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BlueDot YouTube Box Releasing in Japan

BlueDot YouTube Box Releasing in Japan

Not that there is any shortage of set top boxes, or internet connected TVs, but here is another one, dedicated to YouTube. BlueDot is introducing its first YouTube box in Japan, the YouTube XL BTC-10. It connects to your TV via an HDMI cable, and to the internet via an ethernet connection so that you can connect to YouTube directly from your TV.

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Motorola wireless STB streamer due at CES 2011 to take on Slingbox [Updated]

Motorola wireless STB streamer due at CES 2011 to take on Slingbox [Updated]

Motorola Mobility - the STB and cellphone halve of the company's imminent split - intend to bring a video streaming box to CES 2011 which will allow video content to be sent wirelessly to tablets and cellphones. The device, technical details of which are currently unknown, will initially only support streaming on an in-house network, rather than remotely.

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Roku Sends Out Roku 2.8 Firmware Update, Adds UI Improvements

Roku Sends Out Roku 2.8 Firmware Update, Adds UI Improvements

If you've already got your Roku set-top box, and you're happy with it, then you've probably been wanting an update to the User Interface for a little while now. Perhaps not a major one, but one that that at least made it look a little prettier, and added a few details. That time has finally arrived, as Roku has begun to push out the Roku 2.8 firmware update this morning.

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Acer Aspire RevoView 1080p media streamer packs HDD bay

Acer Aspire RevoView 1080p media streamer packs HDD bay

Acer has injected some of their nettop DNA into a new network-capable media player, the Acer Aspire RevoView.  The STB is capable of Full HD playback from local storage - either on memory card, USB drive or in the user-accesible 3.5-inch hard-drive bay - or streamed over the network via the RevoView's ethernet port.

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Why Google TV Will Be Best Without the Set-Top Box

Why Google TV Will Be Best Without the Set-Top Box

As you know from my columns here, I’m a bit of an entertainment nut. Whether it’s video games or a set-top box, I’m always looking for the latest and greatest device to satiate my desire for high-quality content that’s available whenever I call upon it.

That’s precisely why I’m so excited to get my hands on Google TV. The search giant’s platform strikes me as a product that does everything the Apple TV should have done. It allows me to search the Web, pull content from just about everywhere, and enjoy some of the apps that I currently use on my smartphone. It’s simply a full-featured product that I’m looking forward to using.

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Logitech Revue Google TV box makes official debut; up for $299 preorder

Logitech Revue Google TV box makes official debut; up for $299 preorder

Logitech has officially taken the wraps off of their Revue Google TV box, and we're live from Google's event having just played with the hardware itself.  A compact box toting WiFI b/g/n, HDMI inputs and outputs, two IR blaster ports, two USB 2.0, ethernet and S/PDIF, the Logitech Revue comes with a specially-designed wireless keyboard - complete with media playback controls and a trackpad - an IR box and, optionally, a webcam for HD video calls.  Up to 1080p HD video resolution is supported.

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New Apple TV jailbreak already in works using SHAtter

New Apple TV jailbreak already in works using SHAtter

The SHAtter iPhone jailbreak we wrote about yesterday looks like it could be even more useful than previously thought.  As well as opening up the potential for jailbreaking/carrier-unlocking the iPhone and iPod touch while still allowing users to upgrade with official Apple firmware, new testing on the firmware for the new Apple TV has revealed that it, too, is susceptible to the same SHAtter jailbreak hack.

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Dell eye Google TV for potential IPTV STB push

Dell eye Google TV for potential IPTV STB push

Dell has become the latest company to admit to eyeing up the home entertainment market, with desktop product manager Chris Camilletti confirming that the PC giant is currently evaluating STB prototypes.  Although Camilletti says Dell has nothing to publicly announce, he did say that one of the options being considered is the Android-based Google TV.

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Apple TV preorder payments taken: shipping imminent?

Apple TV preorder payments taken: shipping imminent?

It looks like Apple could be preparing to ship its first batch of Apple TV units, with SlashGear reader Russell letting us know that his card has just been charged for his September 1st preorder.  Apple usually only takes preorder payment when they're ready to send out the hardware, and that would certainly fit in with the company's launchday promise to release the new STB within around four weeks.

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Oregon Networks announces Onyx HD set-top box coming to UK

Oregon Networks announces Onyx HD set-top box coming to UK

A company called Oregan Networks has announced a new digital set-top box that is coming to the UK dubbed the Onyx STB. The device will be built by Korean consumer electronic manufacturer Digital Streams. The STB will allows consumers in the UK to stream all sorts of web video and music.

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Apple TV iOS roots confirmed: jailbreak hacks ahoy!

Apple TV iOS roots confirmed: jailbreak hacks ahoy!

Apple's mysterious mention of an "iProd2,1" in the iOS 4.2 beta spotted earlier this year has turned out to be the newest Apple TV, prompting speculation that the set-top box might be a potential jailbreak target for enterprising hackers.  Contrary to earlier rumors, Apple made little reference to the second-gen Apple TV's underlying OS at its launch earlier this month; it had initially been expected that they would push iOS heavily and even bring the App Store to the STB.

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Acer Smart TV product deluge tipped

Acer Smart TV product deluge tipped

Acer might not be a name we generally associate with HDTVs, but that could be changing according to industry sources in Taiwan.  DigiTimes is reporting rumors of Acer's continued push into the Smart TV segment, including further set-top boxes and integrated HDTVs.

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