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2012-08-11 03:50 PM
johnnyzee99 The PS3 is a great box to have for streaming. I use both Netflix and Sony's Video Unlimited for renting newer movies.

My brother has sub'ed to NHL on his PS3.

2011-11-28 01:13 AM
DentedMarble sonicrev7,

Although I haven't tried myself; you can subscribe to NHL , MLB and NHL services on the PS3.

2011-11-27 07:45 PM
Resolution on tv for gamecenter or other services


Thanks for this amazing thread! We mostly watch sports in our house and our tv is connected to our computer through HDMI.
Does anyone have any feedback on the gamecenter feeds displayed on a tv?

Would a Boxee or PS3 setup work?
Would they still work if the computer was connected via VPN? Or do the units themselves have to connect through VPN? New to this, but I REALLY want to find a solution.
2011-11-25 08:42 AM
Originally Posted by TorontoColin View Post
I believe Y&R is simulcast on Global in Canada, no?
It is, and that's how I record it for my wife. She was ok with cutting the cable as long as she can still get Y&R. Just remember, the Global feed is 1 day ahead of the US one....I learnt that the hard

In regards to gamecentre, I was ticked off that they still have blackouts with their online feeds and would pay them in a second if I could get all the games but since I can't (didn't bother trying with unblockus as I do use that service) I paid for another service to get my NHL games. I think it falls under the "grey" area so I won't post any names but I do have access to every NHL game.
2011-11-24 09:22 PM
Originally Posted by snowbird72 View Post
If you used a US IP, would NHL gamecentre work for local coverage? I thought I read somewhere that I wouldn't be able to get the Leafs in the Toronto mkt area but if I used a US IP, do you think it would work?
Perhaps, but I guess you would have to pay for gamecentre to test it. The service that I use, Unblockus, specifically mentions NHL Gamecentre Live on its web page.
2011-11-24 06:02 PM
Originally Posted by TorontoColin View Post
I believe Y&R is simulcast on Global in Canada, no?
yes i believe you are correct. Thx for pointing that out.
2011-11-24 05:10 PM
snowbird72 Wayne,

If you used a US IP, would NHL gamecentre work for local coverage? I thought I read somewhere that I wouldn't be able to get the Leafs in the Toronto mkt area but if I used a US IP, do you think it would work?

- snowbird
2011-11-24 04:55 PM
Originally Posted by snowbird72 View Post
My wife likes her Y&R (CBS) so Hulu isn't going to help me here...
I believe Y&R is simulcast on Global in Canada, no?
2011-11-24 04:54 PM
TorontoColin Some posts edited/removed. Plenty of existing threads about WMC's failings in Canada. Please stay on topic here.
2011-11-24 04:15 PM
Wayne I have my MC box setup to be US based and I am using Unblockus to spoof a US IP. The US online content in MC is very good, including Netflix and I use the Hulu Desktop to get access to Hulu. This is definitely an alternative to cable TV when combined with OTA. The only problem is the lack of access to a lot of live sports.
2011-11-24 04:01 PM
j0dest3r Yeah, that is what I was meaning.
2011-11-24 02:43 PM
Wayne This isn't a Microsoft Canada issue unless you want them to provide similar access with CTV, Global, etc. CBS sells Canadian rights, including online rights, for many of their shows to Canadian networks. Therefore CBS blocks access to their web site and other forms of Online content from non-US IP addresses.
2011-11-24 02:28 PM
j0dest3r Everyone start sending tweets to Microsoft Canada and let them know you want this north of the border for Windows 8 MC. Too late for 7MC now I'm assuming.
2011-11-23 09:31 PM
pnear You'll find that Windows Media Center has excellent out-of-the-box connection to CBS internet TV. That, plus Hulu desktop nicely integrated into media center via this plugin ( and one might say that the Internet TV experience is darn-near complete for those who happen to be on a US internet connection.
2011-11-23 09:08 PM
Originally Posted by bucketo View Post
Hey Snowbird and company.

We are bout 10 months in to cutting the cable and we have no plans at all to go back. The big test was with the kick off of fall shows and all went well.

Thanks for the response. I'm glad to see you are still finding the experience to be very positive.

I have been looking into several options over the last few months. So far I have the following already installed:
  • OTA antenna with access to Canadian broadcasts, ABC, FOX, PBS and CBS (most of the time) among others
  • PS3 with access to a PC from which I stream videos from my library as well as access Netflix Canada (this gets a lot of use)

I haven't taken the plunge to cut the cable quite yet but do intend to do so in the very near future once I get some of the details ironed out (i.e. which isp to go with, best way to record OTA, how to get NHL games...go leafs go... etc)

My wife likes her Y&R (CBS) so Hulu isn't going to help me here...I'll have to improve the OTA reception. The kids have been splitting their time between cable tv and netflix. I suspect they would eventually forget about the cable only content and completely move over to Netflix (or do their homework for a change ).

I suppose I could try hulu plus through the PS3 via vpn. I am assuming that is what you have done. That way I can test Netflix, Hulu Plus and OTA prior to deciding to cut the cable.

As an aside, I did a trial vpn for Netflix US and thought the US version actually had less content than the Canadian. Seemed strange to me but I did a comparison and that is exactly what I found. Weird considering everyone here is saying the US version has more content. As an example, my daughter likes iCarly. The Cdn version has several seasons but the US only had the first two (if I remember correctly). There were other examples of this with other shows.

The above still doesn't address recording our shows which would now only be available via OTA. I'm on a tight budget so a used Mac Mini may be an option or I can build a HTPC. I have two other PC's already but one is outdated and the other is strictly for my photo editing.

In terms of providing a video, I would really like to see how slick the system is with the Mac (i.e. PIA factor and WF). Right from turning it on to clicking through content to recording a show and then watching it. Not sure an iphone is going to capture it well but if you don't mind giving it a shot, I'm sure I am not the only one who would really appreciate it.

Once again, thanks for the update. I have learned quite a bit from this forum and have returned to this thread specifically many times over the last number of months.

- Snowbird
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