November 14, 2009

PS3 Netflix Disc Arrives!

I got the PS3 Streaming Disc from Netflix last night. It's pretty cool. There is no login required, upon inserting the disc, the screen will flash a code where you have to go to to register the code. Once completed, Netflix will let you stream 100 movies per category (ie. New Arrival, Action, Comedy, Thriller, Sci/Fi, Children, etc...). I can't find any search function thus limiting the viewing only to the 100 movies per category they selected. One way to work around is to setup a instant viewing queue from your PC and use that category to view the movies you want. The general playback, fast forward, rewind and user ratings are all available in this format. I'm very pleased with this service, kudos to Netflix in a big way!

The really good news is that there are lots of action flicks by Steven Seagal and Dolph Lundgren; sweet 90s style action that went straight to video is streaming into my PS3!


stephen said...

Nice :)

andy said...

Web casting, or broadcasting over the internet, is a media file (audio-video mostly) distributed over the internet using streaming media technology. Streaming implies media played as a continuous stream and received real time by the browser (end user). Streaming technology enables a single content source to be distributed to many simultaneous viewers. Streaming video bandwidth is typically calculated in gigabytes of data transferred. It is important to estimate how many viewers you can reach, for example in a live webcast, given your bandwidth constraints or conversely, if you are expecting a certain audience size, what bandwidth resources you need to deploy.

To estimate how many viewers you can reach during a webcast, consider some parlance:
One viewer: 1 click of a video player button at one location logged on
One viewer hour: 1 viewer connected for 1 hour
100 viewer hours: 100 viewers connected for 1 hour…

Typically webcasts will be offered at different bit rates or quality levels corresponding to different user’s internet connection speeds. Bit rate implies the rate at which bits (basic data units) are transferred. It denotes how much data is transmitted in a given amount of time. (bps / Kbps / Mbps…). Quality improves as more bits are used for each second of the playback. Video of 3000 Kbps will look better than one of say 1000Kbps. This is just like quality of a image is represented in resolution, for video (or audio) it is measured by the bit rate.