Thursday, September 30, 2010

IVI Inc. Brings Live TV to the Internet

The Seattle based company IVI Inc. may have finally bridged the gap between Television and the Internet. For years we have been able to watch previously recorded episodes of network TV on Youtube/Hulu. Then Slingbox came along and offered a way to stream your local cable channels from one location to any laptop or desktop. But until now we haven't been able to stream live local network TV from various locations around the country, to any computer in the country.

After downloading the IVI Player a Redsox fan living in Arizona can now watch the same live local NY broadcast of the game just like he was a block away from the stadium. During the commercials he can flip channels to check out the Mariners game and get local Seattle news and weather. Various local channels are now just a click away, no matter where you are. IVI lets you choose which brocast location of Fox you want to watch. It also allows you to pause fast forward and rewind live TV.


IVI makes it possible for me to watch live TV on my laptop during my commute on the train, just like I was sitting at home.


Here are some of the Pros and cons that I found:
1.) User interface is very easy to use.
2.) Picture is Clear, but not yet HD.
3.) Currently limited to NY and Seattle but more stations are coming.
4.) No buffer delay or pause when flipping channels.
5.) First month is free, but it costs $4.99 or $5.99 per month. (Still cheaper than basic cable)
6.) No Box or Equipment.
7.) It can be installed on multiple computers, but only one will play at a time.
8.) Includes all the major networks ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX
9.) Does not yet have all the regular cable channels.

Overall I am very impressed with the IVI player, and recommend it for couch potatoes on the go.

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