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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Cutting The Cable? What Should You Use?

Posted by Hooch Tan in "Digital Home News" @ 03:00 PM

http://www.zdnet.com/blog/networkin...dvd-player/1680

"So, which one is right for you? Well, here’s what I’ve found in my years of watching Internet TV on my television. These days I use an Apple TV, a Roku 2 HD and a pair of Internet-enabled Sony Blu-Ray players for my TV watching pleasure. Indeed, a few months ago I cut the cord to my cable company and now the only TV I watch comes up either the Internet or from one of my own network media servers."

Despite what they say, I consider Internet TV to still be in its infancy. Yes, if you live within the United States, you get a wonderful selection of options, though that seems to be dwindling. If you live anywhere else, your choices are less than stellar. Until Apple releases the rumored Steve Jobs dream of a re-imagined tv service, we have options like Apple TV, Roku and an increasing amount of Blu-Ray players that handle Internet TV. It isn't just Blu-Ray players though. TVs themselves are coming out with all manner of new features. It is not far away that they will be able to make you a sandwich. Until then, I can only hope that they come out with some sort of universal standard for streaming TV, and allowing you to pick your own supplier or aggregator. While it is nice to see some of these sites offering access to places like Netflix and Youtube, it would be nice to be able to add your own streams more easily. That would be particularly handy should any of the custom services go down.


Monday, October 24, 2011

Apple Television Talk Turns Focus To Looming Battles

Posted by Brad Wasson in "Digital Home Talk" @ 11:00 AM

http://www.zdnet.com/blog/bott/in-t...ooms-large/4163

"That war will be fought in the living room-and the den, and the dorm room, and just about any place where people watch movies and TV programs and listen to music. It's been an open secret for years that Apple will make a play for the living room eventually. Despite Steve Jobs's protestations that Apple TV was "just a hobby," a high-definition TV is the inevitable next step in the natural evolution of the Apple ecosystem."

Like others close to the industry, Ed Bott from ZDNet has been following the "battle for the living room" for some time. His editorial on the subject (hit the Read link below) is great background reading for a subject that will likely explode in focus now as it has essentially been confirmed in the Steve Jobs biography that Apple has great interest in developing a TV to add to their arsenal. This is a battle that will play out for a very long time, but it almost certainly will change the way we have traditionally viewed TV shows and other forms of entertainment. The players include representatives from a wide variety of viewpoints and ecosystems, including Microsoft, Google, Netflix, Hulu, TiVo and a slew of others, basically hardware, software, and content providers from all aspects of the entertainment, news, sports, and music industries. Bott does a nice job of introducing the battleground, including providing his perspective on which dimensions will be particularly important (user experiences, business relationships with content providers, and cable/satellite infrastructure). To get started, curl up in your easy chair, in your living room, of course, and get reading.


Friday, December 31, 2010

Is Apple TV Really Just A Netflix Box?

Posted by Andy Dixon in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 09:00 AM

http://gigaom.com/apple/apple-tv-is-netflix-box/

"Apple has indeed crossed the 1 million Apple TVs sold mark, as it predicted it would shortly before Christmas. I argued that its relative success was mostly due to Neftlix being available on the streaming media device, and a new report from an industry analyst (via AppleInsider) supports that view. Gleacher & Company's Brian Marshall said Dec. 29 that according to his estimates, sourced from company reports and additional research, Apple rents around 475,000 movies and TV shows per day through the iTunes store. Netflix, by comparison, rents over 10 times as much, with about 5.1 million rentals per day."

Do you own an Apple TV? If so do you purchase movies using iTunes or Netflix? According to research Netflix is by far the most popular option chosen by Apple TV owners. Whether this is down to rental costs or choice of movies available is uncertain from this article on Gigaom. One thing that we can bet on though is that Apple will certainly adapt, change and innovate their service to try and catch and pass Netflix. Do you have and Apple TV and if so which do you use and why?


Wednesday, September 8, 2010

How Does Your HTPC Stack Up?

Posted by Hooch Tan in "Digital Home News" @ 09:00 AM

http://www.digitaltrends.com/home-t...360-and-others/

"Does the Apple TV compete? We compared it to a few of the most popular streaming alternatives on the market – and one about to hit the market – to see whether Steve is prepped for world domination… or too late to the battlefield."

Apple is hardly the first company to have released an HTPC, but the release of the new Apple TV has renewed media interest in the market. DigitalTrends has compiled a nice list of low cost HTPCs based on their capabilities. I do note that a lot of them include, or offer WiFi. Even using the 802.11n flavour, HDTV streams can be tricky, especially if you want 1080p goodness. Also, my experience with older "premade" HTPCs have left a bad taste in my mouth with regards to interfaces. I have not had a chance to test ones like the Boxee or Roku, but I do hope that they are bringing their A-game as the Apple TV will definitely be slicker than most of the other ones out there. I will stick with my XBMC though.


Saturday, July 10, 2010

The Long Hard Road To Legal Content

Posted by Hooch Tan in "Digital Home News" @ 10:00 AM

http://adage.com/digitalnext/post.p...ticle_id=144849

"Basically, I spend a sizable chunk of money per month to access content and have a lot of screens on which I can consume it. If there is a person in the world who should be able to access the show through legal means it's me. Things are never that easy -- here is how my quest for Jack Donaghy inspiration unfolded:"

Big Media, as Keith Richman calls it, is still in the process of figuring online distribution out. How can that be? We have had technology to do this for years! If one reads his journey through frustration, you should be able to note that he tries to make use of several different technologies, all of which are capable of providing him with Fey and company. It also seems odd that his claim to having multiple different technologies is supposed to make his entertainment easier, where I find a mixed bag as much more difficult to manage. Still, the challenge with Big Media is that it is not one entity, but a lot of entities, all wanting some form of money or control for their contribution. Look at how long it is taking for WKRP in Cincinnati to come out on DVD in its entirety. A shakedown is in order, and there will eventually be a consolidation of media distribution channels, along with its own set of problems, and hopefully then, we will find getting what we want a bit easier.


Tuesday, March 11, 2008

3-Way Movie Box Battlemodo

Posted by Jeremy Charette in "Smartphone Articles & Resources" @ 03:00 PM

http://gizmodo.com/363600/apple-tv-...load-battlemodo

"A few weeks back, I wrote up a piece on Vudu's high-definition video falling short of my expectations. Today I bring you a more thorough report of the three most compelling set-top boxes and their video-download capabilities. Apple TV, Vudu and Xbox 360 all have a lot going for them, but by looking at them side-by-side, you can see how their makers are all taking different paths to get to the ultimate desired end. Dive into the chart, then have a look at the screengrabs from three movies, to really get a feel for the progress, or lack of progress, in the world of HD downloads."

Interesting comparison, though in the end, there's no clear winner. I find myself a bit more opinionated though. The Xbox 360 is a very capable media player and the best Media Center Extender on the market. In both my experience and in detailed technical comparisons, downloaded HD video from Xbox Live Marketplace is very nearly comparable to HD DVD or Blu-Ray. VUDU and Apple TV don't hold a candle. Unfortunately the Xbox 360 has one huge hurdle to get past: perception. Consumers think of it as a game console first, a media player a distant second. If only Microsoft would do a better job marketing all that the 360 is capable of.

Tags: xbox, 360, hd, apple tv, vudu

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