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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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Sears’ Alphaline digital download store closes down

Sears’ Alphaline digital download store closes down

Another digital content provider has apparently gone quietly to the graveyard, with RoxioNow-powered Alphaline Entertainment no longer operational. The service - which launched back in December 2010 as a partnership between retailer Sears and platform provider Sonic Solutions - has been taken offline, with the company's site now suggesting that, as of September, Alphaline was no longer available.

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I Ditched Scheduled TV for On-Demand

I Ditched Scheduled TV for On-Demand

Sometimes the big changes creep up on you, and it's only much later that you realize you've had your own little digital lifestyle epiphany. Having read about "the death of scheduled television" and the migration to on-demand content for years now, it still all seemed like a distant - unfeasible - dream. Yet somehow, without really intending to, I've been weened off broadcast TV and liberated from the schedules, without really trying.

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Microsoft Xbox LIVE Diamond subscription IPTV tipped for E3 2011

Microsoft Xbox LIVE Diamond subscription IPTV tipped for E3 2011

Details of Microsoft's E3 2011 launch have leaked, and as expected it's a new IPTV service baked into Xbox LIVE. The company is putting the finishing touches to Xbox LIVE Diamond, WinRumors' source claims, the official name for the much-rumored Project Orapa. The Diamond TV system will combine existing mediaroom IPTV services and Xbox LIVE, harnessing Kinect-based motion control along with various music and video offerings.

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Microsoft Project Orapa IPTV on Xbox coming at E3 2011?

Microsoft Project Orapa IPTV on Xbox coming at E3 2011?

Microsoft is rumored to be readying its Project Orapa for an E3 2011 unveil next week, making official the new home entertainment system blending Mediaroom IPTV with Xbox LIVE. VP Frank Shaw has sewn the speculation seeds this week: "put simply," the exec suggests, "Xbox = entertainment and is core to our entertainment strategy" before going on to recap on the streaming content, Natural User Interface technology and multimedia baked into the Xbox platform as it stands. "We are turning up the heat on a whole new era of home entertainment" Shaw concludes.

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Why I Can’t Stand Hulu Plus

Why I Can’t Stand Hulu Plus

As someone who streams Netflix content through several different devices, including my HDTV, the iPad, and others, I recently decided to give some other streaming offerings a chance to win my affection. My first choice among the many out there was Hulu Plus.

Now, I should note that I’ve used Hulu quite often. While I’m having lunch, I’ve been known to surf to Hulu’s Web site and watch some episodes of shows I might have missed recently. I guess you could say that I’ve been a Hulu veteran for quite some time now.

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Hybridcast “Dual Stream” promises broadcast Full HD 3D

Hybridcast “Dual Stream” promises broadcast Full HD 3D

While there are an increasing number of broadcast TV channels offering 3D HD content, so far the limitations of side-by-side transmission means that resolution tops out at 720p, rather than Full HD 1080p. The engineers at the Japanese NHK Science & Technology Research Laboratories reckon they've got the solution, TechOn reports, with their Hybridcast "Dual Stream" 3D system, pairing broadcast with a sync'd IPTV feed.

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Why Do I Pay for Advertising Supported TV

Why Do I Pay for Advertising Supported TV

Did you know that on average during an hour long television show you are subjected to 22-24 minutes of ads? Now of course many of us have DVRs and we rarely watch TV live, allowing us to skip the ads. Still TV used to be free and the ads supported the network costs. In 10 years we will look back and reflect on how archaic TV was.

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