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Dish Network app turns your PS3 or PS4 into a virtual set-top box
Once installed, customers can operate the Virtual Joey on PS3 or PS4 using a Dish remote or DualShock controller. If you're attending the 2014 CES this week, you can check out a demo of the Virtual Joey app at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Central …
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So Long Xbox 360 and PS3, Nvidia's New Tegra K1 Chip Whups You Both …
Welcome to the future by way of the past: Nvidia claims its new 192-core mobile part, dubbed Tegra K1, has time-traveled back to 2005 and 2006 to snatch the same performance you had back then on an Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3, and plant it in mobile …
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How you'll use PS3 and PS4 apps to control Dish Network devices
"Dish's Virtual Joey brings the industry's most awarded DVR experience to millions of PS3 and PS4 systems already in American homes," said Joseph P. Clayton, Dish president and CEO. "We strive to provide consumers with the best TV experience and …
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How on earth are you supposed to fill your days after leaving the successful set-top box company you created? Well, if you’re TiVo co-founders Mike Ramsay and Jim Barton, the answer is to start all over again. You see, after Barton resigned from TiVo …
The US government, the CEA (you know, the group that runs CES) and pay-TV providers want to save consumers $ 1 billion annually with a new voluntary standard for set-top box (STB) energy-efficiency. By curtailing phantom power usage and implementing a …
Netflix is in talks with several US cable companies with the aim of making its video streaming app available on set-top boxes, according to The Wall Street Journal. The report says that Netflix’s discussions with US operators, including Comcast and Suddenlink, are at an early stage with no deal expected soon. Last month the UK’s Virgin Media became the first cable operator to offer Netflix to its customers; companies in the US have so far been reluctant to embrace streaming services, seeing the technology as broadly competitive with their traditional content offerings.
One reported sticking point in the negotiations is that Netflix is pushing for the cable companies to adopt its Open Connect content delivery network, which it argues…
As if the Google TV and Chromecast platforms (which are coexisting, if you hadn’t heard) weren’t enough, the Wall Street Journal reports there may be more living room focused projects brewing in Mountain View. According to sources, former Android head Andy Rubin demonstrated a Roku-style set-top box for partners at CES that had Hangouts as its main feature, with a video camera and motion sensor built-in for videoconferencing — something Logitech tried once with its ill-fated Revue TV Cam, shown above. The report claims the box, capable of running Android apps, games and services like Netflix or Pandora, was scheduled to launch at I/O, but it’s unknown whether or not it’s still in development. Recent WSJ rumors have suggested Google is looking into IPTV and its own Android game system, so even as one mystery is revealed others pop up to take its place.
Source: Wall Street Journal
The Wall Street Journal is reporting that back in January, Google privately demonstrated a prototype set-top box at the Consumer Electronics Show. The box reportedly worked more like an Apple TV or a Roku than a straight Google TV device or the just-released Chromecast HDMI stick. The box was powered by Android and supported Hangouts video conferencing, according to the WSJ’s sources, and also had a motion sensor. The device reportedly ran on the Android operating system and was shown off by none other than Andy Rubin himself before he left the team for another division within Google. The box was said to be able to stream YouTube, Google Play video, Netflix, and was compatible with Android games.
What’s not known is whether the box is…
Rumors have been circulating for some time that Microsoft is prepping a streaming media box. The Xbox may have many of the same functions, but it’s still primarily a gaming console. The Wall Street Journal is reporting that there are prototypes of a simpler, cheaper set-top device designed exclusively for consuming media floating around Redmond. Obviously this would provide a cheaper path to consumer’s living rooms, but it could also offer a way to keep the Xbox brand separate and primarily gaming focused. On, the other hand, if a Roku competitor with Xbox branding were to hit shelves for $ 99, it would further broaden the scope of Microsoft’s entertainment division. The latter wouldn’t be terribly surprising, since some of the prototypes are reportedly designed to work with Kinect. Whether or not these devices will ever see the light of day is still anyone’s guess, but it could provide a cheap way to get that Heroes reboot into people’s living rooms.
Source: Wall Street Journal
According to a report from Bloomberg Businessweek, e-commerce behemoth Amazon is preparing to launch a set-top box this fall, in hopes that you’ll consume all of your content through its spin on the now-common device. The company is already working hard to push its Kindle line to consumers, and this box would be for people who don’t want to deal with the fanciness of Apple products, the gaming nature of Microsoft’s XBox, the half-baked Google TV or the little engine that could, Roku.
Yes, this is a crowded market, but Amazon has something that these other companies don’t have, which is warehouses full of things to sell to people while they watch TV. I imagine that you’ll be able to shop as you would online or on your mobile device, right on your TV set. That means that the temptation to pick up that new TV, while you’re watching your old crappy one, could overcome you during a show. One button click and a new TV could be on the way.
Think of it as Home Shopping 2.0. With some interesting programming to watch, of course.
Instead of acquiring a smaller company that already has its own product in the wild, Amazon has decided to build this in-house, under its Lab126 umbrella in Cupertino.
Amazon has been building up its content viewers by bundling it with Amazon Prime shipping for free, trying to entice anyone who is already spending regular money with them to try other things out. What shipping has to do with free movies and TV, I don’t know, but customers seem to be happy with it thus far.
Reasons for doing a set-top box are obvious, with its original content being the most popular on the platform since it launched. As Amazon finds its way to more niche shows that it can present exclusively, the reasons to grab an Amazon-branded device for your TV makes more sense. In the same way that Apple leverages each of its devices to sell new ones, Amazon is learning how it’s done. It also doesn’t help that it has millions of shoppers visiting its site daily looking for new things.
Some could say that Amazon is late to the game, but I see Jeff Bezos and company taking smart, calculated steps to capitalize on mistakes made by others, much like it did with the Kindle, staying close to a purer paperback-esque reading experience.
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Well, this is quite a blow to standard cable television customers. Up till just recently, Comcast has actually allowed subscribers to gain access to certain networks without including a set-top box for every TELEVISION– instead, you ‘d merely link your TV directly via coax (how quaint!). Now, particular clients have actually received word that their complimentary ride will soon be concerning an end. The media titan will start encrypting standard cable television stations, requiring a single STB for each and every television that you plan to use. A Comcast Q&A file only takes care of house users, so it’s confusing whether enterprise customers would also be had an effect on– though that would not be out of the question.
The step could indicate a more complex (and expensive) setup at healthcare facilities, college dormitories as well as community gyms, where TVs installed in cardio devices typically plug directly into wall jacks, not to point out the inconvenience you’ll be dealing with in the house. This most current obstacle, naturally, follows an FCC choice to permit business to encrypt their basic cable stations– the permission was apparently given to cut back on service fraud, amongst various other concerns. Comcast will be providing approximately two adapters to each customer at no charge for up to two years, presuming you request your devices within four months of the date of file encryption. That’s the great news, but encrypted content is quite a drag, however.
If you’ve been waiting to attempt out XBMC on your Android, it appears now is the time. While beta and every night builds were currently offered, the team behind it has actually lastly readied a release it states is “end user friendly,” ready to run on a lot of any gadget. It achieves that accomplishment by offloading video player duties to another app, in this case MX Player, in order to get around XBMC’s absence of equipment support for numerous gadgets. After sideloading the 2 essential APKs we had the ability to get it up and running without any difficulty, tossing in add-ins and playing back in your area stored media without a problem. There’s a video to support the release (embedded after the break) but installing it yourself is probably the finest method to get a feel for its video, picture and audio playback abilities.
Gallery: XBMC for Android
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