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Cablevision, Viacom Settle Lawsuit Over iPad TV Show Streaming

Cablevision, Viacom Settle Lawsuit Over iPad TV Show Streaming

The Cablevision iOS app that lets you stream TV shows to your iPad has finally cleared the Viacom hurdle. The Optimum iOS app for the iPad was first introduced back in April, offering up to 300 TV channels. And much like the reaction to the Time Warner Cable iPad app, Viacom sued Cablevision claiming that the company did not have the right to put its shows on anything except cable TV.

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Less TVs in the US, is it the Economy or the Internet?

Less TVs in the US, is it the Economy or the Internet?

I am considered an oddity among some of my friends and family because I don't have cable. I do have a TV, but I rely on DVDs, Netflix and my Roku player for my television viewing. When someone asks me if I've seen a commercial, I just smile and say "no". In fact, my daughter (at 4 years old) was shocked the first time she watched Nickelodeon when the commercials came on. She had never seen one. But maybe my odd choice is becoming less odd. A new report by Nielsen shows that for the first time since 1992, there are less US households with television sets. To be sure, the vast majority of households still own TVs, but the percentage has gone from 98.9 percent to 96.7 percent. Part of the explanation is the economy, and the change to digital. But is there another explanation?

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The Daily Slash: April 7th, 2011

The Daily Slash: April 7th, 2011

There's been a bit of a change in the hearts and minds of several big players today, an uncertain day full of fear and doubt to be sure. That's not to say that there weren't any fantastical gadgets and technologies to be spoken about however, and we've got those for you too. One of the oddest of these was a press conference called by Facebook to discuss not a new gadget, not a new system of poking your friends, nay, twas as Open Compute Project they spoke of. Then it got REAL interesting.

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Comcast Xcalibur smart TV trials tip Google TV rival

Comcast Xcalibur smart TV trials tip Google TV rival

Comcast is trialling a smart TV service of its own, with Comcast Spectrum currently in user testing in Augusta, Ga. The service - developed under the codename "Xcalibur" - follows Google TV and other platforms in blending on-demand, live and recorded cable programming with internet video and basic social network access. However, green-lighting for the project is yet to be granted, and Comcast is unclear on how Spectrum might be priced should it see a commercial launch; "We are testing many technological approaches to understand how best to meet consumer interests, and this small trial is one of those experiments" is all a Comcast spokesperson would confirm.

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Congress Passes the CALM Act, TV Advertisement Sound Soon to be Regulated

Congress Passes the CALM Act, TV Advertisement Sound Soon to be Regulated

There's probably been a few nights where you've been watching your favorite show, or just flipping through channels, and before you realize what's happening, your passed out. And then, without warning, a commercial comes on the air, and the volume is surprisingly louder than what you remember. It isn't your imagination, and you probably didn't roll over and hit the volume up button on your remote. It's a problem that many people have been clamoring about for some time now, and Congress has listened. They've officially passed the CALM Act, which is specifically meant to address the fact that some TV advertisements are way too loud.

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