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Many consumers have figured out they can save a bundle by cutting out cable/satellite service in favor of streaming media. Hulu Plus, for example, runs $8 per month and gives you access to many of the same TV shows that appear on cable TV networks, including extended director's cuts of sitcoms like Parks and Recreation. Toss in another $8 for Netflix, and now you have access to a wealth of TV shows and movies for $16 per month, all on-demand and with less commercials than regular TV. It makes sense for a lot of people, so why isn't Nielson counting those viewers? That's a good question, one that... Read more...
Zynga's wildly popular Farmville franchise is headed to your TV. Well, maybe not your television, unless you're a parent of young children, in which case the animated series will inevitably find a way into your home and make you yearn for the days of Tom & Jerry and Looney Tunes. Ah, memories. In any event, The Wall Street Journal reports that director Brett Ratner will produce a half-hour animated series based on Farmville, while also serving as executive producer alongside Kirk Schenck and Charles Bishop. A Miami Beach native, Ratner's resume includes Money Talks, Rush Hour, Rush Hour 2,... Read more...
According to a recent report, around half of all Super Bowl commercials featured Twitter in some form or fashion. Perhaps it was just a hashtag logo at the end, or perhaps it was that iconic bird icon beside the company's Twitter handle. Regardless of the particulars, it's quite clear that Twitter has exploded, and is most certainly not reserved as just a niche, techy-only social network. Moreover, researchers are increasingly turning to Twitter to size up how well television shows are doing, and how the majority are reacting. To no one's surprise, Twitter itself is taking notice. In a blog post... Read more...
Boy, it must be nice to live like a 1 percenter (speaking about the wealthy, not the outlaw motorcycle club), but even the filthy rich practice prudence every once in awhile. And when it comes to LG Electronics' ginormous 84-inch Ultra HD 4K television, I can share with you 22,000 reasons why not to buy it. Yes, the TV that's wider than a car costs more than a compact Kia with it's $22,000 price tag, and if you're still on the fence, just look around at all the non-4K content out there. Still, it's 84 inches of screen real estate, it has built-in Internet functionality making it "Smart," and it... Read more...
Display makers have been working to march consumers into the OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diode) Promised Land for several years now, and it looks like LG Electronics is finally ready to kick things off. The Korean electronics company has begun accepting pre-orders for its "eagerly-awaited" 55-inch OLED TV set (55EM9700), albeit only in South Korea and for a barrel full of pretty pennies, and then some. Over 1,400 LG retail stores in the region are taking orders for the TV, which consumers can buy for 11 million won, or approximately $10,000 in U.S. currency. That's about 10 times the price of... Read more...
Intel's grand plan to dominate the living room and turn the cable TV world upside down with its own Internet-based TV service has already hit a snag. The Santa Clara chip maker originally wanted to launch its service before the end of 2012, and with that time frame having now passed, it's looking like mid-2013, or even later. According to a report in The Wall Street Journal, Intel's having a tough time hammering out content-licensing agreements with the entertainment companies that own all the major TV channels. While this is relatively new territory for Intel, the company isn't going at this completely... Read more...
The good news for TV manufacturers is that televisions are still the primary device for viewing content in the home, so they can rest easy in that respect. However, the "less than great news" is that TV manufacturers are doing a poor job executing a strategy to extend the TV's functionality beyond simple viewing, The NPD Group stated in its latest NPD Connected Intelligence Application & Convergence report. Specifically, Internet connected HDTVs are not being fully utilized. "The Internet connected HDTV screen has so far failed to break beyond the bounds of its TV-centric heritage, with little... Read more...
Given all the rumors, it almost seems a foregone conclusion that Apple will at some point launch its own brand television set. It was the same situation with the iPad; rumors persisted for what seemed like an eternity before it became a reality, and now it appears an Apple TV is imminent. In fact, a news outlet in Taipei claims that Apple's manufacturing partner Hon Hai Precision (Foxconn) has already begun testing different Apple brand TVs. An anonymous source at Foxconn describes the testing as an "initial phase," adding that shipments aren't likely to occur anytime soon, and perhaps not even... Read more...
There's a new Slingbox. Believe it? You better. After almost four years, Sling Media has finally introduced two new pieces of hardware this week. The Slingbox 350 and 500 are the new boxes on the block, with the 500 being the one to snag for those who need Wi-Fi built right in. The company's prior boxes required a direct hardwire Ethernet connection, and even the new 350 strangely omits inbuilt Wi-Fi. But, there's a definite boost in quality. Each one can place-shift content in 1080p, streaming whatever is on your TV set back home and enabling you to control DVR functions remotely. The 500 also... Read more...
Cord cutting is still pretty painful. You can get some content through Hulu Plus, a bit through Roku, and a lot via Netflix or Amazon. But live sporting events and certain dramas are still locked away in the pay-TV word, far away from those using the Internet to get their content fix. But YouTube is moving in a direction that may one day make it easier to live without those basic cable services. The company has been investing heavily in original material over the past few years, and now it looks like they're going to double down and produce even more. There's a new breed of original channels developing,... Read more...
In this tight economy, it appears many people are having a tough time justifying the notion of upgrading their existing TV sets. According to the folks at DisplaySearch, global TV shipments declined for the second consecutive quarter, dropping 8 percent year-over-year in Q2 2012. Interestingly, Japan is particularly proving a tough market, as second quarter shipments plummeted 77 percent compared to one year ago, DisplaySearch says. "A sharp decline of demand in Japan and a correction in Europe following the analog broadcast shut-offs in 2010 and 2011 have significantly impacted the TV market and... Read more...
Hello, beautiful. There really isn't a whole lot more to say about Sony's new HDTV, but we'll try. At IFA in Berlin, Sony unveiled "the future of television," and while such wording is bold, it may honestly be warranted in this particular case. The company's newest is a massive 84" set, and better still, it's a 4K HDTV, which ought to make your 1080p set look plainly dated. It's the company's first TV made to handle native 4K (3840x2160), which is four times the Full HD capabilities that exist widely already. The new XBR 4KTV will arrive in Sony Stores and select retail locations in North America... Read more...
LG Electronics on Wednesday started selling what it claims is the world's first 84-inch Ultra Definition (UD) 3D TV in the Korea. That's a lot of screen real estate, and LG packs it full with support for a 4K (3840x2160) resolution, which offers four times as many pixels as a Full HD 1080p (1920x1080) panel. "The 4K display market is still in its infancy but it was important for LG to claim a stake in this space," said Havis Kwon, President and CEO of LG Electronics Home Entertainment Company, "LG’s UD 3D TV represents a whole new level of home viewing experience because it offers every advanced... Read more...
Aereo, a broadcast-streaming startup, is working to try to build its subscriber base. To help accomplish this, the company introduced a new pricing structure as well as a free plan. Aereo's service lets customers access live broadcast TV on their iPad, iPhone, Safari on MacBook, AppleTV and Roku box. Aereo doesn't require a box or application to run. Aereo's new pricing structure includes a $1 day pass, $8 and $12 monthly plans, and an $80 annual plan. Aereo Try for Free offers one continuous hour of viewing each day for free. All Aereo users can use the company's remote antenna and DVR technology... Read more...
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