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SXSW 2010: From Hulu to Yahoo Widgets: Will the Internet Transform the TV?

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Rovi Chief Evangelist, Richard Bullwinkle had an afternoon session at SXSW 2010, dealing with convergence in the living room, “From Hulu To Yahoo Widgets: Will The Internet Transform The TV?”

He started the session with the statement “It is difficult to upgrade your television because it is affixed to a wall.”  With computers, you can go to a new website, such as moving your social network from myspace.com to facebook.com.  With a mobile phone you can delete the location centric Loopt app and load Foursquare or Whrrl.  But your
television cannot be updated and it is typically maintained by someone who put it on the wall.

With the American market being spread out over thousands of miles, broadband penetration and the speed of those connections becomes the next issue.  Music and streaming television is not a problem with existing bandwidth; be it via cable, to the house or Wi-Fi within.  As we get to HD quality, few have the capacity to our homes to achieve this rate.  I know of this pain point personally and have solved it by running three networks at the house, one for devices like the and Chumby at 2.4 GHz and the others for high definition video distribution over Gigabit Ethernet and 802.11N at 5GHz.

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HP shows off Slate running Flash and Air

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Handhelds, Videos,

At , Microsoft gave us a sneak peek at the Windows 7-based slate tablet device. We didn’t get much info at all, but more has trickled out since then. However, now HP is taking an obvious jab at Apple and the , having released the video above that shows off the slate tablet running Flash and Adobe Air, right on the device. Of course, the highlight here comes near the end, when the person playing with the HP Slate pulls up Hulu and begins watching content right on the device, something that the iPad can’t do just yet (although we are hearing that Hulu is working hard to become iPad-compatible.) Hey, one thing the iPad has on the Slate? It has a solid launch date that is just a little over 3 weeks away.

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American Idol Creator Debuts Web Series

Posted by K.C. Morgan Categories: Reality, Internet, News,

If I CanDream

American Idol’s has just debuted a new reality series for Internet viewers. If I Can Dream, premiering today on Hulu.com, follows the lives of five would-be celebrities as they attempt to launch their careers in Hollywood.

Three actors, a model and a musician will live in a beautiful Hollywood Hills home as they pursue stardom (hardly the reality many aspiring celebs experience). In-between weekly episodes of the series, viewers can watch the live stream on .

According to press releases, the cameras for this live stream will be on 24/7, Truman Show-style. You can also follow the five wannabes on Twitter, MySpace and Facebook (naturally).

Read More | Yahoo! News

Hulu coming to the iPad?

Hulu iPadWhen Apple introduced the world to the original iPhone, YouTube wasn’t part of the equation, but in the weeks leading up to launch, Steve Jobs revealed that YouTube would in fact have a dedicated app built right in to the iPhone and that the company had started the task of re-encoding their videos to H.264 format, which plays nice with the device. Fast-forward to today, and we are hearing similar rumblings as it pertains to Hulu and the .

The biggest complaint we are hearing about the iPad is that it lacks Flash support, which means that a device that seems to be perfect for watching videos on Hulu, has no way to actually accomplish that task. However, it seems that Hulu is already hard at work on an iPad-compatable version of the site. Now, we don’t know if this is actually going to be a Hulu app, similar to what YouTube has on the iPhone, or if Hulu is simply switching up it’s Flash player and adding support for HTML5. The nice thing here is that Hulu has been using H.264 compression in their videos since the beginning, so the only real change that needs to be made to be iPad-compatable is to allow videos to be played outside of the Flash player, and HTML5 solves that perfectly.

At this point, we wouldn’t be surprised if a week or two prior to the launch of the iPad, Apple let’s us know that USA-based iPads will ship with Hulu supported from day one.

Read More | TechCrunch

TV Talk: Top 10 TV Shows, Menzel on Glee, MST3K on Hulu

The Comeback's Lisa Kudrow-Entertainment Weekly has just named their 10 Best TV Shows of the Decade. Am I the only one who didn’t care for The Comeback?

-It looks like Rachel Berry’s lookalike may be visiting Glee after all! Wicked‘s Idina Menzel is in talks to play the coach of a rival glee club.

-Real Housewives’ Kim Zolciak took the party to Ellen DeGeneres when she performed “Tardy for the Party” in front of an actual audience. You can (try) watching her again here.

-Episodes of Mystery Science Theater 3000 were recently put up on Hulu. Now you can make running commentary in front of your own computers.

-VH1 has ordered a reality series based on the spouses of athletes. Basketball Wives will debut on March 15.


Where to Watch the Michael Jackson Memorial Online

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Music, Videos, Breaking News, Obituaries,

Michael Jackson Memorial The Memorial begins today, Tuesday, July 7th at 10:00 AM PDT, live at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. 17,500 people have won tickets, out of a staggering 1.6 million people who signed up for the priviledge. Of course, you don’t need to be in Los Angeles in order to enjoy this event, as there are multiple destinations online that will be streaming the Michael Jackson Memorial live, including Hulu with Fox News, Facebook with CNN, Ustream with CBS News, among others. Here’s a list, along with details, on each site that will be streaming the Michael Jackson Memorial.

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ABC/Disney Shows Coming to Hulu

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Catching up on missed ABC programs will soon become that much easier.

Thanks to a deal that is still being finalized, programs ranging from to General Hospital will eventually be made available on Hulu. ABC, owned by Disney, will now become the third major network (alongside NBC and FOX) to allow ad-supported webstreaming of their shows via the site.

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Video: SNL Girlfriend Voice skit

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Prime Time, NBC, Saturday Night Live,


I was just able to catch this past week’s episode of (Season 34, episode 20), and for some reason, this skit had me rolling. If you saw it, it’s the one where three guys are trying to plan a bachelor party, but keep getting interrupted by phone calls. It starts with their girlfriends calling, and each of them talking on the phone using their “girlfriend voice”—that’s right guys, you are not alone on that one. If you haven’t seen it, check it out above. Good times.


Netflix streaming hits VIZIO Connected HDTV [UPDATED]

Vizio Connected HDTV Netflix is launching a new platform that they’re calling “Conneced HDTV,” and with it comes confirmation of the second direct-to-TV partnership. VIZIO’s Connected HDTV platform is designed to compliment traditional television viewing. You just connect the television to your home network, and if there’s nothing good on, you can go into Netflix, and I am sure there will be other services (YouTube? Hulu?) that you’ll be able to pull up as well. This is a trend we are definitely liking, let’s eliminate set-top boxes while providing more viewing options for the consumer.

EDIT: Okay, we just got more details on this. Aside from Netflix, the VIZIO Connected HDTV platform also brings Amazon Video on Demand, Pandora, Flickr, Blockbuster OnDemand, Rhapsody, Adobe Flash content, games from Accedo Broadband, and the Yahoo! widget engine. Very, very interesting!

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The Simpsons take on mApple and Steve Mobs

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, Home Entertainment,

Always on the lookout for references to the technology we love hitting the pop culture, we had to share these clips from The Simpsons. In the clip above, the family visits the new mApple store that has opened in the Springfield Mall, and we’re sure you can imagine the things they joked about in that one. We’ve got references to MyPods, MyPhones, the Brainiac Bar, and even the almighty Steve Mobs. Good for a chuckle. Below, we’ve embedded a second clip, where Lisa visits the Mapple world headquarters, to meet with Steve Mobs, which just so happens to be underwater.

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