Aug 28 2016

News - HDR Roku on the horizon

As is typical for this sort of news, Zatz Not Funny! has the skinny on a new crop of Rokus queuing for release. While I've lost most of my love for our Roku 2 since testing started on the NIVIDA Shield, I think it remains the best general purpose media streamer for most people - and the price should be just right. The new models look like nice/worthy upgrades from the current offerings, but I do have to say that it's abominable that Roku is only supporting HDR on the top-end "Ultra" model, even though 4K will flow down to some of the lessor devices. Shameful.

Mar 14 2016

News - Sony Vue OTT Live TV streaming released nationwide

I'm not sure you can really call a $30/month (baseline) TV package "cord cutting". Since you've just switched your cable provider from a QAM to IP service. C-NET has a lot of detail, including that locals aren't included in many markets (really?). Looks interesting, but I'm not convinced unless the "Cloud DVR" really offers full DVR features, and the pricing - while good, isn't really ground breaking.

Nov 11 2015

News - Amazon Video Now Available to UK Roku Users

Falling clearly into the wait-it-wasn't-there-already category, apparently the Amazon Video channel never made it to the UK. Until now that is, with the channel finally available to UK Roku users.

Nov 10 2015

News - How Well Does Streaming Compare To Blu-ray

If you like movies, quality matters. The more "real" the audio and video, the more immersive and enjoyable the experience. That's why we like big, high resolution TVs and multi-channel audio. No doubt OTT streaming services have gotten better, much better, over the last couple years. But how well do they stack up against physical media?

Nov 07 2015

News - What's the Best Streamer

A while back I was pondering whether to opt for the new-fangled Roku 4 or "settle" on a 2015 Roku 2. Fortunately, David Katzmaier has taken a crack at this conundrum and picked a clear winner.

Nov 05 2015

News - BBC Store Opens for Business

From a retail and content perspective there aren't many time those living in the UK can legitimately claim a first. This, however, is one of those times with the BBC opening up 7,000 hours of material and more planned, including some controversial programs, for sale to UK residents. Ha Ha Wink

Oct 06 2015

News - Roku 4 Announced With 802.11AC and 4K Support

Rumors have been floating around for a couple weeks now, and it looks like all the ones I saw were correct with the Roku 4 supporting 4K content, 802.11AC, quad-core SoC, and somewhat surprisingly the return of optical audio out (TOSLINK) -- probably for the soundbar user. It is a welcome update both for those holding out for updated hardware, and current owners who should see the Roku OS 7 update sometime in October. I was hoping for a $99 price point, but alas, that was not to be; with the updated streaming available for pre-order for $129.

Full PR after the click.

Jan 17 2015

News - UPPER DESK @ CES 2015

Our kitchen is small so there really isn’t a good place to put a TV, even a small one. So I often end up watching football of the tablet while getting the Sunday roast started. Finding a good place to put it can be difficult though because I don’t want it down on the counter with the chicken and vegetables so it usually sits across the room – which can make it hard to catch everything. UPPER DESK’s tablet mounts addresses that with a clever and flexible device that looks like it can attach to pretty much anywhere you need it.

Jan 12 2015

News - DISH @ CES 2015

Dish Networks always puts on a good show at CES, and this year was no exception. There were dancing kangaroos, the CEO came in playing a drum, and there was plenty of loud music in the intro. Of course none of that would matter if it was all fluff, and Dish didn’t disappoint here either announcing the 4K Joey, a slick looking voice remote, slick “Carbon” UI, whole-house music via the Hopper & Joey, and a new Live TV service called Sling TV.

Mar 05 2014

News - Roku Announces New "Just HDMI" Roku Streaming Stick

Roku's first streaming stick required a [not-quite-MHL] "Roku Ready" host, and I imagine that limited the market dramatically. Why it took them this long to introduce one that works with HDMI and can be powered via USB is beyond me. That said, I think it's a great idea, but if your TV, like mine, doesn't power USB when it's off you'll want to use an external power supply to skip the onerous bootup time if you decide to bring home one of these $50/£50 OTT streamers.

Full PR after the click.

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