It looks like Samsung is jumping on the digital store bandwagon with their latest offering, Samsung Movies. This store is currently only in beta, but it appears to be very similar to iTunes in both form and function. Read The Full Story
I don’t particularly despise Wii gaming console. Deep down, the new Nintendo is probably the most innovative and family-friendly entertainment on-the-budget’s package ever built. There’s no hulking graphic, “official support” of a legacy DVD playback or even output video beyond 480P, and hence the low price. In a nutshell, this fun little gaming console is not built to accommodate HD content. But with the success of Microsoft New Xbox Experience and PS3’s cornering the online video content, the leader in gaming console market could branch out to include movie streaming this year. Read The Full Story
Back when Neuros offered developers cash prizes for adding new functionality to their LINK media device, one of the primary goals - and most interesting - was getting Netflix working. Well, coders put down your pens, as the $2,500 bounty has been claimed and there are now instructions to get it running on your own open-source set-top box. Read The Full Story
LG Electronics dished out a pair of “connected” Blu-ray players, LG BD370 and LG BD390, at CES 2009 with estimated shipping date of Q2 and Q3 respectively for US region, but decent debut in Japan with imminent release suggests US buyers may get their hands-on early than expected. Read The Full Story
Word from the Roku forums is that the company has begun a private beta of their new Amazon Video-on-Demand (VOD) service. The update, which is believed to be included in version 2.0, will also seemingly bring YouTube access, at least according to this screengrab, where the YouTube logo is seen to the right of the Netflix logo. Read The Full Story
No press release, in fact no fanfare at all, but we're hearing that VUDU have released a minor upgrade for their Netflix streamers that allows users to watch high-definition YouTube content, rather than standard definition. Previously, viewers were given no option to switch between the two formats (if HD was available); now, VUDU automatically prioritizes the high-definition clip. Read The Full Story
After launching its first on-demand set-top box, which uses 2Wire’s streaming video player to offer instant movie download though TV set; Blockbuster teams up with Sonic Solutions to expand its video library and digital download services though a variety of consumer electronics devices. Read The Full Story
FyreTV has unveiled the world’s first wireless IPTV set-top box, the BOXXX. The premier provider of adult content has announced the launch of their commercial service along with the BOXXX, which provides DVD quality adult content.
LaCie is rolling out a new external hard drive called the LaCinema Classic, offering media lovers a simple way to consume their movies, music and photos - through their TV. All the user has to do is hook the device up to their computer via USB, copy files onto the Classic and then hook it up to their TV via composite or HDMI. Read The Full Story
LG today announced their new NetCast Entertainment Access system that brings Yahoo!, Netflix and YouTube content directly to selected models in the company’s HDTV range. Both LCD and plasma TVs with the NetCast technology will be available, starting with the 47- and 42-inch LH50 LCD models and 60- and 50-inch PS80 plasma models.