Simple TV will soon become available for those who want to watch HDTV on any connected device via USB. Stream free networks or basic cable channels to your Roku, iPad, Boxee Box or Google TV via free apps and store content for watching later. Included in the deal is a single-tuner DVR with HD, an Ethernet cable, power adapter and mini-digital antenna. Sign up now for $149.00 and a subscription charge of $4.95 per month.
Roku recently updated its app for iOS devices. The latest 1.1.0 adds a standard remote with D pad buttons and shortcuts for Netflix, Pandora and Crackle. Device discovery for set up and loading time of Home has been updated. An optional swipe-base remote is also available and a shortcut for switching accounts. Of course, access by iPhone is still an option.
Don't you love it when Amazon broadcasts their latest coup on its front page? They recently announced that they have acquired content from Viacom, parent company of MTV, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, TV Land, and VH1. That adds up to 2,000 new titles to their Prime Instant Video service. Given their previous deals with some of the major networks and film companies, they now boast over 15,000 selections.
Watch Redbox make its move for video dominance later this year as it teams with Verizon to offer "Project Zoetrope." Redbox provides the DVDs and Blu-ray discs, streaming and downloadable content and Verizon will be offering "affordable" rental service. This move shows the video company to be even more aggressive as it recently purchased 10,000 Blockbuster-branded kiosks and additional DVDs from NCR for $100 million.
Instead of just reading the cereal box, General Mills marketing manager Mark Addicks says there will soon be lots of QR codes to interact with on the backs of them via smartphone. Last June, GM got more than 40,000 scans and 6,000 texts with its Crunchy Nut Cheerios promotion. There will also be apps and augmented reality similar to that used on a box of Corn Pops in 2010 and an entire website devoted to the promotion.
Now that the alliance of Netflix and Starz is ending by the end of the month, its president Chris Albrecht has said that they plan to offer alternatives to capture the Interweb market like an app for watching their programming on smartphones, tablets and other devices. He hinted at the idea of offering the channel online for a fee, thereby bypassing cable and satellite. This does not sound like such a stretch as that does seem to be the market of the future. We're just sayin'....
Even before the Super Bowl had begun, about 12 million viewers tuned in to Honda's extended version of its CR-V crossover spot with Matthew Broderick reprising his Ferris Bueler role. The Seinfeld-Leno ad had about the same amount viewing the its Acura NSX supercar. Other ads made it online before airing, but we kind of missed all the secrecy. Catch all the spots here that you just have to see again.
There was quite a lot of pre-SB hype around Madonna, including a press conference where she promised no wardrobe malfunctions and did a mini-salsa. ESPN's Kate Fagan wrote an amusing play-by-play of the event. We expect many hoped she would mess up slightly during half time, like hockey fans waiting for the gloves to come off.
Can't get enough of Bond, James Bond? In honor of its 50th anniversary, MGM and Twentieth Century Fox are releasing an impressive Bond 50 box set that includes all 22 films in HD, 9 of them available in Blu-ray for the first time. About 130 hours of bonus content is included in the package as well as an hour of new material. All that you need after that is a few shaken martinis to enjoy a movie marathon.
Have Skype and want video communication? tely Labs produces a device that can do that via WiFi. Hook the telyHD to your TV and video chat, send and receive photos, and transmit video mail. The set top device runs Android, has a NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core processor and four directional noise-cancelling microphones. No computer is needed and you will not have to worry about monthly fees.
While it used to be that software was downloaded to facilitate combining PC and TV, there are now plenty of devices that come Internet ready. Boxee's latest 1.5 beta will soon be released as a streamlining interface for Windows, Mac or Linux. This is the final version of the UI as the company plans to concentrate more on its Streaming Box, Blu-ray players and TV. It will be open source for plenty of upcoming applications.