let me be clear: i do not advocate piracy. i just want to watch tv on my ps3. that being said, here’s my beef: the ps3 browser has a lot of problems. mainly it hates flash, but there’s other issues too. since sony took away the ability to run linux, i can’t even find a nerdy way around it.
here’s the back story. i moved into an actual apartment building recently, and i had a revelation: i love being an adult. the one drawback of being an adult? paying for your own cable.
before my real place, i had been renting basements. my feelings on it are a mixed bag – on the one hand, it’s cool in the summer, plus it’s generally cheap, with most places throwing in laundry to boot. on the other… it’s damp, lots of bugs, and generally dark. it’s pretty much like living in a cave. however, here’s another bonus about toronto basement living: it usually comes with free cable. landlords love young business professionals who want to live in the basement.
in my real, adult home, me having cable makes no sense at all. i watch global, cp24 / citypulse and sometimes ctv. these are basic cable services and you get them for free. other than that, i used to have the food network playing all the time. is this one channel worth $90 a month? no. fuck no, if we’re opting for honesty. so i don’t get cable. i kind of miss it, to be honest and i have never been faced with this situation. so i turn to online, since sites like global and the food network have feeds going on. it’s always after the fact though, which is becoming increasingly annoying.
what does this have to do with the ps3, you ask? well it’s really quite simple. i could watch tv on a computer screen, or i could take advantage of the much-balleyhooed ‘media center’ bullshit the ps3 spits out and make it play on my giant tv. [if you still don’t get it, please go play in traffic. ]
one of the posters on the playstation board made a good point: most people watch tv online because it’s free. some do it to forgo the ads, but in general it’s the allure of free. tv stations bitch about the ads all the time, how they need them to run. a live feed would STILL let the commercials run, and let people watch for free. look at that! more winnings!
sigh. if i find a solution, i will let all of you know.