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April 3, 2009

Promise SmartStor NS4600 NAS offers Sony, Samsung HDTV content support

promisesmartstornas.jpgAs video streaming continues to veer mainstream, so do network attached storage devices. The Promise SmartStor NS4600 is one such device, doubling as a DLNA-supported digital media server. The NS4600 packs in four hard drives and supports SMB, CIFS, NFS and AFP file sharing protocols. Possibly even more important is support for Xbox 360, PS3, Popcorn Hour, Sony DLNA TV, Samsung HDTV's, Apple's Time Machine, and iTune's music and video. Ports include a 1 Gigabit Ethernet, pair of USB 2.0, and an eSATA slot. Furthermore, the NS4600 has a fanless, removable power supply, one-touch backup, and web server capabilities. Shipping in May 2009, the Promise SmartStor NS4600 will cost $500.


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March 25, 2009

Blockbuster partners with TiVo in an effort to save business

blockbuster-tivo.jpgI've long thought that Blockbuster would eventually go under, but luckily it was granted a temporary reprieve last week when it was granted an credit extension until September 2010. Given this extension was granted by its two largest lenders means a least a few shot-callers have some confidence in the business, but I'm still not sure. But if the partnership with TiVo, announced this morning, is the first in a long line of moves to revamp its business model them maybe, just maybe, Blockbuster will have a chance.

The once-popular video rental service has signed an agreement with TiVo to deliver its digital movie library directly to the television sets of TiVo owners with a broadband connection. No money will exchange hands in this part of the deal, but Blockbuster says it will sell TiVo's in most of its 4000 US stores for which it'll grab a cut of sales revenue. Unfortunately though, only 800, 000 TiVo owners have a broadband connection to their TV's, limiting the reach of the Blockbuster on Demand content through this partnership. And the company says both it and TiVo will market the heck out of it which will likely cost a fair chunk of change. We'll have to see what happens, but I'm not convinced yet that Blockbuster can turn things around.


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March 19, 2009

iTunes movies now available to buy or rent in HD

itunes.jpgiTunes fans will be happy to know that movie titles are now available to buy and rent in HD, according to today's Apple announcement. Quantum of Solace and Twilight are the first box office hits available, though the purchase price is a fairly steep $19.99. HD rentals will be available about 30 days after each title is available for purchase for a more respectable $4.99. Select older titles are available for purchase today, while Twilight will launch March 21 and Quantum of Solace March 24. Just remember when Apple says HD, the company means 720p. And if you want to watch the movies on your bigscreen you'll need an Apple TV as well. As for myself, I'd prefer Vudu.


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March 16, 2009

Vudu box goes beyond movies, adds Pandora tunes

pandora-vudu-420x254.jpgVudu has remained determined to turn its set-top box into a platform to be envied. The company's latest move, still unofficial and mistakenly announced by Crave this morning, is the addition of Pandora internet radio to the Vudu box. The third-party application supports multiple Pandora accounts enabling family members to have their own Pandora playlists. Users can also create custom stations and change their account dynamically from the remote. The Pandora addition comes courtesy of Vudu's Rich Internet Application (RIA) platform which is expected to open to outside developers soon. This will enable anyone to add third-party apps to the Vudu box, turning it into an awesome repository of free internet content. Moreover, Vudu is expected to soon launch "Home Movies". The feature acts as a media extender, siphoning your PC-based media straight to your HDTV.


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February 24, 2009

Vudu soon to offer HD movie purchases over set-top box

141357.jpgThere are quite a few movie download services these days that allow HD movies to be rented. But none offer Vudu's HDX video format, and none offer HD movie purchases. Yep, that's right. Vudu has announced that a limited number of HD titles will be available for purchase, instantly over the set-top box. The initial rollout will consist of 50 titles from Firstlook, Magnolia and Kino, and Vudu hopes to get the major Hollywood studios on board in the future. Of course, you'll still be able to rent and if you're willing to wait for a longer download you can still purchase movies in the much greater HDX format.


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February 21, 2009

Netflix may offer streaming-only movie subscriptions by late in 2009

netflix_roku_highre.jpgThere is no doubt in our minds that while Netflix is powerful now, it must get the video streaming aspect down pat in order for continued success in an era of internet-connected high-def televisions. According to Netflix chief executive Reed Hastings, that is exactly what Netflix is doing, and could offer streaming-only subscriptions late this year or in early 2010. We look forward to it.


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January 21, 2009

Vudu launches Movie Catalog app for the iPhone/iPod Touch

vudu-iphone-app(2).jpgVudu has released a Movie Catalog application for the iPhone and iPod Touch. The free application lets you search through Vudu's movie catalog from anywhere an internet or Wi-Fi connection is available, and then rent or purchase titles which are automatically downloaded to your home Vudu box. Pretty cool I guess, but that's the extent of the application's features. It might be useful if you're so crunched for time that you don't have time to search through the Vudu catalog after a hard day's work, but I hope Vudu adds some extra features when they update this one.

You can download the Vudu Movie Catalog app from iTune's.

Via Vudu

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January 19, 2009

Myka BitTorrent box coming in a month!...

myka(2).jpgIt's been a long time coming, but BitTorrent downloaders will be able to get their paws on a Myka Box in the next four to six weeks. Apparently the 6 month delay was the result of financing issues, probably as a result of the ongoing economic crisis, but the company says its Chinese manufacturing partners are now hard at work. Myka will be available in 80 GB, 160 GB and 500 GB versions, connect your PC and TV so your pirated media can directly playback on your set. It'll be priced between $299 and $549 depending on the amount of storage space you're looking for.

Via Ubergizmo

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January 14, 2009

Blockbuster signs deal with Sonic Solutions for downloadable video

blockbuster-sonic.jpgAs part of Blockbuster's race to catch Netflix in the digital video business, comes another announcement. The video chain has partnered with Sonic Solutions to offer both Blockbuster and CinemaNow flicks to all kinds of devices including internet-connected HDTV's, Blu-ray players, PC's, cellphones and portable media players. Over 10, 000 titles will be available for rent and purchase, initially through a pay-per-view service, but Blockbuster says it may offer a subscription service for unlimited viewing in the future.

This announcement follows the release of Blockbuster's MediaPoint player in November. It offers users video-on-demand content directly to their TV's and is a competitor to Netflix's Roku set-top box.

(Image Credit: flickr)


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January 6, 2009

Roku Will Get Amazon On Demand In Early 2009

rokuplayer_270x202.jpgThe Apple TV has been thrown another curve ball by the Netflix-streaming Roku player. Not only will the Roku box stream Netflix movies, in "early 2009" it will allow owners to purchase or rent digital movies from Amazon on Demand. That will add roughly 40, 000 more titles to Roku's streaming database. So what can the box do now? From the press release: Amazon Video On Demand and the Roku Player will enable customers to:
  • Access and add to their virtual library of purchases via Amazon Video On Demand's Your Video Library, and re‐watch them anytime on the Roku Player or online with a PC, MAC or other compatible device.
  • Watch new release movies the same day that they are released on DVD. Hit titles such as "The Dark Knight," "Hancock," "Pineapple Express", "Tropic Thunder" and hundreds more that are not currently available on the Roku Player.
  • Enjoy instant playback, no downloading, no waiting and no subscription fee.
  • Browse's huge selection of over 40,000 movies and TV shows for rent or purchase.
  • Enjoy Amazon Video On Demand's high‐quality video through its use of the advanced h.264 codec and an automatic bandwidth detection feature that seamlessly plays back the best quality file at either 300, 600, 900 or 1200 kbps.
  • Easily setup their Roku Player using its built‐in Wi‐Fi connection and begin watching videos within minutes.
  • Connect their Roku Player to any television set using HDMI, Component Video, Composite Video, S‐Video, Stereo Audio or Optical Audio connections.
Given the Roku's $99 price tag that includes Netflix content and the $0.99 to $3.99 price of Amazon title's, now's the time to grab a Roku because there is likely more big partnerships on the way. Via Roku (PDF)
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