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TIVO Premiere DVR gets Pandora radio

Following the current trend of packing your DVR / media streamer boxes with as many WEB clients as possible (and we love it), Pandora radio finds its way to yet another box and this time is the TIVO Premiere DVR. On TIVO, you will find Pandora’s standard set of features including the capability to create a new account right from the TIVO box or sign in with your existing account and accessing your favorite Pandora stations regardless of where you created them, whether it was on your smartphone, PC or any other of the myriad of media streaming boxes available around (some of which we also reviewed – see Western Digital’s WD TV Live Plus). Pandora client joins TIVO Premiere DVR other clients as Rhapsody, Live365 and Music Choice. Other streaming clients available on TIVO Premiere include Netflix, BlockBuster, and YouTube.

Tivo is recently showing a trend of loosing customers, to the number of 125,000 in the three months period ending July 31, customers that are opting instead for dumber but often free DVR boxes provided by their cable or satellite provider and the company is trying to make their boxes more appealing by integrating additional services. But with the increased availability of dedicated media streaming boxes available for a one time fee (usually around $100) and often including more services than TIVO’s own devices, it might be a lost battle already.

Boxee brings United Football League on your TV

Boxee Box is already available for pre-order at Amazon, but good thinks keep on coming. After you got the hardware right, the next important thing is content and the Boxee folks are keeping busy. Their latest deal is to bring live football games in glorious HD via the United Football League (UFL). The streaming will be live, according with Boxee Blog, and at the same time they air on HDNet and Versus. The streaming content will include the games, behind the scenes goodies and access to previous games on-demand.

Beside UFL streaming, Boxee Box will also come with a large number of applications available at launch including popular web clients for CNN, YouTube, Pandora, MTV, Digg, FaceBook, Flickr and over 400 other applications due in part to its 10.1 Flash support. Worth mentioning is also an HTML 5 compliant WebKit browser and a QWERTY remote control keyboard.

CMC3000 Platinum Network HD Multimedia Center surfaces

The CMC3000 Platinum Network HD Multimedia Center is only the latest entry into the overcrowded market for media player / streamer boxes, and has some extra features to set it apart from the competition –  the time-shift TV recording capability,1080p playback, DLNA/UPNP client and NAS / BitTorrent features. Hardware wise, the box include the now standard HDMI 1.3 connector along with SPDIF optical for surround sound, Ethernet, optional wireless, 2 USB ports and a memory card adapter. What is missing though is the support for today’s popular web clients as Pandora, Netflix, YouTube, Flickr, etc, support that most of its competitors have. How do you think it compares against more popular media streamers like WD TV Live HD Plus, Viewsonic VMP75 already reviewed on our website?

The CMC3000 media streamer is available for sale at Amazon in several flavors, including with 500Gb and 1TB storage. The 1TB version ships for $238.

Check after the break for full specs and a presentation video.

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Google TV to arrive end of this month from Logitech, Dish Network

According with several pictures released by Engadget, Google TV will launch on September 29th and the first box to support it will be Logitech’s Revue. The MSRP price is set to be at $299 however it will be subsidized by Dish Network (if you are one of their subscribers, of course) at $179. At this price however you will have to pay a monthly $4 DVR integration fee, you will only be able to get one box per account and the box will have to be integrated with an existing HD Duo DVR system.

In terms of hardware, Logitech Revue features dual USB ports, WiFi and Ethernet ports, HDMI and SPDIF ports. New for set top boxes is that the box will be connected between your DVR and your TV and will display an overlay over an existing image, integrating both your DVR video and its own video. Among the web clients available at launch we can find Netflix, Pandora,YouTube, Logitech Vid HD. For everything else a Chrome browser will be included. A keyboard will also be available to make web surfing / searching easier. We’ll post a full Logitech Revue review when we get ours.

New Twitter interface is all about multimedia and integration

Twitter will gradually release a new interface in the following weeks. Similar with their recently released iPad application, the new interface shows your mentions, tweets and searches in a unique timeline on the left side of the screen while the right side is dedicated to details about what you are actually twitter, parsing and streaming content automatically. And since lately everybody is crazy about integration, Twitter does it too, allowing access to your photos, videos, news, etc via partnerships with companies like Flickr, YouTube, Vimeo, TwitPic and Kiva. How does all of these work together? Is all about content: Click on a tweet and you will automatically see the right panel populated with replies to that particular tweet, other tweets submitted by the same person, geographical data if available , etc. For more information, check out the new Twitter Webpage.

2010 Panasonic VIERA Cast devices get Netflix streaming support

I don’t know what was wrong with Panasonic until this day, but they were among the last ones in the industry to support Netflix streaming…not that we complain about the lack of support around other devices, it is just that Netflix seems like mp3 a number of years ago, you just have to have it anywhere you go…including your toaster, of course 😉 and your barbecue grill and  your toilet (the last one could even prove useful). Anyway, Panasonic’s 2010 line of VIERA Cast enabled TVs and Blu-ray players got Netflix in a firmware update and it is right there, in the menu next to other popular streaming services as Amazon Video on Demand, YouTube, Picasa, Bloomberg News, etc. No HULU support yet, but considering the industry trend, it might come soon. Check Panasonic’s full press release including the supported models after the break.

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The new Apple TV available at Amazon for pre-order

The new and improved Apple TV is available now for pre-order at Amazon for $99 with no tax and free shipping. Announced several days ago during Apple’s conference on September 1st, the new box is much cheaper than the predecessor and supports Netflix streaming as well as Flickr and YouTube support. Hardware wise, it provides 720p output, WiFi 802.11n, HDMI, optical and USB port. Check back for a review when the units become available.

The box also supports high definition TV Show rentals for $0.99 and can be remotely controlled using your iPhone / iPod Touch.

Apple September 2010 Product Announcement Press Event Updates

  • Steve opened the conference by bragging about their new stores opened in Frace (Paris), China (Shanghai) and London (Covent Garden). Really beautiful, I have to admit. They have stores in 10 different countries with Spain being the 11th one.
  • iOS 4.1 is launched today, will come live next week – contains bug fixes (Bluetooth, proximity sensor, etc),  support for HDR (High Dynamic Range photos) and HD video uploads via WiFi
  • Game Center API arrives as well, as part of iOS 4.1, enables multi-player games
  • A new game, still in development called “Project Sword” rendered in real time – no chance it’ll work on iPhone 3G/3GS
  • iPad gets wireless printing and other goodies as part of iOS 4.2 (due later in the year and meant mainly for iPad)
  • iOS 4.2 coming out in November, brings multi-thread, multi-task to iPad, also folder structure similar with the iPhone one
  • you’ll be able to stream all kind of media  (music, photos, videos over WiFi to your iPad)
  • new iPods announced (over 275 millions sold to date)
  • new iPod Shuffle, 15 hours battery life, 5 colors, $49 price
  • new iPod Nano, a multi-touch square, 24 hours battery life and running iOS!!! Surprise!!! this is the new iPod touch? $149 8GB,  $179 the 16GB version
  • the new iPod Touch – as expected, features retina display, Apple A4 CPU, 3 axis gyro, iOS 4.1 with Game Center, FaceTime with front camera HD Video Recording – basically an iPhone 4 without the iPhone
  • iPod Touch Prices – 8GB model $229, 32GB for $299, and 64GB for $399 and starts shipping next week. You can pre-order today though
  • iTunes 10 is announced, together with some impressive numbers (12 billion songs, 450 million TV episodes, 100 million movies, and 35 million books). Not bad! and they removed the CD image from the logo, so no more CDs. Good riddance.
  • iTunes 10 introduces Ping, a new social network for music, basically you can buy/listen what your friends are listening and the other way around. Not really impressive in my opinion, but everything have to be social nowadays
  • Steve is demoing Ping, you can preview songs posted by your friends, and of course, BUY them
  • you can download iTunes 10 today
  • APPLE TV is  here!!!
  • Apple TV Specs: built in WiFi 802.11n, HDMI, optical, about 1/4 size of the original unit
  • You can rent but cannot buy movies; Prices: $4.99 first run movies, $0.99 a TV show (not bad). ABC and Fox are the announced partners.
  • will stream both Netflix and Youtube
  • Flickr and MobileMe will offer photo services
  • Nothing that hints abut applications support, was everybody wrong? This way it won’t be more than a glorified WD TV Live Plus
  • iTV supports Photo slideshow from your PC…nothing to write home about
  • you can stream content from an iPad to your TV
  • the price is $99 – as expected
  • available in about 4 weeks but you can pre-order today

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Paul Allen, co-founder of Microsoft goes on a suing spree

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen just filled a patent violation suit against no less than 11 companies, Wall Street Journal reports. The big 11 are Apple and Google, AOL Inc., eBay Inc., Facebook Inc., Netflix Inc., Office Depot Inc., OfficeMax Inc., Staples Inc., Yahoo Inc. and YouTube. Paul Allen owns patents related to optimizing Internet user experience that he claims the companies named in the lawsuit are infringing. We cannot stop noticing that Paul did not sue Microsoft (presumably because he still owns a big chunk of the company) and Amazon (because it is located in his childhood town ? oh, memories 🙂 ) No damages amount is requested at this point, but I’m sure we will enjoy the figure when it becomes public.

If the lawsuit has indeed merits (and if it won’t get settled out of the court) it might impact negatively the way we experience the Internet since a big part of current functionality is covered by the above mentioned patents.

Viewsonic’s VMP75 1080p Network Media Player / Streamer release date announced

The long awaited new contender for supremacy among the ever growing crowd of media streamers received an official arrival date and it is July 19, 2010. Those of you that pre-ordered the Viewsonic’s VMP75 1080p Network Media Player should receive it by the above mentioned date and should enjoy features not found in other media streamers as Internet browsing. Other notable features, beside playing most CODECs under the sun are web clients like Live365.com, ShoutCast Radio, YouTube and Flickr.