Amazon Fire TV Ad

Video: Amazon’s first Fire TV ad is horrifying

By on April 2, 2014 at 3:20 PM.

Video: Amazon’s first Fire TV ad is horrifying

What better way to introduce an exciting new product than by inviting Gary Busey to star in the premiere commercial? Amazon’s just-announced Fire TV set-top box is one of the most dynamic devices of its kind, powered by a quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM and featuring video, music and gaming all in a single box. One of the key features of the Fire TV is its voice activated search functionality. No more fumbling through endless letters to find what you want — just hit the microphone button, say the name any actor or movie, and the results will appear. Gary Busey, a man who has admittedly spoken to his fair share of inanimate devices, is overjoyed at Amazon’s inclusion of simple voice search. View the insanity below. More →

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Amazon Fire TV Release Date

Amazon opens fire on Apple TV and Chromecast with new Fire TV

By on April 2, 2014 at 11:11 AM.

Amazon opens fire on Apple TV and Chromecast with new Fire TV

Pretend to be surprised: Amazon just unveiled a new streaming video product during a press conference on Wednesday. Reports of Amazon’s Apple TV competitor have been coming hot and heavy over the past few weeks, and now the box is finally official. Dubbed Fire TV, the new device will plug into a television set and allow users to stream video content over the Internet to their screens. Amazon’s Prime video will take center stage on the device, but it will also support content from third-party providers including Netflix and Hulu Plus (other apps such as HBO Go and Showtime Anytime will be added in the future). The device will run a customized version of Android, as is the case with Amazon’s Kindle Fire tablets. More →

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Xbox SmartGlass Update Universal Remote

Microsoft may have just solved the most irritating problem with TV

By on April 1, 2014 at 1:05 PM.

Microsoft may have just solved the most irritating problem with TV

One of the single most irritating problems with modern television is the “basket of remotes” problem that’s created be needing different remote controls for televisions, set-top boxes, gaming consoles and other peripherals. However, Microsoft is working on some new features for its Xbox SmartGlass mobile app that could make the basket of remotes a thing of the past. Starting on Tuesday, Microsoft is offering a system update preview to SmartGlass to select Xbox Live members that will add OneGuide and universal remote control capabilities to the app. This means that you’ll be able to use your smartphone as a remote control for all the TV-related devices in your house. More →

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Roku vs Apple TV Sales

Roku blasts Apple TV as a money-losing iPad accessory

By on March 28, 2014 at 10:45 AM.

Roku blasts Apple TV as a money-losing iPad accessory

Speaking at Re/code’s Code/Media event on Thursday, Roku CEO Anthony Wood took several shots at competitors, focusing specifically on Apple, suggesting his company isn’t at all worried by the growing numbers of competitors. More →

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Amazon Set-Top Box Announcement

Amazon to finally unveil its Apple TV, Chromecast rival next week

By on March 27, 2014 at 12:42 PM.

Amazon to finally unveil its Apple TV, Chromecast rival next week

After countless months of rumors, it looks like Amazon is finally getting ready to take the wraps off its TV set-top box. Unnamed sources tell Re/code that Amazon will unveil its new video streaming device on April 2nd, which just happens to be next Wednesday. It’s still unknown at this time whether Amazon’s device will be a full set-top box like Apple TV or whether it will be a USB dongle capable of streaming video from the web like Chromecast. The other wild card at play here will be the new device’s gaming capabilities: Some reports we’ve read have claimed that the device will let you stream all your PC games to your television, which would essentially make it act as something of a poor man’s gaming console. At any rate, whatever Amazon is up to we’ll find out about it in less than a week.

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Apple TV Update

This is what the next Apple TV should look like

By on March 21, 2014 at 4:45 PM.

This is what the next Apple TV should look like

Last year, Tim Cook said Apple will be entering a new product category, and ever since he said that, people have been wondering if TVs are Apple’s next target for disruption. Of course, there have been rumors of a new Apple TV for years, but in the past few months these rumors have reached a fever pitch. While we don’t know if or when Cook will release a new Apple TV, we do know what it should look like, thanks to these gorgeous concept designs from Martin Hajek. More →

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Sony PS4 Exclusive TV Shows

Sony pulls a Netflix, will offer exclusive TV shows for PS4

By on March 20, 2014 at 9:15 PM.

Sony pulls a Netflix, will offer exclusive TV shows for PS4

Sony has some pretty big ambitions for the PlayStation 4 that go well beyond gaming. The Wall Street Journal reports that Sony plans to release several TV shows that will be shown exclusively though PlayStation 4 consoles, starting with a supernatural detective show called “Powers” that will be produced by the company’s own Sony Pictures Television studio. The Journal says that Sony’s plans to offer its own exclusive content will be separate from its planned pay TV service for the PS4 that will deliver channels that have traditionally been delivered by cable and satellite TV companies.
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Game of Thrones Season 4 Trailer

Video: Watch the final Game of Thrones trailer before season 4 begins

By on March 19, 2014 at 10:25 AM.

Video: Watch the final Game of Thrones trailer before season 4 begins

The most pirated television show of the year last year will soon be back with a brand new season, and it’s certainly safe to call it one of the most eagerly anticipated seasons of the year. The season 3 finale of HBO’s hit show Game of Thrones was viewed by an estimated 5.4 million people as it aired, and more than 5.9 million people downloaded the episode illegally. It was easily one of HBO’s biggest single episodes, and now we’re less than one month away from the premiere of a brand new season. More →

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Pay TV Subscriber Losses

Cord cutters unite: Pay TV providers lost subscribers for first time ever in 2013

By on March 18, 2014 at 10:45 PM.

Cord cutters unite: Pay TV providers lost subscribers for first time ever in 2013

The pay TV industry may not be sweating the cord cutting trend just yet but for the first time in 2013 it had a reason to take notice. According to new data from Leichtman Research Group, pay TV providers posted a net loss of 104,000 subscribers in 2013, the first time the pay TV industry has ever lost subscribers year-over-year. The biggest losers were Time Warner Cable and Comcast, which respectively lost 825,00 and 305,000 pay TV subscribers each. Given how poorly both those companies have fared in multiple customer satisfaction surveys, this isn’t too surprising. More →

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Amazon Set-Top Box Dongle

Amazon’s ‘set-top box’ will reportedly be a Chromecast-style dongle

By on March 17, 2014 at 3:33 PM.

Amazon’s ‘set-top box’ will reportedly be a Chromecast-style dongle

It looks like Amazon is taking a page from Google and not Apple with its soon-to-be-announced TV streaming device that reportedly isn’t a set-top box but is instead a Chromecast-style dongle. And unnamed sources tell TechCrunch that not only will the new device resemble the Chromecast but that it may also do Google one better by having “support for streaming full PC game titles, and as such might be able to compete with consoles including the Xbox and PlayStation, instead of just Android-powered living room game devices.” More →

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iTV Release Date

Is Apple really working on a TV? According to Steve Jobs, the answer is ‘no’

By on March 17, 2014 at 8:25 AM.

Is Apple really working on a TV? According to Steve Jobs, the answer is ‘no’

Rumors of Apple’s “iTV” — an own-brand high-definition television Apple is supposedly developing to further its assault on the living room — have been swirling for years now. Rumors pop up all the time that Apple is making headway in its quest to launch a new HDTV line. Then, like clockwork, new rumors come along suggesting that there have been delays and the launch of Apple’s hotly anticipated television has been pushed back. Why does the release of Apple’s HDTV keep getting delayed? As it turns out, it may be because the device simply does not exist. More →

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