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Yes, It Really Is Time For Sony to Ditch TVs

Yes, It Really Is Time For Sony to Ditch TVs

Over the last several months, there has been an increasingly bitter debate surrounding Sony’s decision to keep its television business. There are some folks that say the time has come for Sony, which has watched its market share continue to trail far behind the leaders of the pack, Samsung and Vizio, finally spin off the operation. Sony, on the other hand, has argued that such a strategy makes little sense, and what it needs to do now is hunker down and turn things around.

Oh, how wrong Sony is.

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Sony “four screen” revolution to preempt Apple Siri TV

Sony “four screen” revolution to preempt Apple Siri TV

Sony is working on its own revolution in the TV market, with engineers rushing to develop the company's "four screen" strategy before Apple can release its own television set. "There's a tremendous amount of R&D going into a different kind of TV set" CEO Howard Stringer told the WSJ, referring to the "four screen" potential once Sony controls not only its own TV, computer and tablet businesses, but Sony Ericsson after buying out its partner.

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Apple Siri Television “guaranteed product” says source

Apple Siri Television “guaranteed product” says source

Apple's television plans are a case of "when" not "if" the latest rumors insist, with Steve Jobs' well-quoted "I finally cracked it" comment believed to be referring to Siri replacing the traditional remote control rather than the TV hardware and design itself. "Steve thinks the [TV] industry is totally broken" a source told the NYTimes, one of several who apparently confirmed that Apple was experimenting with TV hardware and software. "Absolutely, it is a guaranteed product for Apple" was the message, with execs supposedly knowing the true Apple TV was on the roadmap as far back as 2007.

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Apple HDTV project reportedly led by iTunes top dog

Apple HDTV project reportedly led by iTunes top dog

Rumors around Apple's TV set ambitions continue to flourish, with the latest being suggestions that the software engineer responsible for iTunes has now turned his attention to developing an Apple-branded HDTV. Jeff Robbin, involved in both iPod and iTunes development, is reportedly leading the Apple television drive so Bloomberg's sources would have it, though the project is said to be still a top secret one within the company. Speculation around an Apple HDTV has flourished in the past week, after it was revealed that Steve Jobs told his biographer that he had "finally cracked"  how to make television as usable as iPods and the iPhone.

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Jobs biography reveals plans for integrated Apple TV

Jobs biography reveals plans for integrated Apple TV

Among several interesting revelations, the new biography on the late Apple co-founder and former CEO, Steve Jobs, reveals his plans for a future Apple TV. And by that, we don't mean just another iteration of the current Apple TV set-top box, but a full-fledged Apple-branded television set designed on the same principles of simplicity and ease of use that have made Apple's other products so successful.

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Apple TV update adds Photo Stream, NHL games and more

Apple TV update adds Photo Stream, NHL games and more

Along with Apple's release this morning of iOS 5, a major update to its mobile operating platform, the company has also released a new software version 4.4 for its Apple TV. The update brings several new features, including Photo Stream, AirPlay mirroring, NHL hockey games, and free Wall Street Journal Live new updates.

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Facebook TiVo Integration Announced

Facebook TiVo Integration Announced

This week we're getting bombarded with news from Facebook's developer conference f8 2011, not just because Facebook has been announced to be improving and changing drastically, but because they've begun working with several big buckets full of businesses from all over the media world. One of the first to make a formal announcement is TiVo, this increasing the groups Social TV functionality as they update both their iPhone and iPad apps to include additional integration with Facebook. The social network's new APIs for developers are rolling out today at f8 and TiVo appears to have been able to get on the boat early.

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Elgato EyeTV Mobile DTT/Freeview Television Tuner for iPad 2 Hands-on

Elgato EyeTV Mobile DTT/Freeview Television Tuner for iPad 2 Hands-on

This week at IFA 2011 we've gotten hands-on experiences with more than a couple awesome devices, but none of them is as strange and oddly enticing as this one: the Elgato EyeTV Mobile, aka the world's first DTT/Freeview Tuner for the iPad 2. With this little bit of technology, you can turn your iPad 2 into a mobile television. Pause, rewind, and record at will. What we've got here is a quick look at this device as it exists at IFA 2011 this week - the real deal will be available sometime in late September in at least the UK and Germany, though will be sold through Elgato's online store so you'll be free to pick it up wherever you may live.

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Apple Ends TV Episode Rentals, Sticks with Purchases

Apple Ends TV Episode Rentals, Sticks with Purchases

If you're one of the 10 people in the world that actually simply rented a bunch of television shows from iTunes over the last year or so, you're going to need a tissue. Apple has decided to pull the plug on all TV show rentals from iTunes, leaving only two options for the viewing of TV-related media: the purchase of individual episodes or the "Season Pass" for a year of your favorite show. This should come as no shock to the public, but does point toward a couple of future options for Apple as far as how they handle television content, the first being the relatively new "iTunes in the Cloud" service we first saw a few months ago.

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