Flix By the Click - Simplified Streaming

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We can't all afford TiVos and sometimes searching around for non-mainstream videos can be a pain now that most of those mom and pop stores are gone. Flix by the Click offers unlimited streaming 24/7. They will even provide you with free software for streaming, DVD copying, a movie player and CD burner. You can play movies, TV shows and music videos to your PC, TV, or home theater. We noted that so far the site appears to be in the early stages and features Amazon VOD, but in a much more organized way. MP3 downloading is also on the way.

Via Flixbytheclick

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April 27, 2009

Amazon Offers HD VOD

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Good news for HD TiVo and Roku owners. Amazon is now streaming HD on its VOD service. There are over 500 movies and TV shows. Rent a flick for $3.99 or $4.99 or a TV episode for only $3.00.

Via Amazon HD VOD

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April 14, 2009

TiVo Sneaks In Advertising During Pause

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Back in December,
Series 2 TiVos
were treated to their newest advertising, displayed during a pause screen of either a live or time shifted program. Ironic, because those doing fast forwarding are trying their best to avoid the ads. It is possible to hide the bar, but you know that advertising in some form or another is inevitable. Software version 11.0c, which contains the feature, will soon be on all Series 3 HD boxes as well.

Via TiVo Community

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April 13, 2009

Disney to Mate With Hulu?

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Rumor has it that Hulu and Disney are negotiating to bring the mouse's programming online. Supposedly, the content is concentrating on ABC, but may come from other Disney sources such as ESPN. In exchange, Disney wants an equity stake in Hulu and the possibility of performance incentives. While this all has not been officially confirmed, it is increasingly obvious that media companies will join the Internet revolution and Hulu doesn't want to be left out.

By the way, if you caught this ad with Alec Baldwin shown during the Super Bowl, you have to know that Hulu received a 33% increase in viewed videos after airing. Somehow, that does not surprise us.

Via paid Content

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April 2, 2009

ZeeVee Zinc Beta 3 Download Available

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The Beta 3 version of the ZeeVee Zinc Internet browser has been released. Previously called Zviewer, you can navigate with a simple interface that can be controlled with a remote and watched on a TV or monitor. The company has incorporated new features such as more detailed descriptions, release dates and ratings, as well as the ability to tag favorites. There are also alerts when new content is available and Netflix and CBS have been added.

There are about 15,000 feature length movies and thousands of TV shows that can be watched on demand. Best of all, Zinc is free. The software app works on most PCs with support for Mac due out by the end of April. Head over to their site to catch the download.

Via ZeeVee Zinc

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March 25, 2009

Companies Team to Create Set Top Box

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Samsung has teamed with STMicroelectronics and Metalink to come up with a new set-top box. The SMT-H6155 is wireless and equipped with an STi7109 chipset for HD video decoding and a Metalink's 802.11n WLANPlus chipset for delivery of multiple HD streaming throught an entire house. No date or price has been mentioned.

ABI Analyst Mike Arden had this to say, "STMicroelectronics holds the leading market share for STB decoders, and Samsung is the leading STB vendor in Asia-Pacific and second worldwide. Together, these companies will be in a strong position to capture market share in the IPTV STB market, which will grow from 4.7 million units shipped in 2006 to 41.2 million units shipped in 2011."

We believe it. We here at NAV know that technology is moving forward at an incredibly rapid pace and to combine companies for better products is always a good move.

Via ST Online

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March 23, 2009

Purchase Tickets Through DISH Fandango

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DISH Network has added Fandango, a movie ticketing service, on channel 100. This is an OpenTV app that not only serves the hardware, you can also order tickets over a connected phone line. The default shows movies and times near the user's zip code but can be customized and expanded. DISH plans on a Fandango widget in the future that will include trailers.

Via DISH

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March 18, 2009

FiOs TV Adds Sony and Turner to Lineup

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We have previously mentioned FiOS TV, the free service for Verizon subscribers of Home Media DVR. The company has announced even more VOD in their library. Both Sony and Turner Networks have signed on. That mean you can watch shows from CNN, Cartoon Network, TBS, and other networks along with lots of free movies including:
"The DaVinci Code"

"Final Destination 3"

"Anaconda"

"Anaconda III"

Okay, so watching Jon Voight or David Hasselhoff wrestling an enormous rubber snake is not your idea of incredible viewing, but don't knock the free ride.

Via Verizon

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March 17, 2009

Participate in Mobui Audience Chat

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Tired of spending weekends alone? Mobui has launched Audience Chat, probably the ultimate networking service for those who frequent chatrooms on holidays. This mobile application allows audience participation during TV shows. It's like voting for your American Idol fave, only now you can communicate with the show's on-air talent and others in chatrooms. VH1's "Top Chef" and "I Love Money 2" are the first to adopt the technology. Compatible with the service are more than 100 different phones, including iPhone, BlackBerry and those equipped with Windows Mobile.


Via Mobui

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March 11, 2009

Zillion TV - DVD Quality Viewing

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Mitch Berman watched a demonstration of Internet-based TV on demand with a PC as the set-top box. About a year later, Zillion TV was born. He says that it brings DVD quality programming to your TV. Berman is hoping that he can nab users of cable and satellite by offering films and TV on demand. Customers get a thin box that connects to DSL or cable modem services and remote for free, then they can buy a program, rent it for a set time period or watch free with commercials.

Via Zillion TV

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