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Rovi and Nuance beat Siri to the television

Rovi and Nuance beat Siri to the television

Everyone seems to get rather excited when you talk about voice control on smartphones, but what about on the television? Rovi and Nuance have announced a partnership that would see Nuance making use of Rovi’s entertainment data in its Dragon TV service. That would let consumers access Rovi indexed shows using nothing more than their crystal clear voice.

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T-Mobile turns down Verizon’s 700MHz spectrum sale

T-Mobile turns down Verizon’s 700MHz spectrum sale

Verizon's proposed purchase of $3.9 billion worth of US wireless spectrum formerly reserved for over-the-air cable broadcasts is not sitting well with competitor T-Mobile, as they've said before. Today T-Mobile CEO Philipp Humm made it clear in no uncertain terms that the company wasn't interested in the bands that Verizon proposed to sell as a concession for its acquisition of prime wireless real estate in the AWS spectrum. Humm has already met with the FCC to express his displeasure.

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DirecTV iPad app update adds streaming on demand

DirecTV iPad app update adds streaming on demand

DirecTV has rolled out a new app for the iPad that gives users the ability to stream movies on demand, from anywhere that has a data connection. The app gives users unfiltered access to titles from HBO and Showtime, along with some original DirecTV programming as well as other pay TV networks. The new app also integrates social connectivity, allowing users to share what they're watching.

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Cablevision irons out deal to carry HBO GO

Cablevision irons out deal to carry HBO GO

In a press release today, cable television provider Cablevision has reached an agreement to start carrying HBO's authenticated online video portals HBO Go (and also Max Go) for its customer base. Cablevision customers who are currently subscribed to HBO and/or Cinemax will have unlimited access to the corresponding services at all times, everywhere in the U.S. with a high-speed Internet connection, and also through mobile apps on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and select Android devices. The provider expects to debut these services in the upcoming months, so look out for the launch soon.

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Sony web TV plans could undercut cable

Sony web TV plans could undercut cable

Sony is reportedly scheming a web TV system intended to pull the rug out from under cable operators, delivering more affordable TV content via the internet to the PS3 and other Sony hardware. The company has opened talks with NBCUniversal, Discovery and News Corp, the WSJ's sources claim, though Sony's apparent aim to license a smaller package of channels - to keep its own costs, and subsequent user fees, low - is said to not be going down well among content creators.

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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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