I like any deal that goes, "Hey, here's a bargain price on this thing, and while we're at it, take this big fat extra thing, too."
Like this one: Dell is offering the Sharp Aquos LC-50LE442U 50-inch LED HDTV for $598 shipped (plus sales tax in some states). And while the company's at it, Dell will give you a $200 eGift card, too. In other words, a $200 store credit.
3D TV is a chicken without an egg. Many LED LCD and plasma TVs today offer a 3D feature and ship with 3D glasses, but most people never use the feature and never don the glasses. Or they try it once or twice and then leave the glasses to gather dust.
The missing egg is content. Despite the hype of its "Avatar"-fueled launch and accompanying predictions about a proliferation of made-in-3D movies, sports, and TV shows, 3D is still uncommon today. There's not much actual 3D you can watch on a 3D TV.
With a couple … Read more
While Samsung, HTC, Google, Nokia, Amazon, and many others are cranking out new smartphones, tablets and even wearables several times a year, Apple is hanging back. The company last introduced an iPhone in September and an iPad in October.
Updated versions of Apple's existing mobile flagship mobile devices and iOS are expected in the fall, but latest rumors indicate that there will be no iPhone with a bigger screen, smartwatch, or Retina iPad mini until 2014, if ever. Of course, these are merely rumors and the notoriously opaque Apple could bring out a "one more thing" surprise … Read more
There's new fuel for the fire that Apple's working on technology for an updated TV set-top box or TV platform.
Citing unnamed sources, tech writer Jessica Lessin (formerly of The Wall Street Journal), says Apple's been meeting with cable companies to pitch a service that would enable TV viewers to skip commercials.
That feature would be worked into a "premium" service Apple TV owners would buy into, the report says, adding that Apple would then pay networks when it occurred.
Apple's TV set-top box remains limited to prerecorded content instead of live TV channels, … Read more
Hearst has joined the long list of broadcast TV providers suing Aereo, the startup that delivers over-the-air TV programming to Internet-connected devices.
Boston broadcast TV station WCVB filed a lawsuit Tuesday to stop Aereo from retransmitting its over-the-air signals without a license, claiming the service will cause harm to the station.
"If Aereo is permitted to profit from the unauthorized retransmission of copyrighted television programming, WCVB will be deprived of existing and potential revenue streams from advertising and authorized retransmissions," Hearst said in its 22-page complaint.
CNET has contacted Aereo for comment and will update this report when … Read more
The 55-inch UN55F9000 and 65-inch UN65F9000 will be available for preorder by U.S. customers starting July 21, shipping in early August. They'll cost $5,499 and $7,499 respectively. That's about $500 more than Sony's 4K X900 series, which is shipping now. LG, for its part, showed smaller 4K TVs at CES, but hasn't shipped any to the U.S. yet. Update 7/15: LG's smaller 4K TVs are shipping now too.… Read more
As rumors have abounded about which company is going to get its hands on Hulu, it's looking like DirecTV and Time Warner Cable may be the runners-up.
According to Bloomberg, DirecTV is said to have put in a follow-up bid to purchase the streaming video service, and Time Warner has reportedly followed up by offering to buy a stake in the company and become an investor alongside the owners.
While the sale of Hulu is private, two people with knowledge of the matter told Bloomberg that both of these offers were made on Friday, which was the deadline for … Read more
The app offers an extensive list of channels: AMC, Bravo, Cartoon Network, Discovery Channel, Food Network, FX, MTV, NBC, Nickelodeon, Syfy, TBS, TNT, and lots more. Even more surprising: a few premium channels, including HBO, Showtime, and Starz.
According to the description shown within the app, it's an aggregator of freely available content: "We collect channels [sic] data from various published sources on Internet. We do … Read more