Netflix’s Chrome OS Plugin May Be One of Google’s First Native Client Examples

Native Client Pepper Browser DiagramAfter the disappointment that the new Netflix Web App in the Chrome Web Store wasn't compatible with other Linux distros other than Chrome OS, I did a little investigating of why that may be. It turns out the answer was right in front of me. I just didn't know what I was looking at. If you [...]

Amazon and VUDU Go ‘Web App’ for the iPad and other Tablets

iPad Optimized Vudu ServiceThe reality is native apps are only better than cross-platform web apps in a small number of instances. Publishers are starting to realize that not only is it easier to build device "optimized" web apps for TV, tablet, mobile, etc., but that they can also help their bottom line by sidestepping a platform's in-app payment [...]

Netflix App Hits the Chrome Web Store (Limited to Chrome OS on Linux)

Netflix Chrome Web App PageGood news and bad. Netflix is now available as a web app for Chrome OS through Google's Chrome Web Store [Twitter announcement]. Bad news is that it does not support other Linux-based operating systems that can run Google's Chrome browser at the moment. The web app also appears to be working fine with Windows and Mac OS X [...]

MUST SEE: BBC’s Revamped iPlayer for PS3 and other Connected Devices

BBC iPlayer PS3 DemoIt's hard to be impressed by TV apps these days. Most developers do a horrid job of making things intuitive and easy for end-users to navigate with a standard remote. Enter BBC's new iPlayer HTML5/CE-HTML app. The team at BBC have put in a lot of thought on what a TV-optimized web app should do, [...]

No Streaming-only Service from Comcast on the Horizon

Samsung Comcast Smart TV App CES 2011Comcast's CEO told analysts earlier this week that the company has no plans to offer a streaming-only service to non-subscribers which could theoretically run on the Boxee Box or Roku. The CEO makes clear that previous efforts like Fancast.com "proved unprofitable." It's worth pointing out, though, that a free service like Fancast is different than an IPTV service that folks [...]

WD TV Live Plus & WD TV Live Hub Gain Hulu Plus Access

WD TV Live Plus HD Media PlayerStarting today WD TV Live Plus ($129.99) and WD TV Live Hub ($199.99 w/ 1TB of network storage) owners will now be able to access Hulu Plus (at $7.99/mo) alongside Netflix, Blockbuster, Cinema Now, Pandora, YouTube, Facebook, and other services with the company's latest firmware update. Like other devices of this kind, however, free access [...]

Apple TV Gets Cloud-based Streaming of Purchased TV Shows from iTunes

Apple TV 2nd Generation In-handWe got wind of something like this coming down the pike last year around this time. Now, we have a firmware update to Apple TV that brings purchased TV shows (not just rentals) — possibly movies and music later — from iTunes / Apple's servers directly to your device for instant streaming. I like it! According to [...]

Who Knew Adding a Share Button Would Get You Sued? Rovi Claims Hulu Is Infringing on Their Interactive TV Patents

Hulu Facebook SharingUnfortunately the details are scarce at this time, but it has just hit the wire that Rovi (formerly Macrovision and Gemstar-TV Guide International Inc.) has set its lawyers on Hulu for what appears to be its latest Facebook integration. If you remember earlier this month, Hulu introduced the ability to share and discover videos with friends on [...]