Remember when you were a kid and someone told you about the stuff that would be possible 'one day'? Growing up in the '70s there were certain points on the time line of my future that I really believed were going to be worth the wait. Jet packs to get around town; the meal in a pill; or even the one about world peace.
As a whole, we haven't really come as far as the futurists promised. Another case of marketing making promises and not clearing them with engineering. That hasn't changed, either!
But, while we do still have to load airplanes through a single door, drive our oil-spewing cars, and eat swiss chard, there have been some huge leaps, technologically speaking. Heck, my grandma remembers hearing the first time a car engine started and here I sit with 3,000 channels of television on my laptop.
That last sentence was NOT a typo -- 3,000- channels of television on my laptop.
This product is CERTAINLY the 21st century that my comic book heroes referred to way back when I had a head full of hair, a face full of pimples, and free time to, well, watch 3,000 channels of television.
Radio stations from Romania; soccer from Sweden; game shows from Greece; home shopping channel from Hungary; news from New Zealand; or even music videos from Macedonia. This software (which costs less than $50 for LIFETIME SERVICE and NO MONTHLY CHARGES) can literally take you around the world without having to ever board an airplane through that darn single door.
I downloaded this program 2 weeks ago and it has opened my eyes to a world of viewpoints that I might never have considered. The Satellite TV channels are easy to navigate and the response time is just like your living room box - but with a vocabulary that your old SONY won't ever understand. It allows you to search for channels by country and/or by topic. It is easy to find sports, news, and TV shows. It is quite fun to view TV shows from around the world. You might even see the next big thing, before Simon Cowell makes it the next big thing.
They offer a money back guarantee so you can try it out risk free. I find that to be extremely 21st century, and dare I say, perhaps even 22nd century. Some packages you spend your money, take a chance and if you're not satisfied you are out of luck. With Satellite TV for PC you download it, give it an 8 week workout -- and return it if you don't love it. I'm not giving mine back, but you might have more of a life than me.
I'd write more about it, but it's 3:00 PM in Luxemburg right now and my new favorite show, Luxemburg Ice Dancing, is about to being. And honestly, it's just not the same if you miss the opening.
Pick it up right now (link below) and quit paying that monthly $90 cable bill for a lousy 100 stations!
100 stations... geez, what is this, 2004?
Barry Friedman is a four time World Juggling Champion (stop laughing -- it's a great gig) who spends a lot of time on airplanes. He loves to write, play with electronics, read books, use software, and raise his child. When he gets something new he usually writes a review that promises to carry a two-laugh minimum.
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His juggling life (yeah, the one you were laughing about) can be found here: