Broadcom is paying $192.8 million in cash to acquire Advanced Micro Devices' digital television business, the companies said Monday.
AMD's DTV assets include Xilleon integrated DTV processors and reference designs, NXT receiver ICs, the Theater 300 DTV processor, and a line of panel processors that perform advanced motion compensation, frame rate conversion and scaling.
AMD had announced last month that it was quitting the DTV market, as part of an effort to streamline its businesses. CEO Dirk Meyer said in a press release that the sale was a "key step" toward helping the company boost its … Read more
Yahoo on Wednesday announced an effort to provide the software underpinnings of network-enabled TV, a move that could transform not only what it means to watch TV but also what it means to advertise on it.
Though the TV experience has been spiced up by voting for American Idol contestants, it generally has retained its famously passive character. Yahoo wants to change this by bringing a version of its Yahoo Widget Engine, a software foundation that can run small applications called widgets, to network-enabled TVs.
This new version, called the Widget Channel, will resemble the version that's available for … Read more
Just a few weeks after Dish Network announced that it would offer 1080p on-demand movies, it looks like DirecTV is getting ready to match them. According to Scott Greczkowski's blog on Multichannel News, DirecTV is currently running a beta test that allows subscribers to download 1080p on-demand movies as well. Here's the relevant snippet:
I am not sure if the 1080p movie was coming from the satellite or if it was being downloaded over the internet. I do know that when I checked my DVR list the next morning the movie The Bucket List was there waiting for … Read more
AT&T and LG just launched the LG Invision, a brand new cell phone which they claim is made for video on the go. We mentioned this awhile ago as a rumor, but now it's finally official. The Invision joins the LG Vu and the Samsung Access as the only devices capable of supporting AT&T's live mobile TV service, which currently broadcasts programs from providers such as CBS Mobile, ESPN Mobile TV, NBC2GO, and more.
Here are the specifications: The Invision measures 4 inches tall by 2 inches wide by less than one-half inch thick, … Read more
While most American TV watchers and broadcasters are preparing for (fretting over) the long-planned DTV transition in February 2009, broadcasters along the U.S. southern border are requesting an exemption from shutting down their analog broadcasts--up to five years after the deadline. The House of Representatives, according to an article by HD Guru, has already passed the DTV Border Fix Act bill by unanimous consent.… Read more
Hey, remember the KWorld PlusTV ATSC 340U? (With a name like that, how could you forget?) It's a TV tuner that plugs into a USB port and pulls down over-the-air HD signals or unencrypted QAM signals (which are delivered via cable). The last time I posted it, Newegg was selling it for $14.99 after rebate, plus six bucks for shipping. Well, now you can get it for $14.99 after rebate, plus zero bucks for shipping!
This would make a killer second tuner for anyone already running, say, Windows Media Center with an analog tuner. The PlusTV is … Read more
One of the biggest beefs with the Internet video-on-demand services offered on the Apple TV, Vudu, TiVo (via Amazon Unbox), and Xbox 360 is that the movies are just too expensive--usually around $4 for new movies, $5 to $6 for HD films, and a bit less for older "catalog" releases.
Watch just five or six movies a month, and you can easily rack up a $30 charge--not very appealing compared with Netflix's all-you-can-eat pricing plans.
But Vudu took a step in the right direction Wednesday with its new "99 for 99 cents" section, which will … Read more
You thought it was bad getting tossed aside for another woman? Try getting rejected for an MP3 player.
A new dating series based on the notion that "boys love their toys" will pit girls against gadgets in an attempt to answer that age-old question: hottie or hot HDTV? In a twist on the reality TV staple For Love or Money, Playboy TV's Gadget or the Girl will make contestants choose between a weekend getaway with a girl of their choice or a surprise high-tech toy.
The gear will range from a 60-inch plasma TV to an arcade … Read more