Don Reisinger

Why I’d Take An Xbox 360 Over An Apple TV Any Day

Why I’d Take An Xbox 360 Over An Apple TV Any Day

I’m often asked by friends if they should buy an Apple TV. They usually head to the Apple Store to buy a new iPad or iPhone, and while there, they come across Apple’s little set-top box. For just $99, it seems like a bargain. And so, they ask me if they should plunk down the cash to buy one.

The first question I ask when I field the question is, “do you own an Xbox 360?”

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What the Apple TV Needs to No Longer Be A Hobby

What the Apple TV Needs to No Longer Be A Hobby

I’m a little confused.

Remember back when Apple first introduced the Apple TV, and the company said that it was designed to be a hobby device? Well, in 2010, Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, after unveiling a new version of the device, said it was no longer a hobby. Now, though, it appears it is again, since Apple’s new CEO Tim Cook said earlier this week that the device is still -- wait for it -- a hobby.

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HBO Go Could Be the Next Netflix

HBO Go Could Be the Next Netflix

As a Time Warner Cable customer, I was one of the last cable subscribers out there to get access to HBO Go. For months now, many of you have probably been using the streaming service, and to see a column about it now might surprise you. But don’t hold it against me -- I was a victim of the oddly contentious relationship between Time Warner Cable and its former corporate overlord, Time Warner.

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Why Sony Won’t Launch A New PlayStation This Year (Or Next)

Why Sony Won’t Launch A New PlayStation This Year (Or Next)

I’m often asked when Sony will launch its next PlayStation. Just about everyone is interested in finding out if the next console the consumer electronics giant offers up can be as appealing and popular as its predecessors. The push for Sony to launch a new PlayStation is also born out of the fact that Nintendo is launching a new console this year, called the Wii U. And if history is to be our guide for the future, most console makers launch their new devices around the same time.

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Will the Apple Television Have Any Room to Be Special?

Will the Apple Television Have Any Room to Be Special?

If you were following the Consumer Electronics Show last week, you know that several TV makers showed off some of the most exciting technologies we’ve seen yet. LG offered up an ultra-thin OLED TV that, years ago, seemed at least a decade away. The company followed that up with the announcement of its first 4K resolution TV. If you haven’t heard of 4K resolution, it’s a technology that delivers -- are you ready for this? -- four times the resolution found in 1080p.

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How Much Longer Will Consoles Be Around?

How Much Longer Will Consoles Be Around?

After Sony’s gaming leader Kaz Hirai said at the Consumer Electronics Show recently that his company would not be unveiling new hardware at the E3 Gaming Expo later this year, a slew of people took to the Web to wonder when it might finally offer up a new console. Some say it could happen next year, while others think it could be 2014. There are even some folks who say Sony won’t release its new console until 2015.

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Why Netflix Will Die If Yahoo! Acquires It

Why Netflix Will Die If Yahoo! Acquires It

If you’ve been following the rumors surrounding Netflix lately, you know that the streaming provider might just be well on its way to being acquired by Yahoo. Details on the matter are scant so far, but there are some who say that the deal could make some sense for both sides.

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Why A 32- to 37-inch Apple TV Isn’t Worth Buying

Why A 32- to 37-inch Apple TV Isn’t Worth Buying

If you’ve been following the latest rumors surrounding Apple’s television plans, you know that a new report claims the Cupertino, Calif.-based company is only planning to offer 32- and 37-inch options starting next summer.

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Why Video Games Topped My Holiday Wish List

Why Video Games Topped My Holiday Wish List

What did you get this holiday season? Was it a brand new iPad? How about a shiny new Android smartphone? Maybe you were really lucky and got your hands on a new HDTV.

As for me? Well, my holiday wish list was dominated by one entertainment option: video games.

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Why Netflix Is 2011’s Biggest Loser

Why Netflix Is 2011’s Biggest Loser

The year is just about over. And now, it’s time to take a step back to look at some of the winners and losers this year.

But rather than waste time thinking about some of the winners, why not just get right to the biggest loser of 2011: Netflix.

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The Next Apple-Samsung Battle: TVs

The Next Apple-Samsung Battle: TVs

If you’ve been paying attention to the mobile market over the last several months, you know that Apple and Samsung are at each other’s throats over alleged patent infringement. And with lawsuits flying worldwide, it’s becoming increasingly clear that the war between the firms will spill over into next year.

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Expect a Netflix Bidding War to Erupt in 2012

Expect a Netflix Bidding War to Erupt in 2012

Last week, I talked about Verizon’s reported desire to acquire Netflix, and why such a maneuver would be a bad one for the company.

And although I still feel that way, it’s quickly becoming clear that in a year, Netflix won’t be Netflix. The streaming company will be part of a much larger firm that will use it as a key component in a move to expand a home-entertainment empire.

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