So I got really miffed when I could no longer download my favorite SciFi shows through ITunes. I sunk a bit below the line on that one. How dare they? Those idiots! What greedy . . . .!
Then I went and checked out Amazon Unbox. And got all pissed off again. What!? I’ve got to download another piece of software? I’ll only be able to view it through them?! Great, another proprietary copy restricted format that I’ve got to keep track of! And last but not least, what do you mean these files are 20% larger?!
You can see where this was going fast.
Well my need for good SciFi busted my resistance, you see I don’t have or want cable and I don’t watch regular tv. SciFi is my vice – good, philosophical, well written plots and character development that causes people to think and relate to current, past, and future events – the great “What Ifs?” I love’m. My top choices these days all happen to reside on the SciFi Network which was pulled from ITunes and put on Amazon Unbox: Stargate, Stargate Atlantis, Eureka, Battlestar Galactica, and a non-SciFi – Heroes.
Much to my great surprise and pleasure – I like Unbox! I like the ease it is to play my videos. I am not restricted to the Unbox viewer. I can actually click on the file and open it directly with Windows Media Player (Sorry, Apple people). That file size thing – Not a problem – the images are clear and clean compared to the occasional artifacting of Itunes. No more out of sync voice/video issues because ITunes decided to revamp their player and not test it out thoroughly on non-apple machines. It’s been seamless. The only problem I had was when I was trying to run too many things at once and it couldn’t find the files. Easy fix – close down those other programs and clean out the cache (you’re going to be watching a video – why do have all those other things running anyway) and restart unbox – viola – fixed.
So if you wanna kick the cable thing and get all the episodes when they air instead of waiting for DVDs check out Unbox.