Panasonic plasma is dead. I'd like to take a moment for everyone to express their feelings at its passing.
Next March, Panasonic "will end sales of plasma TVs for consumer use and PDP-related products for commercial use," in the company's own words. They've been CNET's favorite TVs for years, and we're not alone.
Other reviewers, editors, consultants, calibrators, engineers and picture quality aficionados of every stripe have studied, designed, lauded, picked apart, recommended, purchased for themselves and/or enjoyed countless hours watching a Panasonic plasma.
I asked a few industry experts, many of … Read more
I think the days of Windows Media Center are drawing to a close, which is a shame. Microsoft no longer bundles the software with Windows, and I suspect few people will bother to pay extra for it.
That said, if you're still running Windows 7 on one or more PCs, or you did decide to splurge on the upgrade for Windows 8, you can still enjoy a truly excellent TV/DVR experience. All you need is a CableCard from your cable company and a CableCard tuner.
Let's talk about the latter. Today only, while supplies last, Woot has … Read more
Leaked from today's 404 episode:
- Finally, the Google Nexus 5 is here...unless you're on Verizon.
- Android 4.4 KitKat brings a little OS equality.
- Google to Samsung Galaxy Nexus owners: No KitKat for you.
- Those comics in your basement are probably worthless.
Panasonic is throwing in the towel on plasma TVs.
The electronics giant announced on Thursday that it will stop manufacturing plasma TV panels as of December. Production of the panels has ended completely at one factory and is currently stalled at a second factory. Business operations at these two factories and at a third factory will conclude by the end of March 2014.
Panasonic also said it will stop selling plasma TVs to consumers by next March, which will mark the close of its current fiscal year.
In its decision, the company cited the weakening demand for plasma displays in … Read more
Intel's long journey toward the creation of a television service might come to an end.
The chipmaker is in late-stage talks with Verizon to hand over control to its Intel Media business, All Things Digital reported on Wednesday, citing people who claim to have knowledge of its plans. Intel Media is the unit that is charged with delivering a Web-based subscription TV service.
According to All Things Digital, its sources are unclear whether Intel would hand over the entire TV operation or if it would hold on to a piece. Verizon already offers a TV service through its FiOS … Read more
Amazon's rumored foray into the living room is once again said to be delayed.
The company's set-top box, a much-rumored device designed to stream the company's music, movies, and game services, won't arrive until spring, says AllThingsD.
Citing industry sources, the blog says the device isn't quite ready, with Amazon being concerned with either how different the box is from existing set-top boxes or with its current technical performance.
News of the delay comes about a week after a similar report from The Verge.
Details about the device, which would both complement and compete with … Read more
mixd.tv for Mac allows you to quickly search for videos from a variety of Internet sources, including Vimeo, YouTube, and blip.tv, and play them in the application window without having to wait for them to be downloaded to your computer. Unfortunately, on OS X 10.8.5 the app seems unstable and suffers from performance issues. The log-in freezes, in particular, will cause you a lot of frustration.
At around 67MB this app is quite large and, depending on your Internet connection speed, it might take a while to download. To use mixd.tv for Mac you need … Read more
TV shows watched through DVRs, Internet-connected TVs, and mobile devices will soon stand a better chance in Nielsen's TV ratings.
In a blog posted Monday, Nielsen said that it will offer its clients a software developer kit (SDK) in mid-November. The SDK will let broadcasters and other content providers include digital viewers in their TV show measurements. Based on certain criteria, TV shows will either be counted in the traditional Nielsen TV ratings or the company's Nielsen Digital Ratings.
"We've been working hard to deliver this new SDK and are excited to be able to deliver … Read more
TV providers DirecTV, Time Warner Cable, and Charter Communications are thinking about capturing free broadcast signals and streaming TV shows over the Internet to get around paying networks, Bloomberg reported Friday.
The new approach would mimic Aereo, an online TV provider at the center of a huge legal battle with the nation's top broadcast networks (including CBS, CNET's parent company). Aereo uses tiny antennas to allow consumers to stream live and local broadcasts over the Internet and store shows in the cloud.
Aereo has been fairly successful in the courtroom so far. If it wins in the end, … Read more