tv

Fri
13
Mar
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iTunes 8.1 Launches, along with Missing Features

Just a day after announcing its smallest music player yet, Apple on Thursday released iTunes 8.1, a brand new update to its very popular media player software. Unfortunately, one of its most exciting new features won't be available for several days. ... (Source: thestar.com ) The most anticipated new feature accompanying iTunes 8.1 is the Genius sidebar and playlist tool; however, users are already complaining that it just doesn't work the way it was supposed to. Originally meant to study music, movie, and TV preferences before suggesting songs, films, and shows one might like, a report released ... (view more)

Fri
23
Jan
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CES Boasts 3D, Not HD, is the Future of TV

Three-dimensional (3D) viewing may just be the wave of the future in television! Don't believe it? Well, the technology on display at this year's Consumer Electronics Show (CES) suggests there's little room left for viable innovation in the field of ... high-definition sets. The industry trade fair in Las Vegas is an annual event that's theoretically a forum for manufacturers to discuss industry issues and trends. That does happen, but for most companies it's more of a chance to show off the latest inventions in home entertainment. Previous shows have seen the first public appearances of devices ... (view more)

Fri
16
Jan
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Yahoo Connect TV: More Details Unveiled

Yahoo has unveiled more details about its plan to bring Internet content to television sets. It will be available through several leading makes of TV and will include features from popular services such as YouTube and Twitter. As part of the ... Consumer Electronics Show ( CES ) in Las Vegas, Yahoo announced it has made agreements with Sony, Samsung, LG and Vizio to include the feature on some of their high-definition TV models. The service, dubbed Yahoo Connect, will involve a small Linux-based computer being built into the TV set. This will make several Yahoo functions, such as a news feed and ... (view more)

Wed
14
Jan
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Netflix to Stream Movies Direct to 'Broadband HDTVs'

Netflix recently struck a deal with LG that allows its Internet movie-rental service directly to TV sets without any extra hardware boxes required. The news comes as Roku, a firm making set-top boxes for rentals, announced Netflix will no longer be ... its exclusive provider. LG will produce 'Broadband HDTVs' which will be publicly unveiled at an entertainment trade fair this month. The sets will plug directly into an Internet connection without having to be routed via a computer or set-top box. Owners will be able to access a Netflix account directly though the TV and remote control, though this ... (view more)

Fri
14
Nov
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MGM and Google Announce YouTube Movie and TV Deal

Just a few days ago I reported on rumors that Google was nearing a deal that would lead to the placement of full-length movies on its popular video site, YouTube. Now, it appears Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM), one of Hollywood's biggest studios, is on ... board with the idea. The precedent for full-length movies was set back in the summer, when prominent Canadian studio Lionsgate (behind flicks like W. and The Transporter 3) announced they would be placing shorts on Google's popular video site. Of course, that's besides the fact that more and more people turn to web sites like Hulu for their favorite ... (view more)

Tue
14
Oct
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YouTube To Become Legit TV Broadcaster

YouTube is about to legally broadcast full-length television shows complete with a commercial break. However, for now the programs being featured will be reruns. The video site has previously experimented with commercials before clips, but the ... strategy has not been effective. That's mainly because the commercials seemed too obtrusive in a short clip that may only be a minute or so long. The hope is that online viewers will tolerate commercial breaks in full TV episodes in the same way as watching on a TV set. There is a major drawback, however: TV rights restrictions mean the content is only ... (view more)

Tue
29
Jul
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Tivo and Amazon Rival 'The Shopping Network' with New Deal

Tivo has made a deal with Amazon that could genuinely revolutionize how TV advertising works. Viewers will now be able to order products mentioned in shows with a click of their remote. The system will initially involve chat shows such as Oprah, ... Ellen DeGeneres and the Colbert Report. Whenever a guest talks about a product, such as an author publicising a book, viewers will see a link in the corner of their screens. Clicking on it will either allow them to order it instantly by typing in a PIN code, or to put the item in their Amazon shopping basket to examine on a computer later on. At first ... (view more)

Mon
17
Mar
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NBC Ready To Take On YouTube

NBC has formally launched its online video site Hulu.com, seen by many as a potential rival to YouTube. The site, which is also backed by Fox's parent group News Corporation, contains more than 250 TV episodes from shows such as The Office and The ... Simpsons, plus movies such as The Big Lebowski. There are also movies and TV shows available in clip-form only. Sports fans can choose from clips of recent NBA and NHL games, or full-length NCAA basketball games from the past 25 years. Around 50 different TV stations, movie producers and websites are represented in the project. Some shows include ... (view more)

Thu
13
Mar
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Time For the Cable Guys to Put Up or Shut Up

Over the last several years, Google has been slowly sucking up advertising dollars that might normally be spent on television. Now, the six largest cable companies want to stop that. To do so, Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Cablevision, Cox ... Communications, Charter Communications and Bright House Networks are planning a joint venture to allow advertisers to purchase interactive and custom ads across their cable systems. Collectively, the companies will invest about $150 million in the project. (Source: nytimes.com ) The announcement of the cable company's "Project Canoe" comes only a week after ... (view more)

Mon
25
Feb
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Google Streamlines Ads On Video

Google has added one more method of advertising, as it continues to seek new sources of ad revenue. The question is whether the new technique -- AdSense for Video -- will fare any better than the previous concepts. The newly-minted AdSense for Video ... will provider advertisers a means to overlay video or text ads on a video viewer. The ads will be dynamic, rotating every 20 seconds and will be matched with the content of the video or web page being viewed. (Source: nytimes.com ) The assumption is that the rapidly growing interest in online video and Google's ownership of YouTube justifies the ... (view more)

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