[kwlug-disc] Anyone played with miro? Impressions?

Bob Jonkman bjonkman at sobac.com
Sun Nov 15 14:03:55 EST 2009

Unsolicted asks:

 >Is this the demise of rogers / satellite TV broadcasting? Provided, of 
course, one has unlimited >internet download / upload capacity. (Let 
alone speed.)

Not in Canada.  Pity.

I'm sure this is one of the reasons Rogers et al. are so keen to impose 
bandwidth throttles and transfer caps.  If you can't download the 
content over the Internet, you're forced to subscribe to their cable or 
satellite TV offerings (or so they believe).

Shortly after Bell imposed throttling for their Sympatico customers they 
opened their Bell Video Store.  Curiously, those downloads did not 
suffer from throttling, and didn't apply to their Sympatico customer's 
transfer caps.  But as crippling as throttling and caps are, you can't 
compete with free.  The Bell Video Store is no more, and Rogers' Cable 
TV is so fundamental to their business that I don't think they'll ever 
offer an alternative delivery format.


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unsolicited wrote:
> Andrew Kohlsmith (Mailing List Account) wrote, On 11/12/2009 5:44 PM:
>> On November 12, 2009 10:47:48 am Brian Nickle wrote:
>>> I use miro all the time it is a great bittorrent client.  I
>>> have subscribed to bittorrent searches via rss feeds of my favorite tv
>>> shows.  About an hour after a tv show airs in the US it is 
>>> downloading on
>>>  my machine.  I've been 2+ years without cable or satellite using this
>>>  method.
>> Which torrent sites are you using for this? I've been doing this on 
>> and off, but I am finding that the sites I'm using are less than 
>> reliable when it comes to "almost always" having the shows I want.
> Thank you all for your comments. Seems like I should check things out.
> It seems like miro / eztv would be a solution for broadcast (and 
> internet) TV to a large part, but not for everything. e.g. news.
> I would guess a combination with "Andrew's" ATSC tuner / dishes / 
> antenna is appropriate.
> Is this the demise of rogers / satellite TV broadcasting? Provided, of 
> course, one has unlimited internet download / upload capacity. (Let 
> alone speed.)
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