It would seem that even though NBC shelled out over $1 billion in rights and production costs, their online website has had some problems, including the video player not usable for those with firewalls and some clips without commentary. Still, they say that they have received 830.1 million page views, 56.1 million video streams, and 38.9 million users.
On the other hand, Yahoo Sport brags that it has 8 million users, about 1.3 million more than NBC, according to comScore Media Mix. The network’s TAMI (Total Audience Measurement Index) says that they have never gotten more than 8% total Internet viewing on a single day. Although the messages seemed mixed, Zap2it reports upwards of 30 million viewing on TV each day, leading us to believe that this is certainly becoming an Internet watching world when it comes to up-to-the-minute gratification.
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LG and Netflix have teamed to create the first Blu-ray disc player that will also stream from Nextflix directly to your TV. In addition to beginning play in about 30 seconds, the BD300 will up-convert standard DVDs to 1080p and allow subscribers to view over 12,000 movies and TV shows. After adding them to your online queue, you can then access them on your TV. The player includes fast-forward and rewind applications, and you can rate your picks and advise others. Look forward to a fall debut for the BD300.
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Continuing its fight on the blu side, Panasonic introduced its HD DMP-BD30, the next generation of their BD10. The player offers Final Standard Profile for creating picture-in-picture and audio mixing, which means that you can have the director’s comments drone on during the entire movie without having watch it a second time. The DMP also offers Deep Color Compatibility and 1080/24p playback. With the use of its AVCHD codec, the DMP-BD30 allows recorded images on a HD SD card to be outputted from the user’s HDMI terminal in their original 1080p form. While it will not have the $1,295.00 price of its predecessor, it will still set you back a hefty $499.95.
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One of Toshiba’s latest prototypes is a portable media player that runs on a nearly 100% methanol fuel cell. Filled by the side face of the console, it features an indicator that shows the fuel level. Vapor that is created as a byproduct simply evaporates. The OMFC can run for about 10 hours with 1 seg playback. After debuting the PMP at this year’s CEATEC 2007, Toshiba says it will be available commercially sometime next year and is working on a fuel cartridge and a notebook equipped with a cell as well.
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Sandisk might just take a bite out of Apple with their Sansa View Video and MP3 Player. It will play MP3s, WMA, and WAV files, as well as MPEG4, WMV, and H.264 video at 30 fps. It also handles audio books and JPG images, and has a digital FM tuner with 20 presets. At the diminutive size of 4.29 x 1.95 x 0.35-inches and weight of 2.9 oz., it features a 2.4-inch TFT screen with 320 x 240 res. The View features a rechargeable lithium polymer battery for 35 hours of audio or 7 hours of video. Take your choice of the 8 GB model for $149.99 or the 16 GB for $199.99.
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Samsung has reignited the ongoing disc conflict by offering its next generation Blu-ray BD-P2400 during the recent IFA 2007. The player features Dolby True HD and Digital Plus and a built-in HQV(Hollywood Quality Video) processor for 1080i to 1080p HD de-interlacing. It also has HDMI (version 1.3,) 7.1Ch audio out, and ethernet capability for a firmware upgrade. We notice that Blu-ray offerings are trickling out as it seems most companies are still not willing to make the commitment one way or the other. Have you?
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