Oct 14, 2006, 2:22 PM
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Four posts down from this one, look at the post titled ďVidooĒ If you have a fast Internet connection, download that program. The video isnít great, but it is OK. I have found that if I push my Tablemate table with my laptop on it, about four feet away from me instead of having it right in my lap the video looks better.
It will never be a good substitute for cable or satellite TV, but it is better than nothing. I downloaded it out of curiosity, but I will keep it for possible use when we are traveling, and in case our cable TV goes out like it did a couple of months ago for two days. We still had cable Internet that time.
You wonít be able to channel surf like you can on a regular TV. I takes a couple of minutes for a channel to load. There is a crude sort of TV guide, all times are GMT, and it seems to be inaccurate.
The faster your download speed is, the better. When I downloaded it I had a 512 KBPS download speed. It was OK, but there was an occasional 2 or 3 second delay. I think it was buffering the image. The buffering delays were so short that it was not too annoying.
About four days ago, my Internet connection seemed to be acting strangely. I was sometimes getting as high as 700 KBPS or more download speeds, followed by the usual 450 KBPS speeds. For the past two days, I have been consistently getting over 1100 KBPS download speeds. I donít know if this condition is a permanent upgrade or if Cablemas has just made a temporary mistake. Iím not going to pay them any more than I am now. 512 is just fine with me for most of the things I do online.
I just watched part of a football game, and Animal Planet, to see if there was much of an improvement at the higher speeds I am getting now. The higher download speed made a great difference. No buffering delays at all. The video is still OK, but not great.
This program is not bad, not great, but it might convince you to go ahead and pay the $800 Bucks a year to keep using satellite TV
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