App Discovery Not a High Priority for Connected TV Owners

LG Smart TV Demo CES 2011Research firm, Strategy Analytics, is out with a new Digital Home Observatory report which finds that Connected TV and Smart TV owners rarely seek out new apps to use other than the ones they are already familiar with on their PC, tablet, games console or smartphone devices. If they do venture out, however, they're usually [...]

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 [...]

On Second Thought… Logitech’s Revue Price Reduction May Be a Brilliant Move

iFixit Logitech Revue TeardownI may have been a little harsh when I learned that Logitech decided to reduce the price of their Revue with Google TV device to $99 -- noting that it's been a bad seller and has cost the company financially the past couple quarters. Like everyone else I'm a little disappointed by the progress Google has made with [...]

SageTV Front-end App Coming Soon to Boxee

Boxee Box by D-LinkI guess that's one way of adding DVR functionality to the Boxee Box! A group of unaffiliated SageTV developers are reportedly testing a front-end app for Boxee that will pull in recorded and live TV content from your TV-tuner equipped SageTV Windows, Mac, or Linux PC. Obviously, this is good news for those who previously purchased a copy [...]

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 [...]

Best Buy Launches the TiVo-powered Insignia Connected TV

Insignia Connected TVLooks like Best Buy might have a winner on their hands. Best Buy just took the wraps off its Insignia Connected TV, which brings all the goodness of TiVo — sans DVR functionality and universal search — with a sprinkling of Chumby apps. According to Best Buy's VP of Product Management, the company decided to [...]

Logitech Revue with Google TV Reduced to $99

Logitech Revue with Google TVWow, talk about a steep fall. Logitech has taken a hit financially the past couple quarters and have seen fit to reduce the price of their Logitech Revue with Google TV from $249 when it launched to $99. "The action was taken with the goal of accelerating adoption of the Google TV platform by removing price as [...]

Nielsen Survey Reveals How People Prefer to Use Hulu vs. Netflix

Nielsen 2011 Hulu Netflix SurveyKudos to Nielsen. The company has conducted a survey which reveals how people actually use Hulu and Netflix. Not surprisingly, people like watching TV shows on Hulu (73%) and movies primarily via Netflix (53%), which makes sense since Hulu is made up of TV network content (well, at least a majority of it is) and Netflix [...]