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Review: MobileTV

Watching broadcast TV on your iPhone

3 min read
Review: MobileTV
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Even as more and more viewers shift to getting television programs delivered via fixed and mobile Internet connections, broadcast television still has its place. Over-the-air transmissions are more resilient than a video stream. There’s no network congestion or overwhelmed ­servers during a live event, for example, and when disasters rob cell towers or home routers of power, television stations can still reach affected areas. So it’s perhaps a little bit surprising that the options for watching broadcast TV on mobile devices have been thin on the ground, which makes gadgets like Escort’s MobileTV for iOS devices very welcome.

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Why the Internet Needs the InterPlanetary File System

Peer-to-peer file sharing would make the Internet far more efficient

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When the COVID-19 pandemic erupted in early 2020, the world made an unprecedented shift to remote work. As a precaution, some Internet providers scaled back service levels temporarily, although that probably wasn’t necessary for countries in Asia, Europe, and North America, which were generally able to cope with the surge in demand caused by people teleworking (and binge-watching Netflix). That’s because most of their networks were overprovisioned, with more capacity than they usually need. But in countries without the same level of investment in network infrastructure, the picture was less rosy: Internet service providers (ISPs) in South Africa and Venezuela, for instance, reported significant strain.

But is overprovisioning the only way to ensure resilience? We don’t think so. To understand the alternative approach we’re championing, though, you first need to recall how the Internet works.

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