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Archive | October 20, 2010

PS3 Netflix Review 2010

As you might know, Sony’s PS3 got its¬†disk-less Netflix client two days ago, as soon as Microsoft exclusivity for XBOX 360 expired. Because Sony had some time to spend for their implementation, they had the chance to do it right, but did they? Let’s take a look and let the screenshots speak for themselves.

One of the pre-requisites of the new Netflix client for PS3 is the firmware 3.50 which also enables support for 3D Blu-ray content. After you upgrade to the latest firmware, you will see a red Netflix icon in the Xross media bar. Selecting it will prompt to download the Netflix applications and a minute later you are in business. The activation is a tad different that other Netflix media streamers and it doesn’t prompt you to go to a PC to input a code. Instead, you’ll have to input your Netflix user name and password. Upon sign in, the new Netflix client is waiting for you. Read More…

Galaxy Tab on sale at Verizon for $599 starting Nov 11th

We got all sorts of price ranges from Europe but nothing for good old USA so it is understandable that we were waiting to see when, where and how much. Today, Verizon Wireless dropped the bomb and announced that it will start selling the Samsung Galaxy Tab for $599 on November 11th. Unfortunately there is no discount if you buy a data plan so you might try a combination like smart phone – Galaxy tab or just wait for things to change. Verizon currently offers 1GB / month for $20 which might or might not be enough considering that we are talking about a tablet here which will be able to stream movies.
Samsung Galaxy Tab is a 7-inch multi-touch screen device with 1024×600 resolution, full support for Adobe Flash 10.1 (unlike Apple iPad), dual camera (front and back), full 1080p movie player, 1GHz CPU and running Android 2.2. Among the pre-installed ¬†software packages you will be able to find Kindle for Android and Google Maps navigation.

Which format works best for you? The 7-inches Galaxy Tab or the larger Apple iPad?

D-Link Boxee Box media streamer on sale Nov 10th

If you are like me and pre-ordered the funny shaped Boxee Box, I have some good news for you. There is a official shipping day from D-Link now and it is November 10th for the lucky ones that pre-ordered through Amazon / Best Buy and one week later, on Nov 17th will be available for everybody else.

Boxee Box is based on the popular Boxee software (a branch of the famous XBMC), an open platform that will support more than 400 applications and web clients at start including Last.FM, Pandora, Twitter, etc. The box also supports a web browser, includes a QWERTY remote control and Adobe Flash 10.1.
Beside the support for basically every popular web service under the sun and unlike Apple TV or Google TV, Boxee Box comes prepared to play every media format you might have available on your home server / USB drives including FLV/On2 VP6 (FLV/FV4/M4V), H.264 AVC (TS/AVI/MKV/MOV/M2TS/MP4) , MPEG-1 (DAT/MPG/MPEG), MPEG-2 (MPG/MPEG/VOB/TS/TP/ISO/IFO), VC-1 (TS/AVI/MKV/WMV), MPEG-4 (MP4/AVI/MOV), Xvid (AVI/MKV), WMV9 (WMV/ASF/DVR-MS), DivX 3/4/5/6 (AVI/MKV) at resolutions up to 1080p from a DLNA server or Windows shares.
Check the full press release after the break. Read More…