• Nielsen: U.S., UK Couch Potatoes Love To Tap On Tablets While Watching TV

    Nielsen: U.S., UK Couch Potatoes Love To Tap On Tablets While Watching TV

    For anyone who’s loved to watch Twitter reactions or a liveblog of a big event on TV, this will probably come as no surprise. For advertisers and broadcasters who haven’t figured out how to capitalize on this, you are missing a trick: we are fast becoming a culture of people who love to use devices like smartphones and tablets while watching television. According to the latest… Read More

  • Verizon To Launch a Home Media Server In 2012, Plans To Eliminate Set-Top Box

    Verizon To Launch a Home Media Server In 2012, Plans To Eliminate Set-Top Box

    Verizon will be rolling out a new Media Server product for its FiOS customers late next year, which will be a single hardware device that will eventually eliminate the need for a set-top box altogether. The server will be capable of streaming HD TV to all devices in the home, including the TV, of course, but also gaming systems, mobile devices and tablets like the iPad. Although the company… Read More

  • The Internet Isn’t Just Another TV Pipe

    The Internet Isn’t Just Another TV Pipe

    As everyone knows, Facebook schooled the web last week, and expanded its territorial ambitions to the world of media.  Launching with partners in print, music, and video, Facebook’s latest update pushes toward a world where consumption’s default has been switched to sharing, and social discovery sits not on the periphery of the media experience, but permeates it. Zuckerberg… Read More

  • Makerbot's Bre Pettis Will Be On Colbert Report

    One of our own, Bre Pettis, will appear on the Colbert Report tomorrow night to talk about 3D printing, his handsome glasses, and new Makerbots. This is some seriously exciting news in that it proves that the geeks will inherit the earth. Read More

  • Review: LG 42LD450 LCD TV

    Short version: Unbeatable value for the price. If you’re looking for a decent TV with a good picture and low price the LD450 is the one for you. No internet, no Skype but a 42” 1080p LCD television for $630? Sure! Read More

  • Samsung looking into bringing Android to the TV

    Sources at Samsung revealed that they are looking at TV’s that incorporate Google’s Android OS in them. I’m not so sure I want a TV that is quite that intelligent. Read More

  • 3D TVs more popular than expected, analysts surprised

    Turns out that initial estimates on the number of 3D TVs to be sold this year were a little conservative. Revised estimates put the numbers as high as 2.5 million units this year, despite a lack of content and other channel issues. Read More

  • Hack your Samsung TV, linux guy

    Interestingly enough, the official Samsung firmware for several different models is based off the Linux kernel. This opens up a whole world of possibilities, particularly since many users feel that the current firmware is broken. The major problem is that the media player functionality is very basic, and missing key file types needed to make it useful. Read More

  • Sony opens 3D Experience in Vegas

    Well, TV manufacturers are definitely embracing 3D for the home. Obviously it’s going to require the networks to jump in too, as evidenced by Sony and CBS building the “Sony 3D Experience” in the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas. Read More

  • Boxee + Clicker = so close, yet so far

    I don’t watch a lot of television programming, and I’m not particularly patient with the way “Big Media” treats me, the consumer. I really wanted to like Flash Forward, but it’s pretty clear that the show is more interested in hitting that 100 episodes mark to earn syndication than it is in delivering an interesting, gripping story. So I gave up on that, and on a… Read More

  • Microsoft to sponsor commercial-free Family Guy special on November 8th

    Lest you think Microsoft isn’t serious about Windows 7, get this: on November 8th the company will be sponsoring a big commercial-free Family Guy special on Fox. According to, “The Microsoft-sponsored variety show, whose working title is ‘Family Guy Presents: Seth & Alex’s Almost Live Comedy Show,’ is a mix of live-action ‘Family Guy’… Read More

  • Steampunk broadcast controller will get you kicked off of the set

    It’s hard to get much attention at major conferences and it seems that Hi Tech Systems has figured out a way to make a bit of a stir. They created a steampunk console that uses their own products inside a case that looks like it belongs in H.G. Well’s sex toy drawer. Read More

  • NFL Red Zone Channel may not be free on Comcast after all

    You may recall that exactly one week ago, your old buddy Doug got all bonered up about NFL Network and Comcast finally reaching an amicable agreement. In particular, it was starting to sound like Comcast subscribers would not only get NFL network at no extra charge, but that we’d also get the very-excellent Red Zone Channel for free as well. I mentioned that it “seems way too good… Read More

  • CrunchDeals: Digital TV converter box free after coupon

    Which will be worse, the impending shift to all-digital TV or the impending pole shift that’ll wipe out most, if not all, life on Earth as we know it? Both are coming soon and both are causing people to panic, although the TV one is causing more panic thanks to the nonsensical commercials, non-stop news coverage, and the thought of not being able to watch TV. Read More

  • TV on the Radio iPhone

    Return to cookie mountain indeed, because a new programmed called Television for iPhone is now available and offers “50 shows from 30 channels” on demand. It’s not live TV – that would be hard – but it’s basically rehashed content CNN, CBS, and Comedy Central. Sadly, most of it isn’t the good stuff (Comedy Central – Standup Highlights, NBC… Read More

  • CrunchDeals: ‘Lost’ Seasons 1-3 for $58.99

    A little personal information about me: I’ve never seen a single episode of Lost. I understand it’s quite popular, though. A co-worker of mine at a previous place of employment was so adamant that I join the Lost-watchers club that she leant me the first season and then asked me every day what I thought of the show. After a month of not even taking the first disc out of the sleeve… Read More

  • Early look at the Neuros LINK internet video box

    CG reader Shaila was kind enough to send in some early impressions and info about the Neuros LINK box that we reported a couple of weeks ago. Keeping in mind that Neuros is currently in a gamma testing phase and is offering a generous four-month, no questions asked return policy on the $300 pre-production units, it seems that the system currently consists of little more than a small form factor… Read More

  • Simpsons get a ‘Mapple’ store with MyPods, a Brainiac Bar, MyCubes, and announcements from Steve Mobs

    Here’s the Simpsons’ take on Apple – the basic premise being that the Springfield Mall gets a “Mapple” store and everyone buys MyPods, MyPhones, and MyCubes. Everything’s pretty realistic, even down to the fine details like Steve Mobs (get it, “Jobs” but with an “M” instead?) urinating on each MyPhone before it gets shipped out and… Read More

  • Neuros soft launches ‘LINK’ internet video set-top box

    Here comes yet another set-top box that connects to the internet and streams web video. Thankfully, this one looks pretty cool. It’s called the Neuros LINK and it’ll leverage the Neuros.TV interface to stream shows to your TV from sites like YouTube, Hulu,,,, and Fancast. Oh, and it’s an open platform. It appears that the Neuros.TV part of the… Read More

  • Storm Chasing: A look inside the TIV-2

    Jalopnik has a pretty extensive photo gallery of the second-generation Tornado Intercept Vehicle (TIV) from Discovery’s Storm Chasers series. For the uninitiated, the tank-like TIV is able to drive into the middle of tornados, allowing owner Sean Casey to film from the inside out in high definition. If you haven’t seen the show, check it out. The TIV2 weighs a staggering nine tons… Read More

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