There’s a rumour going around that HBO will be launching its new HBO Now with Apple as a partner, via the Apple TV. This is exactly what cord-cutters have been waiting for: access to premium content without a cable or satellite subscription. And it’s exactly what the cable companies have been dreading. But it’s not all roses for cord cutters, and it won’t be for a while.
I want to cut cable, but I watch HBO shows and live sports, and I often like to watch things when they’re on – like the Oscars, certain TV shows, and local news. Netflix, Crave, Showmi and all the other on-demand services don’t solve those problems. They’re great for legacy content, and original shows (especially Netflix), but they’re not enough for a lot of folks. Continue reading “The Future of TV Isn’t Anytime Soon”
In Halifax, there are two major players when it comes to home internet and television services: EastLink and Bell Aliant. There are a few other options, but this series of posts will concentrate on the two main providers in the area.
Both companies offer packages that include high-speed internet, home telephone, and television services with HD and PVR options. They both offer various packages that contain different internet speeds, channel packages, calling features, and so forth. And, confusingly, both offer packages that are more and less expensive than a similar package offered by the other. So, which one should you choose? Unfortunately, it’s not a simple decision. Over the next four posts, I’ll take a look at all the options and hopefully by the end, it’ll be just a bit easier to make that call.
For perspective, I spoke with several people from the region, as well as representatives from both companies – Jill Laing from EastLink, and Christine Manore from Bell Aliant.
The four parts will be:
- Part One – Local, Bundling, and Contracts
- Part Two – Television Service
- Part Three – Internet Service
- Part Four – Conclusion
So, let’s get started.
Last year, Philips announced a very unique television. Its aspect ratio is 21:9. To say that is wide is an understatement. It is much wider than a typical HDTV (as shown in the image below), which has an aspect ratio of 16:9. Not only is it wide – it’s huge. There is only one model and it pans 56″. Unless you sit twenty feet away from your TV, that’s quite an immersive experience.
So, what are the benefits of this unit over a 16×9 56″ TV? As you can see in the image above, when you watch a film that is shot in a wide film format like 2.39:1, the image fills the screen of the Philips unit. Regular HDTVs would show black bars at the top and bottom of the screen.
Continue reading “Philips' Cinema 21:9 TV”