A few days ago I talked about Foxtel's new Xbox 360 service - it's still planned to launch next month but will not be unmetered because ISP's are offering their own internet TV solutions.
To put things in perspective, an hour of standard-definition streaming content is rumoured to use around 800MB of data - while the average television viewing is around 21 hours per week, equating to 16.5GB of data per week.
iiNet communications manager Anthony Fisk said while users are free to use the Foxtel service - it won't be unmetered.
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Microsoft and Foxtel are to create a package of pay TV channels available on joint "Foxtel on Xbox 360" service for less than $20 per month.
You'll be able to access the service from the Xbox 360 consoles that are connected to the internet through the Xbox Live service. Foxtel on Xbox 360 will include live streamed pay-TV channels, full-length "catch-up TV" programs that have been recently broadcast, Foxtel on Demand and the recently launched internet TV and movie pay-per-view service.
The "Get Started" package (which is the basic connection you require to watch Foxtel through your Xbox 360) will cost $20 per month and include 11 channels FOX8, MTV, Nickelodeon, Channel [V], LifeStyle YOU, Discovery, National Geographic Channel, TV1, SKY NEWS, FOX Sports News and CNN. The service includes live streaming of all 11 channels.
Many people out there are interested in 3D TV in their home, but are waiting for the prices of the 3D hardware to come down before they buy. If you are a home theater fan in the UK that has a Dixon's location nearby, this may be the time to purchase your system with a slick 3D TV bundle from Samsung at the store. The bundle has everything you need to watch 3D movies at home.
The bundle includes a 50-inch Samsung PS50C680 full 3D plasma TV. The TV has Dolby digital sound options, four HDMI ports, and dual USB ports among other features. Along with the TV Dixons is also bundling a Samsung BD-C5900 3D Blu-ray player that can be connected online with integrated Ethernet or an optional WiFi dongle. The Blu-ray player will also scale standard DVDs to HD. Together the two will let you watch 3D Blu-ray films that will be coming to market in force soon enough.
Foxtel have released an iPad-friendly app of their TV guide. There is an iPhone version too, but this is a much bigger version obviously.
The Foxtel iPad app lets you browse Foxtel, looking at the 14 day EPG, iQ and iQ2 subscribers are able to set reminders and schedule recordings remotely. Features will obviously change over time, but for now that's all there is.
Sony has introduced their newest line of internet capable TVs at a press event in New York City. These 1080p TVs will come loaded with the new Google TV software onboard. These TVs will be available at SonyStyle.com on Saturday and in Best Buy stores on Sunday.
This line will include 24″, 32″, 40″ and 46″ versions with all but the 24" TV being LED backlit. Prices will run from $599 for the 24" model to $1399 for the 46". The Google TV software will bring features Hulu, Twitter, Netflix, YouTube, and Pandora to your television as well as Google Chrome for web browsing. Google TV's huge QWERTY remote is included, complete with a ton of function buttons for running anything you can think of. Android's OS will handle the included apps with the Android Market expected to be available next year.
Nearly 2,000 people voted on our previous poll and we asked you what is the best media player companion for your HDTV.
The results are now in and we can conclude that a regular Home Theater PC is the most popular form of media player companion among TweakTown readers.
Following in second place is the PS3 console and in third place we have the Xbox 360.
For the actual numbers, go here. In our latest poll, we want to know, where are you? Let us know! Please go here to vote!
Internode has started it's FetchTV service to customers who expressed interest in its early adopter program to sign up.
Customers who have a current ADSL2+ service on an Internode DSLAM and are close enough to the exchange to receive more than 4.5Mbps downstream can apply for the service with a reduced setup cost of $49 ($99 when the full commercial service launches) and pay a standard monthly fee of $29.95 without the need of committing to a 24 month contract.
During the trial, Internode will only a certain few ADSL modem routers, others may work but those users will have to configure it themselves.
At the end of the trial, the test dummies will have an option to cancel the service, return the set-top box OR sign onto a contract of 24 months from the date they first took the services.
When the full service launches, Internode has planned to offer the full FetchTV service to customers with fast enough connections, where those with slower connections can opt for a "lite" service, which will include just a portion of the programming at a lower cost.
Within the first phase of the trial, Internode are inviting customers from the list that want to take on the full service, they also added that the "lite" service will be enabled within the Early Adopter program - but no date is given, the full commercial release also has no date.
Foxtel have roll out IPTV service.
The On-Demand IPTV service enables customers to download movies and TV shows via their internet connection.
The new services goes hand in hand with Foxtel's iQ2 On Demand service - and now offers hundreds of extra movies and up to a thousand TV shows.
TV shows are available for AU$2.95 each and users can download entire series of shows like Mad Men, Summer Heights High and Australia's Next Top Model.
Movies are also available, in the seperate "Movie Library On Demand" for AU$3.95 each.
All downloadable content is in standard definition and counts toward your download quota with your ISP - Bigpond users will receive unmetered usage.
If you have Foxtel iQ2 you will need to connect an Ethernet cable to the back of your device, make sure you have the update or do it yourself, and ring Foxtel on 131 999 to activate it. Users of the upgraded iQ with Ethernet will be enabled in December 2010.
This is the first time Foxtel has enabled usage of internet content, and last year Foxtel's Patrick Delany explained that the company's iQ2Go backup service would go live this year. But no word yet as to whether this is still in development.
I have an original Apple TV and the thing sucks so bad that it is virtually useless. Out of all the time I have owned it, I bet I have used the thing three times. Talk about an epic fail of a product. When Apple announced the new Apple TV, I was not interested even a bit in the thing considering how bad the first product was. There are a lot of people excited about the new device though so maybe it won't suck as bad as the original.
If you are interested in the new Apple TV and would like to see what the thing is hiding inside its black case, iFixit has ripped one apart already. The new version is much smaller than the original and comes with a remote control. Should you ever want to repair your device on your own, this tear down could come in handy.
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Today Telstra reported the company's performance for the 2010 - 2011 financial year, one of the golden goose in that report was that Telstra has sold around 100, 000 T-Box and T-Hub fixed phone tablet devices since they launched in June and April.
100k may not seem like alot when held up against other similar devices (iPhones, iPads, Xbox 360's etc) but for a Telstra product, in this amount of time - it is definitely impressive. Specifically 64, 000 of both devices were sold in the first 2 months of this financial year - which in itself is impressive.
Telstra also announced a 6% increase in customer satisfaction scores and a 30% reduction in complaints to the ombudsman so far this year.
The new customer focused Telstra is looking like it's swinging things around and actually hugging customers, instead of rocking on a rocking chair with a shotgun in hand every time someone walks by...
The Roku media player has added a big name to its lineup: Hulu Plus. The $59-$99 players are looking to add the premium subscription service this fall which will help it compete against the likes of Apple TV and Google TV amongst the other media setups coming through the line. The $10 a month Hulu Plus offers an expanded library of TV episodes not available on Hulu, which makes dumping your expensive cable or satellite a more likely option every day with these media streamers.
When it comes to projectors there are small and cheap portable units that aren't bright enough to be used in a room with any light turned on. There are mid range offerings that have a decent price and are suitable for home theater fans looking for a bigger image. There are also some massively huge projectors that are designed for large venues with some high-end features like the PLC-HF10000L we see today.
This massive projector from Sanyo has 10,000 lumens of brightness and a wide color gamut thanks to Sanyo QuaDrive technology. QuaDrive puts a yellow color element in with the red, green, and blue that an average 3LCD projector has. The addition of the yellow element allows for more colors and better image quality.
Universal Remote Control has slowly but steadily climbing from the realm of remote control manufacturers to total home automation experts. URC made a big splash at CEDIA 2010 with their new Total Control line of home automation products designed to control everything you could possibly automate in your house, from home theater to lights and HVAC.
The Total Control line, with its two new remote controls, can control network systems, surveillance, a streaming network player, keypads, and audio amplifiers in up to 32 zones in your house. URC even boasts totally uncompressed sound in their home theater systems. Perfect synchronization is also kept so that TVs in different rooms are not a second or two behind each other. The systems are also iPad and iPhone controllable. Total Control will only be available via custom installers, but no dates have been announced yet.
Netflix was for most of its life a mail order DVD business. Netflix put such a hurt on Blockbuster than the Blockbuster chain has now been forced to file for bankruptcy. As Netflix evolves the company is now streaming content directly to consumers with a large and ever growing catalog of movies and TV shows available to stream.
Netflix and NBC announced a new deal that will see Netflix get access to some of the best shows that NBC Universal offers. The new deal will bring episodes from every season of "Saturday Night Live" to the streaming service as well as day after broadcasts of new episodes. Subscribers will also get every episode from last season of shows like "30 Rock," "The Office" and "Law & Order: SVU."
Today Epson announced the world's first HT Projector with 3LCD reflective technology with contrast ratios up to 1, 000, 000:1
The new models are to be named, PowerLite Pro Cinema 61000 and 31000 and also the Home Cinema 21000. Designed for custom installers and HT enthusiasts, these projectors feature a world first 3LCD reflective technology as well as featuring Epson's "UltraBlack" technology for exceptional picture quality and astounding contrast ratios.
"We are very excited to debut our new home theater projector line-up to the custom installation channel," said Marge Ang, senior product manager, Epson America. "These powerful, feature-packed projectors demonstrate Epson's commitment to provide dealers with top-of-the-line products that allow them to design customized home entertainment systems for their customers."
The Pro Cinema 31000 and Home Cinema 21000 round out Epson's mid-level offerings in the sub-$4,500 and sub-$3,300 categories, respectively. Available in black with a silver lens ring, the Pro Cinema 31000 offers 500,000:1 contrast ratio as well as the professional-level ISF Certification color tools featured in the Pro Cinema 61000. The Home Cinema 21000 is cased in a white design and delivers outstanding image quality for a reasonable price for home theater enthusiasts who don't require the professional-level color tools and installation management features.
One of the key components of most home theater systems is the AV receiver. The receiver turns multiple inputs into one and supports sound formats that your TV alone probably doesn't offer. Sherwood has unveiled a new AV receiver that has some cool features at a decent price.
The receiver is called the RD-705i and it can stream internet radio station and services like Pandora and more using a built-in 801.22n WiFi adapter. The receiver also supports playback of music streamed from other sources in the home with WiFi and an optional Bluetooth adapter. The receiver is Windows 7 compatible.
Some folks don't mind watching TV or video on their smartphone when they are not at home and have time to kill. Other people don't want to watch video content unless the screen is larger and can be easily viewed. Vizio is one of the most popular TV makers in the US and the company has announced its new portable TV is now shipping.
The TV set was first unveiled back during CES in January and is just now available to buy. The TV is called the VMB070 and it has a 7-inch edge lit LED backlit screen. The screen has a resolution of 800 x 480 and the set is under an inch thick. The TV measures 7.48" x 4.94" x 0.90" and it weighs a pound without its stand.
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Google TV seems to be officially on the horizon, and Logitech is looking to be the first to take advantage of it. The Logitech Revue is reportedly ready to hit shelves on September 29th at a price of $299 USD.
It also looks like subscribers to Dish Network's satellite service will get a deep discount on the box; only paying $179 for the setup. This is an interesting revelation considering the possible competition these streaming solutions are bringing to our tried and true satellite services. Regardless, it's a fairly nice deal, and definitely worth looking into if you're not willing to part with the satellite just yet.