What Is and Isn’t a Smart TV

Google TV- Search InterfaceIt seems Intel has coined a new descriptor for connected home devices that defines a new category within the space. Personally, I like the term "Smart TV." Trouble is many have started grouping unintended devices and platforms as part of the mix when reporting on Smart TVs. According to Intel, a Smart TV is able [...]

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 [...]

Roku Users Watch an Average of 11 Hours of Content Per Week

Roku XD|S PlayerLooks like the sub-$100 Roku Player is no joke for cable TV providers. Roku is announcing that they have just hit their billionth stream just after selling their millionth unit this past year (similar Apple presser to follow, no doubt). According to Anthony Wood, founder and CEO of Roku, Roku's active user base is now [...]

Amazon’s Digital Media Device Hot List for 2010

Amazon Bestsellers in Digital Media Devices 2010Love 'em or hate 'em digital media adapters and networked set-tops are what bring users content from the web and/or from their networked PCs to a TV. Below is Amazon's bestsellers list for today (minus the peripherals and devices without network connectivity), which is a good gage for what people are buying out of all [...]

Roku Sales Doubled When Apple TV Launched

Roku XD|S PlayerI've silently been admiring Roku's strategy to build a drop-dead simple 'net-connected media streamer that anyone can understand, install, and easily use. It's never had a major marketing campaign, no interesting jingle that plays back over and over in your mind, and it surely doesn't tell your friends how cool you are. It's a device [...]

Roku Comes Through, Adds 1080p Support to Older HD-XR Model

Roku HD-XR PlayerGood news for the folks who bought their Roku HD-XR Player earlier this year (the HD-XR has since been replaced by the company's new HD, XD, XD|S line). Roku has officially rolled out a new firmware update (as promised back in August) that boosts HD video playback on that device from 720p to 1080p. The [...]

Roku Pulls the Plug on the PlayOn Channel

Roku PlayOn DemoI thought it was odd that the only video I found on YouTube demonstrating PlayOn on Roku was taken down the day we put it up. So I did a little research... it turns out Roku has pulled the plug on the PlayOn Channel, according to PlayOn staff on the company's forum (excerpts below). "The [...]

Roku Now Licensing Its Platform to Third Party OEMs

NETGEAR NTV250We knew something was up when we first got wind of the Roku-powered NETGEAR media streamer. Now we have official confirmation, in the form of a press release, from Roku that states that they are now licensing their hardware and software platform to third parties. The first licensee is NETGEAR who has already begun selling [...]