Items tagged with Media streaming

Roku is certainly making a new for themselves these days. With media streamers and content distributors all jockeying for position in this crowded market place, Roku has managed to become a star player with their low-cost, high-value boxes. Their line of self-branded set-top units provide instant access to Netflix, Amazon Video on Demand, MLB.tv and a bunch of other sources. For many, this is the box to get if looking to replace the cable set-top with something more economical. But Roku has reached an interesting point. They have nearly saturated the market doing all that they can do. They need... Read more...
With the growing popularity of cloud-based storage solutions, such as the Amazon S3 and Nirvanix services, many businesses--both large and small--are eschewing traditional onsite file servers, and instead opting for offsite, third-party storage solutions. But the ongoing cost of maintaining cloud-based storage as well as the often unproven reliability of it makes it a less than ideal solution for some businesses; and this leaves those businesses with the conundrum of how to store and serve files, provide safe backups, and enable remote access, without breaking the bank. For such businesses, maintaining... Read more...
With the growing popularity of cloud-based storage solutions, such as the Amazon S3 and Nirvanix services, many businesses--both large and small--are eschewing traditional onsite file servers, and instead opting for offsite, third-party storage solutions. But the ongoing cost of maintaining cloud-based storage as well as the often unproven reliability of it makes it a less than ideal solution for some businesses; and this leaves those businesses with the conundrum of how to store and serve files, provide safe backups, and enable remote access, without breaking the bank.For such businesses, maintaining... Read more...
Regardless of their size or industry, most businesses depend on ready and secure access to their data. To a business, "secure" means that its data is protected from hardware or software failures and is safe from prying eyes. But small and even some medium-sized businesses often can't afford to maintain a data center, let alone a dedicated IT staff. Such businesses still have numerous options for data storage and access solutions, including contracting the service out or even relying on cloud-based solutions. But for those smallish businesses that have tech-savvy staff members, often the preferred... Read more...
Sonic Solutions has been doing itself quite a few favors of late, linking up with Blockbuster and even bringing CinemaNow films to USB flash drives. Today, however, it's really kicking things up a notch. In an effort to take on the likes of Vudu, Netflix and even Microsoft's Xbox 360 streaming service, Sonic has announced a new platform to bring HD streaming right to one's television.The new CineVision Adaptive HD technology is described as a next-generation encoding, multiplexing, streaming and decoding system designed specifically to deliver the highest quality HD video possible to internet-connected... Read more...
While it's not quite a household yet just yet, Vudu is definitely well-known and respected in the media streaming sector. The company broke through a few years back with its dedicated Vudu movie streaming device, and by and large, it has stuck to its guns so far. Today, however, it's showing a new side of itself, along with an all new Vudu user interface and a partnership that'll definitely have you considering an LG as your next HDTV.In what amounts to the company's first significant non-set top box initiative, Vudu has announced a deal that will bring its movie streaming service to LG HDTVs,... Read more...
For many, just the thought of setting up and using a network attached storage (NAS) device makes their eyes cross and their pulses increase. While even the technophobic recognize the benefits of having a network-based repository of files for sharing and backup, the concept can still seem daunting to some. The reality is that NAS devices have become surprisingly easy to set up and use, but most still require at least a modicum of networking knowhow. In a bid to allay the fears of even the greenest of computer users, however, CloudEngine's Pogoplug makes setting up and using a NAS device as easy... Read more...
Windows Home Server is quite possibly one of Microsoft's most unheralded operating systems. Many speak longingly of Windows XP, jokingly of Windows ME, disappointedly of Windows Vista, and hopefully of Windows 7. But seldom discussed is the little-known and little-used operating system designed to be installed on a home server and act as a central depository for serving media and other files, as well as a place to backup your home systems' files. For those who have used it, many praise Windows Home Server's functionality and performance--especially since Microsoft has made some significant updates... Read more...
The old adage, "looks can be deceiving," applies very well to the Western Digital My Book World Edition network-attached storage (NAS) device. With its small and simplistic physical design, housed in white plastic, and featuring only a set of white LED status lights on its front, this NAS device belies the power, features, and depth of configuration options just hiding beneath its shiny veneer.Which is not to say that the WD My Book World Edition NAS device isn't simple to use--it is actually one of the easier NAS devices we've worked with. Network storage neophytes should have little trouble getting... Read more...
Netflix recently sent a survey to some of its customers asking if they would be willing to "pay an additional $9.99 per month" to "watch HBO original series and movies streamed from the Internet to your computer or TV." As this was a survey designed to gauge potential customer interest, there is no definitive indication as to whether Netflix will in fact offer such a premium service. Current Netflix customers who subscribe to any of Netflix's unlimited plans can also watch unlimited streaming movies using the Watch Instantly feature. (Current unlimited plans range from $8.99 per month for one disc... Read more...