Items tagged with STB

Intel being in the set-top business isn't news. The company has been producing SoCs that are ideal for boxes that hum along 24/7 handling media-related tasks, and while these chips aren't nearly as well-known as the Xeons and Pentiums of the world, they're being shipped in a large amount of products. But what if we told you those shipments were just the taste of larger aspirations for the company? A new report from TechCrunch suggests that Intel could be about to launch a "virtual cable TV service" as well as a dedicated set-top box, which could begin the up-ending of the pay-TV universe. To be honest, that universe has long been ripe for disruption, and people have been hounding Apple to do... Read more...
Does the world need another set-top box? Depends on who you ask. Belkin thinks the answer is 'yes,' judging by the release of its new @TV. The curiously titled box brings live and recorded content to mobile devices. It operates over Wi-Fi, or a 3G/4G cellular data network, and allows users to access all content from their home theater on tablets, smartphones, and laptops. @TV works with both standard and high-definition programming and can connect and control multiple sources, such as a digital cable box, satellite receiver, or DVD player, and it also has Wi-Fi built in and can record live TV directly to a mobile device for viewing when not connected to Wi-Fi or a data network. @TV works with... Read more...
A deck of cards and...a computer? Not exactly, but basically! Sigma Designs has just introduced a new ultra-thin STB that's about the size of a Sheeva Plug, and it's easily the smallest device we've ever seen to be called a "set-top box." This tiny capsule of streaming 1080p HD via networking through an AC power adapter, and yes, it'll probably fit right beside your TV without even causing a scene. For now it's just a reference platform, and since it plugs directly into a wall socket, there's no power cord required. It relies on HomePlug AV and ClearPath for the most reliable networking over the home's electrical wiring. It decodes multiple HD IPTV streams and connects to a HDTV through a simple... Read more...
We used to say that ViewSonic was seen primarily as a monitor company, but now, we aren't so sure. The company has expanded mightily over the years, offering a wide variety of consumer electronics devices ranging from portable media players to e-reader devices to a new living room set-top box. The new NexTV VMP75 is entering a market that's deeply crowded with options from Vudu, Roku, Popcorn Hour and (soon) Google, but this sector has still yet to go mainstream. So in a way, there's still a chance for more market players to grab market share. This new device is a network media player, capable of displaying 1080p content from external storage devices or streaming media from home networks and... Read more...
We've been joking for years now that Google is taking over the world. Slowly but surely, our laugh is growing dim, because it actually does actually look like Google is doing their best to achieve global domination. First it was search domination, then it was e-mail domination, then it was breaking into the clean energy market, then announcing a 1Gbps Internet service, and now they're planning to invade your TV set. It's not quite 2012, but boy if it doesn't feel like it.According to new reports, Google has teamed with Intel and Sony (two obviously huge names in the media and technology industries) in order to develop a platform, which is rather unimaginatively named Google TV. The goal is to... Read more...
The TiVo. Everyone knows the name, and everyone knows the purpose, but for whatever reason, the name that's associated with "DVR" isn't in too many homes. Many consumers simply opt to grab the DVR that is offered to them by their cable or satellite provider, mostly because it's cheaper on a month-to-month basis, and it's also a lot easier to get setup. A dedicated TiVo box is a separate purchase, and it still requires a monthly fee even after you pay the up-front price of the box itself. TiVo still has legions of dedicated fans who wouldn't use anything else to record their television programs, and this week the company is introducing their first new set-top box in years: the TiVo Premiere.As... Read more...
What a couple of years it has been for Boxee. Granted, 2008 and 2009 hasn't been the easiest years for startups to gain funding and solicit business, but somehow Boxee has struck a chord with consumers. It just so happened to surface at the right time in order to take the world by storm, and by and large it has yet to let go. It's a simple concept--a software portal that enables PC users to easily surf to their favorite Web-based content. Think of it as a DVR guide, but instead of working with hundreds of cable channels, it sifts through dozens of Internet channels. And considering that the vast majority of Web content is still free (though laden with advertising), it's no surprise that consumers... Read more...
It's not unusual these days to see products come and go without making too much fuss in the market place. The consumer electronics realm is a tough one to make waves in, and somehow Roku has managed to captivate the industry at large and build up a respectable user base. Shortly after unveiling the Roku HD-XR, the company is now flipping the switch and putting the pressure on the software end of things. Throughout the next two weeks, Roku will be rolling out a substantial software update to Roku SD, Roku HD and Roku HD-XR boxes, giving all existing owners free access to ten new content channels. Already, users are given access to Netflix and Amazon Video on Demand, but as soon as the update hits... Read more...
Let's face it -- it's tough to make a name for yourself in today's consumer electronics world. With big names such as Apple and Microsoft spending millions upon millions of dollars on marketing, one must wonder how the little guys even keep up. Obviously, it's by making fantastic products and letting word-of-mouth do the rest. Such is the case with a once-little-known company called Popcorn Hour. Said outfit is quickly transitioning from a no-name media streamer firm to one that is becoming the best in the industry. After making a name for itself with the A-100, improving upon that with the A-110 and branching out with its very own HTPC motherboard, Popcorn Hour's finally ready to give the mainstream... Read more...
There has been a lot of news lately on Set Top Box (STB) System-on-Chip (SoCs) and dual High Definition (HD) mode devices, you can read more here, here and here. The latest news is a dual format, HD DVD/Blu-Ray decoder chip to be manufactured at 65nm for STBs. TMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM), the world's leading supplier of ICs for TV Set-Top Boxes (STBs)*, today announced a new dual-video-stream high-definition (HD) decoder chip, the STi7200, intended for STBs, digital video recorders (DVRs) and DVD players. This very highly integrated System on Chip supports both HD DVD and Blu-ray formats, in addition to high-definition satellite and cable... Read more...
Featuring two 120mm fans, a tool free design, and a few other great features, Gigabyte's Poseidon case could make it's way to your shopping list very soon. Gigabyte received excellent reviews for their 3D Aurora case which was released last year, and as Hardware Zone explains, it seems Gigabyte has produced another winner. "Following its successful entry into the competitive casing arena, Gigabyte hopes to sustain the momentum with two new series launched simultaneously early this month. We managed to get our hands on the higher end series, the Poseidon and here's what we felt."... Read more...
  STB's Desktop TV   TV, FM Radio, Video Capture and Edit Delivered to your desktop!       This week we had the pleasure of testing a new product from the Industry Graphics Giant, STB Systems. I was more than happy to have the opportunity to check this board out, as I expected "the fun factor" to be high. In a previous review, I mentioned the notion that it pays to delight the customer. STB absolutely delivered in this area. Here is why. Let's look at the specs first.                         View TV in a scalable window, all the way up to full-screen STB?s VisualReality? full-featured, 32-bit, on-screen... Read more...