Check out the latest Digital Home video where I ask a simple question: is killing avatars OK?
The sound quality is better in this episode, but the show is still very much a work in progress.
Today, I tackle the console war and wonder if Nintendo is really a competitor of Microsoft and Sony.
What do you think?
No surprises here, but according to a study by ABI Research, consumers are reluctant to buy standalone Blu-ray players. More than half the people surveyed have no plans to buy a standalone Blu-ray player in the near future, and 23 percent are considering it, but not until 2009. Those numbers seem consistent with our experience, as we personally haven't heard much interest in Blu-ray outside of dedicated home theater enthusiasts.
Even though standalones are struggling, ABI says that hasn't stopped Blu-ray from marching forward, thanks to strong sales of the Sony PlayStation 3. And despite some early doubts that PS3 owners wouldn't watch Blu-ray movies, ABI says the company, "didn't see any significant evidence" of that behavior in the survey. That's consistent with an earlier report from the Entertainment Merchants Association, which claimed that 87 percent of PS3 owners do watch Blu-ray movies.
If you've been following CNET's Blu-ray coverage, it shouldn't be shocking that standalones are struggling.… Read more
So this is the first "proof of concept" video here in a new series I've so affectionately called, The Digital Home Video.
Each day, I'll be opining on something newsworthy in video that you won't find in the column nor the podcast.
As I said in the video, this is very much a "rough draft" and is just the first salvo in what I hope will be a great and fun video series where you'll hear me opine on all kinds of tech topics.
If you have some comments, suggestions, ideas, please … Read more
If it works like you wanted, you get to keep the OpenMicroServers. If not, then the servers will probably be dead anyway. Fun and destruction go hand-in-hand!
Official rules are on the Plat'home blog.
TiVo had a very busy July. First, it teamed up with Comcast to make section editor Matt Elliott miss the Wimbledon final. Next, it announced the rollout of streaming YouTube videos through the boxes. Then, its partnership with Amazon.com evolved to include the eventual ability to buy products from advertisers using your remote.
The fun apparently didn't end with July though, as Friday morning at 2 a.m. EDT TiVo pushed out a sizable service update with six new features.Play or delete an entire folder This'll let you, um, play or delete an entire folder. Particularly … Read more
Have around $20,000 and nothing to spend it on? If you love music, why not drop it on the self-proclaimed "Dom Perignon of floor-standing speakers," also known as Klipsch's Palladium speaker series? Designed with help from BMW Group DesignworksUSA, the speakers are high-end in price and sound quality, according to the company.
The flagship system of the series is the P39-F, which has 9-inch woofers for bass. Like many Klipsch products, the Palladium speakers use "horn-loaded" technology for the high and mid-frequency drivers, instead of a conventional cone driver.The result, the company says, … Read more
One company has piggybacked on the idea that form should accompany function and has applied it to an area that, especially in minimalist kitchens, may have been overlooked: fire safety. The HomeHero fire extinguisher addresses this problem while still looking sleek as can be.
Kitchen fires are no laughing … Read more
Samsung was officially the first to offer up a home-theater-in-a-box system with Blu-ray (although Panasonic was right behind), but as you might expect, we found the $1,500 system a little overpriced for what it offered. Samsung has now announced a follow-up budget Blu-ray HTIB, the HT-BD2E, and at nearly half the price ($800), it has the potential to be a far more appealing product. Let's check out the key features, or at least what we know so far.
Key features of the Samsung HT-BD2E:5.1 channel system, 800 watts total power Four satellite speakers, one center speaker … Read more