When we here at NetworkingAudioVideo rolled out our review of Networked Media Tank from Popcorn Hour we didn't really talk about the ability to add a harddrive to the device.
Well, our sister site TVSnob.com has found a video on how to install a harddrive on the Networked media Tank. The nice thing is the 10 minute video also shows how to set up the device as a BitTorrent client. Be sure to check the video above out.
It's no secret that Roku's Netflix Player will eventually provide content from providers other than just Netflix. Well now at least, Netflix has given us a timeframe for the new content rollout. According to Forbes:
Twerdahl wouldn't disclose sales figures, but he says Roku calculated initial shipments based on sales of competing digital delivery products such as Apple (nasdaq: AAPL - news - people ) TV and Vudu. Twerdahl also says the Roku player won't be limited to Netflix. Later this year, a simple software update will allow the box to stream content from other "big name" providers.
Yeah we know that's about as vague as can be but the more we hear Roku confirm this is coming, the happier we get.
Are you curious about the home of the future? If you are, you'll want to check out a lengthy article about the Digital Home of 2013 at TheStandard.com. The article starts out:
It's 2013, and you've just come home from work. As you pull into the driveway, you reach into your pocket and swipe the screen of your smartphone with your thumb. Your garage door opens and the lights in your house turn on. The TV queues up the shows you missed while you were working late. Your favorite songs are following you from the living room to the kitchen. Then you stop. The phone blinks and warbles at you. The fridge says you forgot the milk.
It's the HD/wireless/automated/streaming/sych'd/ready-to-entertain house of the future, and you're living in it.
In the following pages, you'll be treated to a glimpse of the toys and technologies that will grace your home in the not-so-distant future. If you are like most people, you probably have already sampled some of them, but others -- such as automated home control and personal applications of cloud computing -- haven't made it into people's homes ... yet.
The articles is broken down into the following categories.
Introduction: What your future really looks like: The Digital Home of 2013
1. The Digital Home of 2013: High-speed telecommunications
2. The Digital Home of 2013: It's an HD world
3. The Digital Home of 2013: Gaming gets real
4. The Digital Home of 2013: Reach out and touch something
5. The Digital Home of 2013: Automated home control
6. The Digital Home of 2013: Green goes mainstream
7. The Digital Home of 2013: Welcome to the cloud
8. The Digital Home of 2013: The rise of streaming media
9. The Digital Home of 2013: Online distribution of TV, movies
10. The Digital Home of 2013: Collaborating across town, and across the world
Sidebar: The castoff home technologies of 2013?
We told you it was a lengthy article but it's well worth the read.
Looking for an easy to use software to stream your PC to your TV? As long as you have a UPnP-enabled device, you might want to try out Google Media Server. According to Google:
Google Media Server is a Windows application that aims to bridge the gap between Google and your TV. It uses Google Desktop technology such as Desktop gadgets for the administration tool and Google Desktop Search to locate media files. All you need is a PC running Google Desktop and a UPnP-enabled device (e.g. a PlayStation 3). At the touch of a button, you can then:
Access videos, music, and photos stored on your PC
View Picasa Web Albums
Play your favorite YouTube videos
We'll give Google Media Server a shot and let you know what we think. If you're currently using it, drop us a comment and let us know what you think.
It seems like that we're seeing the media revolution over the gaming device really ramp up. Last week, we mentioned the ability to stream Neflix media over the Xbox 360. Now CNET is reporting that Sony will be offering media downloads to the PS3 by the summer. There's not a lot of details yet but CNET states:
Sony has just confirmed the rumor we all heard back in April: video downloads will be available on the PS3 this summer. Details right now are scarce, but we do know the service will first be rolled out in the United States, followed by Japan and Europe later in the year. As we mentioned before, we would like to see a service tied in with Netflix since everybody and their mother seems to use the service, or even a Hulu type service, which offers TV shows from Fox and NBC, broken up by short 15-second ads.
Our best guess though: iTunes-esque pricing, the most expensive of all three choices. Rent a movie, pay a high premium, and lose it . We can't see how this will be successful, considering Sony's quirky history with digital media downloads.
Yean, we know that's not very firm or exciting news at this point but we'll keep you posted when we hear more.
Just a few days after we let you know the ZVBox from ZeeVee was available for preorder from Amazon, we ran across a couple of really cool ZvBox videos shot by eHomeUpgrade at the Connections 2008 Tradeshow. Overall, the ZeeVee representatives on the video do a good job of explaining the ZvBox. Also be sure to check out the sweet remote for the ZVBox on the first video.
The videos are just under 10 minutes total but well worth the sneak peek of the ZvBox.
Looking for another way to get the most out of your Xbox 360? Well, if you're a Netflix subscriber you can stream "Watch Now" content over your Xbox 360. What makes this possible is a neat little add-in for Microsoft Windows Vista Media Center called vmcNetflix. Lifehacker.com has put together a nice tutorial on how to install vmcNetflix to your Xbox 360 and gives a rundown on what vmcNetflix does:
With vmcNetflix, you can watch, browse, and queue movies to your Netflix Watch Instantly queue all from your Xbox 360 or Vista Media Center. A highlight of the list of growing features listed on the vmcNetflix site include:
Stream WatchNow movies directly to the Media Center player.
Download WatchNow movies to a "Watch Later" gallery.
Support for Vista Extenders on both x86 and x64 platforms.
Support for Netflix Instant Queue.
Support for Episode listings.
Search for movies by keyword.
Browse DVD and WatchNow movies by genres.
Sort Gallery by Title, Year, or Star Rating.
View your queue, history, and recommendations.
Add, remove, move movies in your queue.
Supports DVD/Movie Parental Controls
Here's a nice little video from HackingNetflix.com that gives you more information about vmcNetflix:
Overall Lifehacker did a great job with the tutorial, so be sure to check out the link below if you want the complete details to stream Netflix over your Xbox 360.
We ran across this interesting bit of information at TiVoCommunity.com. TiVo has added several new channels to it's TiVoCast service. The channels are free and available to broadband-connected Series2 and Series3 units. Here is the list and a brief description:
City By City (launched 6/23) has been added to the Lifestyle category of the Video Download service. An On Networks channel, City By City is "a travel show with a twist, your virtual little black book for the swankiest cities across Europe." This show will publish on Mondays along with the other five series from On Networks.
MediaBytes with Shelly Palmer (launched 6/16) is found under the News and Technology categories. MediaBytes is "News you can use about technology, media and entertainment." This channel will be published Monday through Friday.
Golf Tips (launched 5/29) was added to the How-To category of Video Downloads. An On Networks property, Golf Tips "is a show that will make your drive longer, your putts more accurate, and your game better." Every Monday.
Vogue.TV (launched 5/29) has been added to the Lifestyle category of the Video Download service. Vogue.TV takes you behind the scenes of fashion, beauty, and culture and gives you up-to-the-minute trend reports and more. Vogue.TV will be publishing on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Budget Health Nut (launched 5/21) from On Networks is found in the Lifestyle category: "Don't let modest funds get in the way of gourmet taste. Instead, learn how to shop, cook and eat on a budget with culinary cheapskate, Joe Dias." Every Monday.
Cocktails on the Fly (launched 5/21) from On Networks is also under Lifestyle: "Alberta Straub (a.k.a Miss Flighty); is known for turning fresh homemade ingredients into wildly sexy, exuberant drinks." Every Monday.
ON Dating (launched 5/21) from On Networks is another one under Lifestyle: "Online dating is the fastest growing social phenomenon on the Internet, and something celebrity dating coach Andrea Syrtash knows all about." Every Monday.
Zipidee Action Sports (launched 5/15) has been added to the Fitness category of Video Downloads. Zipidee brings us "cutting edge BMX, skateboarding, surfing, mountain biking, snowboarding, and more! Visit zipidee.com/tivo for the full-length videos!" Every Wednesday.
beYOU.tv (launched 5/15) now appears under the Fitness category of Video Downloads. BeYOU.tv "brings you informational and inspirational video to help you attain all of your fitness, health and wellness goals." Every Wednesday.
Zen Living (launched 5/7) from On Networks, under Lifestyle, is all about incorporating a balanced lifestyle through the connection of food, exercise, spirituality, and medicine, blending old world philosophies with the convenience of contemporary advances to improve well-being. Every Monday.
If you're not familiar with TiVoCast, here are a few FAQs from Tivo:
What is TiVoCast?
TiVoCast is an exciting feature from TiVo that lets you easily download TV programming to your TiVo box via your broadband Internet connection. The programs will appear in your Now Playing List, just like regular television recordings.
How Does TiVoCast Work?
TiVoCast downloads are available to all current TiVo® service subscribers with a TiVo® Series2, HD or Series3 HD DVR connected to their home network and a broadband Internet connection, at no additional charge.
I've had my Netflix Player from Roku for about 3 weeks now and I've got to say I'm pretty impressed. In the next few days, I'll be sure to post my thoughts on the player but in the meantime you'll want to check out this excellent video from Hacking Netflix. The short but informative video goes from unboxing to actually showing the quality of a TV show. Be sure to check it out:
The ZvBox was supposed to be released in June but it now appears the new release date is July 31, 2008 (My birthday, so I guess it's an Omen!). So what makes the ZvBox different than devices like the Apple TV, Slingbox, Vudu, etc? For starters, the ZvBox uses your coax cable to stream PC content to all of your TVs in the house. According to Gizmodo:
The box itself converts the video from the PC's VGA port into a high-def channel and sends it out to your home's coax cable network.
A PC app acts as a launcher for all the good PC-based internet video clients, like Hulu, Joost and even Microsoft's own Media Center.
The remote controls not just your TV, but the app on the PC too, giving you decent control over the otherwise PC-locked experience.
The article also states what the ZvBox really does:
As soon as you connect your VGA out to the ZvBox and connect that to the coax network in your house, it scopes out the channels occupied by your cable box, and picks one that's not. Any TV with an ATSC tuner will see the ZeeVee stream as a high-def channel, and display it as such via the coax input most cable and satellite customers have generally forgotten about.
You put the ATSC tuner to use, your coax cable gets new life, and you get an easy way to toggle from your other cable content to your PC's video bidness.
Even though the ZvBox is a bit pricey at around $500, this is one of the powerful media streamers on the market. So if you're an early adopter when it comes to streaming media, you may want to preorder your Zvbox now!