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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 CE devices. In other words, Internet-connected TVs and set top boxes could soon be pulling... 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, even to existing ones. For those unfamiliar with the service, Vudu is a rather elegant streaming service... Read more...
Well, what have we here? Unless our eyes are deceiving us, we believe we're looking at the latest media streamer in the long line of newfangled media streaming devices. As media becomes more and more mobile (and thus, less and less attached to whatever device it's actually stored on), AV addicts are finding the allure of taking their content and playing it back anywhere increasingly hard to resist.MediaGate has actually been in the streaming business for quite some time now, and by and large, its players are well respected in the industry. The company's latest, which it boldly calls "one of the most advanced high-definition multimedia players available," is the oddly named  MG-M²TV.... Read more...
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Whatever you can do, I can do better. That's the saying that Samsung and Blockbuster have evidently taken to heart, as the tandem has joined up to match Sony and Netflix's streaming announcement with one of their own. The Blockbuster movie services are slated to go live this fall, the same time in which Sony BRAVIA TVs will be able to stream Netflix movies if they're of the Internet-connected variety. This deal involves a far less popular alternative in Blockbuster, but the premise remains the same. Starting in a few months, owners of Samsung HDTVs, home theater systems and Blu-ray players will be able to watch Blockbuster OnDemand movies from the comfort of their home, provided they have a broadband... Read more...
If you're in the market for an HDTV, and you can't survive without your Netflix account, we've got some great news to share. Netflix, Demand Media and ON Networks have teamed up to provide instant streaming content to Internet-connected BRAVIA HDTVs and older BRAVIA HDTVs that are compatible with the company's Internet Video platform. Starting this Fall, Netflix members will be able to instantly watch more than 12,000 movies and TV episodes on Sony BRAVIA Internet Video-capable HDTVs and on previous BRAVIA models compatible with Sony's BRAVIA Internet Video Link module. We're told that movies and TV programs can be viewed through a queue-based user interface, and members can add shows to their... Read more...
Akamai Announces Variable Bit Rate Streaming Support to Deliver Live High Quality Video Content to iPhone and iPod touchContent owners and publishers including Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Discovery, FOX News, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, MTV, NPR, Turner Sports and USA TODAY are all part of Akamai’s iPhone 3.0Video ShowcaseAkamai Technologies, Inc., the leader in powering rich media, dynamic transactions and enterprise applications online, today announced variable bit rate streaming support for live and high quality video content on the iPhone and iPod touch. Variable bit rate streaming was a key feature delivered in the recent iPhone 3.0 update and this new capability expands Akamai’s... Read more...
Microsoft took a gigantic leap into online entertainment this week with a new partnership with Netflix, the online/mail-order movie rental service. More than 12,000 movies and television episodes from Netflix can now be watched immediately on a PC that has Windows Media Center and runs Windows Vista Home Premium or Ultimate. Of course, you have to be a Netflix member first, but once you are, all you have to do is launch your Windows Media Center and click on the "Netflix" tile under "TV+Movies" to start watching streaming movies and TV shows. The primary advantage, Microsoft says, is that viewers won't have to jump from Hulu to CBS.com to wherever else they get their online entertainment; it's... Read more...
A new video game company is attempting to compete with the big three console makers by creating a “cloud-based” gaming system with on-demand access to games and no lag time. The company, called OnLive, says its service will let users play games on any TV and nearly any personal computer, even stripped-down models such as netbooks and PCs that lack graphics processors. OnLive’s MicroConsole for TVs is slightly larger than an iPhone. It connects TVs and broadband connections to the OnLive service. Once connected to the Internet, OnLive delivers games run on servers in the cloud rather than on your local PC. These servers do the heavy processing and can stream the game play with just one millisecond... Read more...
CBS Mobile introduced a free application for Apple’s iPhone and iPod Touch that will stream a selection of its TV.com content onto those devices. The content comes from a variety of CBS properties including the Entertainment, Sports, and News divisions as well as CNET TV, GameSpot, and The CW. YouTube content is also available through this app. TV.com doesn’t include content from Hulu, which is to be expected since Hulu pulled out of TV.com earlier this month. The new iPhone app, named Tv.com, can provide plenty of excuses to waste time. There are a few things you’ll want to keep in mind, however. First and foremost, reviews of the TV.com application on the App Store complain that it doesn’t... Read more...
Who knew? Netflix -- the company famous for its by-mail DVD rentals -- is surging ahead of competitors, and while the tried and true red envelope approach is certainly to thank, it's the online streaming that has really taken the world by storm. In an effort to instantly gratify those looking for entertainment inside the home, Netflix has activated its Watch Instantly service on a plethora of devices, many of which are already hooked directly to one's television. One of the most popular Netflix streaming devices is Microsoft's Xbox 360, which was the first standalone device to acquire Netflix HD streaming a few months back. To that end, Microsoft and Netflix have jointly announced that one million... Read more...
S1Digital, manufacturers of high-end Media Centers, revealed their new Media Center and Server lineup for 2009. Updates to the ProLine Series Media Centers add additional features and refresh hardware to bring more powerful digital entertainment capabilities to customers. S800 Media Server ($10,999.00 list) - Updating the already powerful S800 Media Center Server with Intel's latest Core i7 CPU and Extreme Series DX58SO Motherboard, the S800 can handle demanding activities such as streaming multiple HDTV content around the house while recording multiple TV shows and playing Blu-ray movies simultaneously. The S800 supports six terabytes of hardware RAID managed storage with a 12 terabyte option... Read more...
Perhaps one of the oldest forms of entertainment is that of witnessing other people's problems. The Greek playwright, Aeschylus, may have given us the tragedy as a parable, but radio and TV have given us first-hand insights into people's real-life, self-destructive behavior from the likes of the Lovline call-in radio show to the Dr. Phil TV talk show. Now airing your love problems for the world to see is about to invade the most ubiquitous medium of them all--the Internet--with the Webcam-centric, live, "call-in" show, LuvChat. LuvChat will launch just two days after Valentine's Day, on Monday, February 16. The show will stream live, Mondays through Fridays, from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. PST. Listeners... Read more...
NETGEAR’s Award-Winning Powerline Adapters for HD and Multimedia Streaming Now Available Innovative Powerline Devices Offer Consumers 200 Mbps Speeds with Broad Options in Technical Design SAN JOSE, Calif. – November 17, 2008 –NETGEAR®, Inc. (NASDAQGM: NTGR), a worldwide provider of technologically innovative, branded networking solutions, today announced the general availability of its latest powerline adapters for turning electrical power outlets into high-speed Internet and home network connections. Fast enough to stream high-definition video, the award-winning Powerline HD Plus Ethernet Adapter Kit (HDXB111) and Powerline AV Ethernet Adapter Kit (XAVB101) provide reliable, high-speed... Read more...
Windows PC owners have been able to enjoy Netflix's Watch Instantly movie and TV streaming service since January 2007. The service even significantly expanded the quantity and quality of its streaming content recently by partnering with CBS Television Network, Disney-ABC Television Group, and Starz Entertainment. But Netflix customers who own Macs have been all but left out in the cold. The Netflix Watch Instantly service currently doesn't work on Macs. The only way a Mac user could use the service would be to use in on a Windows partition running Boot Camp. But this is all about to change, thanks to none other than Microsoft... If you spent any amount of time online this last August, you would... Read more...
A new service from Qik makes it possible for you to stream live audio and video from feature phones to PCs. Claimed to be the first mobile live streaming service on mass market, or feature, phones (meaning not smartphones or PDA-phones), Qik is now available in its first public alpha release for a slew of J2ME phones.Currently supported phones include Nokia S40 and Sony Ericsson JP-8 devices. More specifically, Qik mentions the Nokia 5300, 6300, 6500 classic, 6500 slide, 6555, and 8800 Arte along with the Sony Ericsson K850, K858, W890, W910, W908, K660, G502, and Z750.Qik also believes it can support the following phones fairly quickly with a little help from its users: Nokia 3120 classic, 3600... Read more...
Most of us still watch movies the old fashioned way: on DVD. Okay, maybe watching movies on DVD isn't that old, but for every $10 U.S. consumers spend on movie and TV entertainment, $8 of it goes to purchasing or renting DVDs... Which certainly makes us wish we bought Netflix stock when it first starting trading publicly in 2002. But DVDs won't remain the number one movie and TV source forever. And no, Blu-ray is unlikely to be DVD's ultimate successor either. The future--and it's not a very distant future--of movie and TV consumption is via online streaming. Netflix knows this and it is why the company has been building its film and TV streaming library for the last year and a half. The problem... Read more...
In a move that will leave many saying, "Duh! What took so long," the Internet Movie Database (IMDb.com) has just added movie and TV streaming to its site. IMDb has long been the first stop for many (IMDb.com claims 57 million users) looking to find information related to movies, TV shows, and the people associated with them, such as actors and filmmakers. Available now, the Amazon.com-owned company hosts "over 6,000 full-length feature films and TV episodes for free." This new features is currenly labeled as a "Beta." IMDb.com will feature a rotating selection of video content from providers such as "CBS, Hulu, Sony Pictures Television and over 500 independent filmmakers." Content will include... Read more...
Call this a rumor, but a particularly cool one.Netflix may consider extending its Watch Instantly movie streaming feature to game consoles, says one customer presented with a survey by the company. Polling its subscriber base, the rental outlet asks households if they would like to watch both movies and TV shows through either the PlayStation 3 or the Xbox 360 and suggests a custom software implementation that would allow the feature.No confirmation yet, and only one report of this survey, which makes this report very questionable yet.  It would indeed be a cool feature, however.... Read more...
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