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YouTube low bandwidth option…

Following on from my recent post “Watching UK TV abroad”, I thought readers may be interested in new YouTube developments too.

Now that I have become a liveaboard albeit in a UK Marina (!) I now realise how annoying a poor an internet connection can be. So ways of getting content on the web to display over low bandwidth connections is key.

YouTube have two new schemes that help improve the experience.

  • Firstly, low bandwidth  YouTube: This is for YouTube content itself there is the new “YouTube Feather” project. The "Feather" project is intended to serve YouTube video pages with the lowest latency possible. It achieves this by severely limiting the features available to the viewer and making use of advanced web techniques for reducing the total amount of bytes downloaded by the browser. It is a work in progress and may not work for all videos.
  • Secondly, YouTube Movies: YouTube have been redesigning how people who have “Channels” hosted by YouTube can improve the display of their content. Being more aware of the screen size limitations and bandwidth consideration of smartphones, tablets and so on. This is called the YouTube One Channel project. One of the best “Channels” that has launched using this new design is the YouTubeMovies Channel. That’s right. You can now watch full length Hollywood and Bollywood movies online, without any advertisements, for free on Youtube. Many movie studios have partnered with Youtube to stream their popular movies online via Youtube.

Happy surfing..

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Watching UK TV abroad

Apart from sailing, we go to Turkey quite a lot and nothing is more frustrating than having to watch local TV. From past experience I think the same goes for France, Germany, Spain, Portugal in fact all of Europe!.

Most people would agree that UK TV is the best in the world. The only exception I would say is that the US has perfected the Crime Drama/Thriller genre – and these get imported to the UK anyway.

On my recent trip down to Portugal I collected a few tips from other sailors and live-aboards about what services they use to get UK TV and this is what they came up with:

 

FilmonTV

I like Filmon TV . It not only has the web streaming capability for UK TV it also has music channels, and a host of other categories ranging from “Local Channels” to “Mind Body & Spirit Channels”. They also sell a variety of software or hardware products. You can enable your iPad to become a TV device connected to your cable TV you can even record and pause live TV using these techniques and products…well worth investigation.

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