If you're a fan of the Starz Network, you'll be interested in their new service called Vongo that goes live today. According to The Starz Entertainment Group:
Vongo is the name of an entirely new Internet video download service that provides a thousand entertainment titles on demand to personal computers and portable media devices. Vongo requires a high-speed broadband connection such as DSL or cable modem. Vongo entertainment offers a high quality video playback with DVD-like features.
Vongo Membership allows members access to a library of over 1000 titles that include new releases bonus materials, extreme sports, concerts and films released in the IMAX® format, as well as great movies from the last 40 years. Vongo Members can watch as many movies from the library as they want (subject to availability), as often as they want all commercial free. The Vongo Membership movie collection is powered by Starz Entertainment Group, the largest provider of premium movie services in the United States. Access to a streaming version of the live Starz television channel is available to Vongo Members at no additional cost. A schedule of the Starz channel is also provided as part of the service.
The Vongo website leaves a lot to be desired and you really have to dig to find out the details. According to MacWorld.com:
Vongo is a subscription-based service that costs $9.99 per month. For that fee, users can watch more than 1,000 movies and video selections as well as a live, streaming Starz TV channel.
Based on Windows Media technology, the service allows users to download movies and videos to “three eligible devices,” and also provides pay-per-view features for $3.99 each.
For now, Vongo works with PCs running Microsoft Windows, certain portable media devices and laptop computers — more announcements of compatible devices are expected to come from the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Nevada later this week.
For a service that offers newer movies that can be downloaded to a portable device, we're pretty impressed with the price. Maybe we'll give it a shot a let you know what we think.
Well, CES (Consumer Electronics Show) starts in Vegas on Jan. 5th. this year. Yours truly won't be able to make it this year due to the nasty Vegas-wide restraining order (something to do with superglue,The Bellagio, and those really cool feathery outfits the stage-show dancers wear).
Anyway, we have a fews "spies" in Sin City and we'll keep you posted of any interesting products related to the wonderful world of TVs.
Yep, Notre Dame got spanked by Ohio State. It's hard to see a great run this year end so abruptly, but at the beginning of the year I didn't even think a BCS berth would happen this year, so I'll live.
Well, congrats to OSU and their fans for a great game. Maybe we'll see an OSU and ND rematch for the National Championship next year. :)
Well, I hope everyone had a great New Years Eve and New Years Day. It's just amazing how hard it is for me to stay up till midnight, even on a holiday. Hopefully, you'll do a little relaxing today (if you have the day off) and watch lots of football. I'm all set with 40 pounds of nachos and alka-seltzer for the Fiesta Bowl (have I ever mentioned I'm a Notre Dame fan? Probably not!)
Anyway, I wanted to mention that we've got some exciting plans for TVSnob in 2006. We really need a logo and in a few days, I'll roll out our new logo contest for TVSnob, so after the hangover goes away start a little logo designing in your brain. We have a few other announcements but we'll give you some time to recover. Talk to you tomorrow!
You know, I'm just waiting for the day that streaming HDTV over Wi-Fi is a reality. It's getting closer with Ruckus Wireless planning a demonstration of their technology at the upcoming CES in January. According to their press release:
Ruckus Wireless will show how advances in wireless computer networking now make it possible to reliably transmit multiple HDTV, DTV and IPTV streams over a standard in-home 802.11g Wi-Fi network. With the new smart Wi-Fi technology developed by Ruckus Wireless, consumers can extend the freedom and flexibility of wireless to their in-home video systems, TVs and other set-top-boxes with the reliability and stability offered by wired alternatives. Demonstrations will include, for example, reliably transmitting high definition digital video content from a media center system over 802.11g to a media extender for viewing on a TV.
No details yet on cost or release date. We'll keep you posted.
So I've done a little complaining in the past about Mediacom not showing the NHL on OLN. When I talked to the local customer service about it, they said that Mediacom was trying to get the rights to hockey but they had no other details.
Imagine my surprise last night when I was flipping through the channels and saw the Stars playing the Blues. What a nice Christmas present! Wouldn't it be nice if cable companies sent us more information about what's going on and fewer messages about what's coming on pay-per-view?
I hope everyone is having a great holiday season. We know this has been a pretty hectic month, so we wanted to recap our stories during the month of December. So grab a nice cup of coffee and relax while you do a little catch-up reading.
So you've finished all of your Christmas shopping and you've got just enough room on the card for that new TV? Before you run out and get the latest and greatest thing, you'll want to check out this decent article at StLouisToday.com. The article starts:
All of us grew up on analog TV; the first black-and-white broadcasts appeared in the 1920s, with color programs coming in the 1950s. But analog is, basically, a radio signal, and radio signals vary in strength. That’s why, for example, you still hear hiss even on the clearest radio program, or see flecks of “snow” and double images on TV shows.
Digital signals are transmitted using computer code, thus reducing broadcast interference. They also take up less space, or “bandwidth,” on a particular frequency, allowing room for several broadcast channels, instead of just one.
We might have stayed with analog if not for computers. Because we sit closer to computers than TVs, computer monitors have higher “resolution” — more dots or minute lines making up a particular image — to minimize eye strain. Now, with more people used to the better images on their computers, they want the same on their TV.
Overall, this is a pretty decent article to get you started looking for that new TV.
Shooting a lot of video this holiday season? Want to keep that video forever? Editing digital video can be a nightmare if you don't know where to start. Editing Digital Video : The Complete Creative and Technical Guide gives you the basic steps and tools for preserving those memories or make that ocar winning home-brew movie. According to the review at Amazon.com:
A "complete creative and technical guide" for editing digital video seems like an overly ambitious concept. It is surprising how well the authors manage to accomplish it. The goal of the book, stated in the 2nd paragraph is "to teach anyone, amateurs or professionals, how to edit on any digital video editing system and achieve results." As a first primer -- not superficial but focused on the introductory basics, this book makes a very good attempt in achieving that goal. While I filled the margins with notes on what I thought was left out, or opinions I did not necessarily agree with, I was surprised at the concepts I could not stop thinking about when I finished this book. It will now have a prominent, handy place on my bookshelf -- a treatment that most professional editing books do not get. I know this will make a handy reference and will be re-read more than once.
The book comes with a CD-ROM that is compatible with most editing systems, and offers step-by-step instructions using the source material when teaching basic concepts. The first chapter deals with basic concepts and defines editing, describes the hardware and software basics, and the concept of workflow. Oddly, the concept of offlining is not mentioned in describing workflows. This chapter describes why the term "Digital Video Editing" is used throughout the book instead of "Nonlinear Editing" (a distinction which I personally do not agree with) and offers six universal principles of "digital video editing" as part of the definition.
Gizmodo has a cool Gingerbread building contest going on and the prize is a pretty sweet Sharp AQUOS 20-inch flat panel TV. According to Gizmodo:
Gizmodo is looking for a gingerbread architect. Instead of a little house built of bread and covered with cakes, with windows of clear sugar, build us something more Gizmodo-like. It has to be edible, that is the only rule. The prize: A Sharp AQUOS 20-inch flat panel TV (LC-20B8U-S). This beauty has a native resolution of native resolution of 1,024x768—not quite 720p, but it is HD-ready. It’s also got 2:3 pull-down, aspect ratio control and plenty of inputs (two component, one S-Video, two composite, one RF, one RGB, four stereo RCA pairs, and one stereo minijack).
I'm off to the kitchen! Now where do we keep the gingerbread flour?