… Is the title of a November Nicholas Carr article in New York Times Magazine occasioned by his discovery that a new Blu-ray DVD player bought was internet-enabled. He writes:
… Ever since, and much to my surprise, I’ve been using the device more to transmit Internet content than to play discs. I stream TV shows and movies from Netflix, music from Pandora and videos from YouTube. Beyond my existing $11-a-month Netflix subscription, I haven’t forked out a penny for any of this programming. It comes flowing out of the Web, whenever I summon it, free. …
Link: New York Times.
My Blu-ray player isn’t internet-enabled, but before Christmas, I bought a Roku box. Carr’s article inspired me to install it tonight. Actually, setup was pretty easy – the “hexy” password I use notwithstanding. The only annoyance was having to go to my computer to enter various access codes for the box and for various content “channels.” But now I can stream directly from Amazon and my Netflix account, view Flickr and Facebook photos, listen to Pandora, and view numerous free content sources like my fave, twit.tv. Really fast streaming access and decent video quality. I might actually use this toy. --Dennis