Monday was the day that Google officially launched their new in-browser video playback site, Google Video. The site features content from CNN, The Weather Channel, Fox News, Food Network, The Discovery Channel and many more, many of which charge a fee to view. If you’re more interested in free content, you can search for videos from Greenpeace, Gamespot, PS3, breakdancing and a few other topics and see what comes up. The site offers a general search function (ex. New York) or advanced search functions that allow you to look for a specific show (ex. Title:Nightline).
Our mission is to organize the world’s information, and that includes the thousands of programs that play on our TVs every day. Google Video enables you to search a growing archive of televised content - everything from sports to dinosaur documentaries to news shows.
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Blake Krikorian, CEO of Sling Media, has announced that the Slingbox Personal Broadcaster will be available at from at least two national retailers come June 30th. CompUSA and another unannounced name have already agreed to carry Slingbox for around $250. The official announcement from Sling Media will be made on June 30th as well. Just in case its function slips your mind, or your unfamiliar with the product, the Slingbox will allow you to stream TV content from your satellite, cable, or DVR to a computer with a high-speed Internet connection.
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Ever since the iPod was released, companies from all over have come out with various gadgets to further enhance Apple’s top selling portable music player. Nyko has come up with a device to help turn your iPod into a movie player. That’s right, come November you’ll be able to fill up your iPod with as many movies as you can, then watch them on the go with the Nyko Movie Player. The player is expected to retail anywhere between $200-$250 and will feature a 3.6” high resolution screen, 2 headphone ports, a video-out port allowing you to view your movies on any TV, and a video-in port giving you the ability to record directly from your television. As you can see, the iPod plug right into a slot beneath the control panel.
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I would think most people with a Plasma or LCD television would want to proudly display it on the wall for everyone to see, but for those who are a little shy about showing off, a company called BEI has a solution for hiding your TV without taking it off the wall and sticking it in the closet. The BEI Motorized Artwork System allows users to cover their screen with a choice of either one of 300 different pieces of art - from Monet to Rembrandt to Van Gogh - or a custom high resolution image. This thing doesn’t just throw up some digital image on the screen and leave it at that however. A rolled up piece of canvas slides down over your screen with the image imprinted on it. All the user has to do is simply press a button or flip a switch to turn the TV into a beautiful piece of framed artwork. So how much will this baby set you back? It sells for about $2,600, which is kind of steep, but still cheaper than purchasing that Renoir you’ve always wanted.
Hate when people touch your remote without asking? Well, according to a poll in the U.K. conducted by Teletext, you’re in good company. 2,000 people were polled, and here’s the breakdown:
- The remote control is is to blame for an estimated 1.5 million arguments a day.
- 9% of those arguments lead to physical fights.
- 3% of people polled say they’ve used the remote to hit someone.
- 25% have hid the remote to keep it out of others’ hands.
- 34% revealed that messing with the volume makes them angry.
- 45% get upset when someone loses the remote.
- 77% are annoyed when others change the channel without asking.
As a representative from Teletext puts it, “The remote is small — but it has a big impact.” You don’t need to tell me about the impact, I’ve been hit with one before!
Read More | The Sun Online
Who needs to buy a car when that $30,000 can be spent on a bed? The Bim Bam Banana Ultimate TV bed is simply a bed with a 22” LCD screen embedded into it, no pun intended. They describe it as follows:
A super luxury bed that with a single press of the wireless remote, the end of the bed opens and a silent 22’’ flatscreen glides out and you can enjoy your favourite all your favourite programmes. The bed is delivered with in-built, electronic levelling. You are never alone - sweet dreams!
Super luxury? How about I spend $3,000 on a bed with a nice frame, and maybe $3,000 on a super top of the line LCD screen, and save myself…oh…$26,000? Ah, why bother? With this thing what you are really paying for is the convenience.
Read More | Ultimate TV Bed Product Page
It looks like Comcast is moving forward with their plans to migrate all of their analog cable subscribers to digital cable, despite having the infrastructure to support analog for some time to come. It appears it is an attempt to increase the monthly fees on these accounts, as the analog-only plans are the most inexpensive. Here is their letter:
Dear Comcast Customer:
In a continuing effort to bring you the best entertainment value possible, we are making some changes to your current channel lineup.
As a result of these changes, the premium channel(s) which you currently subscribe to will be available exclusively to those customers who have digital converters, and any analog packages or promotional offers you currently have that include analog premium channels may no longer be available.
However, you will be able to receive these channels on our digital lineup for a special discounted price.
Now, while they mention a discounted price, the fact is that the bill is more. The price reflects a per channel discount, yet digital cable by default includes many more channels than its analog counterpart.
Read More | Detroit Free Press
The Federal Communications Commission notified television manufacturers today that they must comply with a July 1 mandate to carry digital tuners in half of their most popular models. In addition, the commissioners also accelerated the digital tuner rollout by setting a July 1, 2007, deadline for all televisions, VCRs and DVD players to carry tuners. That means that in about two years, we can expect things to look a lot clearer on SD television sets. The problem I see is that SD, even in its digital format, still doesn’t look all that great on HDTV sets which are gaining ground in the market. Still, nice to see the FCC bumping up the date all the while.
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The third week of May was a sad time for many television viewers. That was the week when the major television networks announced what new shows would be hitting our screens in the fall, but more importantly, what shows had been canceled. While some of you may have been sad to see your favorite shows get the axe, many devoted fans of CBS’s “Joan of Arcadia” decided that just because their favorite show had been declared dead didn’t mean it couldn’t be revived. While many viewers who are upset about a shows’ cancellation settle for signing an online petition that probably won’t even be seen by a network executive, one viewer decided that simply would not be enough and created the website www.savejoanofarcadia.com in an effort to help give the show a second chance at life.
If you are a monthly TiVo subscriber, it appears that TiVo is desperate enough to keep you as a subscriber that they will lower your monthly bill by 50% if you threaten to leave due to wanting to switch to your cable providers DVR service. This will effectively drop your bill from $12 per month right down to $6. Not bad, although I am not really feeling the AOL-ish way of doing things on TiVo’s part.
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