VUDU have announced that they have partnered with LG to put their on-demand IPTV system into the latter's HDTVs. Rather than demanding a separate VUDU box, the LG "NetCast" range of TVs will be able to access on-demand rental or purchase of HD and 1080p Full HD titles, with a system that VUDU promise will see no stuttering or buffering delays.
Verismo Networks have added Roxio CinemaNow streaming media purchases to the list of talents their VuNow IPTV box can boast. The video-on-demand box can already show streaming content from local network storage or YouTube, and now adds Sonic Solutions' 250 content providers to its line-up.
More and more movies are being released into theaters in 3D these days, which is no doubt impressive, but wouldn't it be nice to have this technology at home? That's what Sonic thinks as they begin development of a 3D home movie delivery system.
In an effort to get this project off the ground, Sonic is working with NVIDIA and others to bring GeForce 3D Vision to their Roxio CinemaNow player.
Compatible displays include the ViewSonic FuHzion VX2265wm and the Samsung 2233RZ. The movies will be shown in 1080p and can be shown on anything device that's 3D-ready including projectors. There's no word on any potential release date or cost, but we'll keep you posted.
Sony have announced that, as of fall 2009, Netflix, Demand Media and ON Networks will arrive on their BRAVIA HDTVs. A standard feature on any upcoming Sony BRAVIA internet video-capable HDTV, and usable on existing sets courtesy of Sony's BRAVIA Internet Video Link module, Netflix users will be able to access their instant queue lists on their TV.
MvixUSA have rolled out their latest mediaplayer, the Ultio. A network-connected UPnP streamer, the Ultio has an optional internal hard-drive, can display content from Netflix, Hulu, YouTube and others, and has a variety of connection options. The company is also claiming that the Ultio supports the largest array of AV formats and codecs for any such device.
PopcornHour have revealed their latest media streamer, the C200, and compared to the previous-gen models it's a significant step up. As well as a new 667MHz processor, the Sigma SMP8643, the PopcornHour C200 gets an HDMI 1.3 port, two SATA connectors, and a user-accessible drive bay for a HDD, DVD or Blu-ray drive.
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Could Hulu and Microsoft be planning to announce integration of the former's streaming media service with the Xbox 360? That's one interpretation of Attack of the Show host Olivia Munn's teasing Twitter message yesterday evening: "Just finished promos for hulu/microsoft event I'm doing on june 8!"
Hulu have announced a new desktop app, the imaginatively titled Hulu Desktop, which brings "lean-back viewing" to PC and Mac. The app allows the Hulu catalog to be browsed and titles played, either with a standard keyboard and mouse or with a remote control. However the news has come as something of a slap in the face to Boxee, who are still forced to use workaround fixes to access Hulu content on their multimedia platform.
The first retail product to use Intel's Media Processor CE 3100 - aka the Canmore SoC - has been announced, the Conceptronic YUIXX, promising streaming media at up to 1080p high-definition resolution, up to 2TB of onboard storage and optional DVB T/C/S TV tuners. The handiwork of Conceptronic and Metrological (who supplied the software), the YUIXX has HDMI 1.3a, composite and component ports, together with two USB 2.0 ports, TOSLINK, an SD/MMC card reader and optional Bluetooth and WiFi draft-n.