There are more ways than ever to watch TV programs on the Internet, from Netflix and Amazon to Hulu. But many viewers discover that watching TV on the Web can be frustrating, as their favorite show might suddenly stop and stutter, the victim of a lack of bandwidth.
Audie Cornish talks to Jon Ralston, host of the Nevada TV show Ralston Reports. He talks about the unprecedented number of political ads airing in Nevada this year. Many shows, including his, have been shortened to create more time for ads to run.
While supersized TV screens have a proud place in many American homes, our viewing habits are changing. Even as DVRs and online services alter the meaning of "TV," phones, tablets and game devices crowd pockets and coffee tables, offering new chances to watch video.
Despite its status as a device that defines the modern age, the television has its roots in the 19th century, when radio pioneers suspected they could also transmit images. Even the word "television," combining Greek and Latin roots to mean "far-sight," stems from the 1900 world's fair.
These days, there are many ways to catch a TV show, even if it's no longer on the air. Often, the trick is finding out which service — Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, etc. — has the episodes you want to watch. And if the show is in reruns, it can get complicated.
TV is changing, and this week, Morning Edition is looking at the new technologies and new behaviors involved. NPR's David Greene talks to John Ourand of the Sports Business Journal about shakeups in the world of sports and the business of cable.
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