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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 »

Sony tech holds 3700 Blu-rays on a single tape

In the early days of home computers, cassette tapes were the storage medium of choice, from powering our Commodore 54s to loading Donkey Kong in as little as 10 minutes. Though the technology is now so dead that it confuses children, the tape is still heavily in use for backup purposes, and virtually every movie more »

Cyberlink PowerDVD 14 adds 4K H.265 codec

Want to stay up to date with all the latest video codecs and features like 4K and Blu-ray 3D? Use software for playback and you can do just that, without the need for expensive new hardware. Cyberlink recently released PowerDVD 14, the latest version of the popular DVD and Blu-ray playback software. They key new more »

TechnologyTell Review: Logitech Harmony Smart Keyboard

With more cable-cutting in favor of streaming video, HTPCs are becoming more common. As technology advances, things that used to be somewhat difficult are now made easier. Take, for instance, the home theater PC (HTPC). You used to need some wizardry about it, but these days installation and set up is a breeze.

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 »

Who needs remotes when there’s smartphone, Nevo Portal?

Remember when comprehensive, high-end home entertainment centers had half a dozen remotes (or more) to deal with? I wish I didn’t. Sure, it was fine if you owned and operated it, but talk about hell when you’re house-sitting and just want to watch some simple TV.

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 »

Warpia launches devices to make HTPC easy as USB

When it comes to video entertainment, bigger tends to be better. Why else do we pay outrageous prices to see new movies at local theaters? Big. Screens. Sometimes, especially in summer, air-conditioning. But it’s the size of the screen that matters most.

Logitech K830 controls HTPCs wirelessly in the dark

After a long week of work, nothing beats kicking back and enjoying some video entertainment to relax. Fire up the HTPC, grab some snacks, kill the lights, and then sink into your favorite lounging spot. You’re in the mood for something, and it’s right at your fingertips. Wait. That’s right. You need to turn the lights back on, because you can barely see what you’re about to type.

Windows XP, father of HTPC, support ends

Yesterday was the end of an era for many HTPC owners, the official end of support for Windows XP, the first version of Windows to support Windows Media Center. So as patching support for this pioneer of Home Theater finally is put to bed, let’s look back at how it all began.