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Episode 121: HBO Go without a cable subscription (above board this time)

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HBO Go will finally be available without a cable subscription.

This is huge news for cord cutters.  HBO is one of the big reasons that many people keep cable. But how much will it cost? I don’t think it will be cheap.

We also discuss the merits of CBS also offering a streaming service now as well. CBS is free, after all. So will people pay to be able to stream it as well on different devices?

We also discuss how streaming a la carte could work. We then discuss if this could be the catalyst for sports leagues getting rid of blackout restrictions?

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Episode 112: Daddy bloggers (also streaming video for sports sucks)

MLS Live may be cheap, but the blackout restrictions are onerous. A bad way to grow a new sports league is to make it really hard for people to watch your games. That's a pro tip right there.

MLS Live may be cheap, but the blackout restrictions are onerous. A bad way to grow a new sports league is to make it really hard for people to watch your games. That’s a pro tip right there.

Pat is back from paternity leave.

Jeremy and him discuss becoming Daddy Bloggers, because parenting blogging could use a softer touch. Tech. Dads. Awesome.

We also discuss streaming video with the NFL, MLB, MLS, etc. None of these leagues do it well, and it’s really holding back soccer from catching on in the U.S., in particular. Also, Jeremy is not “eligible” to get NFL Sunday Ticket streaming this year after having it for a few years. What is up with that? Blackout restrictions suck.

You can get around most blackout restrictions be either using a VPN or a proxy, which may be or may not be what I do with MLS.

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Episode 27: ESPN, The Sports Cliche Factory

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We start off by discussing Linsanity and racism and how a racist slur has been used several times by ESPN employees while discussing Jeremy Lin.

We then discuss how the iPad 3’s Retina Display resolution will require all apps to be  redone for it with higher resolution assets. The iPad 3 screen will look substantially better and much closer to a printed page when it comes to text, but news orgs will need to update their apps or their images, videos and other assets won’t look good.

And the apps that use images for text? Well they’ll be really screwed. Until apps that use images for text (which is a lot of iPad news apps) are updated, text will look worse on this new display. And when these apps are updated, because text is rendered with space consuming images, these apps will ballon in size.

So, render text with text, not images.

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