I know I complain a fair amount about TV in Panama. It is not so much because it is all that important to me, but more to inform those planning on moving to Panama, that it is not going to be the same as in the US. To some it is very important.
ON a recent post on Cable Onda changes that went into effect on September 5, I had a couple comments suggesting using the Internet. USTVNOW was one suggestion.
Last night, after the President’s motivational speech, I watched the NFL game on ESPN. When I turned it on, I saw that, as often, it was only in Spanish. I decided it was time to try the USTVNOW and see if it was worth using. To use it, you have to provide an email address and sign-in to watch the channel.
I did and then went to NBC which has the broadcast. I have a MacMini hooked up to the HDTV port on my TV and it works excellent for movies that I stream from Amazon Prime. I hoped for something close in performance.
USTVNOW had three resolution options (Low, Medium, and High). The game came on and it was in English. The quality of the picture was not near as good as I receive from Amazon Prime. As the game continued it would pause every now and then to buffer the video stream (in all resolutions).
In a movie from Amazon Prime, I may watch an entire movie and see no disruption from buffering. I have had as many as two interruptions to buffer, but for a 2 hour movie, that is perfectly acceptable. Besides the quality I am watching is close enough to DVD quality, that I can’t tell a difference.
I found that it was impossible for me to watch USTVNOW. While it was nice to hear English, I couldn’t handle the interruptions as well as the lack of definition in the picture. Maybe it would be acceptable on a small monitor.
I switched back to ESPN, on Cable Onda, and enjoyed the rest of the game. I consider USTVNOW an option, but for me, only in dire emergencies. I would rather watch in Spanish and see a higher quality picture.