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June 7, 2008

Vudu's Wireless Kit Gets Reviewed: Impressive To Say The Least

product_wireless(2).jpgPC Magazine's Brian Neal tested out Vudu's new wireless kit over a period of a few weeks and was impressed to find the wireless version functioned as seamlessly as the wired version. Consisting of two 802.11g adapters, one which connects to your home ethernet network and the other to either your Vudu or Vudu XL's ethernet or USB port, the wireless kit automatically configures itself and you're ready to go. According to Neal, movie playback was flawless, with "no lags or interrupts, as if it were attached by ethernet". With such a dead simple setup, and a reasonable price of $79, Vudu's Wireless Kit looks to be one of the techiest ways we seen to clean up a home theater setup yet.

Buy the Vudu Wireless Kit from Amazon for $79

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June 5, 2008

Sony's Bravia Line Gets YouTube, Without The Computer

11M4dOXT5jL._SL500_AA200_.jpgIf you have a 2007 or 2008 Sony Bravia and a Bravia Internet Video Link, you'll now be able to watch millions of YouTube videos on your LCD TV without a computer. Wired magazine fans will now be able to access on their Bravia's and Crackle's C-Spot which plays short episodic comedy series' such as "Hot Hot Los Angeles," "The Writer's Room," "Penn Says," and "The Roadents". Given the garbage found on YouTube, this announcement adds little value in my honest opinion to the Bravia line, but then again we all know given YouTube's ridiculous traffic numbers that you'd be sitting on your computer watching YouTube vids the next time there's nothing on TV.

If you're not familiar with the Bravia Internet Video Link, it's just a little module that attaches to the back of your Bravia streaming on-demand video content including news, weather, and traffic updates directly to your TV screen without a computer. You do however need an existing ethernet connection with a broadband speed of 2.5 Mbps. Check out the press release after the jump.

Via Sony

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June 2, 2008

D-Link DSM-330 HD Media Player: First North American DivX Connected Home Theater Device, Full Support For 3rd Party Plugins

splash-getconnected(2).jpgAdding a DivX Connected device to your home theater system is about to be one of the latest and greatest ways to turn your plain ol' TV set into the digital multimedia center of you home. It hasn't arrived in North America quite yet, but it's close, and will come in the form of the D-Link DSM-330 HD Media Player. This handy little media player won't take up a whole lot of room in your home theater setup and while it can be hooked up over your wired ethernet network, the DSM-330 will stream content from your PC to your TV wirelessly as well, with 802.11b/g support. Hooked up to your high-def set via HDMI, the DSM-330 will stream DivX video content and online video (which it'll convert to DivX) up to 720p, and if you want to listen to music or look at your latest family vacation pics using your TV rather than your computer it'll easily stream those as well. Probably one of the coolest features of the DSM-330 is its support of 3rd party plugins and add-on services making it one of the most customizable and scalable media player's around. Easy-to-setup, the DSM-330 has an attractive user interface which you can navigate with an included remote control while you sit back and relax on the couch.

We're excited to tell you we'll have a hands-on review of the D-Link DSM-330 HD Media Player in the coming weeks, and even though it won't be hitting North American shelves until July, if we've piqued your interest and got you all excited you can pre-order it from Amazon for $249.99.

Via DivX

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Time Warner Cable Working On Wireless Cable Modem That'll Bring Web Video To Your Bigscreen, Integrate Your Home Network

TWC_SRstore(2).jpgTime Warner Cable's chief exec Glenn Britt was talking up a new wireless cable modem that'll easily move web video to their cable subscribers' TV sets at the recent Sanford C. Bernstein Strategic Decisions Conference in New York. Britt said that the modem's ability to move internet video to the traditional TV is only a small part of its overall function of integrated the entire home network. He didn't give out a whole lot of details about how the service would work other than involving the wireless modem being made available to subscribers, nor did he say when it would be available. All's he said was that "within a relatively short time" streaming internet video to bigscreen's would be simple and would achieve mainstream popularity within one to two years.

Via Reuters

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June 1, 2008

AppleCore Pulls Apple TV Hack Drive From Shelves, Cites Fair Use Doctrine

back1(2).jpgOnly a few days back we first told you about the aTV Flash Drive from AppleCore, a handy little flash drive that allows you to "hack" your Apple TV to add a bunch of new functions without all the work of searching the web for how-to's and tutorials. It turns out now that AppleCore is pulling the aTV for the time being citing "questions arising regarding the fair use of a particular file present on the aTV Flash, and conflicting opinions as to whether or not it falls under the fair use category". Apparently the product withdrawal was completely voluntary; not due to pressure from Apple. The company says that in their "interpretation of the fair use doctrine, (their) software does not cross any lines, but since this is a grey area issue, (they) have taken a proactive approach and decided to seek clarifcation directly from the rights holder before (they) offer the product again." All those who have already order the product will have their orders canceled and refunded, but we hope we'll see the aTV Flash Drive available again in the near future.

Via AppleCore

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Roku's Netflix Media Streamer Gets Unboxed

AppleInsider has already received their Roku Netflix player and has it all unboxed and setup as show in the pics below. Apparently easy to setup and use, the Roku player is roughly compared to the Apple TV. Smaller and lighter than the Apple TV, but a little taller, the Roku features almost identical outputs aside from a composite video output not found on the Apple TV. Neither have a USB connection. Setup requires you to follow a series of pages that'll show you how to connect the Roku box to either a wired or wireless network, then requires you to download a software update from a Netflix server which is followed by the presentation of a code that'll need to be entered into the Netflix website. This'll activate the service after which you'll have access to about 10000 Watch Instantly titles right from your PC or Mac, then streamed to your television.

Video quality is comparable to digital cable and download speeds are fast over a DSL or cable internet connection. If you have a slower connection, the device will just downscale the video quality in order to speed up the download. Check out the unboxing by clicking on the thumbnails below.


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May 29, 2008

Vudu Goes Version 1.5, Let's You Extend 24-Hour Rental Viewing Limit For A Reduced Price

Vudu_box_headon(2).jpgVudu is rumored to be updating its video rental set-top box to version 1.5 and will supposedly include a new feature that we're surprised no one else has thought of yet. Pretty well all streaming video rental services set their movies to expire after 24 hours, and should you not quite finish the film in that time then you have to rent it for the full price all over again. Inconvenient to say the least. Vudu's 1.5 update will let you extend expired movies past the 24 hour limit for a reduced price. Reduced by how much? $2 off of HD movies and $1 off regular titles. Not bad and you don't even have to act on this deal right away. It's actually available for one week after the rental expires, and should you choose to extend it, you have 30 days to press play. Of course once you press play you're back to 24-48 hours to finish it. And the offer is only good once, so set time aside to watch the movie in its entirety the second time around.

Via Gizmodo

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May 28, 2008

How To Hack Your Apple TV In One Easy Step

install(2).jpgYou can hack your Apple TV using many step and alot of time browsing the web looking for how-to's or you can take just a few seconds and plug in the aTV Flash Drive from AppleCore LLC. Install the flash drive and it'll do everything else, all without voiding the warranty. According to Gizmodo, the aTV Flash Drive will do a hell of a lot highlighted by:

  • play DivX, Xvid, AVI, WMV, RMVB and other video formats
  • play DVD files without any format conversion
  • sync, organize, and watch non-iTunes video files
  • use a Safari-based web browser to surf the web
  • rent and watch HD movies from
  • stream media from UPnP(v1) media servers
  • read RSS Feeds
  • enable SSH access

All of the original Apple TV will continue to function as normal and the best part is the aTV Flash Drive will only cost you $59.95. Think of how many hours you'd spend looking for these hacks on the web and then implementing them, compare that to how much you earn per hour at work and then tell me if this isn't a great purchase.


Via Gizmodo

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May 27, 2008

Vudu Goes Bricks-And-Mortar, Gets Shelf Space In 24 California Best Buy Outlets

vuduweb_540x360(2).jpgWe haven't heard a whole lot from set-top box maker since that $1000 Vudu XL began shipping in March, but this is probably the best thing that has happened to Vudu since their inception. The Vudu set-top box has secured shelf space in 24 California Best Buy's marking the first time the Vudu has been sold in bricks-and-mortar stores since it originally launched last fall. Vudu sought the shelf space after struggling to compete with the Apple TV even though the entry-level Vudu will hold roughly twice the video content of the Apple TV for a price tag $65 more. Since it hit the market, Vudu has added 500 movie titles, bringing the total to 5500, and added 1000 TV shows and 150 HD film titles.

Via Video Business

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May 20, 2008

Roku, Netflix Partner Up For The First Netflix Set-Top Box But Where's The HD Support

5-20-08-netflix-player(2).jpgNetflix have a falling out with LG Electronics over their new set-top box? Looks like it because Netflix fans will no longer have to wait for their discs to arrive in the mail thanks to Roku, the producer of the first Netflix set-top box. Right now only part of the Netflix library is available but this is a big move by the company into the world of on-demand video. The $99.99 box has no hard disk drive, can stream video via a wireless signal and hooks up to most types of ports including HDMI, composite, component, S-Video, ethernet, and includes a Toslink audio jack. One update Netflix may have to think about in the near future for the new set-top is HD support; as of now it's not there. And subscribers who stream video via the internet will still have to pay the $8.95 monthly fee. Other than that though, reviews have started popping up everywhere, including Wired, PCMag, and CNET, and all are mostly positive.

Via Engadget HD

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