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Roku adds more games, cleans up the PQ on its latest streamers

Sunday, October 30th, 2011

Don’t think Roku is sitting back on its laurels after rolling out a slew of new hardware including the Roku 2 family and the new, low end Roku LT. As promised, it has issued a firmware update enabling new gaming options including Pac Man:CE, Galaga, and Angry Birds Seasons. Even if you’re committed to Roku’s hockey pucks as purely video streamers, there’s a new firmware update to correct, among other things, issues that caused a darker than normal image on some displays, WiFi performance, boot performance, readiness for HBO Go, and subtitles on Netflix. Check out Roku’s blog for the full list of fixes or just hit the software update section in your settings menu to make sure you have the latest software.

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myPlex makes streaming your media simple, gives you one queue to rule them all

Sunday, October 30th, 2011
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Plex is one of the more popular solutions to the problem of how to get all that (legally downloaded, of course) media sitting on your home PC to your various devices for consumption. But, like many of its competitors, getting the whole shebang set up isn’t always the easiest task. The company’s new myPlex platform aims to solve this conundrum, and adds a few welcome features along the way. Now, setting up a server or a client is as simple as logging in to your Plex account — no matter how many of either part of the media-streaming equation you may have. As an added bonus, your account is also now home to a queue that is shared across all devices. Stopped watching a movie half way through on your commute home? You can pick up right where you left off on your Roku. You can even add web clips from sources like YouTube to the list. Check out the source link for a few more details.

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Google gets ready to play traditional TV, preps original YouTube channels

Saturday, October 29th, 2011

From rumors to reality: YouTube is taking a crack at original programing. Sources close to the Wall Street Journal say that the streaming outfit is partnering with a broad mix of media firms, production companies, and savvy content creators to launch 100 channels, generating over 25 hours of original content each day. Most of these channels aren’t slated to launch until next year, but when they do they are said to be backed by names like Ashton Kutcher, Tony Hawk, Jay-Z, and Madonna. YouTube is reportedly paying content partners over 0 million to jump-start this project, and hopes to create quality that can be sold to Advertisers. YouTube’s blog confirmed that the first of these premium channels is set to launch next month, with subsequent channels coming in waves over the next year. Hit the source link below so see YouTube’s official announcement and an early list of channels and content providers. We know you’ll join us in giddy anticipation of Shaquille O’Neal’s Comedy Shaq Network .

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Redbox Raises Rental Fees, Plans Streaming Service

Friday, October 28th, 2011

While the disc-rental service reinvents itself, they will launch a 20-percent price increase starting next week.

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In Time Movie Review

Friday, October 28th, 2011

Another retro sci-fi future from director Andrew Niccol, this one a riff on "Logan’s Run" in which time literally is money.

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Can cool-running amplifiers sound good?

Thursday, October 27th, 2011

The Audiophiliac: I admit it, most of my favorite amplifiers produce enough heat to warm up a room and consume a lot of AC power. “Green,” they are not. Class D amplifier designs (the…



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Warner pushes 28-day new release delay on Blockbuster, matches Redbox and Netflix

Thursday, October 27th, 2011

We suppose it’s good news / bad news for Blockbuster. The good news is that after going through bankruptcy and being sold, Warner Bros. has decided it’s healthy enough to take on the competition on even ground. The bad news, is that Warner has decided to give Blockbuster the same month long delay the studio loves so much before new movies can be rented out as its competitors, Redbox and Netflix. While Blockbuster has had delays at its kiosks already, being first to get new flicks in stores has been a part of its marketing for a while. The LA Times reports Blockbuster so far is turning to simply buying the copies it needs at retail to rent them out immediately, but we’ll see how long that lasts. If you enjoy your discs via kiosk or mail don’t think you’re out of the woods either, as the paper mentions Warner wants to delay new flicks to those outlets even longer when their deals are renegotiated.

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Skifta leaves beta, streams media to and from your Android device wherever you may be

Thursday, October 27th, 2011
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When we first saw Skifta back in February, it was a pretty neat app for beaming media on your phone to other DLNA capable devices in your home. Well, now it’s left beta and added a new trick to it repertoire — stream media from your other gear to your Android device, over 3G. To celebrate Skifta hitting the magical 1.0 mark, Qualcomm Atheros also unveiled a new media server plug in for Linux, OS X and Windows that lets you pull music and movies from your home PC to your phone or tablet, even while you’re out and about. Skifta (in addition to its terrible name) also sports a Channel Library which allows you quickly queue up content from Facebook, TED, ShoutCast, Revision3 and more. You’ll find full PR after the break but, more importantly, the download links at the source.

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Playstation 3D Display hits shelves November 13, Sony answers your burning questions

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

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LG posts a net loss for Q3, loses ground in mobile sales

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

The Q3 numbers for LG are in, showing its cellphone unit lost money for the sixth straight quarter, with profits coming from the home appliance and air conditioning units. On the home entertainment side, it shipped more flat panel TVs than ever before (6.8 million) and despite lower revenues managed to improve operating profit by selling more of its high end Cinema 3D and LED-lit HDTVs. Unfortunately for the mobile division, sales were down 8.5 percent from last year and the company recorded a 8.47 million operating loss. Making things worse, Reuters reports its rival Samsung is expected to report strong profit in mobiles on Friday, and pass Apple as the world’s biggest smartphone seller on the back of its Galaxy S line. We don’t know if LG will be able to turn things around anytime soon, but giving the Optimus LTE an Ice Cream Sandwich finish and shipping it sooner rather than later couldn’t hurt.

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Jurassic Park Ultimate Trilogy Blu-ray Review

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

Hold onto something: The blockbuster dino trio is brought back to life in the present day, in ground-shaking new 7.1-channel DTS.

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Engadget HD Podcast 271 – 10.25.2011

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

Now that Netflix has revealed exactly how many subscribers it has lost over the last few months, we’re wondering what’s next for the video service and its competitors like Amazon. In other pay-TV news, we have an upgraded UI on the way from DirecTV and new social media hooks from AT&T that could signal a change in the way we watch TV. Before closing things out with our picks of what to watch this week, we even had some time for new ultra HDTV standards, mobile app consolidation for FiOS and Sony’s PlayStation 3D Display.

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16:18 – Netflix US subscriber count drops by 800k in Q3, 21.45 million still streaming
18:24 – Netflix to expand to UK, Ireland in ‘early 2012,’ looks to challenge Lovefilm
24:19 – Amazon Prime Instant Video expands its library with even more video from PBS
27:23 – BBC’s global iPlayer app adds AirPlay streaming, should just be on Apple TV
30:00 – DirecTV shows off its new HD UI with a website and trailer, still no release date
33:55 – U-verse TV gets social with help from Miso, TV Foundry, Wayvin and BuddyTV Guide
40:00 – Verizon’s My FiOS app puts your entire living room under one Android roof
42:39 – Playstation 3D Display hits shelves November 13, Sony answers your burning questions
44:50 – Ultra HDTV technical standards agreed on, more pixels is a good thing
52:30 – Must See HDTV (October 24th – 30th)

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Thai floods cause Sony to delay camera launch, several tech companies affected

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

Digital Trends: Large parts of Thailand are currently under water following heavy monsoon rains. As a result, production at several tech companies in the country has been affected, including Sony who…



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Join the Engadget HD Podcast live on Ustream at 9PM

Monday, October 24th, 2011

It’s Monday, and we’re still here to help by letting you peek into the recording booth when the Engadget HD podcast goes to mp3 at 9PM. We’re slightly delayed due to the Netflix earnings, so take a peek at the live stream, chat and list of topics after the break.

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Win Jurassic Park Ultimate Trilogy on Blu-ray Disc

Monday, October 24th, 2011

Enter to win the ultimate dinosaur movies on the ultimate disc format.

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Toy Story Blu-ray 3D Review

Monday, October 24th, 2011

Converted for 2009 theatrical exhibition, Pixar’s seminal Toy Story also looks great in the 3D home theater.

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Take Shelter Movie Review

Monday, October 24th, 2011

A man is either going insane, can see the future, or both. Michael Shannon is the man and Jeff Nichols directs. The result proves again why Shannon is one of the best, and director Nichols is every bit as magnificent.

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Pioneer shows off high-end Steez portable audio players

Sunday, October 23rd, 2011

Electronista: Pioneer has outlined three upcoming semi-portable audio players in its new Steez lineup. The STZ-D10S-L Solo, STZ-D10T-G Duo and STZ-D10Z-R Crew are unique in that they offer users the…



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Denon and Marantz offer free AirPlay upgrades until end of 2011

Sunday, October 23rd, 2011

Pocket-lint: Top home cinema brands Denon and Marantz have both announced that they will be offering free AirPlay upgrades to customers who own suitable network AV receivers and systems. While each…



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BBC’s global iPlayer app adds AirPlay streaming, should just be on Apple TV

Saturday, October 22nd, 2011

British expats and international fans of BBC television alike can now stream some Gavin & Stacey to their televisions (past season 1 anyway, which is on Netflix and Amazon Prime Instant Video), as long as they’re properly equipped. The global iPlayer app for iPad has been updated with AirPlay streaming (those in the UK however, have no such luck so far) so once users update to iOS 5 and buy an Apple TV box, they’re in business. Of course, this would all be much simpler if iPlayer were just available on the Apple TV itself (without XBMC or other hacks), but no one asked us, did they?

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Winnie the Pooh Blu-ray Review

Saturday, October 22nd, 2011

Based on A. A. Milne’s original stories, this 2011 movie is as sweet as honey, with a Blu-ray that’s just as satisfying.

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Panasonic to Cut Jobs and Plasma TV Production

Saturday, October 22nd, 2011

The manufacturer plans to shutter its Amagasaki No. 3 plant by the end of the business year.

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Audyssey Packs AirPlay into Lower East Side Audio Dock Air Speaker

Friday, October 21st, 2011

The company known for audio processing is putting some of that power into a stand-alone speaker product.

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Kaz Hirai: Sony is ‘in discussions with non-Sony companies’ over PlayStation Suite

Friday, October 21st, 2011

Wondering whether Sony’s PlayStation Suite will ever really leave its nest? While the SDK won’t be out until next month, SCE Chairman Kaz Hirai just told us here at AsiaD that this Android-friendly framework’s still open to all other manufacturers, and he emphasized that it “isn’t an ecosystem where we want to keep everything within the Sony family” while pimping the three PlayStation Certified Android devices so far: Xperia Play, Tablet S and Tablet P. Kaz also confirmed that Sony’s currently “in discussions with non-Sony companies to bring them onboard,” but as to when this will come to fruition, the company will make those announcements “when it’s time to go public with it,” so we shall see.

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ITU Study Group Announces Ultra HDTV (UHDTV) Specs

Friday, October 21st, 2011

New tech standards could make your next HDTV an ultra high-definition TV.

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Playstation 3D Display hits shelves November 13, Sony answers your burning questions

Thursday, October 20th, 2011
We’d imagine come November 13th, the above will be the scene inside many a PS3 owner’s house. That’s when Sony’s hot little 24-inch PlayStation 3D display will officially be available in the US, Canada, Europe and parts of Asia. Sony took to its US PlayStation Blog today with the news, along with a lengthy FAQ to keep your GAS at bay in the meantime. If you’ll recall, the 240Hz 1080p display packs a single set of component inputs, two HDMI 1.4 ports, stereo RCA outputs, a headphone jack, an integrated subwoofer, and of course, 3D-capability with supported titles. For five hundred bucks you’ll get the PS 3D Display, one pair of USB-rechargeable 3D Glasses ( for each additional pair), a copy of Motorstorm: Apocalypse and even an HDMI cable. Notably, its fancy (and exclusive) SimulView feature will let two sets of 3D shades grab either the left or right side feed in supported 3D games for a private 2D view. Disappointingly, this puppy isn’t wall-mountable, but hey, that 24-inch panel surely makes it ideal for a desktop setup, no? Full details at the links below, along with a refresher shot of those 3D specs just past the break.

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Playstation 3D Display hits shelves November 13, Sony answers your burning questions originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 19 Oct 2011 18:59:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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MartinLogan Debuts Motion LX16 Bookshelf Speaker

Wednesday, October 19th, 2011

As part of the Motion Series, the company’s new bookshelf speaker includes the patented Folded Motion tweeter.

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Oompa, Loompa, Doompadee-BLU: Willy Wonka Reunites His Cast and His Crew!

Tuesday, October 18th, 2011

Warner celebrates the new Ultimate Collector’s Edition Blu-ray release with a rare opportunity to meet the stars and director.

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Super Halloween Costume Ideas: Disguise, Inc. Outfits Wanna-Be Superheroes This Halloween

Monday, October 17th, 2011

When else can we dress up like bigger-than-life heroes from the big screen (and now the home theater) and not get held for observation?

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Virgin Media’s TiVos get updated with Spotify, iOS app support and more

Monday, October 17th, 2011

Over in the UK, Virgin Media has given a lucky few (3,500 or so) access to a pilot update for their TiVo DVRs that adds many of the features we’d heard were on the way, plus some extras. Word out of Crawley and Cambridge is that multiroom streaming is enabled, there’s faster performance and an official community post mentions compatibility with TiVo’s iOS apps, BBC iPlayer integration and music streaming from Spotify. A wider rollout is expected before Christmas, for a full list of changes check out the links below.

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Klipsch Gallery G-17 Air AirPlay Speaker System Preview

Monday, October 17th, 2011

Audioholics: Like you, we are always looking for new ways to get audio around our home. Sure, using a whole home audio solution is the cleanest and sexiest option, but it is also the most expensive….



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Win Star Wars The Complete Saga on Blu-ray

Sunday, October 16th, 2011

Enter to win the most popular Blu-ray catalog release of the decade.

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The Skin I Live In Movie Review

Sunday, October 16th, 2011

"Skin" takes an obsession, warps it with perversion and spins a captivating story around it. It will truly make your skin crawl.

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Star Wars, Thor Prompt 156 Percent Blu-ray Growth

Sunday, October 16th, 2011

The high-def format is on the rise, thanks to the popularity of new releases, including "X-Men: First Class" and "Madea’s Big Happy Family."

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Attack the Block Blu-ray Review

Sunday, October 16th, 2011

Boys in the hood turn vigilante when they experience an alien invasion.

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Marantz NR1602 review: this slimline AVR re-imagines home cinema for the network age

Saturday, October 15th, 2011

Techradar: The NR1602 certainly doesn’t look like your typical 7-channel AVR. Whether through luck or design, Marantz has created something rather special with the NR1602. Driven by a desire to…



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Sleek design takes centre stage in Pioneer’s new range of slim AV micro systems

Saturday, October 15th, 2011

Pioneer.eu: Pioneer announces 4 new multifunctional Slim AV Micro Systems. Each has different set-ups depending on needs and requirements: the X-SMC5, X-SMC3, X-SMC1BT and X-SMC1. Each model offers a…



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Engadget Distro Issue 7 is ready for download!

Saturday, October 15th, 2011

Come and get it! The very first, fully fresh issue of Engadget Distro is ready for you to consume, and it’s not just for the iPad anymore — a PDF version is available for download below. So what’s on the menu this week? We’ve got a very thorough review of iOS 5 by Dante Cesa, a look at Nikon’s first mirrorless camera by Zach Honig, Brian Heater’s thoughts on the fourth generation Kindle, Ben Heck’s journey to geekdom, Tim Stevens’ take on T-Mo’s Galaxy S II, and so much more. So if you haven’t had a chance to gobble up absolutely every last word that’s crossed your monitor this week, let us do the honors of bringing you the very best of what Engadget had to offer, bundled in a beautiful package and absolutely free of charge. Either hit the appropriate link below or check your app for the download — we promise it’s yummy. After all, we baked it ourselves.

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Sony introduces 10.1-inch portable Blu-ray/DVD player

Saturday, October 15th, 2011

Newlaunches.com: Sony is taking the entertainment outside home with an impressive Blu-ray/DVD player called the BDP-SX1. It’s the company’s first such portable offering with LED backlighting and…



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Boxee Box adds music streaming from Spotify, just press play

Friday, October 14th, 2011

Today the Boxee Box becomes the next media streamer in the US (after the WDTV Live and Live Hub) to add support for Spotify’s streaming music library. Assuming you have a premium subscription at the ready (free and unlimited passes won’t cut it, consider this the same as access on a smartphone) all you need do is log in and your personally curated selections from the company’s catalog of sounds is available in your home theater. We gave it a quick try on our own system and found it synced our favorites with no problem, however if you don’t have playlists set up there’s no way to search or pull in songs from different sources. Still, considering how difficult it is to throw a party with more than one participant around your laptop, this should be the perfect way to take your dubstep playlist to the big speakers. And maybe invite some other people.

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The Thing Movie Review

Friday, October 14th, 2011

As overrun with special effects as its predecessor, this sequel (disguised as a prequel) is also every bit as creepy.

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Photo Stream, NHL, AirPlay mirroring and more added to Apple TV with software update

Thursday, October 13th, 2011
It got a bit overshadowed by Apple’s other software updates earlier today, but Apple TV users also have a few new features to enjoy whenever they’re ready to plop down on the couch. Version 4.4 of the Apple TV software is now available to download, which adds the new Photo Stream feature to view photos stored in iCloud, as well as AirPlay mirroring, plus content from the NHL and Wall Street Journal, and a new movie trailer section. You’ll also now be able to view subtitles in Netflix (when available, of course), and you have a few new slideshow themes to choose from.

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The Tree of Life Blu-ray Review

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

Brad Pitt and Sean Penn headline Terrence Malick’s latest, a Cannes Film Festival darling. Do they give awards for video quality now?

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Apple unveils refreshed iPhone 4S, but no iPhone 5

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

BBC.co.uk: Apple has unveiled the latest iteration in its iPhone range, but there was no sign of the widely rumoured iPhone 5. The iPhone 4S, as the model will be known, boasts an improved camera and…



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Engadget HD Podcast 269 – 10.11.2011

Tuesday, October 11th, 2011

After a tumultuous week in tech we’re back — but Qwikster isn’t. Of course we’re giving our two cents on Netflix’s stunning reversal, but there’s also plenty of non-streaming news too. The newest TiVo DVR is out and about, while DirecTV is also ready to show off its Nomad and HR34 boxes. Microsoft has enhanced the Xbox 360′s capabilities with a few new partnerships, while Comcast previews the future of pay-TV with its latest moves. The dawn of Ultraviolet is finally upon us, so are we excited about the possibility of buy once play anywhere? Find out the answer to this question and many more when you press play below.

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04:45 – Netflix backtracks on Qwikster, will keep DVDs and streaming under the same URL
13:20 – TiVo Premiere Elite now available, but is updated software the big surprise?
22:37 – DirecTV Nomad is ready to launch, transcodes DVRed shows for mobile viewing
31:40 – DirecTV’s five tuner, RVU-ready HR34 DVR revealed
38:10 – Microsoft reveals new TV providers including Verizon and Comcast coming to Xbox 360 (video)
44:25 – U-verse on Xbox 360 is getting upgraded in November, but will require XBL Gold
47:13 – Comcast testing pay-per-package, still afraid of a-la-carte
49:55 – Comcast promises Xfinity VOD streaming on more devices, new Xcalibur guide in 2012
54:41 – CinemaNow strikes deal with Intel, adds new movies in 1080p HD
55:30 – UltraViolet ‘digital locker’ opens for business. Lets you buy once, play anywhere… eventually
01:02:05 – Must See HDTV (October 10th – 16th)

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Gone Dim, but Not Completely Dark

Tuesday, October 11th, 2011

Just a quick post to let fans of the HDTV Almanac know that the past month of silence has been a hiatus, not an ending. My time and attention has been consumed by a major project launch. (I’m starting a speaking business to help small business owners create effective, low-cost marketing programs that do not take a lot of time. I’m starting in southeast Pennsylvania and central New Jersey, but if you know of a group that might be interested in a speaker on this subject, I ask you to visit www.thecenterforsmallbusiness.com and send me any referral information.)

I’m still buried by the project, but I expect to come up for air again before long, and will get back to the daily HDTV Almanac posts.

I’d also like to send a special word of thanks to the readers who have written to inquire about my silence, and to let me know how much they appreciate the Almanac. I truly appreciate the support and encouragement.

So thanks for hanging in with me, and stay tuned…

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LG panel puts LEDs along a single edge, achieves more nits with fewer watts

Monday, October 10th, 2011

Confining LEDs to the edges of an LCD TV cuts its energy consumption, particularly if you can get away with just lighting up one or two edges instead of all four. LG claims its latest Full HD 47-inch panel is the “world’s most energy efficient,” using a single vertical edge backlight to achieve 400 nits of brightness with just 28W of power — less than any other HDTV bigger than 40-inches and even less than many 20-inch PC monitors. That’s all good so long as there’s no head-lighting or other tell-tale signs when the panel built into a final product. We hope for LG’s sake that the washed out right side on the picture above is due to burning rubber. Full PR after the break.

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UltraViolet ‘digital locker’ opens for business. Lets you buy once, play anywhere… eventually

Monday, October 10th, 2011
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The first UltraViolet-enabled disks wont actually appear on shelves till tomorrow, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get a head start on migrating to DECE’s buy once, play anywhere platform. The digital locker is now open for business (sort of) and consumers can go sign up for an account right now. Sadly, there isn’t much you can do just yet. Though the Flixster app for PCs and iOS was updated to add UltraViolet support, there doesn’t appear to be anyway to link your various accounts (like iTunes or Netflix) with the service just yet. An account can have up to six different users associated with it, and you can control what content they will have access too — a feature sure to be welcome by families with children. If you want to be able to purchase your flicks once and take them anywhere, right now your only hope is UltraViolet and Blu-ray discs bearing its logo — a slow trickle of titles which begins October 11th with Horrible Bosses.

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HDTV Shootout Pits Top LED TVs against the Best Plasma TVs – Guess Who Won?

Monday, October 10th, 2011

Six flat panel HDTVs enter the ring, one emerges victorious.

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DirecTV’s five tuner, RVU-ready HR34 DVR revealed

Monday, October 10th, 2011

We’ve been waiting for more information on DirecTV’s next generation multiroom DVR hub, and here it is, courtesy of the folks at DBSTalk. They’ve gotten an early look at the HR34 and all of its five-tuner RVU blasting capabilities and report it is just the HR24-on-steroids you’d thought it would be, with a 1TB hard drive and support for 100 Series Listings and 3 remote sessions, either RVU or whole-home DVR, at once. Of course, if we’re really going to eliminate the cable / satellite box anytime soon then hardware is going to have to hit the streets, both form DirecTV and third parties like Samsung. Don’t bother calling DirecTV to get one yet as they’re in extremely limited release, but we’ll let you know once they’re widely available. In the meantime, hit the source link for a quick preview, and if you’re looking for more info on the placeshifting Nomad box then you’re in luck, since its product page is (finally) live on DirecTV’s site.

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Comcast promises Xfinity VOD streaming on more devices, new Xcalibur guide in 2012

Saturday, October 8th, 2011

Don’t expect Comcast to stop its Xfinity VOD streaming to the living room rollout with just the Xbox 360 this Christmas, as executive Sam Schwartz promised during a CTAM panel that it plans to develop apps for the PS3, Wii, Roku and other connected TV platforms. Multichannel News reports it doesn’t plan to roll out streaming to as many platforms as Netflix, so we’ll have to wait and see where this initial venture into IPTV stops. Think big cable is scared of over the top services? Maybe not yet, since Comcast claims Netflix subscribers tend to be the most voracious users of its VOD. Also in Comcast’s future is its completely revamped Xcalibur guide software with internet and social media tie-ins (check out our early sneak peek here), which Schwartz reiterated would be available nationwide at some point next year.

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Real Steel Movie Review

Saturday, October 8th, 2011

Much better than a movie about Rock’Em Sock’Em Robots deserves to be, but some hard hits to the sappy bone leave this Hugh Jackman flick a little punch drunk.

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Eddie Murphy’s Tower Heist gets fast-tracked to Comcast VOD, $60 saves a trip to the theater

Saturday, October 8th, 2011

Perhaps you’re not a fan of sticky floors, armrest sharing or simply other people. Well, crowd-averse Comcast subscribers at least will have the chance to watch one Hollywood release from the comfort of their home while it’s still in theaters. According to The LA Times, Eddie Murphy’s Tower Heist will be out to view on-demand a mere three weeks after its November 4th release. It’s not the first time we’ve seen premium advance video-on-demand, the main difference being, at , Comcast’s experiment looks to be double the price for half the wait. Now if we could just afford that 155-inch screen

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Nokia teams up with Monster

Saturday, October 8th, 2011

Übergizmo: HTC might have acquired Beats for a cool 0 million, but that doesn’t mean the Taiwanese phone company is going to have all the fun. No sir, Nokia of Finland wants in on some audio…



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CinemaNow strikes deal with Intel, adds new movies in 1080p HD

Saturday, October 8th, 2011

CinemaNow’s movie library is about to get a bit larger and a good deal sharper, thanks to a new deal with Intel. Yesterday, the video on-demand service announced that it’s now offering a slate of 1080p HD movies for the first time, available on PCs packing a second generation Intel Core CPU. According to the company, “several hundred” new releases and other popular films from 20th Century Fox and Warner Bros. have already been added to its library, in addition to the 15,000 movies and TV shows already on file. CinemaNow didn’t offer an exact number of titles, nor did it provide names of any specific films, but you can stream through the entire press release for yourself, after the break.

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Livio kit wirelessly transmits internet radio to your car stereo

Friday, October 7th, 2011

Gizmag: For those of us with iPhones, there are currently various apps that allow us to receive internet radio on our devices, but … what if you’re one of those people who usually only…



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Must-See HDTV: 10 New TV Shows for the Fall Season

Friday, October 7th, 2011

This fall, there’s plenty of HD eye candy on TV. We explore the new shows that are worthy of your big-screen setup.

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Popcorn Hour A-300 ready to sit quietly and enjoy the movies, starting October 18th (video)

Friday, October 7th, 2011

Syabas has released a torrent of details about its next media streamer. The forthcoming Popcorn Hour A-300 houses the latest Sigma 800MHz CPU and Real Media decoder support, plus USB 3.0 and Gigabit Ethernet connections to ensure dizzying transfer speeds. Like its predecessor, the aluminum-encased streamer is entirely fanless, broadcasting your favorite content in stoic silence. The A300 will be available starting October 18th, direct from Syabas. You can prepare yourself by checking out the source link below for a plethora of detailed videos and screengrabs of the A-300′s interface in action.

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Google Selects INRIX Traffic for EU Navigation & Mapping Apps

Thursday, October 6th, 2011

GPS Business News: Google has selected INRIX’s Real-time Traffic to help power its navigation and mapping applications, we learned today. The service is initially available in 8 countries across…



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iTree iPhone & iPod dock are created out of a tree trunk

Thursday, October 6th, 2011

Born Rich: If our mention on the title confuses you, we would like to tell you about the iTree docking station by KMKG, which has been made out of the log of a tree trunk! This docking station has…



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More Disney and Pixar Classics Heading to 3D Theaters: Beauty & the Beast, Finding Nemo, Monsters, Inc., Little Mermaid

Thursday, October 6th, 2011

The House of Mouse will offer limited theatrical 3D engagements for four of its films, starting in 2012.

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Soon, Xbox Companion will let you control your console from Windows Phone

Wednesday, October 5th, 2011
We just reported that Microsoft is partnering with Verizon and Comcast (among others) to continue expanding the reaches of its Xbox 360 entertainment suite, but would it be complete without adding compatibility to its mobile empire as well? The Windows Phone Team says nay; it spoke up this morning about an upcoming app called Xbox Companion, which will access the Xbox Live Marketplace and also act as a remote, allowing you to navigate your console or control video playback directly from your handset. You can call it laziness or convenience — or both — but either way, it’s still going to be a clever new addition to the Marketplace. The app’s currently in beta and will be available as a free download “soon.” For a peek, check out the video below at around the one-minute mark.

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Chuck The Complete Fourth Season Blu-ray Review

Wednesday, October 5th, 2011

Warner gets it right this season with their best package yet for one of the small screen’s underappreciated heroes.

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This Projector Will Turn Your iPad into Your Personal Home Theater

Tuesday, October 4th, 2011

Gizmodo: There are already plenty of reasons why you wouldn’t own a TV, especially if you stream to your iDevice regularly. The Epson MegaPlex MG-850HD projector lets you give your iPad the big…



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Samsung’s Media Hub Beta program for Galaxy S II owners adds some points to your Smart TV’s IQ

Tuesday, October 4th, 2011

Media Hub is nothing new to those toting Galaxy Tabs or Galaxy S phones. However, bigger screens are always better whether you’re watching 30 Rock or MacGruber, right? Good thing Sammy’s launched a beta program for its video service that lets those who are selected see all their favorite shows and movies on their Smart TVs. Just register at the source link below, and Samsung will send those it selects an email invitation to download the Media Hub Beta application. The catch (there’s always a catch) — it’s only available to Galaxy S II owners, and your Smart TV must be a 2011 model. But, if you do hit the Media Hub Beta lotto, the company’s handing out voucher to use with the service. As if you needed another reason to go get Samsung’s superphone.

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Q&A with Dexter Sound Mixer Greg Agalsoff and Dexter Blu-ray Giveaway

Tuesday, October 4th, 2011

Find out from sound mixer Greg Agalsoff what it’s like to design and mix sound for the popular show and enter for a chance to win the complete 5th season on Blu-ray Disc, and more cool Dexter swag.

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Toshiba Regza DBR-M190 stores 15 days of HDTV from six channels, we go hands-on (video)

Tuesday, October 4th, 2011

There’s no question that Japan gets all the cool gadgets — many of which never make it stateside. Well, we have yet another tease for you, in the form of an eight-tuner Toshiba DVR with five terabytes of storage. The DBR-M190 reserves six of those tuners (and four TBs of storage) for its Time Shift recording, which as its name implies, transports you to an alternate dimension — in realtime, mind you — allowing you to watch past HD episodes of those favorite Japanese programs that you otherwise neglected to record. OK, fine, it can’t actually shift physical time, but the home DVR does allow you to record 15 full days of HD content from six channels. Or 30 days from three channels, or 90 days from one — you get the idea. It also offers 3D Blu-ray playback. Huzzah!

There’s some pretty heavy compression in place in order to squeeze all that HD content with the allotted storage, but Toshiba reps insisted that the content looks acceptable. Clever as they are, reps also neglected to have that heavily compressed HD video available for demo at CEATEC, but were happy to let us peek at a show recorded using a much more liberal amount of compression, which nets you just one-fifth of the advertised amount (think three days, not 15). Still, three days of 24 hour content from six channels ain’t too shabby, but that 200,000 yen price tag (about ,600) is a bit of a deal breaker, no? As is the fact that you can’t plug this puppy into cable networks overseas (Time Shift is only compatible with basic cable channels in Japan). Jump past the break to see it in action, and expect to see it hit Japanese shores sometime in mid-December.

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Jig Blu-ray Review

Monday, October 3rd, 2011

Fans of Irish culture will be doing a happy dance when they see the Blu-ray for this 2011 documentary.

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Harman Kardon outs $690 iPhone dock, CD player, radio tuner

Monday, October 3rd, 2011

iPodNN: Harman Kardon has just rolled out the MS 150 iPhone/iPod dock. It stands as a rare high-end, mixed format entry with both a slot-loaded CD player and an FM radio tuner. The dock has two 30W…



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Sharp’s biggest LCD HDTVs get even bigger with a new 80-inch model

Monday, October 3rd, 2011

Engadget: When is big not big enough? Apparently when it’s Sharp’s “spectacularge” 70-inch AQUOS LCD HDTVs that were introduced earlier this year, and have now been surpassed…



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Bose kicks out upscale CineMate, Lifestyle sound bars

Sunday, October 2nd, 2011

Electronista: Bose has introduced its first sound bars for home theaters, the CineMate 1 SR and Lifestyle 135. Both offerings maintain the company’s focus on the high-end market, featuring…



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TWCable TV app update brings captions, search, and parental controls

Sunday, October 2nd, 2011

Time Warner has been streaming live TV to the iPad with its TWCable TV app since March and the most recent update brings even more traditional TV standbys to the tablet experience. Now live in v2.5.0 is a basic search function (titles or episode name only, keywords, cast and crew are coming soon), support for closed captions and the ability to block certain channels on the app for parents. There’s also a few bug fixes for those experiencing audio issues or not seeing their HD channels in the lineup — subscribers can check out the official blog for more details or just grab the free app on iTunes.

TWCable TV app update brings captions, search, and parental controls originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 02 Oct 2011 16:35:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Sharp’s biggest LCD HDTVs get even bigger with a new 80-inch model

Sunday, October 2nd, 2011

When is big not big enough? Apparently when it’s Sharp’s “spectacularge” 70-inch AQUOS LCD HDTVs that were introduced earlier this year, and have now been surpassed by a new 80-inch model the company showed off today. The LC-80LE632U isn’t an Elite branded model, but it brings all the features of its smaller brethren including full LED backlighting, 120Hz motion processing, built-in WiFi and access to services like Netflix and Vudu. All that is nice, but it’s standout feature is that extra viewing area, which can be yours for ,499 (MSRP) when it starts shipping in early October. Preorders are already popping up for sub-k prices, if you need a big screen and can’t go the projection route (front or rear) this might be a good value — check out the details in the press release after the break.

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Sony to stop paying for movie theater 3D glasses, theater owners fire back

Saturday, October 1st, 2011


As if going to the movies wasn’t getting expensive enough, now theater owners and studios are fighting over the cost of 3D glasses — again. Sony Pictures sent out a letter indicating that starting in May 2012, it won’t foot the bill for moviegoer’s 3D glasses anymore, pushing the charge onto the theater instead. The Hollywood Reporter uncovered the letter and indicates the total pricetag for a major movie like the ones Sony has planned for next summer — Men in Black III and The Amazing Spider-Man — can run as high as to million in total. Studios have been covering the cost to help push 3D so far but Sony’s declaration could lead to other studios following, and changing to a model where moviegoers buy and keep their own 3D glasses. It’d be nice to think keeper pairs could reduce the surcharge — or for 3D haters, switch more showings to 2D — but with a half-full box of candy apparently worth its weight in gold, we’re not optimistic.

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a-JAYS One+ earbuds bring in-line remote, Swedish flair to your smartphone experience

Saturday, October 1st, 2011

Engadget: JAYS has been dishing out slick looking audio gear for years, but before now it only offered models with inline remotes compatible with iDevices. Good thing the new a-JAYS One+ has arrived…



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Some cable companies are pushing for unbundled channels — but not for you

Saturday, October 1st, 2011

Sick of paying for cable TV channels you don’t watch? Reportedly some operators are looking for a way — through negotiation or regulation — to end channel bundling, where to get certain channels (like MTV) they’re compelled to pack others (like TV Land) owned by the same company into their basic lineups. According to Reuters, smaller operators like Suddenlink and Mediacom are leading the charge, while even bigger companies like Comcast, Time Warner and DirecTV are feeling squeezed in retransmission fee disputes. However, as the LA Times points out, it’s still doubtful you’ll be able to pick and choose specific channels for a cheaper bill. What may be available however are cheaper packages of smaller bundles, like the lineup shown above that Comcast is testing in certain areas. What’s stopping true a la carte programming choices? Hybrid cable and content companies, like Comcast with NBC Universal and Time Warner, and sports — someone has to pay for that billion dollar ESPN Monday Night Football deal.

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