Apple has widened the net of its Apple TV streaming video box to include Yahoo and PBS apps.
The Yahoo Screen video app rolled it out last month on iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad. The app has videos, mostly short, from the likes of "Saturday Night Live," "The Colbert Report," and "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart," plus live news and events and music. Many of those are items you can watch through Apple TV's Hulu Plus app in full, but the Yahoo Screen app also has original programs from Yahoo, such as … Read more
Forecasting when the Apple TV will arrive has become a sport. Now one analyst is even saying 2015 -- or later.
Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities, via 9to5Mac, said he believes an Apple TV -- a real TV and not the set-top box variety -- won't arrive until 2015 or 2016.
And he cites some of the same reasons that NPD DisplaySearch cited earlier this week. That is, Apple TV sales will be small unless Apple can find a way to integrate new TV services and content.
Hulu could be coming to a cable set-top box near you. According to The Wall Street Journal, the online TV streaming service is said to be in preliminary talks with a handful of pay-TV operators about possible partnerships.
These talks are said to be about Hulu potentially bundling its Hulu Plus subscription service with pay-TV subscriptions. According to the Journal, the streaming service is purportedly in talks with Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Cox Communications, AT&T, and Verizon.
Apparently, Hulu hopes that any deal would let cable customers get its service via a set-top box, according to the Journal. … Read more
We are approaching the stage of civilization when people are becoming more tolerant of each other's objects of affections.
The question some philosophers are asking, though, is: "What if that object is an object?"
I confess to have occasionally felt a frisson of affection for inanimate things. They might have been cars, clothes, or the British when they speak.
However, I have never really considered what it would be like to have an exclusive relationship with something that doesn't talk back, breathe, snore, or tell me to put on a tie.
Verizon Communications might have some competition for control of Intel's delayed Web TV service.
European cable operator Liberty Global is in private talks to acquire Intel Media, according to unidentified sources in a Bloomberg report. The discussions would create a rival for Verizon, which last month was reported to be in late-stage negotiations to assume control of the planned Internet-based subscription TV service.
Earlier this year, Intel announced its plans to launch hardware and software that allow for live TV, on-demand TV, and content streaming. The offering, dubbed OnCue, was supposed to be available this year. However, in September, … Read more
The long wait for an Apple TV will get even longer. Blame wearable devices.
That's what NPD DisplaySearch analyst Paul Gagnon claimed Monday in a research note.
Apple is shifting its focus to wearable devices and pushing TV plans out -- aside from its existing set-top box -- according to Gagnon.
The shift appears rather recent as even DisplaySearch had been expecting a product in 2014.
"Indeed, our own information from TV supply chain sources pointed to the fact that Apple appeared to be lining up resources for a product introduction in the second half of 2014, likely … Read more
Panasonic plasma is dead. I'd like to take a moment for everyone to express their feelings at its passing.
Next March, Panasonic "will end sales of plasma TVs for consumer use and PDP-related products for commercial use," in the company's own words. They've been CNET's favorite TVs for years, and we're not alone.
Other reviewers, editors, consultants, calibrators, engineers and picture quality aficionados of every stripe have studied, designed, lauded, picked apart, recommended, purchased for themselves and/or enjoyed countless hours watching a Panasonic plasma.
I asked a few industry experts, many of … Read more
I think the days of Windows Media Center are drawing to a close, which is a shame. Microsoft no longer bundles the software with Windows, and I suspect few people will bother to pay extra for it.
That said, if you're still running Windows 7 on one or more PCs, or you did decide to splurge on the upgrade for Windows 8, you can still enjoy a truly excellent TV/DVR experience. All you need is a CableCard from your cable company and a CableCard tuner.
Let's talk about the latter. Today only, while supplies last, Woot has … Read more