Originally Posted by hammerdwn
I hate watching online network tv because it's choppy flash 720 video with 2.0 stereo through a browser, can't be controlled with a remote, has horrible repeating commercials, not to mention site buffers and crashes. Video On Demand or Apps don't seem any better, except for maybe remote control support. If they ever start doing real 1080p video, 5.1 audio, remote control support, and automatic commercial skipping then I might consider trying it out.
Then there is data usage/caps- the Play On / Play Later model says 1GB per hour of video (can't imagine what kind of picture/audio quality that is). So if I record/watch 10 hours per day, that would be 300GB per month just in "tv"!
Sounds like either an ISP issue or a computer issue.
As far as the quality of PlayLater "recordings", they're identical to the source in my experience. It tacks on a message at the beginning of every recording, something like "This recording was made by (your email address), an appearances effort to keep you from sharing them on the Internet.
Like I said, once you "record", you can skip any commercials.
As far as data usage, that's a different issue. I'm talking about taking a stand against control of your TV. I'm getting older, and therefor tired, of these monopolies charging us more and giving us less. I'm doing what I can to give them as few $ as I can.
They gave us cable cards, but made it more complex than the average person was willing to deal with. Now they're working on taking that away, forcing everyone to use one of their boxes.
Netflix is becomming a factor in their revenue, so what do they do? Throttle Netflix.
Data caps are just another method of control - trying to discourage people from cutting the cord.
I'm not trying to convince anyone to use PlayOn or even stream. I'm just saying if you don't make some kind of effort to change the way you get your entertainment, Comcast, et al will continue to turn the screws.