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Since announcing the inception of TV Everywhere last month, Comcast has managed to line up a whopping 23 networks to agree to provide their content online.It started simply, with an agreement between the cable company and Time Warner (owner of TNT and TBS and, interestingly enough, a cable company as well) to provide shows online, on demand. Original programming was to be accessible on Comcast.net and Fancast.net to customers of the cable company. The idea was to later stream the shows on TNT.tv and TBS.com.Now? There are 23 networks who've signed up: A&E, AMC, BBC America, CBS, Cinemax, DIY Network, Fine Living Network, Food Network, Hallmark Channel, HBO, HGTV, History, IFC, MGM Impact,... Read more...
Fans of The Closer, My Boys and Tyler Perry just got another way to watch their favorite shows: Online.Time Warner Inc. and Comcast Corp. yesterday announced a partnership to "develop broad principles for the TV Everywhere model to guide the distribution of its television content online."The basis of TV Everywhere are these principles:Bring more TV content, more easily to more people across platforms. Video subscribers can watch programming from their favorite TV networks online for no additional charge. Video subscribers can access this content using any broadband connection. Programmers should make their best and highest-rated programming available online. Both networks and video distributors... Read more...
The day so many had hoped to put off forever is almost here: June 12. That's the day when all broadcast channels must transition to digital broadcasting and millions of viewers across the nation will end up without TV service. The horror!While most people — anyone with cable or satellite television, for example — won't be affected, there are an awful lot of people out there who rely on the free broadcast signal that floats through the airwaves for their television service. It's estimated that fully 2.8 million people who get the basic broadcast channels now simply using rabbit ears or an old-fashioned antenna on their roof will lose that signal come Friday. That's 2.5 percent of Americans with... Read more...
People kind of went batguano crazy when Hulu insisted its content be taken off Boxee because its content providers freaked out and insisted on it.Since then, Boxee has been in talks with Hulu and its content providers to come up with a workable solution that would allow Boxee users to watch Hulu on their televisions (Boxee, for those who don't know, is an application that allows you to stream your web video on your television.)Hulu, owned by NBC Universal and News Corp., streams TV shows and other video content from NBC, Fox, their affiliated networks and stations and some other studios in a high-quality format (and sometimes in hi-def). We're talking The Office, 30 Rock, Battlestar Galactica,... Read more...
The numbers are in for Americans' TV and video consumption, and The Nielsen Company reports that our TV and video watching habits have reached new heights. Whether this is the natural progression of a long-standing trend, a byproduct of more people staying home because of the recession, or perhaps a combination of the two, Nielsen states that "the average American watches more than 151 hours of TV per month"--which averages out to over five hours of TV per day--"an all-time high."  Nielsen calculates that the average American watched one hundred fifty-one hours and three minutes (151:03) of TV per month in the fourth quarter of last year (4Q08), based on viewers who were over the age of... Read more...
As it stands today, there are quite a few television shows available online for free via Hulu and broadcast websites, provided you’re willing to sit through a few ads. The cable companies are losing out on customers because of this content, so now they’re looking for a way to strong-arm customers into paying for cable. Their solution? To offer large numbers of cable shows online, but make that content only accessible to cable subscribers. The Wall Street Journal reports that Comcast and Time Warner Cable are looking into ways to give cable subscribers online access to many major cable-TV networks’ programming. The discussions with major cable-TV networks include network owners Viacom, Time Warner,... Read more...
Japanese electronics manufacturer Pioneer is considering various options regarding its flat panel TV business as a result of increasing losses. One option is for the company to terminate in-house TV production entirely. Even after Japan's Nikkei newspaper claimed Pioneer plans to pull out of the television market entirely, a Pioneer spokesman said, "There is a whole spectrum of possibilities with withdrawal on one end, in-house development and production on the other, and sales of procured TVs somewhere in the middle.” The company has previously announced plans to end the production of plasma display panels but intended to continue producing TV sets using panels from Panasonic. The Nikkei also... Read more...
After the Senate approved a delay for the Digital TV Transition in January, the House of Representatives blocked it in a vote of 258 to 168. Now, the House of Representatives is rehashing the issue and has voted to delay the switch to digital television after all. In case you were wondering, the initial House vote was in a special fast-track vote which required two-thirds support to pass.  This time, the bill passed under a regular floor vote, which requires only a simple majority. Today, the House voted 264-158 to postpone the shutdown of analog TV signals until June 12 in order to address concerns that too many Americans wouldn’t be ready. The original deadline of February 17 was set by... Read more...
All those blank spots in the broadband spectrum where no signals are being broadcast are known as white spaces. They're all over the place and all kinds of providers want to take advantage of them.So seven major tech companies — Comsearch, Dell, Google, HP, Microsoft, Motorola and NeuStar — have joined together to basically catalog all these white spots. The Federal Communications Commission in November said unlicensed devices could use those white spaces; this database will be a mandatory checkpoint for those devices to ensure they don't interfere with TV signals.The administration of the database will be "open and non-exclusive," meaning they're not going to be the only ones that can access... Read more...
Well, you can't say you saw this coming, can you? After the United States Senate approved a four month delay for the digital TV transition that would have effectively moved the cutover date from February 17th to June 12th, the House of Representatives stopped the whole show.In a shocking decision, the House voted 258 to 168 in favor of the bill, but under the special rules for this vote that required a full two-thirds majority to pass, it didn't quite make it. If it had received the appropriate amount of yeas, the switch -- which will see all local broadcast stations shut their analog signals off in favor of digital waves -- would have been postponed after years of advertising the once-again-current... Read more...
Months of "the sky is falling!" news stories have all led up to this: the Senate today voted unanimously to postpone the transition from analog to digital television from Feb. 17 to June 12.Apparently, according to the Nielsen Co., more than 6.5 million households in the U.S. that rely on analog television - the old-fashioned kind that comes through an antenna, rather than a digital cable box - would be unprepared for the changeover and would lose all television reception if the date were not to be pushed back.The House of Representatives still has to vote on the bill, where a committee vote has been scheduled for tomorrow (Tuesday).The need to push the transition back a few months became apparent... Read more...
Microtune's New Tuner Chip Brings High-Speed Digital TV to Automotive Entertainment Microtune Technology Permits Automakers to Adopt Advanced RF Silicon Electronics for High-Quality, Real-Time Broadcast TV World-Standard, Automotive-Grade Tuner Engineered to Deliver Superior TV Broadcast Reception in Vehicles Traveling up to 200 km/hour (125 miles/hour) INGOLSTADT, Germany & PLANO, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec. 9, 2008--Bringing its advanced radio frequency (RF) silicon electronics to the automotive industry, Microtune(R), Inc. (NASDAQ: TUNE) today introduced a first-of-its-kind tuner chip for high-speed in-car TV. The MicroTuner(TM) MT2067 is a world-standard, automotive-grade TV tuner engineered... Read more...
On February 18, 2009, broadcasters will stop transmitting analog signals. As such, this move should not surprise anyone, but Best Buy is the first consumer-electronics retailer to indicate it has pulled the plug on analog TVs. The Richfield, Minn.-based electronics retailer said it has pulled all remaining analog television products from store shelves and will only sell digital video tuners. Best Buy said it is the first retailer to exit the analog television business. Last month, the retailer released a survey it conducted that showed that almost 90 percent of Americans don't understand HDTVs. The retailer then launched a campaign to educate consumers about the high definition/digital products.... Read more...
Well, not every gaming league will be shown on the air, but Major League Gaming its self as announced a deal that it hopes well help get competitive gaming into more of a mainstream market. MLG also plans to bring content to mobile phones, and should be bringing competitive gaming to the masses this year. "With wider coverage, Major League Gaming hopes that competitive video gaming will earn a spot in the sports television world akin to that of auto racing or championship poker. Last year, Major League Gaming signed its first cable television deal, which brought seven hour-long gaming segments about the league's Pro Circuit to NBC Universal's... Read more...
What's the best way to receive your hi-def programming? Rabbit ears. No, really. An old school antenna. The catch? Um... it's free. It's free and better quality. Some catch. High-def channels can be plucked out of thin air by antennas just like regular broadcast signals - no cable, no satellite dish, no monthly bill, no waiting for the cable man. It's like the old days, except this time antennas (which cost between $18 and $150) may offer the clearest picture. "More than 90 percent of our customers say they want the antennas for high-def," says Jerry Chapman, owner of online dealer SolidSignal.com, which ships "thousands of antennas."... Read more...
Janus Friis and Niklas Zennström are fascinating entrepreneurs. First they built the Kazaa file sharing empire, then built Skype VoIP into a business eBay was willing to pay 2.6 billion dollars for. Now they've decided to turn their attention to streaming TV over the internet. Is their "Joost" going to destroy the television, or perfect it? Can they wrestle the broadcast beast onto the Net? Friis and Zennström are players now, big names with a fearsome track record. Even more amazing (or scary, if you're a TV insider), they have zero stake in the traditional media pillars. They don't own shows, channels, or networks. They don't... Read more...
The iPod sold a gazillion and became an industry standard because it took existing formats and made them fundamentally easier to enjoy. We've all noticed that we never run out of remotes to throw at the television when politicians appear on the screen. That's  because we have so many hanging around, and so few do exactly what we want them to do, and they are always arguing among themselves. The remotes, not the politicians. OK, both do, but  Steve Jobs can maybe do something about the television, anyway: One of the ironies of the last decade of technological change is that things that used to be difficult for ordinary... Read more...
Hey folks, I hope ya'll had a good weekend. I'm a little short on time, so I'll skip the chat and let you jump straight into the news. Enjoy! ASUS K8N-DL and Dual Opteron 252 @ LostCircuits "It still appears that one of the main problems AMD has been facing in the past, that is, great processors hampered by the lack of chipset support still rears its head, existing platforms are somewhat stale, bordering on obsolete technology. This is where nVidia's nForce4 Professional core logic aims to fill the void. Currently, less than a handful of boards are out there but we have secured one of them, namely the ASUS K8N-DL and run it through the paces. Several BIOS revisions later, we are still not... Read more...
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