LAS VEGAS -- "We're trying to bring a new experience to TV viewing, trying to combine live TV and access streamed content as well."Read between the lines if you can, because Sony President and CEO Kaz Hirai wasn't dishing a lot of details on the just-announced streaming TV service he revealed during a CES keynote earlier today. But in a short roundtable discussion with a small group of journalists (including CNET) a few hours later, Hirai was clearly excited about the service that Sony promises will come to the US by the end of the … Read more
Walk into your living room, say "Xbox on," and your Xbox One, TV, and sound bar automatically power on. Sit down and say "Xbox Watch ESPN," and the cable box automatically turns to ESPN and fills the TV screen. It feels futuristic, but in a retro way. It's the kind of thing someone in a Disney "Home of the Future" exhibit might do, right after getting out of a flying car.
With the Xbox One, Microsoft wants to bring all your living room entertainment -- cable TV, gaming, and streaming video -- to … Read more
The Xbox One is ready to be the hub of your living room.
That's been the pitch since Day 1 for Microsoft's next-gen console, but it wasn't until this Wednesday that the CNET crew had a chance to check out many of the Xbox One's home entertainment features in person.
We already knew that the Xbox One would include Blu-ray playback, the TV overlay functionality called OneGuide, and built-in support for voice and motion control through the included Kinect. But many of the specifics have been hard to come by, especially regarding the challenges of integrated TV.… Read more
The product, model No. GX-SM530CF, includes more than 100 smart TV apps such as Amazon Instant Video, Netflix, Vudu, and YouTube. It also allows viewers to access live cable content without having to pay the expensive monthly rental fees associated with a cable box.
The media player will retail for $149.99 and will be available October 23.
The HDMI Forum, the nonprofit body that oversees the HDMI specification, recently announced version 2.0. There were numerous changes, not least support for higher frame rates than are possible with the current 1.4 specification.
Do you need to upgrade? Will your cables still work? What does this mean for the future of TVs? Do you care? Answers for all these questions (except maybe the last one) below...… Read more
TiVo's new Roamio DVRs provide a host of new improvements, including faster performance, better software, more tuners, built-in Wi-Fi, built-in/better support for whole-home solutions like TiVo's Stream and TiVo Mini boxes, and out-of-home streaming.
With the new hardware comes the inevitable question from the thousands of people who already own a current TiVo: "What about me?"
That question is even more compelling coming from an owner who sprung for TiVo's famous lifetime service plan, currently $499. Since it's nontransferable to a new box, the plan can make owners want to keep their old … Read more
I cut the cord years ago. My wife sat across from me on the sofa and finally convinced me that paying well over $100 a month for the privilege of a bunch of random cable channels wasn't worth it. We could save money, learn to live lower to the ground, read more, and watch TV shows and movies on demand. Netflix, Hulu Plus, and iTunes. I agreed. With apprehension.
A common complaint I get via e-mail or in comments on other articles involves a picture that breaks up into what look like little blocks.
Often, people incorrectly refer to these as "pixels," or blame their TV settings.
In fact, this artifact is in the source, and unfortunately, there's not much you can do about it.… Read more
The Aereo app on Roku boxes just became a much more potent alternative to traditional cable TV.
Aereo -- the Barry Diller-backed online video startup that streams local TV channels to multiple devices for a monthly fee -- had previously been available on Roku boxes, but it required an iPhone or iPad to use as a remote. But the updated app, which went live on Roku earlier this week, allows viewers to use an onscreen navigation with the standard Roku clicker.Disclosure: CBS, the parent corporation of CNET, is currently in active litigation with Aereo as to the legality of … Read more
LAS VEGAS--The Roku box will soon be able to double as a cable box for Time Warner Cable customers.
By April, the free TWC TV app will be added to Roku's increasingly robust app store. The app -- which is already available on iOS, Android, and PCs and Macs -- allows current Time Warner Cable subscribers to receive up to 300 live TV channels at no extra charge. That means subscribers could add a de facto cable box to any TV within range of a Wi-Fi signal, rather than having to having to make an appointment with the cable … Read more