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January 2, 2009

TDVision Can Stream Video In 3D

tdvision-sb(2).jpgIt's pretty much a given we'll see some new 3D video technologies at CES this year. Sure enough, yesterday a company called TDVision announced it'd be showing off the world's first 3D/2D compatible full HD stereoscopic broadcast and Blu-ray format. The system uses something called the TDVCodec for encoding and decoding 3 dimensional video streams which are then filtered to the display in 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution. TDVision says the technology isn't limited to TV's--it can be used with computer monitors and even with glasses! The one sore spot is the need for those pesky 3D glasses, but as 3D video technology moves beyond its infancy I'm guessing they should eventually disappear.

Via SlipperyBrick

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December 30, 2008

LG Blu-ray Players Getting Streaming CinemaNow, YouTube Video In '09

lg_bd300.jpgIn 2008 select LG Blu-ray players received streaming Netflix capabilities. LG, not content to rest on its laurels, has now partnered with YouTube and CinemaNow which will both stream to networked LG Blu-ray players that'll will be launched at CES in just over a week. CinemaNow content will include 14, 000 titles from major studios and television as well as a handful of independent titles and music videos. YouTube, as I'm sure you know, will allow you to access its database of millions of both premium and user-generated videos. LG's 2009 Blu-ray players will also be able to access streaming video from Netflix's growing library. Check out the release after the jump.

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December 23, 2008

Vudu Slashes Prices In Half, Slips Under The Radar

Wireless_Bundle_Christmas.pngI've never really understood why Vudu doesn't do a better job of publicizing its deals. Sure enough, yet another Vudu deal has slipped under the radar. Currently Vudu has a couple of Christmas specials happening. The price of the $299 Vudu box has been cut to $99 plus you get $50 in movie credits bringing the total price to $149. The company also has a wireless bundle that comes with the above plus the Vudu wireless kit for a total of $198.

The Vudu box can instantly stream 1080p flicks and store up to 50 standard definition movies on its 250 GB hard drive. The wireless kit allows you to connect your Vudu box to your home network and HDTV using a pair of 802.11g wireless adapters eliminating cable clutter. Whether or not the Vudu sale extends beyond Christmas isn't mentioned.

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December 22, 2008

Roku Gets HD Netflix Movies, Finally

roku(2).jpgGood news for Roku owners: the Netflix-branded box will now stream high-definition video from, you guessed it, Netflix. The video obviously has to be compressed pretty substantially to be delivered over a typical broadband connection, so I have no idea what the video quality is like. But I'm sure the jury will be out in full force in the next couple of days.

The $99 Roku box will automatically receive the update over the coming weeks adding several hundred HD titles to Netflix's substantial movies library of over 12, 000. In the first quarter of 2009, it's expected that we'll see a few more HD additions to the Roku library, definitely something to be excited about. Check out the press release after the jump.

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December 18, 2008

SlingPlayer Mobile For Blackberry Coming December 30

slingplayer_mobile_for_blackberry(2).jpgI'm excited to see that SlingPlayer Mobile for Blackberry smartphones will be launching in public beta December 30. First announced way back in January, the software will be available as a free download for the following Blackberry models: Bold, Curve 8900, 8820, Curve 8320, Pearl Flip 8220 and the Pearl 8120 running on OS 4.5. There will be versions available for the United States, Canada, and the UK.

If you're not familiar with SlingPlayer Mobile, it's a software download for your mobile phone that lets you stream video content from your at-home SlingBox to your phone over a 3G connection or Wi-Fi. There are rumors that SlingPlayer Mobile for Blackberry will work on an EDGE connection as well, but I wouldn't expect a great viewing experience over a slower connection.

As a self-professed Crackberry addict, I'll definitely be trying this out come the end of December.

Via Slashgear

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December 16, 2008

Vudu Rolls Out Application Platform, Web-To-TV Content Streaming

vudu.youtube_.jpgIP-based set-top box maker Vudu announced today the rollout of Vudu RIA (Rich Internet Applications), a standards-based platform that allows developers to bring web-hosted applications to the HDTV. While RIA won't officially be opened to 3rd party developers until the first half of 2009, Vudu owners will immediately be able to access YouTube, Picasa, Flickr and an on-demand TV area with upwards of 120 channels. Users will also be able to access web-based television content from National Geographic, Nova and more.

The company says RIA is aimed at low-power set-top boxes and has an 300 MHz embedded processor with 128 MB RAM.

Via CEPro

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December 12, 2008

SlingPlayer Updated, Better Video Quality Says The Company

sp2.0_public_beta-hero.gifSling Media's SlingPlayer software has a version 1.0.7 update available, that while minor, improves video quality says the company. I take it by 'video quality' the reference is in regard to the new easy-switch feature between 4:3 fullscreen, 16:9 widescreen, Windowbox, Letterbox, and Pillarbox modes and one-click ability to hide the player controls. Makes sense because the other changes have to do with a new online registration feature and setup. You can get the update from Sling Media's website.

Via PCWorld

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Digeo's Moxi HD-DVR Soft Launches At Amazon, Official In January

moxi_hddvr2-420x252(2).jpgDigeo's long-awaited Moxi HD-DVR is soft launching over at Amazon. For now there is only a very limited number of $799 units available as it'll be officially launched at CES next month, but it could be worth checking out. The two big advantages the 500 GB Moxi box has is its attractive user interface and no subscription fees a la competitor TiVo. But since you can pay $300 for a lifetime subscription to TiVo, not to mention all kinds of streamed web content on the latter, it might be worth waiting to learn more at CES before dishing out the cash--unless you're one of the lucky few with cash to spare!


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November 27, 2008

Vudu Set-Top Box Gets YouTube, Flickr, Picasa, And Even Games

vudutube.jpgVudu has been extremely busy lately, rolling out a new high-end set-top box, HDX format, and even some great Black Friday deals. Now the company has announced the integration of Youtube video viewing, Flickr and Picasa photo viewing, and a couple of games--like Solitaire--into the Vudu platform. Format War Central has tried it out and says that the Youtube viewing is better than the Apple TV or the newest TiVo models.

Via Engadget HD

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November 25, 2008

2Wire MediaPoint STB: Blockbuster Finally Release Set-Top Box

2wire(2).jpgWe've been waiting for Blockbuster's set-top box and it's finally here. Announced today, Blockbuster's 2Wire-manufactured MediaPoint STB is freely available for a limited time with the advance purchase of 25 movies, TV shows, foreign or classic films from Blockbuster On Demand (previously MovieLink). The package is priced at $99 and subsequent rentals will set you back $1.99.

The MediaPoint player doesn't require a Blockbuster subscription, supports HD via HDMI, and has both WiFi and Ethernet connections. It's a great move by Blockbuster, but competitor Netflix is way ahead. The company, with their Roku-branded media player, already has relationships with five set-top box manufacturers, and can stream on-demand content to select LG and Samsung Blu-ray players. We can't imagine Blockbuster will be able to close the gap anytime soon, if at all.

Via Home Media Magazine

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