Internet Television: Does DISH Network Have the Upper Hand?

Will internet television take consumers by storm? It may not be this year or next year but the transition is coming. I believe DISH Network may already have their foot in the door.

When I was younger, the internet was merely a place for the government and private business networks to communicate with each other. No access was given to the commercial public and the fact was, it was slow. During the 1990’s, dramatic improvements in communications led to the standardization of the internet as we know it today. The internet is now open to the public, it’s faster, more reliable and durable than it’s ever been. In recent years, many television providers started upgrading their systems to fiber-optic networks. This should provide additional support for a more reliable faster internet and in some instances video and phone services as well. Overall, the internet industry is being overhauled. I believe the future of television will be standardized and in one way or another all data will be transmitted over the internet to some degree.

Like the internet, the television industry has evolved over the past few decades. From traditional television programming known as over-the-air that’s distributed right to your television free of charge. To the 1980’s when an alternative was introduced known as the cable company, under this service you paid for cable channels offered by your local cable provider. These companies laid a network around your neighborhood or commercial property. Several years down the road, Satellite Television provider DISH Network and DIRECTV paved the way to offer everyone the ability to have cable channels, this self-reliant satellite system receives signal anywhere in the United States as long as there’s a clear view of the southern sky. Over the past decade satellite television has dominated the competition in terms of overall growth, reliability and customer satisfaction in the paid television service industry.

I see these industries evolving everyday, so what does this mean for the television and internet industry? With the internet and television (video) consumption widening, we can only speculate that the television industry will combine or conform to the internet and form a new video platform for pay TV providers. So, who’s leading the charge towards internet television? I believe, DISH Network will play the largest role with the transition of internet television. It’s been reported that DISH has approached several media companies about paid TV service being delivered over the internet. Opportunities like this may open the door for a more a la carte selection, choosing only the channels you want and leaving behind channels you don’t want. With DISH Network recently buying some wireless spectrum, we expect the company to roll out some type of internet service of its own, that should help support its video streaming business. DISH Network already offers a variety of Internet Television with international programming. DISH Network customers currently have the ability to send their television service out over the internet directly from their High Definition Digital Video Recorder.

Buying A VPN Service

A VPN or Virtual Private Network ensures the security and privacy of a private or public network. This is done by using a system or protocol whereby the user’s computer is assigned a new IP address which is owned by the VPN. All of the Internet traffic of the user is channelled to the VPN server. Once there, it is decrypted and allowed to travel to the new IP address. The user’s Internet service Provider will only see a single stream of encrypted data stream between the user and the VPN server. The ISP will not be able to log and monitor or control the user’s internet usage.

What are the advantages of a VPN?

In this day of hacking online accounts, unsolicited data tracking, security and privacy are important concerns of those who use the Internet extensively for work.

Apart from a virtual firewall, up to 256 bit SSL encryption security and hiding your ISP IP address, the other benefits of using a VPN are unrestricted speed and bandwidth and access to blocked websites. Ads on the internet are blocked. Most of them have apps on Android and iOS and so can be accessed on mobile phones also. It can be accessed from multiple server locations, wherever you are.

Cost wise, what are the kinds of VPN?

Free VPN services offers it at no cost, but they have to be extensively tested by others before you decide to make it yours, because many free VPN services turn out to be nasty experiences. Your privacy could be compromised in that they sell your data to third parties. Or they provide outdated encryption that is easily hacked. The ramifications encourage people to go for paid VPN services. And at very reasonable rates, it is not a big deal either.

Paid VPN usually take your privacy concerns more seriously as you are paying for them. They have strong encryption and do not store traffic logs.

There are many paid VPN service vendors. It would help to go through some of the rankings available online and read customer reviews of the top five or ten.

Once you have picked the VPN provider, you can check their website for payment options

Payment Options

· Credit card or Debit cards. Unionpay is a Chinese bank card.

· BitCoin, which is a crypto currency is a revolutionary, secure payment service based on peer to peer network. The advantage of BitCoin payment is that there is no middleman controlling the payment. It is an open source virtual currency that cannot be traced back to you. It is called an anonymous payment option.

· PayPal an online payment service where one sets up an account to make payments. There are no merchant fees involved in PayPal payments. But their legal department may not support certain transactions and they are not present in all countries.

· Other payment merchants that offer online payment solutions to VPN providers around the world are Ali Pay), CASHU, Payment Wall and Skrill.

· Direct wire money transfers.

The Importance Of Fiber Lit Buildings

Fiber lit buildings are buildings which have a good fiber optical network. Many people are trying to set up their offices in these types of buildings. If you are lucky enough, you will be able to set up your office or business near a lit building or in it. The biggest advantage of a fiber lit building is that you can get access to fast internet. You will also be able to gain access to Ethernet, gig E, etc.

Fiber lit buildings are ideal for all types of business. If you are setting up your business in an ordinary building, you will have to get Internet connection. When you set up your office in a fiber lit facility, these buildings will already have fiber network installed in them. So, setting up your business in a fiber lit building is a cost effective method to save money. Thus, you can get access to bandwidth of a greater frequency. Usually you do not have much choice in limits of fiber optic connections. Fiber network works on wavelength multiplexing. Here on a single fiber, a number of individual fibers are tied together.

Nowadays, you can locate buildings which have Ethernet connection with the help of a map. Any local Internet service provider or ISP can help you to gain access to fiber lit buildings locator. This locator will show listings of all those buildings, which have a fiber network. In fact, you can get a free access to the location map database. Once you locate these buildings, you can even move your current office into such a building. You will be able to find a service provider who will provide you with quality service, known as Qos. Some of these sites even provide you free consultation on Ethernet service or other Internet services. You can give them a call to get more information on bandwidth services.

Another plus point of setting up your office in a fiber optic lit facility is that you can easily change your current Internet service provider. Getting a connection with better bandwidth becomes easy, as it would be already available.

There are many sites, which help you to access the fiber lit buildings locator. All you have to do is to register on their sites and enter your building address. You have to enter the street name, name of the city, state and of course zip code. Just enter this information and do some research. The tool will provide you a list of all the fiber lit buildings in your area.