62"? My god. I can't even imagine having such a large TV in my little living room...or wait...maybe I can?
Tech Digest: Toshiba releases 3 giant DLP TVs:
Rear projection TVs might be big bananas in the US, but us Brits, with our slightly more bijou living rooms, have tended to ignore them. Toshiba hopes to change all that with its new DLP rear projection TV’s which will be available in 46”, 56” and a
massive 62” in September writes Home Cinema Choice. The
46WMT58, 56WMT58 and 62WMT58 boast incorporated digital tuners, twin HDMI
inputs and are all HDTV ready.
Well it looks cool and supports Windows WMA - but do I really need another audio streaming device?
Sony NAS-CZ1 Streams iTunes, Windows Media : Gizmodo:
Details are lean at the moment, but T3 has information about a new desktop audio system from Sony that can stream not only MP3s, but WMA and AAC as well. If Sony supports the DRM schemes from Apple and Microsoft, the NAS-CZ1 will be the first device I can recall that is able to play both types of DRM-locked music. Of course, they could just be talking about streaming unencumbered media files—we don’t even have a proper list of specifications or price yet.
Tech Digest: Alienware release DH 2 series Media Centre:
Uh-oh, it looks like Alienware have released another potentially bank account destroying product. While Alienware normally tries to sap diehard gamer’s pockets with high-end gaming rigs, the Alienware DH 2 series, released today, are media centres. A hybrid machine, Alienware boast that it contains the features of a “DVD player and recorder, CD player and recorder, DVR, FM tuner, CD jukebox and a high-performance PC”. And all in a cool little silver box. Wow.
I can't tell you how much I want to avoid the Xbox 360 hype, but since it's going to debut on May 12th, I guess I can cover it for the next month.
Xbox 360 design: in plain view this whole time? - Engadget - www.engadget.com / :
Ahhhh, you know how we live to go in for this idle speculation stuff. Someone has made a connection between the description of the design of the next Xbox as being concave, and the design of the xbox.com site header as also being concave. Eureka! Now that we’ve got two things that are concave, that’s more than enough to go on to spin some rumours out of, eh? Of course, it’s probably bunk, but how much you wanna bet Microsoft’s gonna wish they had been that clever?
Well - I've been looking at the long tail of video for too long. I crave most of the programs that would be available in the long tail (all the video that isn't in the 3-4% the networks will let you access easily - a la DVD or on demand). Does anyone remember the Beachcombers? You would if you love the long tail of TV or Video. Well - now thanks to Google - we're going to get the REALLY REALLY LONG TAIL of user content video. Once again - they've got the jump on many other players with a classic Google beta offering. Hmmm...maybe I can make money selling old fishing videos from my youth.
It's crazy to think that searches on Google Video will now include random people's own video and hopefully you won't be limited by what you can search for and they highlight the good stuff. I suspect the main Google Video site will look less like google.com and more like Google News someday, as they showcase video of all types.
Internet Television is coming (IPTV), so be prepared and read this interview which really sums it all up. Nice work engadget - I like how in depth the questions get. This is a good 1/2 hour read if you look up many of the items they are talking about in the interview. I'm not sure how the offering from Brightcove will pan out - but I'm sure they'll have a technology play and a portal play of their own. It all sounds great for consumers in the end - more choices and more TV.
After hobbling together my personal server with a Mac Mini - well I feel as if I didn't go all the way compared to the Ustec solution. Then again - I don't have a degree in electrical engineering either. None the less - very cool and very now.
eHomeUpgrade | UStec Mac mini Home Media Server Solution:
Ustec has released one of the most impressive Mac mini home media server solutions to date – hat tip to Automated Home for bring this product into the lime light. Basically what Ustec is offering is a complete home data and A/V distribution solution that's powered by a Mac mini, but leverages the company's proprietary technology to combine commercial grade Ethernet Switch/Router, 350Mhz rated tecWire and tecPorts, advanced firewall capabilites, home security, and whole-home distribution for access to pictures, movies, MP3 files, and more. The only drawback for the do-it-yourself types is that UStec products are only available through certified dealers and home installers.
Me TV: Television of the future | CNET News.com:
New technologies, from on-demand programming to TiVo offshoots to flat screens to HDTV, are radically changing the benign concept of traditional television. Viewers are now gaining control over the mass medium, creating interactive communities and installing custom-made home media networks. As entire industries are redefined, how are networks, content providers and advertisers adjusting their strategies?
Okay - I don't like Fox News but I would rather have a QVC or shop at home channel blocker.
"Tired of right-wing rhetoric and biased reporting filling your eyes and ears as your TV wanderings happen upon the FOX News channel? Sam Kimery was, so he invented the "FOX Blocker," a small device that filters out FOX News from cable signals. Kimery has sold about a hundred of the devices so far, according to The Seattle Times."