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PlayOn giving away free Chromecast for cable-cutting

For the last couple of years, my local cable providers have been setting up aggressive pricing deals. At one point about 18 months ago, AT&T was giving either a tablet or $200 off for new customers signing a 1-year contract (for TV + internet). Surewest currently has internet and TV bundled for only $65 a more »

Access web, stream media with WD TV Personal Edition

Many of us like to backup and/or store content on external drives, which may or may not be immediately accessible. Videos can be stored here, music there, and they could be a mix of different file types too. If more than one user needs a drive at the same time, that just puts another little twist in the ease of accessibility. If you’ve been in this kind of situation and wondered if there is a quick and personal solution, Western Digital just might be it.

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TVPRO brings PC, mobile features to TVs

As more consumers are looking to cutting cable, devices that provide greater utility from television sets are growing in popularity. Media players, HTPCs, and streaming devices make it to the top of the list.  With the right app and/or cables, users can share and experience their mobile content on the large screen, too. It beats more »

Kaleidescape beefs up UltraViolet support

Kaleidescape has added native UltraViolet support to the Kaleidescape store, with a bonus offered by no other retailer. Unlike the “HD” offered by retailers like Vudu or Flixster, Kaleidescape users will be able to download full Blu-ray Disc images for free on any UV title in their collection, and those added in the future. That’s more »

Need 4K Ultra HD content? NanoTech’s got it. But can you get it?

Today brings news that a bit more Ultra HD content is dripping out, although it’s not from a TV network, cable provider or disc player. Or even one of the major outboard media players like Roku, Chromecast or Amazon Fire.

FCC won’t allow net strangulation? Fingers crossed?

The internet has been a frenzy of fear and anger over the FCC’s recent net neutrality plan. Although the proposal is still up for a commission vote sometime this summer, it hasn’t stopped the public outcry. The new plan, intended to replace the existing open Internet order from 2010, is perceived as a way for more »

Comcast to let users live stream personal video to TV

If you’re a Comcast triple-play customer, expect to have some neat features available to you in 2015. Soon, when you hit ‘last’ on your remote, hovering over any of the nine last selections will create a live picture-in-picture. Spanish speaking households will have guides and menu labels in their language.

Ripping your media is now legal in the UK, but not US

A ruling has finally come down that citizens of the UK are now permitted to rip media of any kind for their own personal use. Previously, all copying had been expressly forbidden by the courts, even the more benign actions. This new ruling exempts anyone other than the one who purchased it from possessing a more »

Netflix price hike on the way

Netflix, in a letter to shareholders, detailed their intent to raise the price of streaming “one or two dollars” in the next few months for new Netflix customers. Though existing subscribers will be shown a “generous grace period” before likewise stepping up to the new system.

U.S. Senator Al Franken speaks out against Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger

Let’s get this out of the way: U.S. Senator Al Franken from the great state of Minnesota is a polarizing political figure. Love him, hate him or don’t really care about him, though, you have to admire the lone-wolf chutzpah of his outburst against the proposed Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger this weekend.

Aereo will soon be available on Chromecast

Aereo announced that they will soon join the Google Chromecast lineup of services on the eve of their arguments before the US Supreme Court. The Aereo service basically rents tiny antennas attached to streaming encoders that stream and offer DVR storage services.

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WebTuner tantalizes cord-cutters with streaming to TV

With the way that cable companies squirm prices for maximum profit, it’s any wonder consumers want off that wheel. The rise of online and streaming content has facilitated cord-cutting over the years. Not just that, but vast video libraries available through services like Netflix have led many others to revert to basic TV. In this digital age, it’s easy to forget that we still have local over-air television programming.