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By Alfred Poor • Aug 30 2011, 1:00pm
Satellite TV subscriptions are great, especially if you live out past where the sidewalks end, beyond the reach of cable services.
But it’s not so great when you want to go somewhere else.
You can’t exactly bring down your dish antenna and take it with you.
At least you couldn’t until now.
DISH Network is [...]
By Alfred Poor • Aug 29 2011, 1:00pm
Last week, the FCC announced a procedural decision to freeze all pending applications for new low-power or full-power television broadcast stations on channel 51.
The announcement also permits any of these pending applications to be modified within the next 60 days to request assignment to a lower channel.
Any discussion of television channels is complicated by [...]
By Alfred Poor • Aug 26 2011, 1:00pm
Maybe it would be easier if I just listed all the websites that aren’t offering streaming movies these days.
We can now add one more to the list of the ones that do: Facebook.
Miramax has signed a deal to provide blockbuster titles for streaming onto computers, tables, or Google TV devices.
You can now [...]
By Alfred Poor • Aug 25 2011, 1:00pm
After opening ten new stores in Florida this summer, electronics retailer hhgregg is expanding into the Chicago market with 14 new stores.
It was not so long ago that we saw the implosion of Circuit City and CompUSA, and the discounting 6th Ave Electronics beat a retreat from its efforts to expand into the Philadelphia [...]
By Alfred Poor • Aug 24 2011, 1:00pm
Okay, here’s how I see it.
Online streaming content has been the poor step-child of the broadcast networks, movie studios, and other content distributors.
All the good stuff goes to the cable and satellite services, and the crumbs fall to the online sites.
But streaming is managing to post some impressive growth and revenue figures, [...]
By Alfred Poor • Aug 23 2011, 1:00pm
Have I got a deal for you! How would you like a 55″ 1080p high definition display for $1,500? Not so exciting? Okay, let’s make it 70″; does that make it more interesting? I’ll sweeten the pot and throw in 3D capability and support for radio frequency (RF) active glasses, still for $1,500.
Do I [...]
By Alfred Poor • Aug 22 2011, 1:00pm
Are you a fan of a Fox Network series such as Family Guy, the Simpsons, or Fringe? Have you been using Hulu or Fox.com to catch up on a recent episode that you missed? Well, Fox has delayed your access to new episodes until eight days after the original air date.
If you try to [...]
By Alfred Poor • Aug 19 2011, 1:00pm
According to an article published by GigaOM, Netflix appears to be testing a new user interface designed specifically for children.
Not only is the listed content limited to kid-friendly titles, it also makes it easier for youngsters to navigate.
A scroll bar at the top of the screen shows individual characters, including kid favorites such [...]
By Alfred Poor • Aug 18 2011, 1:00pm
The cable TV industry news has been full of gloom and doom over the loss of subscribers recently.
Time Warner Cable (TWC) has found a way to boost its subscriber rolls quickly; the company is going to acquire Insight Communications which is a leading cable company in Indiana, Ohio, and Kentucky.
In exchange for $3 [...]
By Alfred Poor • Aug 17 2011, 1:00pm
The easiest way to turn a dumb TV into a Smart TV is to add a network media player.
And some of the most attractive choices at this point are available from Roku.
The new Roku 2 models are smaller than ever, and even the entry level $60 model can stream HD resolution content to [...]
By Alfred Poor • Aug 16 2011, 1:00pm
Here’s another item from the Stating the Obvious Department, though it is still worth noting; iSupply has released a study showing that lower-priced HDTV brands are helping drive down the price of premium models.
According to a company press release, “U.S.
average pricing for a typical high-end LCD TV amounted to $1,002.58 in July, down [...]
By Alfred Poor • Aug 15 2011, 1:00pm
I wrote about Zediva last month, and the fact that it was taken to court for violating copyright law.
If you recall, the company had a clever idea for streaming movie content over the Internet; a customer would rent a physical DVD that would then be placed in a DVD player and the content would [...]
By Pete Putman • Aug 12 2011, 2:55pm
Pioneer and Sharp's new Elite line of LCD TVs represent the triumph of hope over experience.
By Alfred Poor • Aug 12 2011, 1:00pm
My accountant once gave me some sage advice: “Pigs get fat, but hogs get slaughtered.” A little greed is okay, but when you start gouging your source of sustinance, you may discover that you end up going hungry.
Consider the case of Apple’s iStore and its policy concerning content for iPhones and iPads.
Apple insists [...]
By Alfred Poor • Aug 11 2011, 1:00pm
Standards are great.
It means that you can buy one set of wrenches and you can use them to work on any car or truck.
Unless the car uses hardware built to a different standard.
So maybe you need two sets of wrenches to work on cars.
It looks as though we may be headed [...]
By Alfred Poor • Aug 10 2011, 1:00pm
Are people unhappy with their pay TV subscriptions? Is the bad economy wiping out the money that people are willing to spend on television entertainment? According to the second quarter earnings reports, the cable and satellite television services lost a net of 553,000 subscribers in the second quarter of this year.
Only DirecTV picked up [...]
By Alfred Poor • Aug 9 2011, 1:00pm
Last month, Amazon did a deal with CBS for television episode content to stream to its Amazon Prime members.
Now it has added movies from Comcast’s Universal Pictures catalog, including popular titles such as “Notting Hill,” “Being John Malkovich”, “Fletch,” and “Billy Elliott.” According to an Amazon press release, this brings the service’s total count [...]
By Pete Putman • Aug 8 2011, 3:02pm
Sony's continuing losses in TV operations cant' be wished away.
By Alfred Poor • Aug 8 2011, 1:00pm
AT&T made a big public splash last year when it picked up ESPN 3D, the all-3D sports channel.
So it’s a little surprising that the company has dropped the channel without ceremony rather than renew the contract.
According to AT&T sources, “the price tag was too high.”
Is this a major blow to ESPN or 3DTV [...]
By Alfred Poor • Aug 5 2011, 1:00pm
According to a company press release, Best Buy has released two new connected HDTVs under its Insignia brand.
The 32″ NS-32E859A11 sells for $499, and the 42″ NS-42E859A11 has a $699 price tag.
These sets have fairly typical feature sets, including LED backlights, 120 Hz LCD panels, and support for online streaming services including Netflix, [...]
By Alfred Poor • Aug 4 2011, 1:00pm
There are many items that are unique in Canada, including the Toronto Blue Jays: the only Major League Baseball (MLB) team in the entire country.
The team’s unique status has resulted in an unusual and perhaps unintended consequence.
MLB treats all of Canada as the home market for Blue Jay games, and thus blacks out [...]
By Alfred Poor • Aug 3 2011, 1:00pm
The whole idea about a home theater – or a local cinema, for that matter — is to fill your field of vision and overwhelm your auditory system to produce a state of immersion: the sense that you’re really there.
This is certainly not the only way to get to such a state; many of [...]
By Alfred Poor • Aug 2 2011, 1:00pm
The Justice Department gave its blessing to Comcast’s purchase of NBC Universal earlier this year, and many figured it was a done deal.
Not so fast! A federal judge in the District of Columbia has expressed doubts about the arbitration terms of the agreement, and has stated that his is concerned that they may not [...]
By Alfred Poor • Aug 1 2011, 1:00pm
Don’t look know, but one of Google TV’s few proponents just took a big hit.
The company announced a $29.6 million first quarter 2011 loss, which represents more than a $49 million swing compared with the same quarter 2010.
And in a phone call for investors, it was revealed that its Google TV product, Revue, [...]