It’s the day when TV schedules have come out. In past years before the age of internet TV it was pretty simple, if you were awful (like say under Greg Robinson) you were playing at noon if you were on TV at all. However with the invention of ESPN3 those same noon games are subjected to a crueler fate, being stuck on the internet. So while you bought that new LED TV to watch Syracuse rise up to the top of the Big East , you are subjected to crowding around some Laptop monitor with a friend, or at best seeing it on a (probably grainy) projector. This doesn’t get into the bandwith problems you may have from everyone trying to stream the game at the same time. So each Tuesday comes and you pray that the game will be on real TV, but sometimes these dreams are dashed. So whats a person who has to use ESPN3 to do? How can you makes the best of a bad situation?
1) Use your Xbox Live account or find someone who does.
If you have an Xbox 360, there is a decent chance you also have a Gold Xbox Live account. If you don’t find a friend that does and bribe them to put the game on. Assuming you have access to an ESPN3 account you can pull up the ESPN channel on Xbox Live. If you have the bandwith at home, ESPN is set up to stream in HD to the Xbox, which obviously runs into your TV. I watched the WF game this way and had an above average picture quality (at least as good as a 480P picture, probably close to HD) as well as the ability to rewind, pause and FFW. There were the occasional channel skips, but its not a bad way to watch a football game and you now get Picture in Picture for commercial breaks.
2) Many newer machines (and some older ones) have an HDMI out. By exporting your video signal to your TV with an HDMI cable, you can escape the problems of watching it on a monitor. While the quality will probably be less than the Xbox, you can still at least watch this on a real TV. Remember that since all you are doing is exporting the picture from your monitor you may need to temporarily disable the autosleep and / or screensaver functions.
3) If you have a Macbook Pro, you will need to shell out the money for either the Mini display port convertor (around 35) or the Apple TV (around 100). This will allow you to use your TV as a monitor
4) Watch it straight on your laptop or use an analog/ VGA cable to export the picture to your TV. Analog/ VGA cables. VGA doesn’t carry sound, so you will either need to use your computer speakers, or use a a RCA (the kind that goes from a headphone jack to two Red/white cables probably around 5 dollars at radio shack)
5) Stream it to your phone. Both the Android and Apple markets have an app called Watch ESPN. This app allows you to watch on your tablet/ phones. I don’t know the quality of these streams. You may even be able to output this to your TV if your tablet/phone has an HDMI out (or in the case of apple you shell out more money for an accessory to let you stream to your TV).
Good luck and happy gamewatching.