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VoomWe knew this day was coming, but we somehow hoped there would be some way - somehow - that Voom would be able to hang on and become that Comeback Kid. Alas, the CableVision Board of Directors has voted to bring the floundering high definition service to an end. Hey, it was a good run. I was interested in Voom when I first got my HDTV, as it would be nice to take full advantage of such a setup. However, lack of standard Pay-Per-View options (gotta have WWE!), and too much “filler” content turned me off to the service. I imagine I wasn’t the only one.

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HD-DVD vs. Blu-Ray The time is fast approaching when we will all be upgrading to some form of high definition media. After all, us early adopters have been keeping a keen eye on the HD-DVD and Blu-Ray technologies for some time now. There are some cool advancements being made in this arena, and companies have started picking sides on this issue as well. eCoustics has a great article detailing the battle between the two technologies.

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DescriptionOver the weekend word got out that a TiVo add-on for the HME (Home Media Engine) has been released. According to eHome Upgrade, this “must have” add-on is actually quite limited with its initial functions. It reportedly allows users to log-in and read their Bloglines feed subscriptions through the TiVo interface. This sounds great, but it doesn’t seem to work all that well. The feeds aren’t sorted in any particular order, folders in your Bloglines feeds are completely ignored ,and the screen title positioning is bad.

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Description Apple’s interest in satellite HD content delivery has become more than obvious. Just a note to Phil Schiller and company: your (potential) competitors are taking notice!

The more we look into these developing rumors of Apple’s planned HDVN high-definition content delivery system, with each new report this is becoming one of the biggest stories in our 11 years dishing dirt—right up there with Mac OS X, the iMac, the iPod….yeah, that big. Seriously. - Mac OS Rumors

Just because Apple rebuffed Sirius is by no means an indication that Apple isn’t interested in satellite content delivery. Apple just doesn’t want to piggyback on someone else’s network—they’re interested in building their own on existing satellites and potentially launching more than one of their own in the next few years as well.

This “HDVN” will not just be through satellite however. The same service will be available over the Internet and as a “drop in, plug in, tune in” service at its retail stores.

Having learned the digital middle-man game with iTunes, Apple is eager to get a piece of the larger multimedia content pie but doesn’t want to go directly head-to-head with services like Blockbuster’s new flat-fee unlimited Internet rental system.

Apple believes that this network will drive sales of Macs, but also create a market for low-cost home devices which act as a sort of “video iPod” without actually handling display duties.

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DescriptionThe RM-11 remote from ABIT uses the µGuru connection which is now present on most ABIT mainboards to give you access to features other remote solutions can only dream of. Sure, you can control your media center PC for things like selecting activities, pumping up the volume, and viewing media - but the RM-11 goes a few steps further. Connected to that odd little red connector on your ABIT mainboard, the RM-11 then has the capability to control the settings of your mainboard through the µGuru software. Imagine using this with your media PC in your living room. Clock your PC down and enjoy a movie. If you want to game, use the remote to overclock the PC without even touching the keyboard. But the ABIT guys haven’t stopped there, they’ve clearly had a good long think about what a replacement remote needs to do, and have built in the ability for the RM-11 to replace all your remotes in one swoop. On the back of the unit is a small receiver which allows the remote to learn the codes should it not have your particular brand in its database of thousands of codes. When not in use, the RM-11 resides in a stylish cradle through which it can download new updates and profiles for use, meaning you will only have to perhaps program it once, if at all, and it’ll look after itself from then on.

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TiVo Comcast Call it a partnership, call it smart, or call it what you will. If you are TiVo, you are calling this a miracle. After getting dumped by DirecTV, TiVo has finally found another outlet it can use to make its way into the homes of millions of Americans - and this is a biggie. TiVo and Comcast have come to an agreement that will see TiVo hardware made available to the majority of Comcast service areas, including jointly developed TiVo solutions (HD TiVo for cable, I guarantee it). The companies expect to start rolling all this out in mid-to-late 2006. You just know that everyone over at TiVo are breathing many signs of relief.

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TextLooks like Blu-Ray has another supporter in the HD format wars, and it’s a biggie.  Yesterday Apple announced that it will be the latest member in the Blu-Ray Disc Association, following a bimonthly meeting in South Korea hosted by electronics maker Samsung.  Proponents of Blu Ray say that the format holds more data, while companies favoring the HD-DVD format say that they are cheaper to manufacture.  The upcoming players for each format are both backward-compatible with existing DVD’s.  Since Sony and Apple are now behind Blu-Ray, some of you might think that the war is just about over now.  Well, take a look at the upcoming HD-DVD releases and you might think twice.

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Couch Potato Tormentor

Not surprisingly, many of you showed great glee in the fact that there was a gadget that would allow you to annoy those who enjoy their home entertainment. The Couch Potato Tormentor was announced a few days ago, and we have had a chance to play around with it for just about that amount of time. If you are thinking of picking one up to annoy your roommate or loved one, we have all the details on this little device. Check out our review of the Couch Potato Tormentor after the jump.

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Samsung 82 Inch LCD TV

Come on now, Samsung. Why do you taunt us so? Obviously this 82” TFT-LCD high definition television isn’t even on the market yet (you can expect to see it in a couple of years), but once it does hit retail, who is going to be able to afford one? Oh well, it sure is a nice way to hit CeBIT with style.

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MARTA TelevisionThe Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority is set to become the first North American subway system to integrate television and radio feeds into their transit system. Commuters will be able to check out looped news feeds from local affiliates along with three radio stations playing Top 40, R&B, and Jazz hits. Instead of piping the television audio through the on board sound system, riders will tune in to the television audio using an FM transmitter, similar to the radio feeds. MARTA plans to bring in $20 million based on their share of the advertising dollars over the next ten years.

(Thanks, Antman!)

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