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Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

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Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

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April 4, 2014

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Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

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Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

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April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

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Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

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Jewish World Review Feb. 13, 2009 / 19 Shevat 5769

TV, with or without Rabbit Ears

By Mark Kellner

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | On February 4, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill extending the deadline for TV stations to switch broadcasts to all-digital service. Instead of February 17, the cutover is now scheduled for June 12. Media reports indicate President Obama will sign the measure, which earlier had passed in the U.S. Senate.

But whatever happens to your local stations, there's plenty of television - analog and digital - available without using rabbit ears, or cable or satellite services. Indeed, there's a bit of a revolution going on in the TV world: more and more people are "watching" television untethered from any traditional link.

Optimal viewing requires a broadband, or high-speed, Internet connection of some stripe, whether it's wireless or wired. Such connections are growing in availability, even free in many locations, such as restaurants, cafes and hotels, so finding one shouldn't be a problem. And, the vast majority of today's notebook computers are equipped with both Ethernet ports for a wired link and 802.11-based Wi-Fi radios for the wireless service.

YouTube.com, of course, started it all: you can watch short video clips, or some programs chopped into 10-minute segments, to your heart's content. The stuff is so available that you can watch it on an iPhone on demand, among other places. It's not the way I'd want to watch an episode of "Kojak," but in a pinch, it'll do. And for shorter clips, such as singer Paul Potts' amazing performance of "Nessun Dorma" on a British TV talent show, it's a great resource.

But there's far more than YouTube. Jump over to www.hulu.com to watch recent episodes of NBC shows (and others), with limited commercials and picture quality to rival cable. Here, I can catch up on "30 Rock" any time, as opposed to making it "appointment TV" on Thursday nights.

A plus with Hulu.com, and YouTube, among others, is the ability to enlarge the picture to "full screen" mode, which enlarges the image to your full screen. More often than not, that's a good thing - the programs I've viewed have come across with little in the way of "pixellation," or the blurry dots that arise when a picture is pushed to too large a size. It happens occasionally, but not often; YouTube, for example, offers a "high resolution" mode for many videos to fight that.

And if a video stream is pixellated, you can usually drop the image down to a size that's still large enough to view but small enough to enjoy comfortably.

Along with Hulu, Joost.com offers other TV shows, and ABC will offer replays (commercials included at no extra charge) on its www.abc.com Web site. Assuming your office computer's firewall cooperates, lunchtime in a cubicle can be a lot more entertaining, although headsets are recommended.

While some of this might give the TV ratings people fits - you can measure online viewing, but how to sync that up with a given broadcast? - its giving end-users a highly viable option on how they want to view TV. In my opinion, this is the key feature.

Many other cable networks offer some or all of their programming online. Religious stations and networks seem to lead the way here, although the World Wide Internet Television Web site, wwitv.com, which I discovered when U.S. Airways Flight 1549 landed safely in New York's Hudson River, lists hundreds of local stations and global networks offering streaming video as well.

Yet another means of television delivery is buying episodes of current shows from Apple Inc.'s iTunes service, available on both Windows and Macintosh platforms. Shows up to HD quality are offered, and prices are generally reasonable. And, users of cell phones from AT&T, Verizon Wireless and Sprint can obtain streaming live video as well.

The bottom line: that brave new world of digital TV is already crowded with options Philo Farnsworth, television's inventor, never thought of, many of which are linked to your computer.

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JWR contributor Mark Kellner has reported on technology for industry newspapers and magazines since 1983, and has been the computer columnist for The Washington Times since 1991.Comment by clicking here.


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