On Tuesday, October 28, I will be participating in a roundtable discussion on the state of online video pulled together by Beet.TV impresario Andy Plesser, with executives from AOL, MySpace, Yahoo, MSNBC, CNN, Microsoft, Akamai, The Washington Post, Dow Jones and several other companies. Tune into the live Webcast at 9:00 AM EST.
Hi--I've read your articles on Comcast/TiVo, but I'm still puzzled by the Comcast/TiVo connection. I have basic Comcast cable (haven't upgraded to digital cable yet) and I'm running two TiVo Series 2 DVRs (no cable boxes at all). Can I upgrade to Comcast digital cable service and keep my current TiVos or will I be forced to use Comcast's DVRs or Comcast's TiVo software? I asked Comcast numerous times and 50 percent of the time they say I can use my current setup and 50 percent of the time they say "no, you need to upgrade the DVR equipment." Can you shed any light on this? (In my zip code in Chicago, Comcast doesn't yet offer Comcast DVR with TiVo service).--Nathan in Chicago, via e-mail.
Good question, Nathan. Keep in mind that you're not likely to be able to keep using your existing all-analog solution for much longer. That's because many cable systems throughout the U.S. are in the process of upgrading their system to accommodate a larger line-up of digital channels. (For each bandwidth-hogging analog channel dropped, a cable system can add at several digital channels, which use bandwidth more efficiently.)
While these changes aren't directly related to the February 2009 analog shut off (that only affects over-the-air broadcast viewers), a lot of cable systems will be using the resulting "end of analog TV" publicity and confusion to woo their customers to digital service. Once a cable system goes all-digital, devices with analog tuners--Series 2 TiVos, analog TVs, VCRs, and DVD recorders--will no longer get a signal when you plug the RF cable from the wall directly into them. Instead, you'll need a digital cable box in the mix, which will convert the digital signals back to analog (via the RF/coaxial, composite, or S-Video output).
D(TV) Day™ is fast approaching, and according to a new survey, 3 million Americans who rely on analog over-the-air reception will let their sets go "dark" after the transition on February 17, 2009. (Don't worry about them; they'll just sit alone in the dark not watching digital TV.)
But maybe you're not ready to let your 1986 rabbit-eared beauty hop off onto the junk pile. If you're among those still inhabiting analog broadcast TV land, how do you plan to handle the shift to the 21st century? Take our poll, and if none … Read more
The Consumer Electronics Association has teamed up with Google's YouTube to sponsor a contest encouraging homemade public-education videos on the DTV transition.
The contest, entitled "Digital TV: Convert Now!", will award a tricked-out home entertainment center to the producer of the best video that "educates the public on how to prepare friends and family for the digital television (DTV) transition," according to the Web site. To get the ball rolling, the Association enlisted the country act Whiskey Falls, whose call-out video is available on the site now.
According to a new survey by ABI Research, 20 percent of TV viewers--3 million Americans--who rely on analog over-the-air reception will let their sets go "dark" after the DTV transition on February 17, 2009.
The firm's Web-based survey of 1002 U.S. consumers found that 70 percent will purchase a DTV converter box, 10 percent will switch to cable, and 20 percent will do nothing, causing their old analog TVs, which are incapable of receiving the new broadcasts without additional equipment, to go dark or display only snow. Currently, 15 percent of Americans get their TV from … Read more
Much has been made over Apple's unwillingness or inability to establish a foothold in the enterprise. Mac fanatics claim it's because Apple is about consumers and doesn't want to cater to the business world, while Apple haters claim Apple simply isn't capable of beating Microsoft in the enterprise because it doesn't play well with others.
I think both arguments are ludicrous.
If Apple didn't want to break into the business world, it would probably be the dumbest company in the tech industry. The enterprise is one of the most profitable and important sectors in the market and to say that Apple doesn't want a piece of that pie is ridiculous.
A recent report suggests Apple is finally starting to make enterprise developers happy, as evidenced by the Enterprise Desktop Alliance, a group of companies that are trying desperately to bring Macs into major companies already deploying Windows. And with the help of Parallels and VMware Fusion, it's becoming abundantly clear that companies aren't inexorably tied to Windows anymore.
But Apple's real gains in the enterprise aren't going to happen in the next couple years. Instead, the company will see huge gains in the enterprise in five to ten years when today's college students who have been brainwashed by Apple's products finally reach positions of power in the business world. When that happens, the Old Guard that only knows Windows will step aside and a new generation of wunderkinds will propel Apple to the forefront of enterprise technology.… Read more
What should a modern car have? There are the obvious things, such as fuel economy, practical interior space, and drivability, but what about great cabin tech? We'll tell you the three most important amenities to look for by the dashboard.
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Remember when you were young and your family used to gather 'round the television eating dinner on TV trays, fixated by programs like M*A*S*H and All in the Family? Chit chat about what happened at school and work was relegated to commercial breaks. And then it was bedtime.
Well, it turns out the Internet isn't exactly following the model of the boob tube in co-opting family discourse, according to a new national survey of 2,252 adults from the Pew Internet & American Life Project.
"We were surprised to see that lots of families treat … Read more