Back in September, we heard the first rumblings that Virgin Media in the UK would be offering the ability to stream Netflix content to users of its TiVo set-top boxes. The move came as part of an effort by TiVo to help Netflix get on the set-top boxes around the world. TiVo boxes are currently offered by several major cable television companies in the US and the UK.
Toshiba has announced that the L9300U series of 4K ultra HD TVs is now available at select retailers the US. The series of 4K ultra HD TVs are available in 58-inch, 65-inch, and 84-inch screen sizes. Toshiba will also be providing a couple very nice upgrades at no additional cost to buyers of the televisions for a limited time.
In an interview with the BBC, Microsoft's Corporate Vice President for Skype, Mark Gillett, confirmed that the company is working on 3D video calling functionality. Though he warns that it will still be awhile before such a feature is available - and probably longer yet until it is widely adopted - he also states that he "can imagine a day" when 3D use is more widespread.
Apple TV has gained a number of new entertainment apps, with HBO GO and WatchESPN among five new content providers landing on the set-top box. The two apps, familiar from iPhone and iPad, join Sky News, Crunchyroll, and Qello as new arrivals on the Apple TV, owners of which are now purchasing over 800,000 TV episodes and over 350,000 movies each day, Apple says.
Microsoft is in negotiations with broadcaster Sky UK to offer a subsidized Xbox One, it's reported, potentially even positioning the console as a new set-top box for the satellite TV service. The deal, which may already have been finalized according to MCV's sources, would see the next-gen console offered at a significant discount, it's claimed, potentially with DVR style recording functionality in the pipeline.
Microsoft just wrapped up its unveiling of the Xbox One, which is the company's newest gaming console. The whole keynote was only an hour long, but they blazed through a lot of information without really diving deep into detail. Thus, you might have missed some things if you were watching the live stream or our own coverage. With that said, here's everything that you need to know about the Xbox One so far.
Skype has just announced that its users have broken another milestone today. As of today, Skype says that all of its users use a total of 2 billion minutes a day to call their acquaintances, friends, and family members. That's one day. Now we can see why France wants to tax the VoIP service. Skype has come a long way since its debut, and is now available on almost any device with a screen. You can get it on your PC, Mac, iOS devices, Androids, Windows Phones, and even your TV.
It looks like AMD is wanting to tackle the cloud gaming industry and take on the likes of OnLive. The company announced its new Sky series graphics at GDC 2013 this week, which is a new series of graphics chips being added on to the company's current Radeon line. The Sky series was built specifically with cloud gaming in mind.
Kim Dotcom has just announced through Twitter that Mega, his successor to Megaupload, will now be accepting Bitcoin as payment for its cloud storage services. You can purchase your Mega service with Bitcoin through Mega's newest reseller, Bitvoucher. Bitcoin is a P2P digital currency that allows you to instantly make a payment to anyone, anywhere in the world. It does not operate under a central authority, such as banks or the government, but instead is operated by only the Bitcoin network. This allows everyone to be able to use its services, and it also allows users to make payments that cannot be traced by the government.