World Cup vuvuzela filter: the future of Internet TV?

June 24, 2010: 11:49 AM ET

A TV-on-your-PC company has created a way to block the locust noise from World Cup broadcasts. It's just the start of the personal-filterized future of TV.

By Paul Smalera, senior editor

In honor of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, YouTube recently added a "vuvuzela" button that would enable the plastic horn's trademark buzzing on just about any video available on the site. That's pretty funny, and if you're watching "OMG Trololo Cat" with the virtual vuvuzela enabled, it could even qualify as hilarious.

But what I'm more interested in is the email I just got from EyeTV today about the vuvuzela filter. EyeTV, for those who don't know, is a device that lets you connect an antenna or cable TV feed to your Apple computer, and use the computer as a television tuner, screen, and DVR, not to mention copy recordings to your iPhone or iPad, or share them with other users on your network. It's a neat device, and one I use to watch basic cable at home. (Most digital cable doesn't play nicely with the EyeTV, unless you just use it as a dumb pipe to connect your cable box video-out to your computer screen.)


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