the networks. Traditionally a commercial break on network television is around four minutes.
On these web sites one program can have up to six or seven breaks but may only show one commercial per break. Some sites even show where the commercial breaks are on the video time line as the program plays.
One very important aspect of this new technology to consider is processing power. The capability of the machine processing this content is more important that it ever was. There will be times when a memory upgrade may be needed, whether it’s a bigger hard drive, RAM or even an upgraded internet service package.
The content is being delivered from a remote server to the viewer’s home. What this means to the user is high enough bandwidth and processing power. But momentary freeze ups and the like can also be attributed to the volume of content being viewed. With experimentation, the user will find that watching a favorite TV show or movie might work better late at night versus in the middle of the day.
These web sites are also agreeing to contracts that specify how long a program is allowed to play. So pay attention to the site’s catalog at all times to make sure that content of interest is available. On the Hulu™ site, there’s an availability disclaimer just below the viewing screen for the content currently on.