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Joli Ballew
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I have two apps I use quite a bit on my iPad to watch television. The first is my Time Warner app. There must be 30 channels available and the picture is as good or better than a couple of my TVs. I also use the ABC Viewer. It's nice to be able to watch this weeks episodes of various shows. I used to have Netflix, before I got upset with the price increase.

What do you use?


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Bear Bibeault
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I use the Time Warner app and Netflix.

I have to raise my eyebrow at people who are incensed about the Netflix price changes -- they were underpriced, and the new prices are still a very good deal. It'll be even more so if they can swing the deals to beef up the streaming library.

My biggest beef with Netflix is that they seem to be floundering without a real strategic direction. The price changes didn't bother me all that much. I just want them to get their act together.


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Joli Ballew
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You know, it wasn't so much the price I guess. I mean, I can pay that. But why go up SO much? Even my gym membership only goes up a couple of bucks. Beyond that though, I held on until they retracted the Flixter thing. It just all seemed so childish and weird. Do you know what I mean? That was kind of the last straw.

Now I switched to Amazon, and got the Prime Membership more for the free 2 day shipping than the instant videos. They do play on my Roku player though so I wouldn't have to buy anything new for my TV. But I am disappointed in the content. No Bones, for instance, and I can't seem to find a way to have an "instant" queue. It seems hit and miss for me so far. The other day I watched The Andromedia Strain....I miss Netflix, but I'm still a little peeved they went up SO much at one time.
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Joli Ballew wrote: Beyond that though, I held on until they retracted the Flixter thing. It just all seemed so childish and weird. Do you know what I mean?

Absolutely. That's one of the bone-headed mis-steps that makes me concerned that they're just making it up as they go along.

Now I switched to Amazon, and got the Prime Membership more for the free 2 day shipping than the instant videos.

I've also had Prime for years for the shipping (I buy a lot of stuff from Amazon). It keeps getting better. First, the streaming, even though, like Netflix, they need to beef up their library quite a bit. And now the Kindle lending library. I love me my Prime!

It's sure an interesting area to keep a watch of, isn't it?

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Yes. It's very interesting and often difficult. I'm trying to write a book right now about the Kindle Fire, but I don't have one. It's hard to guess if, for instance, users without Wi-Fi access will be able to download apps from the Appstore and then transfer them to the Kindle FIre via uSB, how Mail is going to work, and what kind of browser it'll have. For instance, although I'm pretty sure there won't be an Netflix app, can users use Silk to go to Netflix.com and stream it? I just don't know how locked down it'll be.

As far as writing about the iPad, well, the next book is already partially written since the iPad 3 will be a superset of the iPad 2, plus all of the cool new iOS5 stuff. But what will be new?

I do a LOT of guessing and a lot of research :-).
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Joli/Bear: How is the Time Warner app? What would you say are the biggest benefits? (I was thinking about installing it but being able to set my DVR through the iPad wasn't appealing enough. I didn't know you could watch TV on it although I don't see why I'd want to do that either.)


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Joli Ballew
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I can't program or even access the programming on my DVR, and I *think* it's because it's not a feature yet. It may also be that you have to have a different box than I have. However, what it does allow me to do is watch about 30 channels on my iPad while in my home, which means I can go into a room or on the porch where there is no TV and still have access. I suspect all users will be able to manage their DVR with it someday.
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Joli Ballew wrote:I can't program or even access the programming on my DVR, and I *think* it's because it's not a feature yet. It may also be that you have to have a different box than I have. However, what it does allow me to do is watch about 30 channels on my iPad while in my home, which means I can go into a room or on the porch where there is no TV and still have access.

Ah. Right. You live someplace there are rooms in the house . I live in New York City. I can see the TV from a good percentage of my apartment. And the places that I can't aren't places I'd want to watch tv. Like the can.

I can't access the programming on the DVR (again limiting the value of watching tv from elsewhere.) I can program the DVR though.
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Yeah, for me the biggest benefit is watching TV on my back patio.
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I use Netflix and HBOGo. I tried the TBS app and it was abismal. But I generally watch movies, not TV, on my iPad.


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Joli Ballew
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I enjoy TV on my iPad when I just want to sit in bed and not bother anyone. The big tv can be left off, and when the snoring starts all I have to do is walk away, iPad and TV show in hand :-).
 
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