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TV-to-iPad streaming isn't as far-fetched as it once was. Many pay-TV providers have hopped on this bandwagon in a bid to keep customers from cutting the cord, and now even DISH Network is following suit. The company announced today it has enhanced its DISH Remote Access app for the iPad to allow DISH customers to watch thousands of on-demand streaming movies and TV shows. DISH customers who subscribe to the Blockbuster @Home package or select premium movie packages, including HBO and Cinemax, can now watch popular movies, TV shows and kid's programming using the updated DISH Remote Access app on their iPad. Streaming movies and TV shows using the enhanced DISH Remote Access app requires a DISH... Read more...
Satellite Internet has been a godsend for rural residents for years, but one complaint never dies down: horrible upload rates. ViaSat has been plugging away at improving that for some time now, and a new deal will reportedly bring "affordable" 12Mbps service to market within a couple of weeks. To residents using existing satellite services, this probably sounds like a dream come true. The new five-year wholesale distribution agreement with the National Rural Telecommunications Cooperative (NRTC) will enable next-generation satellite broadband service through the new ViaSat-1 satellite. Similar to retail offerings, the agreement will allow NRTC members to experience the new 12 Mbps service packages.... Read more...
Satellite internet isn't exactly something people usually get excited about. In reality, it's a worse-case scenario type of option for many rural homes. But nonetheless, it's an option, and an option at all is better than none. Particularly when that option is getting better by the year. ViaSat has transmitted the first data over the ViaSat-1 high-capacity satellite and the WildBlue high-speed data network, and this new bird should allow for greater speeds and more online fun than ever before. The initial transmissions and receptions were completed the evening of December 2 from a SurfBeam 2 terminal at ViaSat's Carlsbad campus, through the ViaSat-1 satellite and a gateway located in Milford,... Read more...
Ever heard of ViaSat? What about satellite Internet? Yeah, that one probably got your attention. Satellite Internet is one of those weird, weird things that you aren't quite sure how to feel about. On one hand, it's a terrible Internet experience compared to the luxury of high-speed broadband provided by cable, DSL, etc. On the other, at least it's an option for those who are too far away from a typical ISP. So, it's better than nothing... but just barely? That sounds about right. But soon, those historically lackluster speeds may be improving. ViaSat Inc. has just announced that the launch of the ViaSat-1 high-capacity satellite is scheduled for Wednesday, October 19th. It'll be launched from... Read more...
In America, there's HughesNet. It's usually a last-resort for people seeking high-speed internet, mostly for two reasons. For one, it's crazy expensive. Two, it's really slow, at least on the uplink. But satellite-based internet is still useful in rural places where no other broadband is available, and evidently those same demands are also present in Europe. Eutelsat has just launched satellite internet across Europe, and it's being called the most powerful satellite in the entire world. It just went into service this week, giving broadband speeds to over a million homes in Europe that are currently doing without. The KA-SAT was launched at the end of 2010, and just now went into service. It's... Read more...
Thousands of homes and businesses across Europe and the Mediterranean will soon have access to satellite-based broadband thanks to the successful launch of Eutelsat's Ka-Sat from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Yahoo News reports. This is the third broadband satellite launched in six weeks and is based on the same technology used in the SkyTerra-1, which was launched last month to provide service service across North America. Ka-Sat launch video A remarkable piece of equipment, the Ka-Sat comes equipped with 80 spot beams, or focused signals designed to cover an area around a few hundred kilometers across. Each of those beams boasts an overall capacity of 900Mbps to be shared among all... Read more...
Satellite Internet has been provided in America for years via HughesNet. But elsewhere, it has been somewhat difficult to come by. Now, the first satellite dedicated to bringing satellite Internet to Europe has launched, as the Hylas-1 has flown off on an Ariane 5 rocket in order to offer service to up to 350,000 customers. The Hylas is hoping to cover dead spots in Europe, which are seen as remote locations where broadband isn't yet available. The rocket has just launched this week, so it will still be a few weeks before it is correctly positioned and queued for service. The UK government alone has poured £40m in the Hylas development program, and they currently have a commitment to provide... Read more...
Those satellites in space don't just take spy pictures. On this Black Friday 2010, they are actually taking pictures of you, and your rush to Black Friday deals. The research is being done to see what consumer demand this year means for retail stocks. The trend, so far, has been favorable. The companies involved in this are Remote Sensing Metrics and Digital Globe. Remote Sensing Metrics is a Chicago-based consulting firm that analyzes the satellite imagery. In turn, it purchases those images from Colorado-based company Digital Globe, which operates its own satellites. Tom Diamond, CEO of Remote Sensing Metrics said “2010 is proving to be a much better year in terms of traffic. Beginning... Read more...
You don't find many people clamoring for satellite broadband service, which is typically reserved for those living in the boonies or any other locale where cable and/or DSL aren't options. That's because broadband satellite service pretty much sucks. The cheapest tier HughesNet offers runs $60/month, and all that gets you is 1Mbps downstream and 128kbps upstream with a paltry 200MB download allowance. For $350/month, you can bump all the way up to 5Mpbs/300Kbps with a 500MB allowance. Yeah, it's like that. The good news is all that's about to change, or so we hope. Hughes Network announced the signing of a $115 million loan agreement with BNP Paribas and Scoiete Generate to fund the launch of... Read more...
Toshiba announced the Satellite L635 Kids’ PC. Designed in collaboration with Best Buy and its You Spoke, We Listened program, the Satellite L635 features KidZui, an Internet browser made for children, and Net Nanny. The laptop also has a wipeable keyboard as well as a no-gloss Dura-cross textured finish that helps resist fingerprints. The Satellite L635 will be exclusive to Best Buy. It will be available beginning September 26. Toshiba and Best Buy Collaborate to Introduce Children’s Laptop New Satellite L635 Kids’ PC: Features Wipeable Keyboard and Software and Entertainment Suite Designed to Give Parents Peace of Mind IRVINE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Toshiba’s Digital... Read more...
A recent survey may serve as a wakeup call to broadcast networks and cable companies that their subscriber base may soon be slipping away. According to a Credit Suisse survey, approximately 30 percent of Netflix users between the ages of 18 and 24 are using Netflix's Watch Instantly service to watch TV and movies instead of paying for cable or satellite TV service. The survey also revealed that 37 percent of Netflix subscribers between the ages of 25 and 34 are doing the same. “Netflix’s low cost, subscription streaming service (with improving content) is our biggest worry and could become ‘good enough’ for consumers with moderate income and TV usage to use as a substitute... Read more...
Toshiba is adding to the Satellite A665 laptop's 3D capabilities by providing a software update that will add 2D to 3D conversion, support for Blu-ray 3D discs, and the ability to stream 3D content to 3D-ready televisions. The Toshiba Video Player 3D software will now enable the Satellite A665 to take 2D content and upconvert it to 3D. In addition, 3D content can be outputted directly to a 3D TV set via the HDMI connection. Toshiba is promising these new features via a software upgrade that will be available from www.toshiba.co.uk/computers. Updates to the Toshiba Satellite A665 3D laptop bring a new dimension to home entertainment Toshiba Video Player 3D upconverts 2D content to 3D in real time... Read more...
As the saying goes, you either run with the big dogs or stay on the porch. Dish Network has chosen the former, joining a growing number of content providers to jump on the online video bandwagon with a new video portal, DishOnline.com. This is Dish Network's take on "TV Everywhere," which will let users watch full episodes of movies online, get exclusive behind the scenes extras, excerpts, and previews, and program their DVR boxes from anywhere they're able to hop online. "People are shifting where they watch video, and I want to shift with them," said Dave Shull, Dish's senior vice president for programming, said in an interview. Currently in beta form, DishOnline.com is teasing viewers with... Read more...
Soon, Dish subscribers will be able to watch live television via their mobile devices at no extra cost. In September, Dish Network is planning to launch an app for the iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, and BlackBerry devices that will enable this functionality. An app for Google's Android OS will launch in October. In order to take advantage of the new feature, users will need the mobile app as well as special hardware. One option is Sling Media's SlingBox, which sells for $180 to $300. Alternatively, Dish subscribers could opt to upgrade to Dish's high-definition digital video recorder with SlingBox features. If you choose this latter option you'll need to pay $10 per month for multiple DVR service,... Read more...
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