Internet VCR.
May 14, 2000 11:26 AM   Subscribe

Internet VCR. You put in the shows you want to watch, come back, and watch it in Realplayer. Shady legally, cool geekwise.
posted by owillis (8 comments total)
It seems that everything that's cool geekwise today is shady legally... Well I'm canceling my cable subscription and just using this from now on! Thank god for the internet!
posted by deckard at 1:37 PM on May 14, 2000

Seems like it'll just get shut down on grounds of illegally rebroadcasting things, even if they are using the VCR metaphor, which is a legal device. Seems like it might be a cool service for the networks to offer themselves, though. Streaming old shows, but with up-to-date advertisments. Click here to buy Pampers, yo.
posted by endquote at 5:01 PM on May 14, 2000

I hope SOMETHING like this catches on. I hate it when I miss a favorite show. Wouldn't it be great if all TV shows were archived and you could pull up any one you wanted at any time?

It seems awfully 20th Century that I still can't do this. When? When? When?

One possibility might be tivo. Has anyone here tried it?
posted by grumblebee at 7:42 PM on May 14, 2000

Veen has.
posted by ericost at 7:28 AM on May 15, 2000

any site that when i exit forces a pop up window asking me to sign up for some newsletter or click on their "sponsors" is really not a site i am going to be interested in. if i wanted anything more from the site i would have not left it, but i decided to and then bam.. click our banners. bleh.
posted by sikk at 9:45 AM on May 15, 2000

I tried it last night, taping futurama and the simpsons while I was away. The best speed I got last night around 1am was 34 kbps, about the speed of 56k RealVideo, and terrible for animation.

it's a great idea if they could get it to work, but there's no way they can have enough hardware to send broadband tapings to everyone who asks.

I'm buying a Tivo.
posted by mathowie at 10:17 AM on May 15, 2000

I've heard nothing but good about the TiVo, and am quite keen on getting one myself.

On to the point of me posting, that that was linked to in the Veen article is pretty cool. Working behind a VERY restrictive firewall has seriously hampered my SHOUT and ICEcast streaming. And there's a decent selection of music, too.
posted by cCranium at 11:19 AM on May 15, 2000

I tried recording "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?" last night and it didn't work. I don't mean that I set it up and it didn't record, I mean that I waited what seemed to be an hour for the list of shows to come up, then gave up. Sounded like a good idea though...
posted by deckard at 2:02 PM on May 15, 2000

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