Blu-ray &Online Video Steven Kippel on 05 Mar 2009

ZillionTV posed to take streaming media by storm

ZillionTV posed to take streaming media by storm

zilliontv-logoWatching what you want when you want it has long been the desire of home entertainment fans. The VCR first let families record their favorite programs while they were away, and then the DVD-R had mild popularity (at least in the States). TiVo revolutionized the category, and the cable providers soon followed suit with DVRs. But all of these solutions still limited you to watch what was broadcast on TV.

Now we’re in the midst of a revolution. Streaming videos is becoming ubiquitous with services like Joost and hulu.com. Netflix, Yahoo!, Amazon, VUDU, and Blockbuster are also providing different ways to stream television and movie content over the internet right to your home’s TV. So what makes ZillionTV different?

At first this reminds me of MovieBeam, the short-lived rental service that beamed rental movies right to your home. But it is different now because technology has expanded much in the past three years.

ZillionTV knows it is content that brings users to their service, so they have collected a wide array of content providers to their service even before it launched. Five of the six major Hollywood studios are signed up to provide content to ZillionTV. Warner Bros., NBC Universal, Sony Pictures, Fox, and Disney are all on board. This gives them at least a fighting chance now that other services have the studios supporting them.

Another ZillionTV first is that some content will be available free of charge, provided you watch ads. This is already successful through services like hulu.com where the short adverts are unobtrusive. ZillionTV will also allow the user to customize what types of ads they receive.

ZillionTV will also stream 1080i video with the intention to go to 1080p. Sure this is the compressed video that looks about as good as DVD, but it is a start.

A few concerns I have include the cost. The set-top box is free, but it has a sub-$100 activation fee. Does this mean you do not own the box?

I’m also concerned that everything in your home theater how streams video. From your TV to your game console to your Blu-ray player to your AV receiver, how many devices do you need to stream 30 Rock? This is not to mention DirecTV, Dish Network and the cable providers also have video-on-demand competitively priced with these other set-top products.

So will the set-top streaming box last more than a few years? With inexpensive HDTVs from Vizio streaming video right to the display, what good is a box in the middle? It’s just one more remote, and another GUI to learn.

Learn more about ZillionTV.

2 Responses to “ZillionTV posed to take streaming media by storm”

  1. on 04 Jul 2009 at 4:55 AM 1.Wizeguy said …

    Before you run out and buy this you may want to see what is right around the corner. Here is something I found that sounds (pardon the expression) a zillion times better. Wireless cable TV steamed right to your computer. Interactive, movies on demand (Paramount onboard), picture in picture, video confrencing and more. I signed on for the Beta test only four channels available during the test (50 to 100 at the launch) but I was watching Becker on WGN-America turned on my TV to same channel and it was simutanious in other words live as being broadcast. Anyplace you can get a signal you can go to one website and get live as boadcast TV on anything with a screen and internet connection.

    http://www.marketwatch.com/story/zapmytv-enters-into-vod-and-svod-license-agreement-with-paramount-digital-entertainment

    http://www.zapmytv.com if you want to part of the Beta Test.

  2. on 06 Jul 2009 at 4:54 PM 2.Wesley Novack said …

    Thanks for the heads up on ZapMyTV. I’ll check it out.

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