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Archive | November 10, 2010

Dish Network – Google TV marriage gets official – no VIP922 love

As Dish Network a subscriber, I just received an e-mail from them to inform me that Google TV with DISH Network is available and that, as a subscriber I qualify for a special price of $179. The current MSRP for the Logitech Revue Google TV box is $299 so there is quite a savings. Unfortunately the discount is not available for Sony Google TV products.

The deep integration between Google TV and Dish Network should make available for search all your recorded shows as well as the shows listed in the electronic Guide. Unfortunately, during  my recent tests, the only Dish Network receivers compatible with a Google TV unit ares ViP 622, ViP 722 and ViP 722k. As I have the more advanced VIP 922 (full review here), I am out of luck for now.

Check Dish Network’s full press release and a video clip demo-ing the Dish network – Logitech Revue Google TV integration. Read More…

Boxee Box ships today with Netflix and Hulu Plus coming by the end of the year – did you order yours?

Good news ladies and gentleman, the long awaited boxy media streamer code name Boxee Box manufactured by D-Link is currently shipping. Long awaited because is one of a very few media streaming boxes to support a browser (and a good one, nonetheless, WebKit based with HTML 5 support), Adobe Flash 10.1, a QWERTY remote control and compatibility with every codec under the sun including MKV, XVID, DIVX, h264, etc.

This is not all, as everybody probably wondered, the box will support both Netflix and Hulu Plus before the end of the year, it is confirmed!!!! (see Boxee blog)

The supported resolutions include 1080p and the box has a DLNA client and can also access your network shares (really cool if you have a home server). Compatibility with Adobe flash ensures easy development and the box will ship at launch with over 400 software applications and web clients including popular ones as Twitter, Pandora, Last.FM, Amazon Video on Demand, Digg, Revision 3, CNN, YouTube, etc. Mine just shipped today and will post a review as soon as I get it.
One more thing, if you used Boxee software or Windows Media Center with some kind of audio / video library software like Media browser, you will be glad to know that Boxee Box supports the same features, displaying the artwork, movie covers, etc via automatic downloads.

Full codec support list:

  • 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)

New AdSense beta interface available for all publishers

Everything evolves, including the familiar Google AdSense interface that allows you to check your daily earning. In beta stage for more than a year already, and available for just a small subset of publishers until now (about 50,000 from which about 30,000 active), it is out and public so everybody (with an AdSense account, of course) can check it. You will either be able to click on a link inside your account or visit  google.com/ads/newadsense to get to the new interface.

According to Google, the new interface is more efficient in providing insights, controls and reports. For example you can now see more reports classified by ad type, size, unit and bid type while being also able to select custom date ranges. The interface also provides improved charts displaying impressions, earnings and clicks together with ad performance comparisons. Even more important if you want to improve your revenue is a better mechanism of blocking unwanted ads.

Watch several video clips walking you through the changes after the break. Read More…