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We're still waiting for this so-called Hulu Plus subscription to go into effect, but while everything's still free, we'll try to pretend that Hulu is just updating their video player out of the kindness of their heart. There's no certain indication that this overhaul is leading up to a paid option for select "premium" content, and it's nice to see a company such as Hulu making it easier for consumers to enjoy content. The company has rolled out a slew of new improvements to their video player this week, with a few changes in particular really setting the bar high for everyone else to match. The new player is not only more streamlined, but it's actually larger and less convoluted. A lot of behind... Read more...
If we didn't know any better, we would assume that James Cameron, the guy who directed Avatar, Titanic, and loads of other mega-hits, was a paid spokesperson for 3D. Every place we turn, it's James talking good about 3D, with never a negative thing to say about the format. Without a doubt, James is the most prominent proponent of 3D, and even with the famed Roger Ebert saying that he "hates" 3D and thinks consumers should too, Cameron is plugging away. 3D HDTVs Pushed Hard at CES 2010 in Las Vegas At this point, it's pretty transparent. Basically, Cameron has now stated a a technology forum in South Korea that 3D will "will replace 2D as the standard, mainstream format for film, television and... Read more...
Boxee has quickly grown from a niche application meant only for Mac users to a Web content portal that everyone wants a piece of. Even D-Link, who agreed to create a uniquely shaped set-top box earlier in the year meant specifically for putting Boxee on the television and giving consumers the ability to finally squash their cable bill. We already heard that Boxee could be coming soon to mobile, and now there's even better news for those who really hope to see the company stick around: they're getting closer to finding a true revenue stream. The company already stated that they wanted to give users access to more and more premium content to supplement the free offerings, and today they're announcing... Read more...
Now that you've been sucked in and have grown hopelessly addicted to Hulu, it looks like you may have to pay in order to continue getting "your fix." Since its introduction, Hulu has been free to end-users. They simply logged on, selected a show, and enjoyed the stream (so long as they watched the ads). It felt somewhat too good to be true, but given the general push to consume content in atypical ways, we figured it may just be the way of the future. Now, we get the feeling that we may have made that assumption too soon. According to a report at the Los Angeles Times, Hulu may only be totally free for another month or so. Starting on May 24th, Hulu Plus may become a reality. The story goes something... Read more...
Wow. How the times have changed. In 2000, hearing about "HDTV" was rare. You might see one or two big events in HD, and you'd probably have to visit a sports bar or something similar to see it. Most people were still wowed with broadband Internet, and seeing March Madness in 720p was the least of their worries. SD content had worked fine for decades, so why change now?Slowly but surely, big networks began to make the investments required to bring HDTV to the masses, and pay-TV carriers began to offer them. Many charged extra for small "HD tiers," while some bragged about offering HD channels for free. Now, HD isn't just the norm, it's the expectation. Many consumers won't even watch a show if... Read more...
Until now, getting live TV on the iPhone took some effort. There was the SlingPlayer app that enabled SlingPlayer owners the ability to stream their Pay-TV content to their phone, but there wasn't a real substitute for the likes of Sprint TV on the iPhone. But MobiTV is hoping to change that, and their new app--which just got approved and listed in the App Store--is the software to do it. MobiTV brings live TV, sports, breaking news and other entertainment options to iPhone owners, and there's also a user interface that makes it easy to sift through the various portals. Consumers can use the in-app purchasing feature to download an additional content package that includes eight channels of live... Read more...
Do you watch TV online? Even occasionally? All the time? If you're reading this now, there's a better than average chance that you have consumed at least one or two television shows in your lifetime online, and that number is growing fast. More and more people are looking to the Internet to get their entertainment fix, and the reasons are numerous. First, the Internet is more convenient. It's almost everywhere, whereas your 56" HDTV is understandably fixed in your living room. The second reason is cost: watching shows online requires only that you watch ads, whereas cable, satellite and other pay-TV options continue to get more and more expensive.One area that pay-TV companies seem to ignore... Read more...
Are you ready for yet another option in the mobile TV space? We're guessing that FLO TV hasn't even had enough time to really get a grip, but starting on May 3rd, hundreds of TV viewers in Washington, D.C. will be able to experience Mobile Digital TV.After being tested in various markets for the better part of a year, the Mobile DTV technology is just about ready for its first wide-scale rollout, promising to bring D.C. residents their favorite TV shows on the go. The main benefit here is that this isn't much different than OTA signals now; if you use an antenna to grab ABC, NBC, CBS or FOX from your local broadcasters, this will work similarly but on mobile devices. Mobile DTV-capable phones,... Read more...
Mobile TV is still a growing technology in the U.S. People haven't had time to decide whether or not they're interested, and it's still available in just a few select markets. But to say it's going away anytime soon would probably be taking things too far. FLO TV, by Qualcomm, is pushing itself as the go-to mobile TV technology, and if the Super Bowl commercials didn't convince you, maybe the new innovations will.Announced this week at NAB 2010, Qualcomm stated that they are "working to enhance its mobile TV service with new applications that integrate video with Web-based content and social media tools." It's no surprise to hear of these changes; more and more users are watching content through... Read more...
NAB 2010 has kicked off in Las Vegas, bringing the world's focus yet again on the 3D universe. NVIDIA has shown interest in the format before, with the company's 3D Vision technology enabling gamers to experience all sorts of new depth on all sorts of new gaming titles. But of course, just satisfying gamers who yearn for 3D isn't enough. Now, the company is getting into...broadcasting. An odd choice, it may seem, but actually, it makes sense. NVIDIA has had success in unusual ventures before, with their technology helping to map out oil and gas exploration when not being used to push pixels in the latest titles. Today, the company announced that their Quadro digital video pipeline would enable... Read more...
3D. It's a format that's being talked about, and implemented, almost everywhere these days. It's impossible to avoid, but thankfully it doesn't seem that 3D will be completely replacing 2D anytime soon. 3D as a format has had its fair share of pundits due to having to wear 3D glasses to view most implementations, but to say that no buzz has been created because of it would be an outright lie. Now, cable and satellite companies are lining up to offer 3D content to consumers, without really knowing how long the lines will be to take them up on the service. It reminds us somewhat of the initial HD rollouts, but at least with HD, there was a general feeling that every consumer wanted in, with the... Read more...
We don't enjoy saying that the first ball has dropped here, but it sure seems that way. Hulu, which was called by NBC an "evil plan to destroy the world," might just be destroying NBC's hope of raking in any serious profits. The site delivers all sorts of television programs to online viewers at no cost, only requiring them to watch ads along the way. For many, it has been seen as something that was "too good to be true." But still, Hulu was making money from ads, and viewers were tuning in in greater numbers due to the flexibility of being able to watch their favorite shows whenever they pleased. In a way, Hulu helped to revolutionize the way we view content. Now, tons of online portals have... Read more...
If you've been led to believe that Mobile TV and Web-based programming aren't going anywhere fast, you've been lied to. If you've been led to believe that traditional TV viewing is rapidly declining, we'd also say that you're off in the wrong direction. A new report stemming from Horowitz Associates' annual Broadband Content and Services (BCS) survey has dug up some interesting conclusions about how people of today consume television content, and it definitely sheds light on both sides of argument.On one hand, the fact that four in ten of those surveyed watch broadband or mobile TV at least once monthly speaks volumes about the power of new content channels. 40% of people admit to watching a... Read more...
The relationship between Boxee and Hulu has been strained ever since early 2009, when Hulu suddenly and unexpectedly removed its content from being available to Boxee users. If you're not aware, Boxee is merely a software overlay that acts as a portal to web content; it essentially opens content from web sites the same way a typical web browser would, but for whatever reason, Boxee claims that NBC Universal (who owns Hulu content) requested that all Hulu content be yanked from Boxee. Strangely, not much has been said about the ordeal since 2009. Call it the Cold War of Content, if you will. Recently, the United States Congress become an unexpected venue for the discussion surrounding the deadlock... Read more...
What started out as a simple, innocent "plan to destroy the world" may actually, in fact, destroy the world. Hulu has always been something that's "too good to be true." Free programming on-demand, wherever you have an Internet connection? Even with pre-roll ads, it's still a solid deal for the consumer, but it may not always be that way. In an effort to tweak its business model to find new sources of revenue, reports are suggesting that Hulu may end up charging users to watch some of the more popular shows. Namely, 30 Rock, Modern Family and House. The site is still weighing its options, so nothing is set in stone just yet, but the writing seems to be on the wall. Reportedly, those behind Hulu's... Read more...
The landscape of television is changing right in front of our eyes. Never before have we had so many content options and ways to consume that content, and it looks like the big media companies aren't shying away from the revolution.ESPN, which has already announced plans to introduce a 3D sports channel within the next year or so, could very well be making a serious play for online viewers. According to rumors in the New York Times, ESPN could "provide live streams of sporting events, similar to the ones available through ESPN 360, a service that is available from some high-speed Internet providers." Did we mention that it would be providing that via Xbox Live?Microsoft's console has been web-savvy... Read more...
The DirecTV 12 satellite just launched into orbit, enabling DirecTV to bring even more HD channels to its users. What else could it bring? A 3D channel, maybe.With the amount of high-def television networks seeming to expand by the day, we know it's just a matter of time before adding HD channels isn't enough to sway consumers over from one carrier to another. We've also already heard that next year's World Cup will be at least partially broadcast in 3D, though details about viewing it in such a format have yet to be made clear.According to the HD Guru, the new bird that launched will give it the bandwidth necessary to go live with a 3D HD channel, and considering that the satellite will become... Read more...
The Roku movie streaming set-top box has been a real winner in the grand scheme of things. While units like Vudu have struggled to grab ahold in the consumer market, linking the Roku box to Netflix was a golden idea. There are millions of loyal Netflix users across the US, and with a cheap box giving them access to "Watch Instantly" content on their TV, it's a no-brainer for most.Today, the company is introducing two new devices that'll be available alongside the original Roku. The first is the Roku SD, which is a scaled down version of the original that includes 802.11b/g Wi-Fi, an Ethernet port, composite AV connectors and support for SD-quality Netflix streaming. The allure here is the $79.99... Read more...
If you had any doubts that the TV Everywhere initiative was picking up steam, here's some proof that the service is really gaining traction. With Comcast and Time Warner Cable already latching on, the newest pay-TV operator to join in is Verizon. The company, which sells television programming over its fiber-based FiOS TV offering, has this week become a TV Everywhere partner. What's it mean? It means that FiOS TV customers that pay for television packages in the home can also see some of those channels online, with a more robust programming lineup than what it already available for free on network websites and Hulu. Time Warner Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Jeff Bewkes noted that Verizon... Read more...
We've always heard that something's "on" when it hits the mainstream, so we guess it's about time we finally confessed that Internet TV has emerged from the closet. For the longest while, Hulu, Boxee and the like dominated the underground Web TV content scene, but it wasn't too long ago that major cable companies like Comcast and Time Warner Cable began to sit up and take notice. Just a few months after the former initiated trial runs of its own Internet TV platform, the latter has just announced that it is launching a few trials of its own. Dubbed TV Everywhere, this portal provides select TWC customers (all of them in time, obviously) with the ability to watch some of their favorite programming... Read more...
It was bound to happen, was it not? With Netflix flying onto all sorts of unorthodox devices and Internet TV emerging as a legitimate source of entertainment, we just had to see a report like this. Recent statistics from research firm Nielsen have shown that video games (and consoles, naturally) are luring more and more individuals than ever before. And needless to say, it's not just the game software that's enticing.Despite a global economy that's still trying to fully recover, video game sales have remained relatively healthy. Not surprisingly, so have content consumption patterns. As we saw just weeks ago, YouTube viewing has shot through the roof, and as Nielsen shows, viewing of programming... Read more...
AMD Announces Next-Generation, Platform-Agnostic Tools for Increased Game Development Efficiency — GPU PerfStudio 2.0 offers developers new features and flexibility to help cut development time and improve game performance — SUNNYVALE, CALIF. – March 25, 2009 – AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced the availability of GPU PerfStudio 2.0, a free, platform-agnostic, next-generation AMD graphics application development tool for game developers, obtainable through a closed beta program. GPU PerfStudio 2.0 has been designed from the ground up to easily integrate with existing projects, and help to identify and resolve performance issues early in the development cycle. With these tools, AMD is bringing its... Read more...
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