February 18, 2010

HBO Launches VOD GO


HBO has launched GO, obviously in an effort to grab some of that online VOD money from Netflix and Amazon. You can get their movies, original series, sports and TV series in HD, as well as bonus features and extras. Unfortunately, you have to be a subscriber or have FiOs TV for the free service and if you would like to sign up for only the online viewing, that's not going to happen. So this is good news for HBO subscribers, but we don't think that Netflix users will want to give up their minimal $8.99 to get most of the same, including many HBO movies and TV series.


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Toshiba Combo Includes Digital TV Tuner


Toshiba has a new Vardia DVD/VHS combo that will hold 250GB of HDD. In addition, it has a digital TV tuner for recording, DLNA with USB HDD Network and SKYPerfectTV support. The D-W255K is available for ¥60,000 (~$669.00.) The D-VDR9K combo is also available for ¥32,000 (~$357.00) without the fancy features.

Via Akihabara News

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February 15, 2010

Sony A/V Receiver Uses Bluetooth/WiFi


Sony has devised a new A/V system. Instead of using Ethernet, the 7.1 channel STR-DN1000 can utilize either Bluetooth or WiFi adapter and wireless speakers or optional transmitter card. Compatible with Blu-ray disc players, PlayStation 3 and other sources, it has 7 HD inputs, 4 of them with "Active Intelligence." Being able to bypass your PC for less $400.00 makes the receiver an even better deal.

Via Sony STR-DN1000 Receiver

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February 9, 2010

Comcast Launches Xfinity


Comcast has decided to rename their broadband service Xfinity beginning next week, perhaps thinking that they need to update their image. Look for Xfinity TV, Xfinity Internet, and Xfinity Voice in 11 of their markets. Perhaps it is just part of the adjustment to Internet viewing as they launched Fancast Xnfinity OD for its subscribers in December. With such a high cost involved in branding, it might be a better move to simply lower their rates.

Via Comcast

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February 8, 2010

Netflix To Add 300 Indie VOD Titles


Good news for indie fans. Netflix will be adding about 300 new titles for watching instantly. The company has reached licensing agreements with distributors and will make available such titles as "Departures" (Regent Releasing/Here Films), "Wendy and Lucy" (Oscilloscope), "A Nos Amours" and "Au Revoir Les Enfants" (Criterion.) Other distributors include Gravitas Ventures, Kino Lorber and Music Box Films.

Via Netflix

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February 4, 2010

Boxee to Release Payment Platform


Admitting to the fact that they want to be more iTunish, Boxee has decided to release a Payment Platform this summer. They will offer TV shows, movies and channels with content partners with one remote click. This will include premium content, existing media and extras that are not otherwise available at prices not yet determined, although the company promises that it will be less than the 30% often charged by other app stores.

Via Boxxee

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February 3, 2010

Pandigital Frame Comes With Email Addy


With the Photo Mail LED Digital Frame, up to 6,400 images can be kept and displayed with its 1GB memory. With touchscreen control, the device has a dedicated email addy, so images can be sent directly to the frame via AT&T. It also supports AVI and MP3 files. Pandigital's 8" frame comes packed with a capacity to hold 300 photos at a price of $149.00. Additional storage is available for an extra charge.

Via AT&T

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February 1, 2010

Clamshell Home Projector


The Clamshell Home Projector opens up and displays images and video while also delivering sound with a built-in speaker. The design has a slotted cover to hide in and outputs, and the device features a start-up button. Available for $51.69, pre-order to get yours.

Via Uxsight

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January 29, 2010

SE HD Vivaz Comes With Major Pre-Packs

Not content to merely utilize HD in their TVs, monitors and laptops, Sony Ericsson's Vivaz has 720 HD video recording with 16 million colors, 3.2" intuitive touchscreen, 8.1 megapixel sensor, 4x digital zoom cam with autofocus, 75MB expandable memory and comes equipped with apps such as Facebook, Twitter, Google maps, games and YouTube. The 107.0 x 52.0 x 12.5 mm size Symbian OS device has WiFi, TV out and FM radio. Available in 4 different colors, no price or date is out yet.

Via Akihabara News

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January 28, 2010

The iPad Has Finally Arrived


The iPad has finally become official. Steve Jobs introduced it at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco yesterday. Weighing about 1.5 lbs. and with a 9.7" display, the tablet has a battery life of 10 hrs. and is packed with YouTube HD and the iTunes Store. Apple's idea is that the iPad is more than just an e-reader as you can watch TV, listen to tunes, play games and Web surf. What it won't do is more than one function at a time. Look for a price of $500.00 when it debuts in March.


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