Viewsonic has been moving into categories where it hasn't normally participated lately. The company offers the displays, TVs, and projectors that we saw from them for years and has recently moved into the netbook and notebook market with mixed results.
Today Viewsonic has announced a new digital media player called the VMP75. The device is very similar to the other streaming media players on the market. The device can stream Netflix on demand content and other content. It supports multiple formats for audio, video, and images.
When TiVo unveiled its new Premiere DVRs, they looked good to start with. After they were in the market a bit, many realized that the machines had some series software issues that took a while to resolve.
At the time the Premiere DVRs were unveiled we also saw a bit about the TiVo Slide QWERTY remote control. That remote hasn't launched yet, but it has now crossed the FCC for its required approvals. The device looks like a normal remote control until you turn it on its side.
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Projectors are a great way to get a huge image in your home without having to shell out tons of cash on a LCD or plasma screen. The downside to a projector is that the size of the image you can get varies depending on how far from the screen you can get the projector.
In a small room you might not be able to get an image that is too large. Vivitek has unveiled a new projector called the D795WT that is 3D ready and can throw a huge 95-inch image from only 1.3 feet from the screen.
We have already talked about the slick WD TV Live HD Media player a few times. Last month WD announced that it was the first HD media player that was Windows 7 compatible. Today WD is announcing something much cooler than Windows 7 compatibility with the new TV Live Plus HD Media player.
WD has announced that the media player is now able to stream Netflix movies directly to your TV. Netflix is very busy getting its streaming capability into just about every device out there. I wish they would add more new release flicks to their streaming catalog.
Ask a bunch of technology users what the most indispensible piece of home theater tech in their home is and most will say the DVR. The DVR is the one device in my home theater I won't live without.
DirecTV has announced a new Whole Home DVR solution that allows you to watch programs recorded on a single DVR in up to 15 different rooms. The DVR solution will shoot recorded video to any connected TV and each TV can control the playlist and manage recordings.
I haven't stepped foot in a movie rental store in years. My local Walmart added Redbox kiosks in the store, they popped up in many local grocery stores, and I have never looked back. Sure, I end up forgetting to return the films and end up spending the same amount of money on $1 per night rentals as I would have at Blockbuster for a 5-night rental, but I don't care.
The one thing I don't like about Redbox is that they don't offer Blu-ray. What's the point of having a Blu-ray player if there is no content I can rent for the thing? Blu-ray is coming to Redbox though and at $1.50 per night, assuming rumors are true, they will be a bargain.
COMPUTEX Taipei 2010 - Walking around Taipei the day before Computex begins tends to unleash all sorts of interesting stories... or rumors we should say.
During our walk around this morning we heard whispers that a certain large Taiwanese company will be showcasing a Google TV set-top-box later today. We would have snappy some photos for you but this unit is still on the way, probably from China.
Due to confidentiality reasons we are unable to disclose who is making and selling the box, but we can tell you that it will be using VIA Tech silicon. This especially came to us as a shock since as far as we knew only boxes would come out with a special design Intel Atom processor and chipset.
More to come as the story develops.
In our first batch of pre-Computex Taipei 2010 coverage this week, we visited ASRock who had some pretty cool new stuff on display that it will show at the big Asian IT show next week.
First up we got a look at the ASRock Vision 3D HTPC, a brand new home theater computer.
We posted about Logitech's implementations of Google TV devices and apps about two hours ago, but in that time official press images of its companion box have surfaced.
You can see some closer up images of the box itself by clicking the link below.
Even though Intel unveiled its Atom CE4100 formerly codenamed "Sodaville" processor some eight or nine months ago at the Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco on September 24 last year, it still seems like it will be a little time yet before we see its mass adoption in the market.
Through some careful digging on Intel's press pages, we have just discovered that the Intel Atom CE4100 media processor will power all of the upcoming Google TV boxes and televisions with the new web-TV enabling technology embedded.
Intel's Atom CE4100 part is built around 45nm process technology and is able to work at up to 1.2GHz. However, at this stage, it is unclear at what speed the chip will be required to run at for the Google TV application that is coming to a lounge room screen...
Logitech is one of the key partners in the Google TV platform that is due out in the form of HDTVs and devices this fall.
Logitech's role in the platform is to provide a Google TV companion box as well as accessories to enrich the whole experience of this new and improved web TV from your couch. As Junien Labrousse, Executive VP Products of Logitech recently explained in a video just uploaded to YouTube (below), Logitech will not only provide a companion box that leverages the famous and popular Harmony Remote technology, but included in the package will be a controller that is said to be optimized for the Google TV experience that combines a compact keyboard, remote control and touch pad.
Read on for more and a couple of interesting videos.
Google continues its worldwide international takeover plan today with the introduction of Google TV.
Information is coming out thick and fast right now and everything is still developing - stick with us here. It's been mentioned in the past on and off, but today Google officially introduced it today at its I/O developer event.
In short, though, what is it? It's basically a platform that brings Internet to the TV. We have seen many try this before and heard about it before, but none really as big as Google have tried it or pulled it off to any grand level. You'll be able to buy HDTVs probably in the fall timeframe or buy standalone set-top-boxes with Google TV embedded. Read more for the video.
Intel, Google, Sony, Logitech and others bringing Internet to the TV. Should YouTube be worried?
Today at Google I/O Intel showcased its upcoming Smart TV platform that uses special purpose built Intel silicon to allow developers to build so-called great applications and platforms to bring Internet to the TV. Google will especially be involved with its Google TV Ads program allows advertisers to place an advertisement on air for as little as 20 bucks.
Read on for the video.
In helping roll in this new generation of 3D technology for the home, be it in the loungeroom or on a PC, Cyberlink have produced a white paper entitled 'Principles of 3D Video and Blu-ray 3D'. It answers many of the questions people are asking about 3D including how it works, when it's a good time to upgrade to supporting devices/hardware and some of the best ways to go about it.
Whilst the white paper is freely available on Cyberlink's own website for download (in PDF format), the folks over at Toms Hardware analyzed it....
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There have been media servers on the market for a long time now that could stream digital video and music all around the house to different rooms. Kaleidescape has unveiled a couple new movie players that can stream CDs, DVDs, and Blu-ray films to other rooms.
The devices include the M500 and the M300. The M500 is capable or ripping Blu-ray films and other content to a server for streaming around the home. The Blu-ray disc does have to be in the player for the Blu-ray films to be viewed.
The M300 and M500 create the world's first multi-zone movie server for Blu-ray films. The company is working on a multi-disc server that will make sending Blu-ray and other content around the home easier. The devices are far from cheap though with the M300 selling for $2495 and the M500 going for $3995.
U.S. based HDMI cable maker Atlona was the first to introduce a flat cable designed HDMI (1.3b) cable to market back in 2006 which was said to maximize distance and eliminate conductor cross talk; not to mention, it makes for cleaner/easier laying on a floor or wall and looks kinda funky, too.
The company has just rolled out an update using the same flat cable design with some HDMI 1.4 spec'd cables; the first HDMI 1.4 cables to use this flat cable shape. You can buy these HDMI 1.4 flat cables in lengths ranging from 3 to 50 feet starting at $39.99 U.S.
For further details, you can get to the press release here.
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