Archive | July 18, 2011

CNN launches 24/7 live streaming on CNN.com and iOS devices

When I saw this news, before reading CNN’s full press release I was really happy. I cut the cable cord long time ago relying on Netflix / Hulu Plus to provide me with entertainment, however I missed CNN. I thought – hey, they finally got smart and provide us with live streaming services – it is true, but, like ESPN or HBO Go, you’ll have to have a cable  /satellite subscription to access the new CNN/HLN live streams. The iPhone / iPad app update is already available in the Apple’s app store for free (screen shots after the break) , however in order to unlock the live streaming feature you’ll need to have a subscription to one of the following:

COX – Comcast – AT&T U-verse TV, Dish Network or Suddenlink. Verizon is mentioned in the press release but not available in the app.

Interestingly enough, Time Warner is not listed as supported providers for the CNN iOS app, presumably because they already have their own streaming app?

That being said, I do hope that, with more and more people cutting the cable cord, the big content providers will understand the need to stream their live feeds online in order to reach the growing crowd that choose to not pay a cable / satellite subscription.

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Samsung Blu-ray 2010 models get update and Hulu Plus app BD-C6500, BD-C7500 and others

Well, what do you know? After many months of waiting and delays, Samsung Blu-ray players – 2010 models (and that also means non 3D ones) got a new firmware update – I downloaded it immediately on my BD-C7500 player  and after installing it I surfed to the Samsung App store – much to my surprise, I saw a brand new Hulu Plus Application, available until now only on Samsung’s flagship 2010 models with 3D capabilities. After I played with it for a while, I have to report it features the same interface as any other Hulu Plus compatible device, it runs quite nice and it is much more responsive than its Roku equivalent. In terms of streaming performance, I prefer more my Samsung connected Blu-ray player than my Roku box which is just too slow. Of course, Roku 2 boxes are around the corned, scheduled to release very soon and they might come with a faster processor, but until then, my Netflix / Hulu Plus enabled Samsung BD-C7500 rocks. Read More…