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post #1 of 2 Old 03-19-2013, 07:56 PM - Thread Starter
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At this year's CES, Time/Warner cable and Roku announced a joint venture bringing the cable service to your 3rd generation Roku puck. That's right... look mom, no cable box!

A couple of things to see in the video: 1.) No channel number. TWC and Roku worked together on a graphic interface based mostly on shows, not networks If you use a Roku, or the netflix app, then this should be a breeze for you. In all channels mode, the History channel is located in the "H" section. Say good-bye to random numbers and grids.

2.) The picture quality is outstanding. The video doesn't really show it, but all accounts say the picture quality and speed of the tuning in of channels really shine. This is due to the fact it is a managed service delivered over IP through your cable modem. That means there is dedicated bandwidth set aside over the TWC network not over the common internet.

Right now there is no V.O.D., but they are working on it. Also, no DVR, but you've got to think, there will be an element of cloud storage in this app's future.

Take a look at the video, and let us know what you think. Also, give us an idea what you think the future of this service is and if your cable service offered this service, would you get it?

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This does look quite interesting and love the concept. I especially like the fact that cable companies are teaming up with media player manufacturers in order to get content through. That's one less piece of gear in the rack, not to mention the one that heats up the most.

I like the non-channel based cable service. Choose the content by the covert art.

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