Have you ever wondered what might be better than high definition? While Apple has been touting Retina display technology on its devices for a while now, as far as the living room is concerned, it's all about 4K, which is now rebranded as Ultra High-Definition thanks to the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) having officially voted on the new moniker. UHD boosts 8 million dynamic pixels with a resolution of 3,840 x 2160 and higher. The result is life-like, astonishing picture quality. This isn't like the 3DTV marketing craze that failed to live up to the hype--experts call this the holy grail of displays becoming reality. Several television manufacturers have already demoed their 4K Ultra HD display offerings at places like CES with high attendee approval of the new TV category. It's a sure bet that this upcoming CES 2013 in Las Vegas will see a more advance crop of Ultra HD televisions making their public debuts.
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Hot on the heels of the most successful iPhone release of all time, Apple has just released iOS 5.1 for the Apple TV, bringing with it new features that make it compatible with iOS 6 devices. Like what? Well, for starters, the device now supports the new Shared Photo Stream that you'll find in iOS 6 and iPhoto in Mountain Lion. There are also AirPlay feature additions and enhancements, new slideshow screensavers, the ability to reorder app icons on the main menu, and more. Hit the break for the full rundown, and hit up the settings area on your Apple TV to grab the update.
It's only a matter time before cable providers see the error of their ways, and Time Warner Cable might be ahead of the curve. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the cable provider is thinking of ceding control of its cloud based television services to device makers like Apple, with the provision that it will not give up its relationship with subscribers. The deal is in the details and perhaps Time Warner senses a shift in the current go-to-market-strategy and wants a leg up in negotiations.
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Amazon has announced yet another video sponsorship for Prime Instant Video, this time with premium cable network Epix. The partnership will bring over 3,000 movies from the likes of Lionsgate, Paramount, and MGM to Amazon's streaming offering, including movies like The Avengers, The Hunger Games, Thor, and more. Amazon and Epix have announced that this is a multi-year licensing deal. Amazon Prime Instant Video is available as one of many perks of the $79 per year Amazon Prime membership. The Epix titles will be available 90 days after they appear on Epix VOD. Netflix had previously held an exclusive license for Epix content, which has now expired.
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TiVo has announced its latest product, the TiVo Stream. Set to hit stores on September 6, the TiVo Stream is a network transcoder device that will allow users to stream content directly from a TiVo Premiere unit over to portable and mobile devices. At launch, the Stream with work exclusively with iOS devices, so if you own an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, you'll be able to use up to four of those devices at once to watch content from your TiVo box, without the hassle of interrupting someone who's doing it old-school and watching TV on the couch. You'll be able to pick up the TiVo Stream for $129.
Amazon has announced a deal with NBCUniversal that brings even more video content to its Prime Instant Video streaming offering. Hundreds of new episodes of plenty of different shows are now part of Amazon Prime Instant Video including Battlestar Galactica, Parks and Recreation, Friday Night Lights, Heroes, Parenthood, and many more. Amazon Prime members can access Instant Video from their PC, Mac, Kindle Fire, iPad, Roku, Playstation 3, and Xbox 360. The service also recently added hundreds of offerings from both Paramount and MGM.
In a move that's far overdue, Apple has finally launched Hulu Plus on the Apple TV. A software update was released early this morning that adds the Hulu Plus app to the second- and third-generation Apple set-top-box, but it's a behind-the-scenes update. All you need to do is restart your Apple TV if you don't see Hulu Plus on the home screen.
Users can get a 1-week trial, log in with their existing Hulu Plus account, or subscribe right from the Apple TV using their connected iTunes account.
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One movie that we've been waiting to see in high-definition is E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial, and we'll finally have the opportunity to watch it on Blu-ray when it's released on October 9. The 30-year Anniversary Edition includes the Blu-ray, DVD, Digital Copy, and Ultraviolet editions all in one package, along with hours of extras. If you wanna get even more extravagant and nostalgic about it, you can opt for the Spaceship Limited Edition, which sees the movie packed in a replica of the E.T. spaceship, which plays the infamous movie score when opened. The disc-only version can be pre-ordered on Amazon for $17.96 (49% off,) while the more elaborate Spaceship Limited Edition will go for $139. You can check out a video of that one after the break. Either way, get ready to phone home while snacking on some Reese's Pieces.
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Today Google finally took the wraps off of its long-awaited Google Fiber service. Focusing on Kansas City, Google Fiber is both an Internet service and television service, and Google showed off just how awesome the service will be.
First, the Internet speeds. Google Fiber provides gigabit speeds both up and down the pipe. That's 1000/1000 Mbps (which makes our 35/35 connection look atrocious.) The company detailed how far behind the USA is in terms of speed and pricing, and is looking to invoke some major change. Google Fiber Internet will also come with 1TB of Google Drive cloud storage, and there will be no bandwidth caps or overage fees. But that's not all…
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Are you bored and tired of the big players in the video game space failing to innovate in truly meaningful ways? Then you'll wanna meet Ouya, the Android-powered game console that will cost just $99 with a controller that connects to your television set just like your Wii U, Xbox 360, and PS3 does. The difference? Anyone can develop games for the Ouya console, and there's no huge financial barrier to entry. That means more indie quality indie games, likely much less cheaper than you'd find on other home game consoles. The product is designed by Yves Behar and team, the same folks who dreamed up the designs for the One Laptop Per Child OLPC computer and Jawbone Jambox. On the inside it's powered by Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich with a quad-core Tegra 3 processor, 1 GB RAM, and 8 GB of built-in storage. It also packs 1080p output over HDMI, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth connectivity.
Interested? You can head over to the Ouya Kickstarter page to pre-order one now. This could turn out to be a very big deal. Check out a video explaining the project after the break.
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