August 7, 2009

Freakin' Friday! Apple AirPort Express


Mac users who want send their media to other rooms or the Internet can do it quite easily with the wireless AirPort Express and for less than $100.00. Send movies, photos music and other files with the Base Station that features 802.11n technology and is compatible with most Macs and some newer PCs. At a size of only 3 x 1.1 x 3.7", the Express has encryption technology as well as a built-in firewall for protection.

Via Apple

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August 5, 2009

Vizio To Release Streaming HDTVs


Vizio will soon be producing HDTVs this September that will stream Netflix, Showtime, Yahoo widgets and other Internet content. The XVT series has a basic 32-inch model at a price starting at $749.00. Options such as LED backlighting and 240Hz can be added for those with higher budgets. The top of the line will have the options and 5 HDMI ports at a price of $2,199.00. We will see if this line can make them more competitive with others in the HDTV world.

Via PR Newswire

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DC Movie Cowboy - Super System


Digital Cowboy has a multimedia player that they have dubbed Movie Cowboy, of course. It can stream almost anything through its USB port, 2 USB hosts, HDMI output and composite output. Check out this compatiblilty list: MPEG2 HD(ts,tp,trp), MPEG-1/2, Xvid, DAT, ISO, VOB, IFO, MKV(x.264), H.264, WMV9, ASF, MOV, RMVB, FLV, MP4, MotionJPEG video files, and MP3, AAC, OGG, AC3, DTS, MPEG1/2 Layer 1/2/3(MP3), MPEG2-2BC, MPEG-2/4 ACC-LG, WMA9(Pro) and FLAC audio files. The price should be ¥19,900 (~$208.00.)

Via Akihabara News

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August 1, 2009

Hands On Review: MG-M²TV


MediaGate was kind enough to send us their latest gadget, the M2TV, aka the MG-M²TV. The next generation of the MG-800HD can receive images, video and audio via an external hard drive, video card or USB source and playback in the highest quality HDTV display or home theater with almost any A/V file supported. I hooked it up and found it to be easy to connect, mostly simple to work and fun to play with.

On my USB flash memory drive I had downloaded some images from artist Mike Wrathell, a video from Robot Snob and some music from Jamendo (thanks to amelie's tune "Do it Over") so that I could run the full gamut.

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Connection is super simple and you are given HDMI and RCA cords so it's not necessary to buy anything further. Even the remote battery is included. The M2TV is very small and sleek and will fit in the smallest of areas.


I always figure if you need extensive usage of the guide that comes with something, it's much too complicated. Thankfully, this is not the case here. After connection, the M2TV loads up very quickly. The main menu gives you a choice between movies, music, photo, settings and file copy.


Selecting movies shows what's in there and can be run in preview or full screen. Both video and sound were extremely impressive. The remote includes the ability to play in slo-mo, zoom, repeat, ff/rew, instant replay and more. Subtitles can be added in several languages.

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When viewing images, you can select one at a time or build a slideshow with a timing of 2 seconds to 2 minutes, music background and transition effects in the Setup portion. Another fun trick is the ability to turn your images 360º and you can adjust the contrast, brightness, aspect ratio, etc. When playing music, you again can adjust by remote as you do with video.

The M2TV also allows for updating. Visit the site to download the latest version.


If you are the type that makes slideshows or likes to watch downloaded content without using up your hard drive, this is the device for you. We have reviewed electronic gadgets that need extra parts, will not compensate if you do not have HD or have other issues, but frankly about the only aspects we didn't like were very small lettering and the noise it made. We know, picky picky, but here's hoping the next model, which may feature WiFi, is quieter and doesn't need a magnifying glass to read the photo details.

(Thanks, Tony)

Via MediaGate

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July 30, 2009

LG XF1 Multimedia HDD


Stream 1080i video to your HDTV with the LG's XF1 500GB hard drive. The device also features a USB interface to transfer media from your PC. The XF1 supports AVI, Xvid and MPEG files and has a very shiny gloss black cover and touch sensitive navigation buttons. No price has been announced.


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July 29, 2009

Toshiba Digital Frames With Uploading


Toshiba has designed a series of WiFi digital frames that may be one giant leap for networkers. Of course it will display your personal photos and videos, but add to that a FrameChannel account and you can upload images, videos and music from over 1,000 channels that include Flickr, Facebook, weather, traffic reports, stock quotes and sports scores. Choose between a black (DMF82XKU) or white (DMF82XWU) model with an 8" frame for $179.99 with an acrylic front finish and a black 10" digiframe (DMF102XKU) at a price of $229.99 this August.

Via I4U

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July 28, 2009

Xbox 360 Dashboard Update Aug. 11


Microsoft has finally decided on a date for its Xbox 360 Live update. As of Aug. 11, you will be able to receive Netflix Movie Parties, Games on Demand and the Avatar Marketplace. They will soon add HD movie streaming, and online access to Facebook, Zune Marketplace and other sites.

Via Kotaku

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July 27, 2009

Blockbuster To Be Featured on Samsung Products


We guess that Netflix finally got a subtle nudge by Blockbuster as they have teamed with Samsung to offer their OnDemand streaming with HDTVs and Blue-ray players this fall. Owners can search and browse, rent or buy and receive "instant viewing." In addition, those with Samsung 2009 BD players and HTIBs, LCD and plasma TVs from Series 650 and above, and LED TVs from Series 7000 and above will be able to download Blockbuster's OnDemand widget and some will need a firmware upgrade.

Via eHome Upgrade

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July 22, 2009

Verizon FiOS Launches App Store


Following the pattern of other companies, Verizon FiOS has launched a Widget Bazaar app store and Internet Video on TV. Users will be eventually able to connect to Twitter, ESPN, Facebook, Veoh,, and Dailymotion. Home Media DVR customers will be able to stream personal videos from their PCs. FLV, WMV, MPEG-1, AVI, MPG, PM4/M4V, 3GP/3G2 files will be compatible with the service. Verizon also plans future free and for-pay apps in the future.

Via Verizon Tools and Apps

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July 21, 2009

Blu-ray Sales Up 91% in 2009


Consumers seemed to have embraced Blu-ray with open arms. The DEG (Digital Entertainment Group) reports that sales were up 91% in the first half of 2009. Although overall spending on sell through packaged media was down by 13.5% during that period, Blu-ray rental spending was up 62%, digital distribution accounted for 21% and rentals went up 8.3%. While this is good news overall in terms of the medium being accepted, we still wonder if there is yet another technology waiting just around the proverbial bend.

Via Crave

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