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Cablevision’s Optimum for iPad app adds streaming even when users are away from home

Thursday, April 4th, 2013

Cablevision's Optimum for iPad app update adds streaming even when users are away from home

It’s been about two years since Cablevision introduced its Optimum for iPad app that brought its live TV channels streaming to the tablet, and now it’s finally ready to offer the feature even when users are away from their home WiFi network. That ability is coming in an update rolling out tonight, however currently it only applies to the News 12, News 12 Traffic & Weather & MSG Varsity channels. All of those are at least partially owned by Cablevision, which should help it avoid the sort of legal challenges suffered by its initial rollout. Other tweaks in version 3.1 include improved guide info for shows, the ability to delete multiple recordings and an indicator when scheduling an in-progress recording. Of course, most subscribers will want to stream other, more popular channels to their mobile devices and PCs no matter where they are — we’ll see if they start popping up soon, and how quickly the lawsuits fly afterwards.

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Amazon scores Downton Abbey as a subscription streaming exclusive from June 18th (update: timing leak)

Sunday, February 3rd, 2013

Amazon scores Downton Abbey as a subscription streaming exclusive

Anyone who’s planning to catch up on Downton Abbey on their preferred service may want to plan a viewing marathon very soon: Amazon has struck a deal to become the exclusive home of the period drama on subscription-based streaming video platforms. Starting June 18th, only those Amazon Prime Instant Video members will have access to the third season and beyond on a commercial service without paying per show. The terms don’t stop there — seasons one and two will be pulled from other services later on in the year. While we’re sure Kindle Fire owners will be happy, the move won’t thrill those who want more of a choice as to how they keep up on their pseudo-historical intrigue.

Update: We’ve since gotten in touch with a source near the agreement that supports what The Verge heard: season one will disappear from Netflix on July 1st.

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Google TV Version 3 Alive and Well at CES 2013 – New Offerings From VIZIO, Hisense, Asus, and Others

Tuesday, January 15th, 2013

It would seem as though reports of its death have been greatly exaggerated. At CES 2013, Google TV was back and looking better than ever.

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VIZIO Debuts UHDTV and 2013 LED HDTVs from 22 to 80 Inches

Sunday, January 13th, 2013

The company’s 2013 line will include three Ultra-HD TVs, enhanced smart TV features, and much more.

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LG Hecto Laser TV Can Do 100-inch Images from 22 Inches Away

Thursday, December 27th, 2012

The laser-based illumination system promises a big 1080p picture in a space-saving design.

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LG ‘Hecto’ laser TV projector to debut at CES 2013, promises a 100-inch screen from 22-inches away

Wednesday, December 26th, 2012

LG 'Hecto' laser TV projector to debut at CES 2013, promises a 100inch screen from 22inches away

As LG continues its slew of CES 2013 pre-announcements, the latest is a new display technology it’s bringing to the projection arena, an ultra short throw laser projector. Capable of creating a 100-inch screen from just 22 inches (56cm) away, the “Hecto” Laser TV a 1080p shooter that can change the way owners design their home theater. If you’d like to use it as an all-in-one home theater to go (the screen is included, picture after the break), it also has a digital tuner and 10w speakers built-in, with three HDMI inputs, an RS-232 port and Smart TV capabilities controlled by LG’s Magic Remote. As you can see above, it follows LG’s “Dynamic Arc Design” with a max height of just 5.7-inches. It carries a 1,000,000 to 1 contrast ratio with WiDi and Miracast compatibility and LG claims the laser system will run for up to 25,000 hours without replacement. There’s no word on pricing or release date, although it likely won’t be value priced. We expect to get a few more details when we see it in Las Vegas, check the press release after the break for all the information currently available.

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Killer Blu-ray 3D Home Theater System from Yamaha, Sony, Jamo for $380 (save $420)

Friday, December 21st, 2012

Just add an HDTV and you can have a complete home theater, all without busting through your budget.

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Sonos Adds iTunes Streaming from Any iOS Device

Saturday, December 8th, 2012

A new software update allows for wireless streaming without any AirPlay or Bluetooth technology.

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Hisense T770 takes thin-bezel 3D TVs to the masses from $800

Saturday, November 10th, 2012

Hisense T770 takes thinbezel 3D TVs to the masses from 0

We’ve seen a few TVs with thin bezels in our time — some affordable, some not so much — but they usually sell at prices that have many of us turning to less than elegant screens. If Hisense has its way, the lines between higher style and lower budget will blur with the unveiling of its T770 series. The 42- and 52-inch sets in the range both have extra-narrow 7mm bezels yet cost an entirely reasonable 0 and ,200 respectively, according to a spokesperson. For the cash outlay, the two TVs share the common foundation of a 1080p LCD with edge LED lighting, active shutter 3D and 120Hz refresh rates. They likewise share a quartet of HDMI ports, WiFi and the seemingly obligatory local media support through DLNA sharing and USB. Although Hisense might not lure some viewers away from bigger or simply more elaborate screens once the T770 is in stores sometime in the undefined near future, it may have given us a friendly reminder that interesting design and sane prices don’t have to be mutually exclusive.

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VIZIO Details Holiday LED HDTV Lineup from 24 to 70 inches

Thursday, November 8th, 2012

The new lineup includes nine additions to the company’s LED-lit E-Series.

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Four new soundbars from Vizio, just in time for the holidays

Wednesday, November 7th, 2012

Four new sound bars from Vizio, just in time for the holidays

If you found the new lineup of Vizio TVs announced last month interesting, then you might want to check out some potential accessories. Vizio hopes that soundbars will be at the top of that list with four new models available online and in stores in time for the holidays. The line is divided in half between the E-Series and the M-Series, with the extra that the M-Series costs buying you a small display and controls up top. Within each series, you have the option to pay an extra 0 for a wireless subwoofer. All four of them do feature SRS TruVolume and TruSurround, though. The full release is available after the break, but sadly doesn’t include as many details as you might want, so you may way to check out Vizio’s website for more.

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Four new soundbars from Vizio, just in time for the holidays originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 06 Nov 2012 21:51:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Comcast quietly updates DVRs with ability to list stored programs from the web, mobile apps

Monday, October 15th, 2012

Comcast quietly updates DVRs with ability to list stored programs from the web, mobile apps

While being able to schedule DVR recordings from your mobile device is nice, an update currently being pushed to some Comcast DVRs is adding the ability for users to check exactly what shows are stored there from an app or web browser. Previously the only remote info users could get from their DVRs was the percentage of storage currently in use and what recordings were scheduled to take place, but now users can see individual recordings, choose to watch any of them now, change their deletion priority, or even delete them remotely. Hopefully that doesn’t lead to any unintentional interhousehold griefing as users manage the often inadequate hard drive space in their cable DVR, but it can certainly put ones mind at rest to know The League (or whatever your show of choice might be) was successfully archived.

The update is quietly being pushed out as a software update for the DVR itself, and should appear automatically for users on the web or in their iOS app’s DVR manager (Android users can access it as well, but via the browser). We noticed the change after our Motorola DVR got an update that also made the name of a channel appear under the number when typed in from the remote. It worked well, although a few much older recordings were not listed online every new one was, which could explain the quiet rollout that Comcast confirmed to us just began yesterday. One other change taking place at the same time is a new Xfinity TV Player app for iOS that is focused solely on streaming VOD, mirroring a similar app already out on Android. While the Xfinity TV app on the platform has handled streaming duties since 2010, the dedicated player has a different menu and even player interface, and we wouldn’t be surprised to see the feature excised from the general app eventually.

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Comcast quietly updates DVRs with ability to list stored programs from the web, mobile apps originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 12 Oct 2012 19:31:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Vizio’s ‘extra-large’ holiday HDTV lineup goes from 55- to 70-inches

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012

Vizio's 'extralarge' holiday HDTV lineup goes from 55 to 70inches

While Vizio’s summer has been all about PCs, set-top Google TV boxes and even the odd ultrawidescreen HDTV, it’s getting back into its usual garb for the fall. As is its customs, it’s rolling out a few new HDTV models ahead of the big shopping season, which range in size from 55- to 70-inches. Other than the 58-inch CinemaWide ultra widescreen model there are also three representatives from its M-Series, with a 55-inch model for 9, and a 65-inch model that’s ,699 with 3D and ,499 without. The other two models are in its E-Series line, and are 2D only edge-lit LED sets that feature a new thin bezel / slim frame design. The 60-inch version is priced at 9, while the 70-inch goes for ,999. They all include the Yahoo Widgets powered Vizio Internet Apps (Netflix, Vudu, Hulu, Amazon etc.) and WiFi built in and most are already popping up on store shelves near you (just ask Logitech and Sling how that works), check out a bit more information in the press release after the break.

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Sony Tablet S updated with Guest Mode and other features from new Xperia Tablet S

Saturday, September 29th, 2012

The Verge: Sony didn’t set our hearts on fire with the Tablet S, but this year’s Xperia Tablet S is a big improvement — in our review we were impressed by the company’s additions to…



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Zeebox second screen TV companion app crosses over to the US, with a boost from Comcast and HBO

Thursday, September 27th, 2012

zeebox second screen TV companion crosses the Atlantic, with a boost from Comcast and HBO

While it seems like every network is rolling out its own personal second screen app for tablets and / or phones, over in the UK zeebox has been trying to corner the experience across channels and providers with its app. Available as an app for iOS and Android and also on the web, it brings a customized TV guide, live chat, social network sharing and remote control features to the TV experience, and now it’s come to the US. Other than the typical second screen experience, its main hook is an “OpenBox” API and tags that allow content providers to customize the experience for their viewers… and then sell them stuff like video on-demand or related merchandise.

On this side of the Atlantic zeebox has secured backing from Comcast / NBC Universal, giving it financial and promotional support as well as covering more than 30 networks right away. It also means it can eventually act as a remote control for Comcast users, which may be an advantage over competition like Miso, GetGlue and IntoNow, and can flex its muscles paired with hundreds of shows like The Voice, Notre Dame football and HBO content like True Blood. Out of the box, the app’s social ties and careful metering may be a programmer’s dream as it monitors who is watching what live, but we’ll have to see more of the second screen content come to life if it’s going to catch on socially. A customizable guide (yes, you can hide or reorder channels at will) is a nice touch and so is being able to see what your friends are viewing with Facebook Open Graph and Twitter hooks — but only if they’re actually using it. If you want to check it out, the free apps are linked below and the full press release follows after the break.

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Buy a Panasonic 55-inch LED TV, Get Low Price, Free Shipping and $200 Back from Amazon

Wednesday, September 5th, 2012

The retailer is offering 0 in promotional credit with the purchase of one of Panasonic’s 2012 55-inch LEDs.

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Sony unveils in-car receivers with App Remote, taps into your smartphone music from October

Tuesday, August 21st, 2012

Engadget: Sony has been big on smartphone integration for car audio lately, having already launched its MirrorLink receivers earlier in the year for the more well-heeled drivers among us. The company…



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Verizon’s Viewdini appears on iOS: works on any network, hunts video from 11 sources

Wednesday, August 15th, 2012

Verizon's Viewdini appears on iOS: works on any network, hunts video from 11 sources

The Viewdini streaming metasearch service launched a few months ago for Verizon’s 4G LTE-laden Android hardware, and now it’s finally available on iDevices. While the droid app is exclusive to those with a 4G plan on Big Red’s network, anything running iOS 4.3 and up can now make use of Viewdini, independently of carrier ties. As the screenshots above show, you’re also good to go on 3G, although you better watch that data allowance to avoid any nasty surprises. Interestingly, the iOS version currently only digs through the catalogues of 11 content providers compared with 18 on the Android version, but you’re still getting access to various big names like ABC, Crackle, Hulu Plus, Netflix and Verizon’s own video service. More providers should be added to the list soon, and if you’d like to give Viewdini a try, it’s available at the App Store now.

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YouTube’s new app for the PlayStation 3 rolling out, allows remote control from smartphones

Tuesday, August 14th, 2012

YouTube's new app for the PlayStation 3 rolling out, brings remote control from smartphones

While YouTube has always enjoyed support on Sony’s PlayStation 3 thanks to the console’s Flash-enabled browser and even offered a YouTube XL layout for connected devices, now it’s rolling out a new app to make the video experience even better (and, no doubt, compete with the experience unveiled late last year on the Xbox 360). The app has an improved search with suggestions and instant results while users type, the ability to pull in a user’s subscribed channels and it allows for remote control from the YouTube app on your smartphone after a simple pairing process (shown in a screenshot after the break.) According to the official blog it should be arriving in North America now, check under the My Channels section in the PS3 store to download the free app and give it a shot.

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Roku Streaming Stick ready devices will come from Insignia, Mitsubishi, Onkyo, Oppo and others

Wednesday, August 1st, 2012

Roku unveiled its miniaturized Streaming Stick at CES, and while we still don’t have an exact release date or price tag, the company has produced a list of manufacturers that will deliver “Roku Ready” hardware. That list is comprised of Element Electronics; GlobalVue International, LLC; Haier; Hitachi America, Ltd.; Insignia / Best Buy (which already tried out this strategy once with the whatever-happened-to-the TiVo-powered cTV); Mitsubishi Electric (TVs); Onkyo and Integra; OPPO and TMAX Digital, Inc.(Apex Digital(R) TVs). In case you’ve forgotten, the Roku Streaming Stick plugs into MHL-compatible HDMI ports to to not only feed video to the HDTV, receiver or other device, but also accept remote control inputs and power, and brings its own WiFi hookup for internet access. That way, users can add this single accessory to make a “dumb” flat panel into a connected TV all without any extra cords or switching remotes, and, if necessary, easily upgrade in the future.

As CEO Anthony Wood mentioned just days ago Roku’s current focus is finding companies willing to work together to provide a well integrated experience for the add-on. To make that clear for potential buyers, Roku Ready devices like HDTVs, receivers and Blu-ray players will not only be stamped with a logo to show they’re compatible, some will arrive with the dongle packed in. Its due date is set for “the coming weeks” so it shouldn’t be long until we nail down the other details about the Roku Streaming Stick — all currently available information can be found in the press release after the break.

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Roku picks up financing from BSkyB, News Corp and more, keeps eye on the premium streaming crown

Thursday, July 26th, 2012

The little media streamer company that could, Roku, has gained some powerful friends in its latest round of financing, with million in funds coming from the likes of BSkyB, News Corp and another partner who would prefer to remain nameless at this time, as well as previous investors Menlo Ventures and Globespan Capital Partners. While we leave you to ponder which company might be that unidentified source, Roku is simply continuing on, earmarking the money for use in building brand awareness, expanding internationally and much, much more. Also, that MHL-connected Roku Streaming Stick introduced at CES? It hasn’t gone away and is still on track for launch later this year, with an eye towards providing a “Roku Inside” bundled experience for otherwise dumb flat-panel HDTVs.

Roku’s alignment with BSkyB (which reported a m stake in its earnings this morning, as well as the option to distribute its own branded Roku hardware) makes sense after the pay-TV giant launched Now TV recently with the hockey puck as one of its supported platforms, while CEO Anthony Wood tells us the fruitful partnership with News Corp had its root in the Fox News, Wall Street Journal Live and X-Factor channels it launched last year. Wood cites plans to make Roku “the TV distribution platform of the future”, and this fifth round of financing — larger than all previous rounds combined — may help push it in this direction, check out a few more details in the press release after the break.

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Zinken headphone from Urbanears

Sunday, July 22nd, 2012

Übergizmo: Urbanears has come up with their most ambitious pair of headphones to date – the Zinken, which is said to be a totally new approach to the concept of a headphone by touting it as a musical…



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Viacom channels disappear from DirecTV after the two companies can’t reach a deal

Wednesday, July 11th, 2012

Viacom channels disappear from DirecTV after the two companies can't reach a deal

As we feared, DirecTV and Viacom didn’t work things out and before the clock struck midnight ET, all of the network’s feeds went dark for the satellite company’s customers. Of course, both sides are throwing barbs with Viacom saying DirecTV was not interested in engaging in “meaningful conversation” and that their last contact was at 11AM. On DirecTV’s side, it’s claiming it sent proposals but never heard anything back and as such was forced to pull the channels. Viacom has been running ads and notices all day to make sure kids big and little call DirecTV to apply pressure about missing their television shows. DirecTV is firing back with the Kids Mix channel (shown above) that replaces the pulled children’s programming and points out content on other stations, and even suggests customers check out sources like Amazon Prime or Netflix to keep watching their shows in the meantime. There’s no telling who may blink first, or when, but you can look at each company’s statement and hear the sabres rattling for yourself after the break. Any bets as to who will work out a deal first between these two and Dish Network / AMC?

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AMC dropped from Dish Network, cuts a new deal to stay on with AT&T U-verse

Sunday, July 1st, 2012

AMC dropped from Dish Network, still in negotiations with AT&T

As June expired, so did AMC’s contract with both Dish Network and AT&T U-verse. While negotiations continue with AT&T and its channels remain on for the moment, AMC is already firing at Dish for dropping its channel immediately (after shifting it to an entirely different channel number a few weeks ago), claiming no negotiations have even taken place. As we heard in May, AMC maintains that the real issue is a court case between the two over the Voom HD debacle. For its part, Dish is telling customers the problem is fee increases requested by AMC and “devaluing” its programming by offering it on iTunes, Netflix and Amazon.com. As a result it’s swapping in commercial-free HDNet Movies for AMC, and replacing two other AMC channels, WE and IFC, with Style and HDNet (soon to become AXS TV). We’ll see how these negotiations go — it’s not too bad now but let’s see how viewers react once the new season of Breaking Bad starts airing July 15th.

Update: As we went live, AT&T has announced it reached an agreement with AMC Networks, so it’s only Dish Network that’s on the hotseat now. [Thanks, @soulfliesfree]

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Samsung Galaxy S III owners to get free Olympics livestream from Eurosport

Friday, June 15th, 2012

Samsung Galaxy S III owners to get free Olympics livestream from Eurosport

New owners of the Olympic’s official smartphone that missed out on Samsung’s initial ticket giveaway still have a chance to catch plenty of the action live. Eurosport has announced that it’ll be offering a free month of access to its streaming app for Galaxy S III owners — as long as you’re a resident in one of the participating European countries. (Hint: it’s most of ‘em, aside from Italy). Free access can be activated from July 14th and will last through August 12th. You can, however, grab the Eurosport app before the Olympics kick off by hitting the source below.

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New high-end AV receivers with CLASS D amplification from Pioneer

Sunday, May 13th, 2012

pioneer.eu: Pioneer introduces its new top of the line AV receivers, three 9.2-channel models including the SC-LX86, SC-LX76 and SC-LX56, and the 7.2-channel SC-2022 that can become the consumer’s…



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NEW CANS FROM AKG

Friday, April 13th, 2012

  AudioTechnology:  AKG have extended its Perception Headphone series with three new models for “enthusiastic musicians and engineers”, which I guess doesn’t include musicians and engineers who…



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Fox and Universal titles blocked from Apple TV’s iCloud, HBO is the culprit

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

Another season, another reason for Cupertino to update its major product lines (hello new iPad!) and one particular hobby: Apple TV. The revamped box, now imbued with an ability to stream videos in 1080p, will allow users to download previous iTunes store purchases from the iCloud. But before you dive in and revisit those cinematic gems in full HD, bear in mind not every studio is on board. According to All Things D, titles from Fox and Universal’s libraries won’t be made available as they’re currently locked within an exclusive release window with HBO. For the pay cabler’s part, a company exec has hinted that a resolution could be forthcoming, although no specific time frame for that peace-making play was specified. It’s a down note to an otherwise exciting day in the land of Cupertino, but hey, at least we still have that price point to keep our frustrations in check.

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Starz Play movies disappear from Netflix streaming this week

Monday, February 27th, 2012

A little more than three years after arriving on Netflix’s Watch Instantly streaming service, Starz is packing up its online package of movies and original TV shows and heading home at the end of this month. While the deal brought in high profile movies from Disney and Sony (not to mention shows like Spartacus and Boss), it’s also caused problems with the availability of certain movies / features on the Xbox 360, a renegotiation of terms between Starz and Disney followed by the removal of Sony’s flicks from the service last year. Finally Starz reportedly asked Netflix to change its pricing strategy to a tiered one, but the companies couldn’t agree and renewal negotiations ended September 1st of last year. Netflix is trying to fill the gap with more deals directly with studios and offering its own original shows, while the selection of kid-friendly movies will be supplemented by a Dreamworks arrangement that kicks off in 2013.

That means subscribers have until midweek to enjoy Toy Story 3, Tangled or about 800 (mostly somewhat lesser-known) other movies that may be kicking around in their queues. While Netflix breaks out the Starz Play titles on its site, TVandMoviesNOW has put together a list of all of them, sortable by release date, rating, genre and other items including the 50 or so that are viewable on Amazon’s Prime streaming service. We probably won’t dive in too deeply since the movies lack HD res and surround sound, but if you haven’t seen Party Down yet then this is the time.

Starz Play movies disappear from Netflix streaming this week originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 27 Feb 2012 08:15:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Blockbuster On Demand pulls back from TiVo and others, is it on its way out?

Monday, February 20th, 2012

From Zatz Not Funny comes word that TiVo owners are being notified their access to Blockbuster On Demand will come to an end March 31st, ending a run originally announced three years before. While this certainly affects TiVo’s ability to offer the one box to search multiple services idea introduced with the Premiere, it could be more telling about Blockbuster’s plans for the current incarnation of its internet movie service. As forum posters on TiVo Community point out, the list of supported devices is rapidly shrinking, with Vizio and Western Digital WD TV Live owners getting their own Dear John letters only a year or so after the app originally rolled out. Currently, the list of connected TV devices is limited exclusively to Samsung HDTVs and Blu-ray players, plus some cellphones and tablets. Once upon a time, Blockbuster desired an On Demand presence in “nearly every connected device” — not to mention “major market presence” for the now Redbox-owned Express kiosks — but after its purchase by Dish Network clearly those days are over. Now the only question is if / when we’ll see a new service that better fits with the already announced Movie Pass package and what devices it might work on.

Blockbuster On Demand pulls back from TiVo and others, is it on its way out? originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 18 Feb 2012 19:16:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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LG finally shows a profit from cellphones, record high flat-panel shipments in Q4 earnings

Wednesday, February 1st, 2012

LG has revealed its earnings statements for the fourth quarter of 2011 and the full year, and it managed to notch an operating profit of 23 billion won (.5 million), boosted by a 10 billion won operating profit in its handset division. That was despite lower sales compared to the previous quarter (17.7 million compared to 21.1 million), with higher sales of its new Optimus LTE and lower sales of less profitable dumbphones. It also had solid results in TVs with an operating profit of 150 billion won and record shipments of 8.8 million units, thanks to demand for its higher end models over the holidays. Check out the slides in the PDF linked below for notes on how LG plans to dominate 2012 with more LTE, 3D and air conditioners, although we’d just recommend moving to Level 5 of the Kobe System.

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Paramount Movies lets you stream UltraViolet films from the cloud, for a price

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012
Paramount became the first studio to offer UltraViolet-based movies this week, with the launch of Paramount Movies. With this new service, users can purchase a film in either digital or physical form, and automatically store a copy of it within Paramount’s cloud-based digital locker. You won’t be able to download a UV film for offline viewing directly from the cloud, though you will be able to stream it to any iOS device (support for Android and Windows Phone remains unavailable, as does compatibility with most set-top boxes). It’s all part of DECE’s “buy once, play anywhere” ethos, though it should be noted that the studio’s UV offerings are somewhat limited. At the moment, Paramount Movies boasts about 60 titles, all of which are available at comparatively steep prices: for HD quality movies, and for SD versions. Check it out for yourself at the source link below.

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The Engadget HD Video Podcast is live from CES at 11:00PM ET!

Friday, January 13th, 2012

More live video fun from the Engadget stage in the Grand Lobby of the Las Vegas Convention Center. This time out, Ben Drawbaugh and Richard Lawler will host the Ceton dev team to discuss the Q and Echo as well as the impressions of the HD news at the show so far. Follow along live after the break.

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We’re live from CES 2012!

Saturday, January 7th, 2012

We’ve landed in Vegas, just in time to enjoy the proverbial calm before the storm that will be the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show. Motorized carts zoom around the parking lot as the Las Vegas Convention Center begins to take shape — as always, getting the million-dollar-booths fully dressed before the curtain comes up next week seems an impossible task, but the crews will come through, making the finished product a far-cry from what we see today. And as exciting as it can be to roam the halls of the LVCC and surrounding venues during the show, the pageantry of CES is really about the products, including many of which we haven’t heard so much as a peep about in the weeks leading up to the show. But as the booths inside will remain veiled until company heads have a chance to brief attendees, a few hints have begun popping up outside the convention center, as workers hang sponsored banners above and along the massive entranceways. Some of these product hints serve to confirm previous rumors, so join us past the break for an early look at what’s to come.

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Verizon scores new spectrum from Comcast, Time Warner and Bright House for $3.6 billion (update)

Sunday, December 4th, 2011
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Verizon has a pretty serious head start in the LTE race. To make sure it stays at the front of the pack, Big Red has entered an agreement with SpectrumCo (a joint venture between Comcast, Time Warner and Bright House) that sees 122 AWS spectrum licenses transferred to the carrier for .6 billion and some commercial agreements. The deal will allow the companies to become authorized retailers for each others products, eventually giving the cable companies the ability to offer Verizon Wireless service as wholesalers. For its part, the House that Droid Built scores a boat load of new spectrum that may become crucial in expanding its network and ensuring that speeds don’t drop off significantly as more customers transition to 4G. Check out the full PR after the break.

Update: Wondering how this impending love affair affects Comcast and Time Warner’s existing deals reselling Clear’s mobile broadband? Per CNET, not great, as the duo will gradually shift those using the WiMax provider to alternatives in the next six months.

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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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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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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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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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Microsoft reportedly adding video from Comcast, Verizon, HBO Go and others to Xbox Live

Thursday, September 29th, 2011

Microsoft announced new integration with live TV as a part of the Xbox 360′s fall update during E3 earlier this year, but didn’t name any US pay-TV partners at the time. Now, anonymous rumors recently posted on Digiday suggested the folks at Redmond were looking to work with Verizon and Comcast, followed by Bloomberg hearing similar talk from its own “people with knowledge of the situation.” Today’s rumors finger Verizon (which showed off live TV on a variety of devices at CES), Comcast, HBO, Crackle, Bravo, Syfy and UK service Lovefilm as likely partners. Missing from the list is AT&T’s U-verse, which already offers an Xbox 360 tie-in and distributes its IPTV on the Mediaroom platform, just like some of the international partners previously announced. If these services launch it will be interesting to see how the integration works and if it’s VOD like the existing Xfinity TV and Flex View mobile apps, or if providers cross the IPTV bridge with in-home devices like the Televation / AnyPlay box.

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PlayStation Vita’s Torne app pulls in live TV streams served up from a PS3

Sunday, September 18th, 2011

Need another reason to be interested in the PlayStation Vita? Sony announced during tonight’s press conference that it will tie in with the only-available-in-Japan Torne DVR adapter (PlayTV in Europe and nonexistent in NA) for the PlayStation 3. Once synced up, it allows users to remotely tune into live TV streams Slingbox-style, browse listings and remotely schedule recordings via an app on the portable device. It should be ready to go at launch, while the ability to export recorded shows to the Vita like one of Monsoon’s boxes will be added later. For now however, we can only look on in envy and hope rumors of a PlayTV 2 eventually come true, and come out here.

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Big Pictures from Tiny Devices: Pico Projector Market Triples in First Half of 2011

Sunday, September 4th, 2011

A new survey says that the worldwide market for pico projectors hit 830,000 units in the first half of 2011.

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Bose Promises Big Sound from Companion 20 Computer Speakers

Thursday, July 28th, 2011

Featuring proprietary TrueSpace technology, this compact set boasts lifelike sound for music, games, videos, and more.

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Sony’s CMT-CX5BiP HiFi system takes a style cue from the S2

Sunday, July 17th, 2011

Engadget: Leave it to Sony to deliver futuristic designs. The company’s latest CMT-CX5 “HiFi” system sure is a looker, and could easily be mistaken as the lovechild of its S2…



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Rio, Glee S2, Modern Family, Simpsons, Futurama and More Coming to Blu-ray from Fox

Thursday, June 30th, 2011

Dust off the credit card as lots of live-action and animated gems, as well as some serious classics, are headed our way from The Searchlight in the coming months.


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Arcam rCube wireless docking station plays music from your Apple devices

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

Ubergizmo: The folks over at American Audio and Video have just announced that the rCube portable high-end iPod/iPhone/iPad sound system from Arcam is now on sale at select Magnolia Audio Video…



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New 3D 1080p Home Theater Projectors from Optoma: HD33, HD8300

Tuesday, June 14th, 2011

The company plans to roll out a total of three projectors this summer, to accommodate a variety of applications.

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Netflix.com’s new look is focused on streaming, cribs UI elements from connected TV apps

Thursday, June 9th, 2011

Do not be alarmed, your Netflix.com experience has been updated today “with a new look and feel to make it easier for you to find something to watch instantly.” While the header introduced late last year remains and sticks on screen as you scroll vertically, box art of queued movies fills the screen horizontally. The redesign takes significant cues from the HTML5 UIs recently rolled out to most streaming devices, but it’s not clear if this related to some of the queue shuffling we’ve been seeing recently. Responses on the Netflix blog have been mostly negative, although just like Facebook and Twitter revamps some complaints about any change are normal.

That said, we’re not fans either because it still requires an additional click to find out if a movie is in HD or has subtitles, a misdirected click starts playing the wrong movie too easily and selecting “your queue” still takes us to our discs first instead of Watch Instantly. If the new front page isn’t working there’s always alternatives in Netflix queue managers like InstantWatcher.com and FeedFliks, or any number of mobile apps. Let us know if you’ll be riding with the redesign or hitting the back button in the comments here.

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InfiniTV 4 CableCARD tuner prices are dropping, down to $256 shipped from $399 previously

Monday, June 6th, 2011

Whether it’s due to pressure from SiliconDust’s HDHomeRun Prime or as a result of simplified hardware is unclear, but Ceton’s InfiniTV 4 CableCARD tuner is now available for as little as 6 shipped. Forum posters at Missing Remote noticed a 2 fire sale for the HTPC cable TV adapters going on eBay Friday, before prices dropped precipitously at Buy.com (4), and an Amazon third party (5). Lesser known Erwin Computers currently claims the lowest price, while Ceton’s official Amazon listing and those of other resellers like Cannon PC and Fluid Digital remain at the 9 MSRP — for now. The choice is yours — wait for official word and to see if prices drop any lower or click the buy button now and get some (network sharable) cable TV reception for your computer in time for the second episode of Teen Wolf on MTV.

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New Hybrid Portable TVs from RCA

Saturday, April 23rd, 2011

At the NAB show last week, RCA demonstrated three new portable LCD TVs. All run on battery or AC power, and both can pick up standard ATSC digital television broadcast signals. What makes these two models particularly interesting is that they also can receive the new Mobile DTV signals (that I discussed last week).

Two models have 3.5″ LCD screens: DMT335R and DMT336R. The 335R model runs on AA batteries and has a list price of 9. The 336R model has built-in rechargeable batteries and also receives FM radio, with a list of 9. The DMT270R has a 7″ widescreen WVGA LCD display and rechargeable batteries, and a list price of 9.

I have not seen these products in person, but at these prices, I don’t expect that you’ll get top-of-the-line LCD panels in them; they clearly are not high definition displays. Still, they should fill the need for a battery powered television for your emergency storm kit, and can give you a relatively low cost way to explore the new Mobile DTV services if they are available in your market. For entertainment on the go or information updates when the power goes out, these could be very handy.

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What Can We Learn from Internet Radio?

Wednesday, April 20th, 2011

A news release from Futuresource indicates that the number of people listening to streaming music over the Internet has remained about the same over the past year and a half — about 38% in the U.S. — but those people are listening more. The study reports that U.S. listeners increased the number of hours by 27% over the same period. Pandora is cited as one of the reasons, with its personalization options and social sharing features.

Another reason, however, is the growth of mobile broadband. Smart phones can access the Internet just about anywhere these days, and can maintain a connection even while moving (which is generally not the case with WiFi connections). As a result, more people are leaving their downloaded music at home in favor of an endless supply of free music from the Internet.

So the question is this: is this Internet radio behavior the bellwether for streaming video as well? As mobile broadband bandwidths increase, will we see the same rapid growth of streaming Internet video on mobile devices as we’re seeing on home entertainment systems? What are the implications for the traditional subscription-based television and movie delivery systems — satellite and cable television — if consumers can get (most if not all of) what they want in terms of video entertainment over the Internet? Watch your favorite television episodes on Netflix on your television, then continue watching on your smart phone as you ride in a car or bus or train, and then finish up on your computer at work. Wouldn’t that make the morning commute breeze by? And what if streaming video offered more of the features that make services like Pandora appealing, such as the playlists and social sharing features?

The problem remains that many of these services are still trying to figure out how to make enough money in their businesses, or how to get access to the content that their customers want the most, but I don’t think that’s much of a problem. I remember a little company that would pay list price plus shipping for a book that I self-published, so that they could turn around and sell it to their customer at the same list price. Amazon lost a little money on those transactions, but they rode that concept to become a dominant force in retailing. I think that the old models of broadcasting and distributing programming — either audio or video — to customers are broken and will be replaced sooner or later. The way things are going, it will probably sooner.

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Sony’s XDR-S16DBP wakes up from the DAB+ doldrums

Monday, April 11th, 2011

Engadget: Try as we might, we’ve never been able to get too worked up over DAB radio — dab, just saying it rids the body of consciousness. But then we perked up after seeing the image…



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DirecTV to add a few HD channels from HBO next week

Friday, March 25th, 2011

If you’ve been waiting for new HD channels from DirecTV, and not just 3D, congratulations, as forum posts on DBSTalk reveal Cinemax HD, HBO Signature HD and HBO Family HD are headed to the service on the 30th. Of course, if you’re not signed up for the HBO pack of channels it won’t do much for you, but at least the rumored delay of the next season of Mad Men gives the satellite company a little more time to get AMC HD up and running.

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Pioneer VSX-520 review: A sexy, feature-packed AVR from Pioneer with sizzling sound

Wednesday, February 9th, 2011

TechRadar: Pioneer’s 2010 receivers are the best looking on the market, and that applies even to the bottom-end of the range, represented in our roundup by the VSX-520. The build quality is up…



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VIZIO’s 2011 3D TV Models Range from 22 to 71 Inches

Monday, January 3rd, 2011

Each one of the 22 new models will come packing glasses, 802.11n Wi-Fi and Vizio Internet Apps.

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Limited Edition HDJ-1000 DJ headphones from Pioneer

Friday, October 15th, 2010

 
Pioneer.eu: Pioneer introduces an updated version of the well-loved HDJ-1000 DJ headphones in two new colours (black or gold), now offering a more comfortable fit and easier low-range listening. …



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Confirmed: Apple TV can play 1080p content from iTunes, but still only outputs 720p

Friday, October 1st, 2010

The header says it all folks. We just ran some tests on the AppleTV’s playback limits by streaming 1080p movie trailers in iTunes and managed to verify murmurs saying the device can accept 1080p content. Unfortunately, output is a different story, since it downscales the image back to 720p on your display. Yes it’s a little frustrating — especially since it’s predecessor was up to the challenge — but it should at least comfort those with a massive library of 1080p videos who were worried about reconverting for their new black box. Considering the hardware gems discovered in the AppleTV teardown however, we’re still holding out for the jailbreak community to let us play our 1080p files, and display them too. Oh, and if they could get to work on Super-Hi Vision support at some point, well, that’d be just dandy.

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SpeakerCraft’s BoomTomb Outdoor Subwoofer Rocks from Underground

Monday, September 27th, 2010

The company’s new outdoor subwoofer packs a dedicated 250-watt amplifier under the dirt.

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“Clear” sound from Greensound Technology’s glass speakers

Tuesday, September 21st, 2010

Gizmag: As any cola-swilling child of the 90’s will tell you, things are better when they’re clear. Water? Definitely better clear. Conscience? Ditto. Speakers? Sure, why not? We’ve already had…



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New iPod Component Stereo Dock from Yamaha: CRX-550 Receiver and NS-BP200 Speakers

Monday, September 20th, 2010

Akihabara News: Yamaha, the musical instrument company that also builds motorcycles, is preparing to sell a component stereo with a an iPod dock in early October. The component receiver accepts audio…



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OLED Screens from Carl Zeiss

Sunday, September 12th, 2010

You may recognize “Carl Zeiss” as the company that makes excellent optics for cameras and binoculars and telescopes, but the company also makes a head-mounted display system named “cinemizer“. At the recent IFA show, the company revealed an upgraded model that uses OLED panels in the goggles to deliver the images.

Now, the downside is that these goggles are limited to 640 by 480 resolution — that’s standard definition — so you’ll be losing a lot if you try to watch HD content on them. And they’re not inexpensive. And it’s not clear if they will be marketed in the U.S., or just in Europe for now.

But if you’re looking to get a big-screen experience from OLED technology this year, this may be your best bet. Samsung showed their new 7″ Samsung Galazy Tab tablet device at IFA, and revealed that it will only have an LCD screen. After all of Samsung’s brave talk about OLED displays, some may find this disappointing but there are plenty of us who view this news as no surprise. We’re still a long way out from large scale production of OLED displays larger than a cell phone screen.

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Big News from Netflix

Wednesday, August 25th, 2010

The Motley Fool declares “game over“. I agree, though the seeds for this domination were planted a long time ago.

What’s the big deal? Netflix has agreed to pay billion to Epix over the next five years in return for the right to stream movie titles over the Internet for its Watch Instantly service. Who is Epix? It’s a new premimum movie channel owned by Paramount Pictures, MGM, and Lionsgate.

So what? The cool thing about Watch Instantly is that for a single-disc Netflix subscription for a month, you can watch all the streaming content that you want. Until now, this has been a case of large portions of middling quality, as the catalog has been mostly older classics and also-ran titles. A recent deal with Starz has boosted the quality a tad, but this new deal will provide a major boost to the quantity and quality of the content available online from Netflix. The service gets to stream recent titles from these major movie studios, and it could start as soon as September 1.

And more Watch Instantly viewers will mean less money spent on discs and postage. Some sources report that Netflix spends 0 million a year on postage (and the rates are about to go up again), so it doesn’t take too many new members using just Watch Instantly to make this billion dollar deal look like a bargain. And you can be sure that this new deal will attract more subscribers. Netflix streaming is already supported by Windows Media Center, many network-connected TVs and Blu-ray players, as well as all three major video game consoles. Not to mention TiVo and Roku boxes and the iPad. Who needs a computer in the living room?

Netflix is a juggernaut, growing its subscriber rolls, and rapidly slicing away at the expensive part of its business: the handling of physical discs to distribute rental movies. They could not have been in this position without the success of their postal rentals, but it is clear that they have the numbers to make the transition to electronic delivery. It will be very hard for anyone to scale up to a competitive position that could threaten the Netflix dominance any time soon.

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3 New Overhead headphones from Denon

Thursday, August 19th, 2010

Akihabaranews Denon in Japan introduced this morning 3 new headphones with the AH-D1100 and AH-D510 and AH-D310.

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Pre-order Kinect/Game Bundle for Xbox 360, Get $30 from Walmart

Wednesday, July 21st, 2010

The mega-retailer is enticing gamers to buy early, by offering a gift card for those wanting to be the first on their block to add movement to their Xbox 360 gaming experience.

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Pioneer’s new CDJ-850: the perfect springboard from bedroom to club

Friday, July 9th, 2010

Pioneer.eu: The CDJ-2000s are quickly replacing the CDJ-1000Mk3 as the industry standard player in the world’s biggest clubs, while the CDJ-900 takes root in regular clubs. For semi-pro bedroom DJs…



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E3 2010: 10 Best Games From the Electronic Entertainment Expo

Saturday, June 19th, 2010

We game, we saw, we played at the Electronic Entertainment Expo. Here are the top 10 games that made an impression on us at this year’s show.

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Marantz 2010 – from budget hi-fi to 3D-ready universal Blu-ray players; the full range with pictures and prices

Saturday, June 12th, 2010

 
Marantz has unveiled its hi-fi and home cinema product launches for 2010.  
Highlights include media-streaming support, advanced iPod connectivity (10 products across the range can take a direct…



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