Enterprise Mobility: Cutting the Cable on Cable TV with the Help of Apple and Amazon, Part 2

By Cameron Sturdevant  |  Posted 2009-03-20 Print this article Print
Cutting the Cable on Cable TV with the Help of Apple and Amazon, Part 2

Cutting the Cable on Cable TV with the Help of Apple and Amazon, Part 2

Cutting the cable on cable TV did not mean forgoing broadcast television altogether, according to eWEEK Labs analyst Cameron Sturdevant. Using a relatively small, moderately priced Philips Silver Sensor antenna (similar to a Terk HDTV i antenna) and aiming information from antennaweb.org, he is receiving high-definition TV programming that is clear and crisp. He's using a Tivo Series 2 standard definition DVR to capture this over-the-air programming, and will be using this Tivo unit until his three-year contract expires in October. At that point Sturdevant will most likely build a DVR with the help of my chief entertainment technology adviser and fellow eWEEK Labs analyst Andrew Garcia, along with the always helpful advice of ExtremeTech HDTV editor Robert Heron. Sturdevant says that getting over-the-air programming was the least exciting part of the cable-cutting project. Commercial broadcasting is laden with commercials. Even with his Tivo "machete," it's pretty thick going to watch recorded programs. Because the Tivo Series 2 lacks an HDMI port, Sturdevant had to use component cabling to connect the device to the TV. This was the home equivalent of running a trans-Atlantic cable and created the typical cable management struggle of finding enough holes in the back of the entertainment unit to get the ganglion of connectors to the TV above. Bringing broadcast TV online also meant adding another remote to the collection. Faced with a choice of living with a feral pack of remotes and sanity, he's decided to evaluate a Logitech Harmony universal remote control. He borrowed a Harmony H659 from Heron and will make a buying decision sometime later this month. By Cameron Sturdevant
Cameron Sturdevant Cameron Sturdevant is the executive editor of Enterprise Networking Planet. Prior to ENP, Cameron was technical analyst at PCWeek Labs, starting in 1997. Cameron finished up as the eWEEK Labs Technical Director in 2012. Before his extensive labs tenure Cameron paid his IT dues working in technical support and sales engineering at a software publishing firm . Cameron also spent two years with a database development firm, integrating applications with mainframe legacy programs. Cameron's areas of expertise include virtual and physical IT infrastructure, cloud computing, enterprise networking and mobility. In addition to reviews, Cameron has covered monolithic enterprise management systems throughout their lifecycles, providing the eWEEK reader with all-important history and context. Cameron takes special care in cultivating his IT manager contacts, to ensure that his analysis is grounded in real-world concern. Follow Cameron on Twitter at csturdevant, or reach him by email at cameron.sturdevant@quinstreet.com.

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