In our never ending quest for the perfect media player / streamer, we got one of the LG newest products, the LG ST600 Smart TV Upgrader, put it to the tests and produced this review for your reading pleasure. Let’s see what it is about:
Announced at CES 2011, the LG ST600 Smart TV Upgrader was advertised as a cheap solution to transform your TV into a connected set with access to a myriad of web services and applications. During the official press release, services like Netflix, Vudu, Pandora, YouTube, CinemaNow, Hulu Plus, Amazon VOD, NHL GameCenter, NBA Game Live, and MLB.TV were announced as well, also an integrated web browser and the capability to run Apps from the LG App Store (social capabilities include Facebook and Twitter access). The box would be an official competitor to other boxes that we reviewed including Boxee Box, Google TV, Roku or WD TV Live Plus. Does it provide? Read away… Read More…
VUDU, a streaming company well knows for its rental services of new movies in very high quality (up to 1080p and Dolby Digital surround sound, if your Internet connection is up to par) is looking to conquer more territory and starts renting TV shows. This move puts it in direct competition with Amazon Video on Demand and Apple’s iTunes, so it will be interesting to know how it will work out.
The TV shows streaming deal covers episodes from ABC, HDNet, Starz, 20th Century Fox and FOX, Lionsgate and Showtime, Anchor Bay Entertainment and AMC and includes popular shows like Glee, Modern Family, Nurse Jackie, Weeds, Bones, Gossip Girl, The Walking Dead, etc. New episodes will be available one day after they air, similar with Hulu Plus offering. Unlike Hulu though ,with VUDU you will be able to buy the shows, including one season at a time Read More…
Whether you have a Sony Playstation 3 or a XBOX 360 gaming console, you might want to know what is the best playstation media server around. In today’s article we’ll take a look at what is available, whether they are free or paid and the degree of compatibility each playstation media server has with the multitude of video codecs available and of course with the specific codecs supported natively by each console.
Let’s begin with the facts: None of game consoles available on the market (and I am talking about XBOX 360 and PS3, Wii doesn’t really qualify for any media streaming activities) can support direct access to the network shares. Both XBOX 360 and PS3 support some kind of DLNA implementation, although the XBOX 360 one is fairly crippled. Because of this crippled implementation various playstation media servers had to be tweaked and only few of them are compatible with both consoles.
Software playstation media servers
Compatibility: Windows only both workstation and server edition, 32 and 64 bit versions Read More…
Todays’s deal of the day consists in the cheapest 1080p digital camera I have seen (while being a decent quality at the same time) from Amazon for $99 shipped and no taxes in most states. The camera is a HP V5061u 1080p flash memory based, features a 5MB CMOS sensor, a 3 inches LCD touchscreen with 960 x 240 resolution that can rotate to 270 degrees so you can take your self portrait (this is a nice touch and usually reserved for more expensive equipment), stereo microphone and a weight of only 9.2 Ounces.
We are a website that heavily covers various media players / streamers so here is another one for your pleasure: Cirago CMC3000 series, the latest to come on the market.
Cirago CMC3000 series has three members, named based on their installed on-board storage. The CMC3050 has a 500GB hard drive installed and costs $179.99, CMC3100 has a 1TB hard drive and costs $199 and CMC3200 has a whooping 2TB installed and costs a equally whooping $299. (If you want to save money, get the cheaper model and replace the hard drive – the functionality is similar).
Beside the on-board storage, Cirago media streamers comes with an interesting one year of PlayOn subscription, a first to my knowledge, can RECORD / Shift video on its attached hard drive (SD only though), output in 1080p and even has an integrated BitTorrent client. A card reader and dual USB slots are also provided.
Check after the break for full tech specs, codec support and photo gallery.
Warpia launched its newest PC to TV 1080p 5.1 surround sound streaming solution just a couple of weeks ago and demoed it for the first time at CES 2011 show. I was looking for a while to find a solution to stream the video output of my laptop to the big screen TV, something that would work well movies but for basic Web browsing as well. As soon as Warpia StreamHD SWP120A went on sale at Amazon for $159, I jumped to buy it and, receiving it two days later I put it to the test. The results are described in the current review.
Warpia StreamHD SWP120A comes packed in an attractive box with the internal components arranged in two layers. The upper layer contains the software CD and the actual transmitter / receiver devices. The bottom layer contains the power adapter, the HDMI cable and the optical audio cable in case you need a separate audio connection (when your receiver for example doesn’t have HDMI inputs but your TV does) Read More…
Much to my surprise when I started digging about company info before writing this review, I found out that AOC as a company was way older than I expected with roots in the old Admiral company established in 1934 in Chicago. In 1947 the brand was established in US as a TV manufacturer and was one of the first company ever to produce color TV sets, by 1951 producing around 5 million units. In 1967 the name became Admiral Overseas Corporation and became what it is today, a manufacturer of budget TV, monitors and all in one PCs.
AOC 2436V is once of the cheapest if not the cheapest 24″ full HD (1920×1080) LCD monitor on the market today. I recently bought it for around $125 and for this price, the value is hard to beat. While you can’t expect an amazing quality for such a cheap monitor, we’ll review it today and try to answer many usability questions as well.
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Boxee Box is without question one of the most awaited media streamers for this year. The reason? The way things look right now, it might well be the only box that actually can successfully replace a home theater PC in both CODEC support and extensibility. Promising a full range of audio/video codecs, media library with automatic artwork downloading and also web clients for popular services as Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Pandora, VUDU and even Netflix, combined with an open development platform supporting Adobe Flash 10.1, a Webkit based browser and QWERTY remote control, many feel that boxee Box is currently the media streamer to beat, not Google TV or Apple TV. For a long time, there has been an uncertainty about the capability to stream Netflix but yesterday the people from D-Link confirmed Netflix support to come sometime by the end of the year, so I won’t touch this issue until the next firmware release.
Don’t get me wrong, I am a huge gadget lover and I actually own and use every piece of equipment that I reviewed on this website, however I don’t like the idea of turning my PS3 to watch Netflix, XBOX 360 for a nice Twitter of Facebook client, my HTPC for some exotic codec that nobody else supports, etc. I think everybody keeps waiting for the mystical “do it all” box (aside from a beefy HTPC that needs its own power plant) and the open nature of Boxee Box might help it become that box.
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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)