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ABC Wants Automatic PVR Commercial Skips to End

ABC Wants Automatic PVR Commercial Skips to End

Yeah, THIS should go over real well. Like a lead balloon. ABC is apparently trying to convince personal video recorder makers to start leaving out the automatic commericial skipping features that helped make the devices to popular. ABC President of Advertising Sales Mike Shaw apparently feels that the demand for this feature isn't too great, which not only proves that he not knows what he's talking about, but raises some serious questions about how one so stupid could become the head of advertising at a major studio network. Don't expect TiVo or any of the other guys to actually comply with this request, as it would kill the sales of their main cash machines. And ABC, you might want to rethink who's running your advertising division.

[via Gizmodo]

SlingBox Price Cut to $149.99

SlingBox Price Cut to $149.99

Hot on the heels of our story this morning about the HAVA Video Streamer set top box, it appears that Best Buy has begun selling the Sling Media SlingBox for $149.99 starting today. The device normally retails for $199.99, and while this doesn't appear to be a Sling Media-initiated drop, why would Best Buy want rid of these devices so badly? Is it possible that we could be seeing a new SlingBox debuting soon? Or is it just a sale that Best Buy felt was a good idea for this week? Only time will tell...

Best Buy Product Page [via jkOnTheRun]

HAVA Promises to Unseat Slingbox

HAVA Promises to Unseat Slingbox

Up to now, the Slingbox has been the reigning champ of TV retransmission, taking your programming from your cable or satellite setup and forwarding it to a computer or other device. Well, Snappy Multimedia is looking to make you forget about your Slingbox with their competing set top box, the HAVA Video Streamer. While it basically does everything the Slingbox can (it even has a weirder name), the HAVA has a number of extras that will make DVR enthusiasts salivate, including Wi-Fi access point capabilities, DVD-quality transmission, and the abilty to connect to a network via Wi-Fi 802.11a/g (802.11b doesn't have the necessary bandwidth for this technology; time to upgrade!) rather than Ethernet. Basically, this allows you to put the HAVA in a different room than your broadband connection without having to trip over networking cable. Oh, and did we mention that multiple users can watch TV via the HAVA at once? The IPTV wars are officially on.

Snappy Multimedia Product Page

Matrixstream Announces 1080p Set Top Box

Matrixstream Announces 1080p Set Top Box

Tired of standard-definition programming on your new high-definition multimedia center? Matrix-steam is here to the rescue. The company has introduced their IMX1020 set top box, designed to broadcast high-definition programming right over a broadband Internet connection. Sounds too good to be true? It's not. Developed as part of the Matrixstream end-to-end Television over Internet Protocol (IPTV), the IMX1020 allows users to watch television up to 1920x1080 resolution (commonly referred to as 1080p) without requiring more than a standard cable or DSL connection. So, if you're tired of paying large sums of money to your current service provider, you'd do well to read on.

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