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29
Jun

Comcast’s TV sports app delivers baseball stats when they matter


Xfinity Sports baseball extras

If you’re a baseball stats hound, you probably don’t enjoy tearing your eyes away from the game just to dig up facts about the latest at-bat matchup. You might not have to distract yourself for much longer if you’re a Comcast subscriber, though — the cable TV giant has introduced a Baseball Extras feature to its Xfinity Sports app that turns your X1 set-top box into a real-time stats machine. Fire it up and you’ll get carousel of info that pops up as it becomes relevant, such as the batter’s chances of defeating the pitcher or post-game recaps. You can also use it to track a game even when you’re watching something else, so you don’t have to interrupt your kids’ show to get a better sense of how your favorite team is doing. This isn’t as unintrusive as keeping your phone out while you watch, but it’s definitely more convenient.

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Source: Comcast

23
Jun

Nexus Player on special for $67.68, save yourself $31.32 and get one today




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In the realm of Android TV set-top boxes there are a few options to choose from. There is the NVIDIA Shield, the Razor Forge TV and the Nexus Player. The Shield is easily the most powerful with PC game streaming abilities, but also holds the highest price tag, between $200 and $300. The Razor Forge TV comes in a close second with PC game streaming on the horizon for $150 and then there is the device that really started it all from Google, the Nexus Player. Typically this unit new runs a consumer $99.00, but right now the manufacturer of the device, ASUS, has it on sale via their Amazon store page for just $67.68

Google Nexus Player


The Nexus Player brings a fair amount of abilities to a consumers TV. Obviously it streams your favorite media using Netflix, Hulu, Plex, Google Play Movies & TV and the likes. At Google I/O the company announced HBO Now and a few other goodies coming for it too. The device is also a good little casual gaming box as it doe offer users the ability to utilize a gaming controller. Tossing Shadowgun: Deadzone to the big screen TV with a gamepad sure makes things a bit more exciting. It also brings the same casting ability that the Chromecast does.

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22
Jun

Nexus Player on special for $67.68, save yourself $31.32 and get one today






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In the realm of Android TV set-top boxes there are a few options to choose from. There is the NVIDIA Shield, the Razor Forge TV and the Nexus Player. The Shield is easily the most powerful with PC game streaming abilities, but also holds the highest price tag, between $200 and $300. The Razor Forge TV comes in a close second with PC game streaming on the horizon for $150 and then there is the device that really started it all from Google, the Nexus Player. Typically this unit new runs a consumer $99.00, but right now the manufacturer of the device, ASUS, has it on sale via their Amazon store page for just $67.68

Google Nexus Player


The Nexus Player brings a fair amount of abilities to a consumers TV. Obviously it streams your favorite media using Netflix, Hulu, Plex, Google Play Movies & TV and the likes. At Google I/O the company announced HBO Now and a few other goodies coming for it too. The device is also a good little casual gaming box as it doe offer users the ability to utilize a gaming controller. Tossing Shadowgun: Deadzone to the big screen TV with a gamepad sure makes things a bit more exciting. It also brings the same casting ability that the Chromecast does.

It is hard not to lust over one of these little guys, and at $67.68, it is a great deal. GHit the AMazon link below to get youself

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22
Jun

Sony’s wafer-thin, Android-powered 4K TVs will start at $2,499


Sony X900C and X910C 4K TVs

Spring has come and gone without any sign of Sony’s promised X900C and X910C TVs, but those super-thin 4K sets are finally on their way… well, almost. The slimmest of the bunch, the 0.19-inch thick X900C series, is now slated to arrive in July at hefty prices of $2,499 for a 55-inch model, and $3,999 for its 65-inch counterpart. Determined to go bigger? You’ll have to wait longer, and pay a pretty penny. The lone X910C model, a 75-incher, is poised to launch sometime this summer for $5,499. Thankfully, screen size is the only major difference here. All of these units pack Android TV, Triluminos displays and an X1 processor that should make the most of your 4K video. The real question is whether or not you need this eye-catching design in the first place — it’s great if you’re aiming for a near-invisible wall mount, but you might otherwise be fine ‘settling’ for a thicker TV.

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Source: Sony

13
Jun

Virgin Airlines debuts new Android based infotainment system



Virgin has debuted their new Red® entertainment system based on Android. Flyers will be able to order food and drinks, enjoy music, movies, Tv shows, and games, chat with other passengers, and even order a fellow traveler a drink, all on demand. They have also teamed up with California based company Dysonics, making Virgin the first airline to bring surround sound technology to the skies.

New features of their new Red infotainment system include:

  • New capacitive touch screens (with pinch and swipe functionality)
  • More storage capacity allowing the platform to host three times as much content – including full seasons of popular shows
  • Better, more interactive games – including retro favorites like Atari’s Asteroids and Pac-Man
  • Enhanced, more interactive maps
  • A first-in-the-sky “surround-sound” listening experience on select content

The new Red Beta is slated to be outfitted on 18 aircraft by the end of 2015 and will continue to roll out to the rest of their fleet in 2016.

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12
Jun

MLB Network starts streaming live broadcasts on mobile devices


Hall of Fame Baseball

If you’re a baseball fan, chances are you’re already aware of the Major League Baseball’s At Bat app for streaming live games with a MLB.tv subscription. Now, the league is bringing it’s 24/7 news, analysis and more from the MLB Network to your computer and mobile device, too. As Forbes reports, this is the first time that a league-owned TV network has offered a live authenticated stream of its around-the-clock broadcast on the desktop, iOS and Android. All of the network’s studio shows, original programs, game telecasts and more will stream to the At Bat app, but there’s a catch: you’ll need a cable subscription to access it.

Like Fox does with its post-season games and other sports content on Fox Sports Go, you’ll be required to sign in to your cable or satellite account before watching. Subscribers on AT&T U-verse, Bright House, Cablevision, Cox, DirecTV, DISH, Time Warner Cable and Verizon FiOS can expect to access MLB Network coverage. You probably noticed that Comcast and Charter aren’t on that list, which means those customers won’t have access at launch. And if you’re wondering about MLB’s infuriating local blackout policy, yes, that still applies here as well. If you encounter a blackout, you’ll be served another game or some other programming.

[Image credit: AP Photo/Julio Cortez]

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Source: Forbes

12
Jun

Rupert Murdoch’s exit as Fox CEO hints at a bigger digital future


News Corp and Fox head Rupert Murdoch

There’s a big executive shakeup looming that could change the digital media landscape in the long run. Both CNBC and the Wall Street Journal report that Rupert Murdoch is planning to step down from the CEO role at 21st Century Fox, with his son James taking the reins. The media mogul will still hang around as an executive chairman (along with his other son Lachlan), like he does at News Corp, but he won’t be so closely involved in day-to-day affairs. The handover would take place no later than 2016.

The move isn’t surprising. Murdoch hasn’t been shy about grooming his sons for succession, and even James’ abrupt departure from BSkyB (now Sky) after the UK phone hacking scandal didn’t deter that. However, it also signals a shift in online media strategy. CNBC understands that James Murdoch has been instrumental in Fox’s recent digital push, which has focused heavily on streaming. Once he becomes CEO, that effort is likely to kick into high gear.

[Image credit: Adrian Sanchez-Gonzalez/AFP/Getty Images]

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Source: CNBC, Wall Street Journal

10
Jun

Hoopla app review


The days of browsing books at your local library are slowly fading into extinction. While there are many people that prefer the look and texture of a physical book, the millennial generation has moved more and more towards their digital counterparts. Many of the libraries in the US do not maintain digital archives of their media. This is where services like Hoopla come into play.

Hoopla works in conjunction with your local library to offer digital titles. With your library card, you can borrow a certain number of titles from their collection per month. That amount is determined by your library. Hoopla offers ebooks, comics, movies, TV shows, audiobooks, and music, but the available content will depend largely on your library. My library, for example, does not provide comics or ebooks but does offer everything else.

Hoopla 1

The design of the application is fairly easy, but they could have done so much more. Personally I would like to see some settings for parental controls and video quality. Another feature would be to have options in the sidebar to select the type of media that you want to browse, but that’s not a deal killer for me. The home page lists available media and groups them into categories. There is a link to the right that will allow you to view all the media in the selected categories.

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E-books and comics:
E-books and comics are available for 21 days at a time. They have a large selection of books and comics. You’re sure to find something interesting to read. Just don’t expect to find the latest and greatest novels or comics.

Audiobooks:
Audiobook titles, like the e-books and comics, are available for 21 days at a time. I personally was not able to stream the book directly through the mobile app. This was remedied by downloading the book directly and then playing in through the application. The audio quality was good, but there was an occasional blip here and there. My biggest complaint is that there are no chapter points programmed into the book. They do have a system of user generated bookmarks and the player will pick up where you left off, but it would be nice to be able to jump to a specific chapter in the book.

Movies and TV:
The video quality is good, but they do not offer HD content at this time. I have been assured that they are working on implementing this in the near future. Most titles are available for 72 hours after you check them out, but a few titles are only available for 48 hours. It streams fairly well and I experienced no buffering. The catalog is fairly large but is by no means an exhaustive catalog. The good news is that there are several modern titles to choose from. The bad news is that there is no support at this point for Chromecast or Amazon’s Fire TV.

Music:
Albums are available for 7 days. The quality is good, but like the audiobook player, the music player app experiences the occasional blip. Just like with the audio books. I had to download the album first to listen to the music. The catalog has several newer titles, but just like your local library, you may not find everything you’re looking for.

Overall this is a great app that is still in its infancy. They have new features like HD video streaming and Chromecast support that are in the works. They are also continually looking for new content providers to keep things fresh. The service is cross-platform and can be easily picked up from one device to another.

Is this a replacement for services like Amazon Prime, Audible, Google Play, Hulu Plus, or Netflix? At this point, the answer is no. However; to those whose library does offer Hoopla, this is a great alternative or supplement to these services. The best part is that it is 100% free to use and there are no ads that come with it.

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9
Jun

TiVo Online has some web TV for everyone, more if you have a TiVo


We still haven’t progressed to TiVo’s cloud DVR future, but the company is jumping ahead with the launch of TiVo Online. That is the name of its new web portal that collects video from cable channels, internet sources and even your TiVo DVR (if you have one), to put TV on your computer easily. The interesting part is that it’s usable by anyone, but you’ll get a lot more out of it if you have cable, and/or a TiVo DVR. Also, TiVo just launched upgrades bringing Plex, iHeartRadio and Yahoo Screen to its boxes. We took TiVo Online for a spin and on the plus side, it’s a welcome improvement from the web features TiVo has offered so far, but it has a few drawbacks.

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The good news (for TiVo owners) is that you can do most of the things you expect, like manage recordings, search for TV shows and even create the new OnePass setups that pull from TV and internet sources. The bad news is that on the web, it only searches the sites that are available so far or regular TV, so there’s no way to see if something if it’s on Netflix or Amazon Prime, for example. In-home streaming works across devices if you have a newer Roamio DVR, or one of the older ones with a Stream attached. That even includes ChromeOS (although it pops up a warning when you first try to log-in citing “reduced functionality”), although the quality is just acceptable. Until now, the company hadn’t done much to update its online interfaces, which were mostly the same as they were in 2010 and in 2006 when it was called TiVo Central Online, so at least this is something.

According to the accompanying PR, a way to stream or download TV even when you’re away from home (on PCs, it’s already possible via apps) is in the works, but it might be tied to just a single device at a time, and may not work with every show because of DRM.

I think the idea is to create something that not only works for TiVo users, but also pulls in viewers who haven’t purchased a TiVo yet. It already had a similar setup for RCN customers with TiVo, but now it’s available to anyone. On the second point they still have some work to do (if you need a way to find what’s on streaming, check out our list here), but if you already have a TiVo it’s a convenient way to watch on your laptop.

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Source: TiVo Online

4
Jun

New Apple TV hardware reportedly won’t show up at WWDC, either


Apple TV second-generation

Apple’s oft-rumored streaming TV service won’t be the only thing going AWOL from the Worldwide Developer Conference next week, it seems. New York Times sources say that 1 Infinite Loop has scrapped plans to unveil revamped Apple TV hardware (along with a matching remote and app development kit) at the gathering. Reportedly, the new media hub just wasn’t “ready for prime time” — it’s still coming, but you’ll have to wait. There’s no mention of when it’ll show up. Assuming the leak is accurate in the first place, though, history suggests that Apple could wait until September (when it usually starts releasing its big products for the year) to debut its next-generation set-top box.

Filed under: Home Entertainment, HD, Apple

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Source: New York Times

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