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16 November 2004 @ 10:26 pm
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There's just something really cool about listening to a classic rock radio station in Vancouver.
Especially considering they seem to have pretty much the same playlist as Melbourne's own Gold FM, which I could listen to on my *hurumph* radio.

Okay, here's a stupid question for people with more experience in these matters than I have.
Obviously, many radio stations stream their content over the interweb, but do any TV stations do the same?
Or would that be too much of a strain on the ol' bandwidth?
 
 
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gypsyambergypsyamber on November 16th, 2004 04:41 am (UTC)
Tell me about the coolness of streaming radio. Yeehah! What do I feel like tonight? Hillbilly goth? All right, it'll be there somewhere. And aussie stations. yay.
sorry, don't know about tv stuff yet
Jacob: 67specialyak_boy on November 16th, 2004 02:02 pm (UTC)
Lately, I've fallen back in love with Triple J, and I'm having difficulty remembering why I stopped listening. I think I've developed an allergy to commercials.
gypsyambergypsyamber on November 17th, 2004 05:03 am (UTC)
So far, have found just music stations, no ads...and have been filling up on triple J too!
Gregpeachofpain on November 16th, 2004 06:09 am (UTC)
TV quality video would be too much strain on the old bandwidth... and on your download quota.

Consider that a 42 minute episode (350 Mb) will usually take me about 4 hours to download. In addition to this the format, divx/xvid/whatever is compressed more than streaming formats.
Jacob: snailyak_boy on November 16th, 2004 02:00 pm (UTC)
But divx is high quality video.
I watch streaming video all the time, albeit only short clips.
Why can't they stream a TV station in low res?

Although even that would shatter my monthly quota, but it was just a hypothetical question really.
Gregpeachofpain on November 16th, 2004 07:06 pm (UTC)
A few things.

Divx is not 'high' quality video. Resolutions are typically something in the range of 600-640x300-340. High definition TV on the other hand has resolutions in the thousands.

Secondly, who would want to watch a TV show at something like 200x150?
Jacobyak_boy on November 16th, 2004 07:17 pm (UTC)
Whatever. My point is that I wasn't talking about divx, I was talking about streaming media, which as you point out is very low quality.

Secondly, who would want to watch a TV show at something like 200x150?

It might be useful for getting the latest updates from CNN or whatever. I was just asking hypothetically.
Gregpeachofpain on November 16th, 2004 08:36 pm (UTC)
Streaming media isn't necessarily low quality though, it is only bandwidth limits that force it to be so at the momement.
Robet Éivaayvah on November 16th, 2004 02:00 pm (UTC)
Well, isn't that what Realplayer was created for?

I haven't tried to watch any streaming video, but Realplayer is one of many clients designed to deal with it.

However, last time I checked (a long time ago) the quality wasn't great. And I don't know about the free-to-air/pay-tv ratio.

But they've been doing it since the inception of Realplayer (seven years, maybe?).
Robet Éivaayvah on November 16th, 2004 02:04 pm (UTC)
*haven't tried to watch much streaming video
Jacobyak_boy on November 16th, 2004 05:40 pm (UTC)
I know there is such a thing as streaming video, but what I was wondering is whether actual TV stations stream their content.
Robet Éivaayvah on November 16th, 2004 05:52 pm (UTC)
I don't know.

They had a constant stream for Big Brother, but I don't know whether they bother with their actual content. a voice in my head is telling me that ten might stream their content though.

But if you really want to find out -- try their websites. Where else would the information be?


Though it's probably easier just to upgrade your computer to recieve the transmissions.
Jacobyak_boy on November 16th, 2004 07:19 pm (UTC)
I'm not entirely sure why I would want Australian free-to-air content on my PC, considering I can just turn around and switch on the TV.

The question was entirely hypothetical, but if I did want to get access to streaming TV content, I would most likely be interested in international content.
Robet Éivaayvah on November 16th, 2004 07:25 pm (UTC)
Well, I know some American stations are doing it, but I never really pay much attention when I hear about it, so I can't give any more details than that.
parakleta on November 16th, 2004 09:45 pm (UTC)
I've never really looked into it before, but a quick google found http://mediahopper.com/portal.htm and there are half a dozen other sites like it. I guess you'd just have to hunt for whatever you're looking for.