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July 29, 2009

Kodak outs Theatre HD Player--Wi-Fi enabled media streamer

kodak_theatre_hd_player.jpgKodak this morning announced the Kodak Theatre HD Player, an HDTV hook-in that allows you to display personal and web-based content on your high-def TV, all streamed over your home Wi-Fi network.

The Theatre HD Player optimizes Youtube videos for HDTV viewing and allows access to a ton of free online video feeds. It also enables you to stream your PC-based pictures and videos. Pictures are displayed in a collage view that you can organize by event, date or just look at randomly.

The player also includes a motion-sensitive "point and play" remote control, SD/MMC/xD/MS/CF and USB slots for loading personal media from your PC.

Kodak's Theatre HD Player is available from Amazon, Kodak.com, BestBuy.com, Buy.com, Frontgate.com and Sears.com for an MSRP of $199.99.

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Vudu signs deal with LG Electronics for broadband HDTV movie streaming

vudu-logo.pngVudu has announced a partnership with LG Electronics, incorporating its streaming movie service into broadband connect LG HDTVs. Vudu continues to sell its set-top box online and through bricks-and-mortar retailers like Best Buy, but is increasingly focused on partnerships in the consumer electronics industry. Earlier this year Vudu announced a similar partnership with Vizio. At the same time the company, which arguably offers the best movie streaming service on the market, will face big competition from Amazon and Netflix. Both companies are also working hard to establish partnerships with HDTV manufacturers.

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July 24, 2009

MediaGate MG-M²TV networked multimedia player out for $105

mediagate-m2tv.jpgMediaGate today announced the MG-M²TV networked multimedia player, the company's follow-up to the last-generation MG-800HD. The MG-M²TV has full support for a slew of video and audio codecs including Real media files, MP3, MKV, AVI and MPG. MediaGate is also planning to release an option 802.11n Wi-Fi dongle for wireless network streaming and access to online content portals in late August. At the moment, the MG-M²TV has a pair of USB ports and a 3-in-1 card reader that supports MS/MMC/SD cards. Oh, and of course an HDMI slot for sending that good ol' stored content to your 1080p HDTV. Available now, the MediaGate MG-M²TV has an MSRP of $119, but we found it for $105 here!.

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July 17, 2009

Blockbuster to push digital OnDemand videos with custom Archos 10 netbooks

archos10.jpgThe other day Blockbuster announced a tie-up with Samsung to push its digital video download service, Blockbuster OnDemand. Today, the movie retailer says it'll also offer a custom version of the Archos 10 netbook. The 10-inch portable will have a shortcut to the Blockbuster OnDemand on its homepage and will also be cheaper than the usual Archos 10, retailing for only $300.

The Archos 10 has the usual hardware specs that accompany the majority of the netbooks on the market today including a 1.6 MHz Intel Atom CPU, 1 GB of RAM, a 160 GB hard drive, Windows XP and a webcam. The netbook does boast better software than most models though, with custom apps for online TV and audio consumption and photo-viewing.

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July 14, 2009

Blockbuster OnDemand available through 2009 Samsung home theater hardware

blockbuster-ondemand.jpgI've long been calling for the death of Blockbuster, big cynic that I am and all. But a partnership announced today with Samsung is probably the best thing that's happened to the former video rental bigwig in a long time. And it could be a big step in proving my long-standing prediction wrong.

Blockbuster OnDemand, the company's streaming video service, will be integrated into Samsung's home theater products by this fall. As part of the agreement, Blockbuster OnDemand will be available through all 2009 Samsung HDTVs coming this fall, and have preferred placement on Samsung Blu-ray players.

Furthermore, Samsung Blu-ray products will be sold in Blockbuster's bricks-and-mortar stores as well as through Blockbuster online.

Blockbuster OnDemand allows users to rent or buy movies directly from Samsung products. It can be managed directly from the HDTV using nothing more than a remote. No PC integration or management is needed.

For those of you who have already bought early 2009 models, a firmware update will allow you to access Blockbuster OnDemand on Samsung LCDs and plasmas 650 and above, and LED HDTVs 7000 and above.

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July 9, 2009

Sony BRAVIA HDTVs the latest to get Netflix streaming

netflix_logo.gifNetflix this morning announced that Sony is its latest partner in the instant movie streaming business. As of this fall, Sony BRAVIA internet-connected HDTVs and older BRAVIAs compatible with the Sony Internet video link will be able to access over 12, 000 Netflix flicks directly from their high-def TVs. As Engadget points out though, it's disappointing that the Playstation 3 isn't included in this deal. In the future maybe?

The Netflix-Sony partnership is the latest in a line of recent partnerships with electronics companies. Other Netflix partners include Microsoft, Roku, LG, TiVo, Samsung and Vizio.

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Best Buy and TiVo partner up for promotional scheme

tivo.jpgBest Buy and TiVo are forming a partnership that will result in heavy TiVo promotion in all 1100 Best Buy stores in the United States.

As part of the deal, TiVo will develop a custom version of its digital video recorder for Best Buy that will allow the electronics chain to advertise its products and services to TiVo subscribers on their TVs. Subscribers will also be able to purchase items and receive tips and advice. Best Buy will finance a move to bring TiVo's search tools and software to its own brand of home theater products, Insignia, as well.

TiVo hopes the partnership will help people realize that the set-top is more than a way to rewind and record television shows. Newer TiVo boxes have broadband connections allowing subscribers to do things like order pizzas and Netflix movies, and buy tickets for movies and events. But TiVo has had a tough time educating consumers about the new features; not a good thing considering most cable companies now offer their own DVRs.

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June 17, 2009

PopcornHour C200 media streamer does Blu-ray

popcornhour_c200.jpgPopcornHour has announced its latest media streamer, the C200, that will ship this July. It's quite the improvement from the company's previous models, this time adding a drive bay for a Blu-ray drive, DVD or a hard disk drive. Pushed by a 667 MHz Sigma SMP8643 processor, the C200 supports more than 30 audio and video codecs as well as a variety of video partner sites such as CNN, CBS and Youtube. Some other new features include a wireless RF remote, a gigabit Ethernet connection, AVCHD support and plenty of connection options. The latter include HDMI 1.3, dual SATA connectors, four USB 2.0, component, composite, s-video and a miniPCI card slot designed for an 802.11 draft-n Wi-Fi card. As I mentioned above, the PopcornHour C200 is shipping in July for $299.

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May 15, 2009

GefenTV Wireless HDMI extender stream 1080p video up to 100 feet

GefenTV-Wireless-HDMI-extender.jpgExpensive but definitely cool, the new GegenTV Wireless HDMI extender is a great tool for the wireless home theater enthusiast. Sure it costs an earth-shattering $900, but the Gefen extender also streams 1080p video with Dolby 5.1 channel surround sound up to 100 feet. Sporting Amimon's top class 5 GHz wireless tech, the HDMI extender only supports video up to 30fps. But given the rapid pace at which Gefen spits out new wireless home theater products, a 1080p/60-supporting product for wireless Blu-ray streaming should be in the near future.

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May 5, 2009

Vudu goes embedded with Entone partnership

entone-box.jpgVudu is doing something very different from what it's done in the past. Rather than adding third-party content to its own hardware, Vudu will make its 14000-strong movie library available on Entone set-top boxes and DVRs. And while you might not recognize the name Entone, the company serves a large market--regional telco and video providers. Many smaller providers don't offer high-definition content either, but with Entone set-tops providers will have on-demand access to both HD and Vudu's proprietary HDX content. I suppose in this case price will vary depending on the seller, but Entone boxes with embedded Vudu content should be available sometime this summer.

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