XBMC Eden Beta Reveals Myriad Improvements, More Control Over Them

XBMC EdenJust in time for the New Year, the XBMC team have released the first beta version of XBMC 11, codenamed Eden. Eden follows on from XBMC 10 Dharma, which itself entered beta 16 months ago and was released this time last year. The developers have not been idle in that time, as you can see [...]

Intel’s WiDi 2.0 Update Brings DRM Compatibility for DVD and Blu-ray Discs

IDF 2010 Intel Atom WiDi DemoBig news today for those following wireless display technology. Intel has just announced that a new driver update will enable WiDi equipped laptops to playback DVD and Blu-ray discs, as well as other HDCP 2.0 protected content, to your HDTV in 1080p sans cables. Remember, previously one could only mirror unprotected media from their laptop [...]

Why TV Platforms Are Conduits and Apps Are Universal

TV Apps GraphicIt seems people have already started picking out their favorite TV / IPTV / OTT / Smart TV — or whatever buzz word you want use — platform, which is fine. We've been brought up in a world where you choose the platform / OS that serves you best. So far that's held true for [...]

Cisco Enters the Smart TV Space, Takes a Page from Google TV

Cisco Videoscape DemoCisco sure does sound confident today. The company is announcing that it will be partnering with TV service providers to help them roll out their next generation TV set-top boxes powered by its new Videoscape technology. Much like Google TV, Cisco Videoscape is able to combine live TV, on-demand, web, and social content in a [...]

Comcast Plans to Enable In-home Live TV Streaming and Remote VOD Functionality for iPad and Android Tablets

Xfinity TV App for iPadHey, wannabe cord cutters! Read this before you snip. Comcast today is announcing that subscribers will soon have the ability to stream and view Live TV anywhere in the home via their iPad or Android tablet. In other words, a real "second screen." What's more, in the coming weeks, Comcast will activate "Play Now" on [...]

LG Wants to Turn Your ‘Dumb TV’ Into an App-powered ‘Smart TV’ with Its ST600 Smart TV Upgrader

LG ST600 Smart TV UpgraderLG is announcing that it will unveil a new TV adapter at CES 2011 that will bring all the "Smart TV" goodness currently offered with LG's latest wireless HDTVs. While most gadget sites have reported this news as a more of a novelty item for your basic HDTV, the LG ST600 Smart TV Upgrader could [...]

Sony’s Google TV-powered HDTVs to Have Direct Integration with Select TV Providers

Sony HDTV with Google TV - Credit: PCMagSony Insider today is leaking the prices [UPDATED PRICING - 10/10/10] of Sony's upcoming line of Google TV-powered HDTVs. However, the juiciest tidbit of information in the story is that the TVs will have "direct integration with select service providers." This is HUGE! What this would mean then is that these TV sets could possibly work [...]

Apple Will Definitely Make a Proper Television

Apple HDTV MockupI've been against the idea that Apple would ever get into the TV biz — it just never made sense financially with all the competition and product sourcing. Now, I think it's their only way to enter the connected TV space. The reason I say this is because I can't imagine an Apple TV app [...]