Internet Privacy

Written by Steve

Privacy onrepparttar internet,

Overrepparttar 133359 past few years asrepparttar 133360 internet has become more and more popular, privacy has become a major issue. Just as if you are walking downrepparttar 133361 street and can be watched, every click of your mouse every website you browse, or file you download, is traceable. In recent years this has become a major issue.

Spyware: The most currently talked about privacy issue atrepparttar 133362 moment. Spyware are little programmes that can easily be picked up by surfing any website or downloading files. Spyware can pickup information from where you surf to your credit card details, this information then can be sold.

Generally onlyrepparttar 133363 "Dodgy" websites give you Spyware but people are now creating harmless looking websites with real content but only offering a download that may be Spyware. There are many developers trying to create software that will infiltraterepparttar 133364 Spyware and take it out, but just as smart these coders are so arerepparttar 133365 Bad guys. Microsoft are waging war on Spyware by developing their own free downloadable Spyware remover, but already inrepparttar 133366 beta stages, viruses have been made to stop Microsoft's Anti-Spyware programme in its tracks. This isrepparttar 133367 lengths these malicious coders will go to, to keep their piece ofrepparttar 133368 pie.

Cookies: Cookies sounds like something yummy, but onrepparttar 133369 internet cookies can berepparttar 133370 opposite. Cookies are great tools as they allow websites to recognise you when you come back to view their pages. The major issue with this is some webmasters collect data on you from passwords to private and personal information. Cookies can even help nasty people to steal your identity.

The Premium Movie Channel Paradigm Could Soon Face Extinction

Written by Terry Mitchell

The article sent shockwaves throughout Wall Street, asrepparttar stock prices for both TiVo and Netflix shot up. Last September, a Newsweek article reported that TiVo and Netflix might be getting together to produce a true form of video-on-demand (VOD). Last week, a Netflix official fueled this speculation by dropping hints about a potential joint venture. TiVo,repparttar 133358 original and premier provider of digital video recorders (DVRs) inrepparttar 133359 U.S., would eventually provide instantaneous online access torepparttar 133360 entire DVD library (currently more than 35,000 films) of Netflix,repparttar 133361 nation’s number one mail order video rental service. This would be accomplished via a broadband internet connection to specially equipped TiVo DVRs. This development could also spellrepparttar 133362 beginning ofrepparttar 133363 end for premium movie services like HBO, Showtime, and Starz. First, let’s put all of this into perspective with a little history ofrepparttar 133364 premium services. Home Box Office (HBO) wasrepparttar 133365 first premium service, debuting in 1975. It was one ofrepparttar 133366 first channels beamed from a satellite and carried by cable operators acrossrepparttar 133367 country. As its popularity grew inrepparttar 133368 late 1970’s, several other premium services like Showtime, Cinemax, The Movie Channel, as well as some lesser known premium services came into existence. The industry started consolidating inrepparttar 133369 early 1980’s as HBO bought Cinemax, Showtime bought The Movie Channel, and those lesser known services went belly-up. Inrepparttar 133370 early 1990’s,repparttar 133371 Starz-Encore networks debuted to compete withrepparttar 133372 HBO and Showtime networks. Duringrepparttar 133373 mid-1990’s, as satellite services such as Directv and Dish Network debuted,repparttar 133374 premium services began offering “multiplexed” channels, i.e., multiple channels of HBO, Showtime, Cinemax, The Movie Channel, and Starz-Encore forrepparttar 133375 price of one. Unfortunately,repparttar 133376 number of movie choices didn’t increase. Those services just began to air their same libraries of movies at different times on their various multiplexed channels. There are hundreds of movies at local video stores that have never played (and will never play) onrepparttar 133377 premium channels while there are a comparatively small number of others that have played on these channels thousands of times. That has always beenrepparttar 133378 major weakness ofrepparttar 133379 premium services. Multiplexing did not fix this problem. Several market tests of VOD were conducted duringrepparttar 133380 1980’s andrepparttar 133381 early 1990’s but, becauserepparttar 133382 technology was rather primitive, it did not catch on with consumers. Byrepparttar 133383 late 1990’s, it finally seemed ready and lots of promises were made aboutrepparttar 133384 brave new world of VOD. The cable companies were talking about veritable online video stores, which were going to put Blockbuster, et al, out of business. Unfortunately,repparttar 133385 reality of VOD has never lived up to its hype. The stuffrepparttar 133386 cable companies are currently passing off as VOD is nothing more than a glorified version of pay-per-view or a DVR. Forrepparttar 133387 most part, their VOD offerings aren’t any different fromrepparttar 133388 stuff currently playing onrepparttar 133389 premium channels and/or on pay-per-view. This is what I call “faux VOD.” How lame! Fortunately, led byrepparttar 133390 apparent impending TiVo-Netflix undertaking,repparttar 133391 landscape is about to change and a new era of genuine VOD is about to be ushered in. PC-based broadband VOD services like Cinemanow ( and Movielink ( have been up and running for several years and are about to broaden their offerings. In addition, SBC Communications and EchoStar Communications have already announced that they are teaming up to provide an online-to-TV VOD service this year, while several similar phone company-satellite operator projects are still inrepparttar 133392 negotiations stage. Also, Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) platforms, offering hundreds of television channels via a broadband internet connection to a TV set-top box, will be coming online this year. One ofrepparttar 133393 major features of these services will be advanced VOD technology. Microsoft has developed its own version of IPTV technology. See Microsoft’s website ( for details. The nation’s two largest phone companies, Verizon and SBC, plan to utilize Microsoft’s technology inrepparttar 133394 rollout of their respective IPTV platforms later this year.

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