Archive | August 30, 2010

Price cuts across all Roku media streamers line, 1080p update for XR Model

Stating a goal to sell three Roku devices in every house, today Roku announced a price cut across its entire Netflix players / media streamer line. The new prices are as follow:

Roku Model SD (standard definition) : $59 (was $79)
Roku Model HD (high definition) : $69 (was $99) (720p)
Roku Model XR: $99 (was $129) (1080p, WiFi N 2×2 dual band, USB)

Roku also announced the future availability of a software update to support 1080p up from the current 720p.

The new prices are only available on Roku’s website for now, other retailers did not adjust their prices yet. If you ask me however, in order to sell three Roku players to each house, they’ll probably have to be priced at $33 each. Still, the current price is not bad at all considering Pandora, Amazon VOD and Netflix support, but if you are interested in more functionality you should probably look at full featured media streamers as WD TV Live Plus, Viewsonic VMP75 or Seagate GoFlex TV HD (all reviewed on this website), all of them under $129, all of them streaming Netflix and supporting most of the video codecs / containers under the sun including MKV and DIVX.

Kindle 3 Review

Kindle 3 is the latest Amazon take in the eBook readers market and it does not disappoint:  It is smaller and lighter, comes in two colors and ads WiFi to the specifications list. I received mine on Friday from Amazon and had the whole weekend to play with it, so here is my experience. Before starting, I want to add that I also own Kindle 2 and Barnes and Noble’s Nook for quite a while, so my review will not only go through all the Kindle 3 functionality but it will also compare its features and usability against the other two devices. In the end, I will add a series of functionality tips and tricks destined to improve your experience.

1. Kindle 3 Unpacking

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XBOX Live Gold price hike announced

Conform with an announcement made by Major Nelson, XBOX Live gold subscription fees will increase starting November 1. The increase will take place in US, UK, Canada, Mexico and we wonder if they’ll come with some additional functionality to make the pill easier to swallow or if Microsoft just felt they can squeeze a little extra from our hard earned cash. As you can see in the following table, a month will be now $9.99 instead of $7.99 and a year worth of XBOX Live Gold jumps $10 to $59.99. And it happens now when everybody expects to have native Netflix on PS3 without using a disk. Or maybe Microsoft has a mole in Sony’s organization and they found out that Sony also wants to charge for the functionality???