By Nick Joniec and Jordan Sangrey –
Internet TV is slowly overpowering cable TV as more internet TV services are starting online. Services such as Hulu and Netflix, are gaining popularity. The Boxee box, the Roku and Google TV are some examples of the latest Internet TV and movie streaming devices.
Using Internet TV streams is just not being able to pause and rewind your shows. It also allows for the ability to pick and choose what to watch, regardless of specific channels. Some services even allow the user to find out more information about the episodes, air times, etc. via an interactive search. Google TV, available on the Logitech Revue is one of these devices with similar features.
Other media services such as Pandora Internet Radio and YouTube are available as streams to your TV. These web services allow us to listen to our favorite playlists or even watch our bookmarked videos.
According to USAToday, an estimated 16.5 million homes in the United States have a Internet TV streaming device. Out of that statistic, only two percent use it for streaming movies and TV shows.
Internet TV users have the benefit of not paying for cable or satellite television services. As the name implies, Internet TV uses your already existing broadband internet connection. Additional services such as Hulu Plus and Netflix offer minimal cost driven subscriptions. Others are offered when you buy your Internet TV box as free services.
Internet TV is changing how people are thinking about watching shows and movies. Instead of going out to the video rental store or to the movies, you can now watch your favorites in the comfort of your own home.