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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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Netflix May Be Willing to Pay $100,000 per Episode for Current TV Episodes to be Streamed Instantly

Netflix May Be Willing to Pay $100,000 per Episode for Current TV Episodes to be Streamed Instantly

Netflix is busy changing things up. The company, after making it possible for people to pay for streaming-only service, is now working on getting their Watch Instantly service a bit more stocked, especially when it comes to current TV episodes. They apparently want it so bad, that rumors are now suggesting that the online movie-and-television show-rental service is looking to pay a hefty sum to make it possible for new episodes of TV shows to be played via Watch Instantly.

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Hands-on with TiVo Premiere [Video]

Hands-on with TiVo Premiere [Video]

So we’ve just seen the launch of the TiVo Premiere series today; we’ve also spotted some first looks at the new TiVo models, and their visually-impressive UIs.  As we mentioned before, it’s based on Flash, which will undoubtedly open up all sorts of goodness and opportunities for future development.

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Verizon and Time Warner Set to Test Internet TV for Subscribers

Verizon and Time Warner Set to Test Internet TV for Subscribers

Looks like good things come in pairs. Today, both Verizon and Time Warner announced that they are going to start issuing trials of Internet TV for subscribers. It's part of the TV Everywhere initiative, and allows users to watch television shows on the web regardless of whether or not they're at home. For Time Warner, you must have an existing cable TV service, and FiOS TV for the Big Red. Many of the shows on the provided networks will go online around their original air date, and actually shows that rarely reach sites or online retailers like Hulu or the iTunes Store respectively.

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