Posts Tagged ‘Digital video recorder’
Kansas City gets Google Fiber, becomes object of jealous lust. [VIDEO]
Last Updated on Thursday, 26 July 2012 09:30 Written by LoganDX Thursday, 26 July 2012 09:30
Google started the hamsters in the drum, hereby kicking off their Google Fiber initiative. Can you say Gigabit per second internet access? Oh yeah but that’s not all we’re talking about! If you want to do a swell upgrade, you can add the Fiber TV to your entertainment experience. The TV will be a full fledged service, fully searchable and even adds in Netflix and YouTube. The DVR will be able to store 500 shows – in 1080p HD glory, will allow multiple TVs to stream at the same time with the option of future streaming to tablets.
The hardware running all of this is pretty slick – a four port gigabit router, rocking the Wifi; a TV box also loving the WiFi and the DVR popping with 2TB of storage and able to record up to eight(!) shows at once. Not content on browsing using a standard remote, Big G decided the only way to go is using the recently announced Nexus 7. Crikeys, that’s a lot of awesome tech delivering all that great Google.
Let’s talk pricing, the upfront costs might shock some. There’s a $300 “construction” fee to wire up a home with the fiber power, a fee currently being waived depending on the plan you pick. The TV + Gigabit internet will run a smooth $120, which includes all the fiber channels, on-demand goodies and 1TB of Google Drive space. Just want the internet faster than the Scarlet Speedster plus the Google Drive storage? $70 a month and it’s all yours. Content with slower speeds but want to get away from the other fellows? You can get free 5Mbps of speed, for a minimum of seven years, if you pay the aforementioned $300 construction fee. Great news is you can split that up in $25 monthly payments for a year.
Excited? You should be! Hit the break and watch a rather long video giving all the details you need. Now we wait for the rest of the country to become enslaved by our Google masters.
nimbleTV brings your cable subscription to the cloud
Last Updated on Thursday, 7 June 2012 04:58 Written by Ty Abonil Thursday, 7 June 2012 07:00
In a triumph of technology over the shackles of your set-top box, you can now watch Game of Thrones on the throne. New York-based startup nimbleTV is promising to deliver your cable subscription to your tablet, browser, PC or smartphone and, for good measure, throw in unlimited cloud storage to record all your favorite shows.
At the monthly NYC Tech Meetup yesterday, CEO Anand Subramanian explained to an awestruck crowd that the service works by a user authorizing the startup to act as an agent on their behalf, signing up for a run-of-the-mill subscription from their favorite content provider (think your local cable company, except from anywhere in the world). nimbleTV then streams that subscription so that you can access live TV in the cloud through their iOS, web, or Android app. The company is also promising a cloud-based DVR with unlimited capacity, allowing you to record multiple shows at once and access them from everywhere.
When asked about the inevitable licensing “considerations” that might be raised by content providers and cable companies, Subramanian made it clear that his company believes that a user that pays for their content should be able to access and use it fairly. Anywhere. An enlightened view towards DRM, for sure, we just hope the broadcast corporations agree with him.
Hit the break for a video review by Rich Greenfield of BTIG Research.
Rumor: Microsoft and Sony debuting next gen consoles at E3!
Last Updated on Friday, 6 January 2012 07:55 Written by LoganDX Friday, 6 January 2012 05:00
Could it be that Microsoft and Sony are gearing up to unveil the next version of their respective consoles at E3 this year? The grapevine is ripe with rumors pointing to this is in fact the case! Anonymous yet allegedly totally reliable sources have leaked promising info to MCV, a UK games magazine. Nothing concrete has been spilled and of course neither Sony nor Microsoft will confirm the rumors but it is possible. Heck, MS just got that swell patent for the DVR\console hybrid.
Are we talking the Xbox 720 and the PS4 or some new names? We don’t know but we do know if this is true, Nintendo won’t have all the thunder to themselves. Let’s face it, they need it. The Wii U isn’t exactly building confidence in gamers, fans or investors. Big N could have used that big old bright spotlight to get people excited for their rather gimmicky new console. Maybe that’s what Sony and MS want to do, completely deflate Nintendo’s sails and strike a giant stake through their heart. Or this could all be hogwash and Nintendo will still falter. Either way, we’ll find out this summer! You geeks ready for the new consoles or are you happy with what you got? Hit the jump and sound off in the comments!
Is the next gen Xbox finally going to house a DVR?
Last Updated on Wednesday, 4 January 2012 08:50 Written by LoganDX Wednesday, 4 January 2012 08:50
According to patents granted to Microsoft right after Christmas, gamers may finally get that long promised game comsole\DVR hybrid. The patents point to the device being envisioned as a mega-DVR with the ability to record video programming like television shows, movies and music. Beyond that is the ability to record gaming sessions whether it’s online or offline. Oh yeah, now it’ll be so much easier to record those flying mammoth in Skyrim. The designs also show that even if the console is off, the DVR can still record those episodes of Archer you’ve been neglecting.
A digital video recorder (DVR) application running alongside a television client component allows users to record media content on the gaming console. The DVR application also integrates itself with the console menu. Once integrated, users can record media content while playing games. Alternatively, users can record content when the gaming console is turned off. The recorded content can include television programming, gaming experience (whether local or online), music, DVDs, and so on. When in the recording state, users can also switch between various other media modes, whether gaming, television, and so on. -Patent 8,083,593
Whether or not this comes to fruition in the next iteration of the Xbox is questionable. Patents are acquired some time before the actual product sees the light of day but Microsoft has been dealing with this for four years now. It wouldn’t be a total stretch for the technology to pop up in the successor to the Xbox 360. With MS pushing for the console to be the focal point for entertainment dominance, we can only hope they perfect idea sooner rather than later.