July 27, 2005
Samsung is launching satellite digital TV via mobile phone in Korea. The SCH-B200 features a slide and twist display and a little stand to get the TV experience going. The screen measures 2.2 inch and has 262k colors. A 2MP digital camera, TV-out and MP3 player are also featured.
Via I4U News at AVing
July 22, 2005
Engadget has a killer interview with Blake Krikorian, CEO of Sling Media, creators of the Sling Box. We've been following the new Sling device and it's place-shifting technology and have found it to be one of the only offerings in the media streaming arena with such capabilities. YES - we know orb is a software solution, but having a dedicated hardware solution is often time much better. We are going to try and get our hands on the new Sling Box and write up a review for the Macintosh version which is mentioned in the interview.
BenQ and Mediabolic has announced a set of HDTV LCDs with built in network media player features. They include software from Mediabolic that can browse music, photos, and videos stored on your PC. You'll also be able to access internet content and applications from Mediabolic. The new displays range in size from 14" to 46" and will be powered by the Philips Nexperia media processor.
At Mediabolic Via I4U News
July 6, 2005
We reported this last week but need to say it again - THE SLINGBOX IS OUT! I can't totally agree with the PVR Blog on their assessment it's for slackers at work, but I guess that's one use. I personally see this as a great alternative for TV at your camp, second house, or even in another room in the house that uses a media pc.
"Engadget is reporting that the Slingbox is out and available from CompUSA and BestBuy for $249. The Slingbox is a device that lets you view recorded content on your network from anywhere in the world, what they call "placeshifting". They made a big splash at CES earlier this year when I got to check it out. It's a cool concept, but I can't think of many uses beyond watching stuff recorded on your home TiVo while sitting at work, which is a killer app for those slacking away at jobs they hate, but not exactly worth $249."
July 1, 2005
In keeping with our trend this week of all things Slingbox, Gizmag has a stellar article on the new Placeshifting TV appliance.
"The Slingbox allows individuals anywhere-anytime access to their own living room television experience with no additional monthly service fees. In a concept quite similar to Sony's LocationFree TV which enables you to watch your home TV in almost real time from anywhere via the internet, the Slingbox is an appliance which when used in conjunction with broadband turns any Internet-connected laptop or desktop PC into a personal TV, enabling consumers to watch their cable, satellite, or personal video recorder (PVR) programming from wherever they are in the world. If the Slingbox is coupled with a broadband Internet connection, the viewer's live TV stream can be "placeshifted" via the Internet to a PC located anywhere in the world."
June 30, 2005
Slingbox411.com has the first ever Slingbox review by a TV addict. We picked up news of the Slingbox a few months ago. If you don't know what a Slingbox is well this may help.
"Slingbox can FORWARD your television signal from your home cable box (digital or analog), your satellite receiver, antenna, or even your Tivo to your desktop or notebook PC. So, in other words, you could watch your local news/sports in a another city….anywhere in the world! "
At The Pedestrian Slingbox Review and "Sling Media Slingbox Tuner ( SB220-100 )" (Sling Media)
June 16, 2005
I you need to get a Media Center extender, this one looks to be a good deal. Apparently, this one has been discontinued, but if you want to try out how it would work and not pay through the nose - I would start here. The folks over at eHomeUpgrade have a run down of running it through it's paces on a standard 19" TV and wireless network.
Buy at HP X5400 Media Center Extender
June 10, 2005
Integrated WiFi and LCD TVs??? I can't wait for the next wave of LCD TV's to have integrated toasters ovens, juicers, and Xbox 360s. :-) Seriously, this 32" wonder has integrated WiFi to stream your "digital media" files to the screen without the hassle of having to hook up your PC to it. However, it does include a USB hub for connecting your camera as well. All that extra stuff pushes this LCD TV to the $2500+ mark. Ouch! I wouldn't pay more than $1500 bucks for a 32" now given all the options out there. Oh well - if you don't have all that stuff it now has jammed in there, maybe this is a great deal for you.
June 8, 2005
Find out at Engadget. These guys have the best reviews on most things I just don't understand and appreciate as fully as they do.
Akimbo review - Engadget - www.engadget.com:
So what in the hell is Akimbo? Well, basically it’s a new video-on- demand/IPTV service that lets you pick what
shows you want to watch and then automatically download them over a broadband connection. We’re semi-obsessed with
IPTV— we’re always looking for new ways to stick it to Time Warner, our local cable monopoly—and so we were more than
pleased to check out what Akimbo had to offer.
June 1, 2005
My friend Rich has been cursing this site because it's too mac centric. Well - how's this Rich? A mac-mini intel clone you could use for your own home theatre pc? That's right - even when I do cover the Intel world it's a mac clone! BOOO HAHAHAH!!!
Mac HTPC - AOpen Intel powered, Mac mini clone:
This is pretty shameless, I mean come on…. If the power button wasn’t in the front I’m not sure I’d be able to tell them apart with a quick glance. I suppose this should be a sign that if nothing else, Apple has some PC makers nervous, at least when it comes to styling. The sad part is they’ll actually sell quite a few of these based on form factor alone. I’ve never been a fan of litigation over innovation, but in this case I hope Apple keeps a close eye on these jokers, and drops the lawyer bomb, if the word mini or anything with the letters m-i-n-i are ever used to describe it.