Apple TV 5.2: My kind of upgrade

I've been using Apple TVs (ATV) since day one and I have to say most of its operating system upgrades have been as dull as used dish-water. The Apple TV 5.2 upgrade, however, is a real sparkler. The big upgrade is that, with an ATV2...

01/29/2013

High-efficiency video coding will help bring 4K video to internet TV

4K TV sounds great, but it has this one big problem: 4K video content is honking huge. An answer may be at hand. The ITU has just given first-stage approval to a new, much more efficient video codec: High Efficiency Video Coding’...

01/25/2013

OLED 4K TV is coming and you're going to love it

While I was at CES in Las Vegas I saw all kinds of fancy gadgets...and I was largely unimpressed. Then I went to look at first prototype OLED 4K TVs from Panasonic and Sony. Oh my! These are sweet!I hadn't expected to be blown away...

01/16/2013

Netflix staggers

Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house, people were screaming and it wasn't at a mouse. The in-laws were staring at the TV with care, in hopes that Netflix soon would be returned there. Alas, it wasn't to be....

12/26/2012

Netflix and Disney: The good news and the bad news

People who like to moan about there not being anything to watch on Netflix are over-joyed that Netflix has just signed an exclusive movie deal with Disney. I'm excited about it too, but there's one little thing we all seem to be...

12/05/2012

Apple TV and iTunes update news for cord-cutters

Setting aside the fantasies of Apple rolling out an Apple TV with a 40-inch screen, Apple has been making some small, but significant, improvements in the mark 2 and 3 Apple TVs (ATV) with its latest 5.1.1 firmware update, and with...

12/04/2012

5 reasons why the Roku is the best Internet TV streaming box choice

There are lots of ways to get Internet streaming TV networks, such as Amazon Prime Instant Video, Hulu Plus, and Netflix. But the single best way is with a Roku.  Obviously, there are plenty of alternatives vying for your...

11/30/2012

The Best Internet TV extender buys for Black Friday

There are Black Friday deals for Roku boxes, Apple TV, Boxee WD TV, and similar Internet TV media extenders, but guess what? They all list around $99 and, at most, their prices will be reduced to about $79 on Black Friday. Cutting...

11/21/2012

CBS finally comes to Hulu

There are some CBS shows, such as The Good Wife,  that I absolutely love. Unfortunately, I don't have a local CBS station for over-the-air (OTA) reception and trying to push CBS Internet TV from a PC to my televison isn't easy. In...

11/05/2012

Roku Adds Killer App for Internet TV: Cross-Service Search

Roku has long made great, easy-to-use Internet TV streaming boxes. Now it has set itself apart from the pack by adding cross-Internet streaming service searching. I think Roku has its killer app.If you're old enough, you recall that...

11/02/2012

Big Brother comes to BitTorrent

Lots of people download movies and TV episodes off the various BitTorrent networks. That's always been asking for trouble, but it's about to become a lot more dangerous.I get why people download some of their videos from BitTorrent....

10/22/2012

Will the new Boxee be worth buying?

The first generation all-in-one Internet TV, Boxee tried to do everything you could do with TV and the Internet...and it wasn't very good at doing anything. Oh sure, if you put in the sweat equity you could do great things with it....

10/18/2012

Nook Video: The next video on-demand network

When you think of Internet video on demand (VoD) services today, you think of Amazon Instant Video, Hulu, and Netflix. You don't think of Barnes & Noble. Well, start including them in the conversation. On November 1st, in...

10/08/2012

UltraViolet: Another DRM dead-end for Internet video

UltraViolet sounded good. "UltraViolet is DVD for the Internet. Just as the DVD logo means that you can buy a DVD from any seller and expect it to play in any player with a DVD logo (DVD players, DVD PCs, DVD entertainment systems in...

10/02/2012

A la carte TV channel choice is coming to the Internet

Watching TV on the Internet is cheaper than watching it by cable or satellite, but it's also messier. Some shows aren't available at all. Many sporting events, like football, come with costly restrictions. And, often programs are...

09/23/2012

BitTorrent movies and TV carefully out there folks

Say you want your very own copy of Men in Black III today. You can either wait to buy the Blu-Ray DVD, due out in November; rent or buy it online at about the same time from Apple or Amazon; or download it as a BitTorrent torrent...

09/11/2012

How to watch football on the Internet

I'm not a big football fan, but like almost everyone from the United States, I have my particular favorites—the West Virginia University Mountaineers and the Pittsburgh Steelers--that I want to watch. Unfortunately, while watching...

09/03/2012

How to watch DVDs on your Windows 8 PC: VideoLAN's VLC

No, I'm not making this up. Come the day you buy a Windows 8 PC, or if you're brave enough to install it yourself on an older PC, you'll find that Windows 8 can't play DVDs. You can also forget about TV tuner support and DVD Video...

08/27/2012

TiVo Premiere: Over the Air DVR and Internet Video in One

When I cut the cable there was one thing I regretted: The ability to record TV. Sure, I didn't have cable or satellite anymore, but with over-the-air (OTA) TV I still got over a dozen channels. At the same time, I wanted a DVR that...

08/25/2012

Apple TV Rumors: A tale, told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing

I like my Apple TV a lot. To me, Apple TV was never, as former Apple CEO Steve Jobs said, “just a hobby." Since then, there have been rumors that Jobs had “cracked” the code for a successful marriage of Internet, computer, and TV...

08/19/2012

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