Archive | January 27, 2011

Netflix charts of ISP video streaming performance

If you want to know which ISP companies are the best and the worst in streaming Netflix, or just want to know where you stand, Netflix published today a chart of all charts showing how various ISP behave in US and Canada. Also, an interesting info: top Netflix HD streams are about 4800 kbs so if your internet speed is usually above that, you should be fine. In my case, I played with dual HD streams simultaneously and still got a good experience.
By releasing this chart, Netflix is sure to enrage some companies and some clients also and apparently they are not afraid to do so.
In US, the top ISP is charter achieving an average of 2667 kbs while the top Canadian ISP is Rogers with 3020 kbs. At the bottom lie shamefully Frontier and Clearwire with around 1400 kps, only good enough for standard definition…

via Netflix Tech Blog

HULU to feature live TV

Recently my family cut the cable cord and switched to online only media. It works fairly well and is much cheaper than before. Well, according with an article in Wall Street Journal, following the recent Comcast buyout of NBC, Hulu might consider converting the on-demand service to something closer to a cable company and start offering live TV (beside the on-demand episodes).

Since these are only talks for now, we don’t have any additional details about when and how this kind of transition can happen, but apparently the move might make other content providers as Disney (owner of ABC) and News Corp re-consider what content is available on HULU, specifically the free Hulu. Hulu Plus for now seems to be safe.

From all this hubbub, the one to benefit might be Netflix which just yesterday posted stellar results. ABC and Fox might offer some of their content to the streaming giant instead of offering it to HULU, especially with the obvious transition from cable to online watching.

Offering Live TV on a media streamer box is not new. Last week, Roku started streaming live the first TV channel on their boxes.

via WSJ

Sony PSP 2 announced, named Sony NGP for now

OK, this is a pretty cool story with even cooler pictures. Last night, Sony unveiled their next generation PlayStation Portable called NGP (from Next Generation Portable) and while keeping proximately the same shape as before, it brings a huge number of improvements in pretty much all areas. Let’s start at the beginning:
1. A New user interface with dual touch screen front and back called LiveArea.
2. Social (what isn’t these days) through PSN (PlayStation Network)
3. GPS – location based Entertainment
4. Augmented reality (so obviously it will have at least a camera)
Initial technical specifications:
1. Quad-core ARM Cortex-A9 processor
2. 5-inch touchscreen OLED display with 960 x 544 resolution Read More…