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Sunday, November 2, 2014

Amazon Launches "Fire TV Stick"

Amazon is now taking pre-orders for their new Amazon Fire TV Stick ($39), a device that is positioned to compete with the Google's ChromeCast ($35) and Roku's Streaming Stick ($49). It appears to support most of the features of Amazon's Fire TV Set Top Box ($99), although it has a different processor and GPU. It also has no USB port for media (the micro USB is for power only) and no Audio out or ethernet port. While it has no memory expansion capability like the Fire TV Box, it has 8 GB of internal memory VS the set top box's 1 GB internal memory.

From the Amazon Website:
Fire TV Stick connects your HDTV to a world of online entertainment. Whether you're a Prime member or not, enjoy a huge selection of movies and TV episodes, voice search that actually works, and exclusive features like ASAP. Fire TV Stick is an easy way to enjoy Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, Hulu Plus, low-cost movie rentals, live and on-demand sports, music, photos, games, and more. Due to popular demand, orders placed today are expected to arrive after January 1, 2015. See delivery date at checkout. This item will be released on November 19th.
Here's a comparison chart of the three streaming stick devices:

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Specifications
Size 3.3 x 1.0 x 0.5 in. (84.9 x 25.0 x 11.5 mm)
Weight 0.9 oz. (25.1g)
Processor Broadcom Capri 28155, dual-core 2xARM A9
GPU VideoCore4
Storage 8 GB internal
Memory 1 GB
Wi-Fi Connectivity Dual-band, dual-antenna Wi-Fi (MIMO); supports 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi networks.
Bluetooth Bluetooth 3.0 with support for the following profiles: HID, HFP, HPP
Voice Search Support Yes, requires Fire TV Voice Remote (sold separately) or free Fire TV Remote App (available for download on Fire or Android OS; iOS coming soon)
Game Controller Support Yes, optimized for Amazon Fire Game Controller, compatible with Nyko PlayPad Pro and other Bluetooth controllers.
Cloud Storage All Amazon Cloud Drive customers start with 5 GB of free storage
Ports 1 Type A HDMI 1.4b output, w/HDCP 1.4
1 Micro USB for power only
Audio Dolby Digital Plus certified, audio pass through up to 7.1
Content Formats Supported Video: H.264
Audio: AAC-LC, AC3, eAC3 (Dolby Digital Plus), FLAC, MP3, PCM/Wave, Vorbis
Photo: JPEG, PNG, GIF, BMP
Output Resolution Supported 720p and 1080p up to 60fps
System Requirements High-definition television with available HDMI input, Internet connection via Wi-Fi, a power outlet.
TV Compatibility Compatible with high-definition TVs with HDMI capable of 1080p or 720p at 60/50Hz, including popular HDCP-compatible models from these manufacturers: Hitachi, JVC, LG, Mitsubishi, NEC, Panasonic, Philips, Pioneer, Samsung, Sharp, Sony, Toshiba, Vizio, Westinghouse
Warranty and Service 1-year Limited Warranty and service included. Use of Fire TV Stick is subject to the terms found here.
Regional Support Certain services may not be available outside the U.S.
Closed Captioning Watch videos and TV shows with closed captioning displayed. Captions are not available for all content.
Included in the Box Fire TV Stick
Amazon Fire TV Remote
USB cable and power adapter
HDMI extender cable
2 AAA batteries
Quick Start Guide

Both the Amazon Fire TV STB and Fire TV Stick come with a one month trial of Amazon Prime. And of course, the Amazon Fire Game Controller is an extra $40.

Amazon is now taking pre-orders for their new Amazon Fire TV Stick ($39), a device that is positioned to compete with the Google's ChromeCast ($35) and Roku's Streaming Stick ($49). It appears to support most of the features of Amazon's Fire TV Set Top Box ($99), although it has a different processor and GPU. It also has no USB port for media (the micro USB is for power only) and no Audio out or ethernet port. While it has no memory expansion capability like the Fire TV Box, it has 8 GB of internal memory VS the set top box's 1 GB internal memory.

From the Amazon Website:
Fire TV Stick connects your HDTV to a world of online entertainment. Whether you're a Prime member or not, enjoy a huge selection of movies and TV episodes, voice search that actually works, and exclusive features like ASAP. Fire TV Stick is an easy way to enjoy Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, Hulu Plus, low-cost movie rentals, live and on-demand sports, music, photos, games, and more. Due to popular demand, orders placed today are expected to arrive after January 1, 2015. See delivery date at checkout. This item will be released on November 19th.
Here's a comparison chart of the three streaming stick devices:

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Specifications
Size 3.3 x 1.0 x 0.5 in. (84.9 x 25.0 x 11.5 mm)
Weight 0.9 oz. (25.1g)
Processor Broadcom Capri 28155, dual-core 2xARM A9
GPU VideoCore4
Storage 8 GB internal
Memory 1 GB
Wi-Fi Connectivity Dual-band, dual-antenna Wi-Fi (MIMO); supports 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi networks.
Bluetooth Bluetooth 3.0 with support for the following profiles: HID, HFP, HPP
Voice Search Support Yes, requires Fire TV Voice Remote (sold separately) or free Fire TV Remote App (available for download on Fire or Android OS; iOS coming soon)
Game Controller Support Yes, optimized for Amazon Fire Game Controller, compatible with Nyko PlayPad Pro and other Bluetooth controllers.
Cloud Storage All Amazon Cloud Drive customers start with 5 GB of free storage
Ports 1 Type A HDMI 1.4b output, w/HDCP 1.4
1 Micro USB for power only
Audio Dolby Digital Plus certified, audio pass through up to 7.1
Content Formats Supported Video: H.264
Audio: AAC-LC, AC3, eAC3 (Dolby Digital Plus), FLAC, MP3, PCM/Wave, Vorbis
Photo: JPEG, PNG, GIF, BMP
Output Resolution Supported 720p and 1080p up to 60fps
System Requirements High-definition television with available HDMI input, Internet connection via Wi-Fi, a power outlet.
TV Compatibility Compatible with high-definition TVs with HDMI capable of 1080p or 720p at 60/50Hz, including popular HDCP-compatible models from these manufacturers: Hitachi, JVC, LG, Mitsubishi, NEC, Panasonic, Philips, Pioneer, Samsung, Sharp, Sony, Toshiba, Vizio, Westinghouse
Warranty and Service 1-year Limited Warranty and service included. Use of Fire TV Stick is subject to the terms found here.
Regional Support Certain services may not be available outside the U.S.
Closed Captioning Watch videos and TV shows with closed captioning displayed. Captions are not available for all content.
Included in the Box Fire TV Stick
Amazon Fire TV Remote
USB cable and power adapter
HDMI extender cable
2 AAA batteries
Quick Start Guide

Both the Amazon Fire TV STB and Fire TV Stick come with a one month trial of Amazon Prime. And of course, the Amazon Fire Game Controller is an extra $40.

- See more at: http://www.dtvusaforum.com/blogs/mrpogi/1136-amazon-roll-out-new-fire-tv-stick.html#sthash.11r79FMQ.dpuf

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ID: 3349Amazon is now taking pre-orders for their new Amazon Fire TV Stick ($39), a device that is positioned to compete with the Google's ChromeCast ($35) and Roku's Streaming Stick ($49). It appears to support most of the features of Amazon's Fire TV Set Top Box ($99), although it has a different processor and GPU. It also has no USB port for media (the micro USB is for power only) and no Audio out or ethernet port. While it has no memory expansion capability like the Fire TV Box, it has 8 GB of internal memory VS the set top box's 1 GB internal memory.

From the Amazon Website:
Fire TV Stick connects your HDTV to a world of online entertainment. Whether you're a Prime member or not, enjoy a huge selection of movies and TV episodes, voice search that actually works, and exclusive features like ASAP. Fire TV Stick is an easy way to enjoy Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, Hulu Plus, low-cost movie rentals, live and on-demand sports, music, photos, games, and more. Due to popular demand, orders placed today are expected to arrive after January 1, 2015. See delivery date at checkout. This item will be released on November 19th.
Here's a comparison chart of the three streaming stick devices:

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Specifications
Size 3.3 x 1.0 x 0.5 in. (84.9 x 25.0 x 11.5 mm)
Weight 0.9 oz. (25.1g)
Processor Broadcom Capri 28155, dual-core 2xARM A9
GPU VideoCore4
Storage 8 GB internal
Memory 1 GB
Wi-Fi Connectivity Dual-band, dual-antenna Wi-Fi (MIMO); supports 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi networks.
Bluetooth Bluetooth 3.0 with support for the following profiles: HID, HFP, HPP
Voice Search Support Yes, requires Fire TV Voice Remote (sold separately) or free Fire TV Remote App (available for download on Fire or Android OS; iOS coming soon)
Game Controller Support Yes, optimized for Amazon Fire Game Controller, compatible with Nyko PlayPad Pro and other Bluetooth controllers.
Cloud Storage All Amazon Cloud Drive customers start with 5 GB of free storage
Ports 1 Type A HDMI 1.4b output, w/HDCP 1.4
1 Micro USB for power only
Audio Dolby Digital Plus certified, audio pass through up to 7.1
Content Formats Supported Video: H.264
Audio: AAC-LC, AC3, eAC3 (Dolby Digital Plus), FLAC, MP3, PCM/Wave, Vorbis
Photo: JPEG, PNG, GIF, BMP
Output Resolution Supported 720p and 1080p up to 60fps
System Requirements High-definition television with available HDMI input, Internet connection via Wi-Fi, a power outlet.
TV Compatibility Compatible with high-definition TVs with HDMI capable of 1080p or 720p at 60/50Hz, including popular HDCP-compatible models from these manufacturers: Hitachi, JVC, LG, Mitsubishi, NEC, Panasonic, Philips, Pioneer, Samsung, Sharp, Sony, Toshiba, Vizio, Westinghouse
Warranty and Service 1-year Limited Warranty and service included. Use of Fire TV Stick is subject to the terms found here.
Regional Support Certain services may not be available outside the U.S.
Closed Captioning Watch videos and TV shows with closed captioning displayed. Captions are not available for all content.
Included in the Box Fire TV Stick
Amazon Fire TV Remote
USB cable and power adapter
HDMI extender cable
2 AAA batteries
Quick Start Guide

Both the Amazon Fire TV STB and Fire TV Stick come with a one month trial of Amazon Prime. And of course, the Amazon Fire Game Controller is an extra $40.

- See more at: http://www.dtvusaforum.com/blogs/mrpogi/1136-amazon-roll-out-new-fire-tv-stick.html#sthash.11r79FMQ.dpuf

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ID: 3349Amazon is now taking pre-orders for their new Amazon Fire TV Stick ($39), a device that is positioned to compete with the Google's ChromeCast ($35) and Roku's Streaming Stick ($49). It appears to support most of the features of Amazon's Fire TV Set Top Box ($99), although it has a different processor and GPU. It also has no USB port for media (the micro USB is for power only) and no Audio out or ethernet port. While it has no memory expansion capability like the Fire TV Box, it has 8 GB of internal memory VS the set top box's 1 GB internal memory.

From the Amazon Website:
Fire TV Stick connects your HDTV to a world of online entertainment. Whether you're a Prime member or not, enjoy a huge selection of movies and TV episodes, voice search that actually works, and exclusive features like ASAP. Fire TV Stick is an easy way to enjoy Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, Hulu Plus, low-cost movie rentals, live and on-demand sports, music, photos, games, and more. Due to popular demand, orders placed today are expected to arrive after January 1, 2015. See delivery date at checkout. This item will be released on November 19th.
Here's a comparison chart of the three streaming stick devices:

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Specifications
Size 3.3 x 1.0 x 0.5 in. (84.9 x 25.0 x 11.5 mm)
Weight 0.9 oz. (25.1g)
Processor Broadcom Capri 28155, dual-core 2xARM A9
GPU VideoCore4
Storage 8 GB internal
Memory 1 GB
Wi-Fi Connectivity Dual-band, dual-antenna Wi-Fi (MIMO); supports 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi networks.
Bluetooth Bluetooth 3.0 with support for the following profiles: HID, HFP, HPP
Voice Search Support Yes, requires Fire TV Voice Remote (sold separately) or free Fire TV Remote App (available for download on Fire or Android OS; iOS coming soon)
Game Controller Support Yes, optimized for Amazon Fire Game Controller, compatible with Nyko PlayPad Pro and other Bluetooth controllers.
Cloud Storage All Amazon Cloud Drive customers start with 5 GB of free storage
Ports 1 Type A HDMI 1.4b output, w/HDCP 1.4
1 Micro USB for power only
Audio Dolby Digital Plus certified, audio pass through up to 7.1
Content Formats Supported Video: H.264
Audio: AAC-LC, AC3, eAC3 (Dolby Digital Plus), FLAC, MP3, PCM/Wave, Vorbis
Photo: JPEG, PNG, GIF, BMP
Output Resolution Supported 720p and 1080p up to 60fps
System Requirements High-definition television with available HDMI input, Internet connection via Wi-Fi, a power outlet.
TV Compatibility Compatible with high-definition TVs with HDMI capable of 1080p or 720p at 60/50Hz, including popular HDCP-compatible models from these manufacturers: Hitachi, JVC, LG, Mitsubishi, NEC, Panasonic, Philips, Pioneer, Samsung, Sharp, Sony, Toshiba, Vizio, Westinghouse
Warranty and Service 1-year Limited Warranty and service included. Use of Fire TV Stick is subject to the terms found here.
Regional Support Certain services may not be available outside the U.S.
Closed Captioning Watch videos and TV shows with closed captioning displayed. Captions are not available for all content.
Included in the Box Fire TV Stick
Amazon Fire TV Remote
USB cable and power adapter
HDMI extender cable
2 AAA batteries
Quick Start Guide

Both the Amazon Fire TV STB and Fire TV Stick come with a one month trial of Amazon Prime. And of course, the Amazon Fire Game Controller is an extra $40.

- See more at: http://www.dtvusaforum.com/blogs/mrpogi/1136-amazon-roll-out-new-fire-tv-stick.html#sthash.11r79FMQ.dpuf

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ID: 3349Amazon is now taking pre-orders for their new Amazon Fire TV Stick ($39), a device that is positioned to compete with the Google's ChromeCast ($35) and Roku's Streaming Stick ($49). It appears to support most of the features of Amazon's Fire TV Set Top Box ($99), although it has a different processor and GPU. It also has no USB port for media (the micro USB is for power only) and no Audio out or ethernet port. While it has no memory expansion capability like the Fire TV Box, it has 8 GB of internal memory VS the set top box's 1 GB internal memory.

From the Amazon Website:
Fire TV Stick connects your HDTV to a world of online entertainment. Whether you're a Prime member or not, enjoy a huge selection of movies and TV episodes, voice search that actually works, and exclusive features like ASAP. Fire TV Stick is an easy way to enjoy Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, Hulu Plus, low-cost movie rentals, live and on-demand sports, music, photos, games, and more. Due to popular demand, orders placed today are expected to arrive after January 1, 2015. See delivery date at checkout. This item will be released on November 19th.
Here's a comparison chart of the three streaming stick devices:

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Specifications
Size 3.3 x 1.0 x 0.5 in. (84.9 x 25.0 x 11.5 mm)
Weight 0.9 oz. (25.1g)
Processor Broadcom Capri 28155, dual-core 2xARM A9
GPU VideoCore4
Storage 8 GB internal
Memory 1 GB
Wi-Fi Connectivity Dual-band, dual-antenna Wi-Fi (MIMO); supports 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi networks.
Bluetooth Bluetooth 3.0 with support for the following profiles: HID, HFP, HPP
Voice Search Support Yes, requires Fire TV Voice Remote (sold separately) or free Fire TV Remote App (available for download on Fire or Android OS; iOS coming soon)
Game Controller Support Yes, optimized for Amazon Fire Game Controller, compatible with Nyko PlayPad Pro and other Bluetooth controllers.
Cloud Storage All Amazon Cloud Drive customers start with 5 GB of free storage
Ports 1 Type A HDMI 1.4b output, w/HDCP 1.4
1 Micro USB for power only
Audio Dolby Digital Plus certified, audio pass through up to 7.1
Content Formats Supported Video: H.264
Audio: AAC-LC, AC3, eAC3 (Dolby Digital Plus), FLAC, MP3, PCM/Wave, Vorbis
Photo: JPEG, PNG, GIF, BMP
Output Resolution Supported 720p and 1080p up to 60fps
System Requirements High-definition television with available HDMI input, Internet connection via Wi-Fi, a power outlet.
TV Compatibility Compatible with high-definition TVs with HDMI capable of 1080p or 720p at 60/50Hz, including popular HDCP-compatible models from these manufacturers: Hitachi, JVC, LG, Mitsubishi, NEC, Panasonic, Philips, Pioneer, Samsung, Sharp, Sony, Toshiba, Vizio, Westinghouse
Warranty and Service 1-year Limited Warranty and service included. Use of Fire TV Stick is subject to the terms found here.
Regional Support Certain services may not be available outside the U.S.
Closed Captioning Watch videos and TV shows with closed captioning displayed. Captions are not available for all content.
Included in the Box Fire TV Stick
Amazon Fire TV Remote
USB cable and power adapter
HDMI extender cable
2 AAA batteries
Quick Start Guide

Both the Amazon Fire TV STB and Fire TV Stick come with a one month trial of Amazon Prime. And of course, the Amazon Fire Game Controller is an extra $40.

- See more at: http://www.dtvusaforum.com/blogs/mrpogi/1136-amazon-roll-out-new-fire-tv-stick.html#sthash.11r79FMQ.dpuf

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ID: 3349Amazon is now taking pre-orders for their new Amazon Fire TV Stick ($39), a device that is positioned to compete with the Google's ChromeCast ($35) and Roku's Streaming Stick ($49). It appears to support most of the features of Amazon's Fire TV Set Top Box ($99), although it has a different processor and GPU. It also has no USB port for media (the micro USB is for power only) and no Audio out or ethernet port. While it has no memory expansion capability like the Fire TV Box, it has 8 GB of internal memory VS the set top box's 1 GB internal memory.

From the Amazon Website:
Fire TV Stick connects your HDTV to a world of online entertainment. Whether you're a Prime member or not, enjoy a huge selection of movies and TV episodes, voice search that actually works, and exclusive features like ASAP. Fire TV Stick is an easy way to enjoy Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, Hulu Plus, low-cost movie rentals, live and on-demand sports, music, photos, games, and more. Due to popular demand, orders placed today are expected to arrive after January 1, 2015. See delivery date at checkout. This item will be released on November 19th.
Here's a comparison chart of the three streaming stick devices:

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Specifications
Size 3.3 x 1.0 x 0.5 in. (84.9 x 25.0 x 11.5 mm)
Weight 0.9 oz. (25.1g)
Processor Broadcom Capri 28155, dual-core 2xARM A9
GPU VideoCore4
Storage 8 GB internal
Memory 1 GB
Wi-Fi Connectivity Dual-band, dual-antenna Wi-Fi (MIMO); supports 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi networks.
Bluetooth Bluetooth 3.0 with support for the following profiles: HID, HFP, HPP
Voice Search Support Yes, requires Fire TV Voice Remote (sold separately) or free Fire TV Remote App (available for download on Fire or Android OS; iOS coming soon)
Game Controller Support Yes, optimized for Amazon Fire Game Controller, compatible with Nyko PlayPad Pro and other Bluetooth controllers.
Cloud Storage All Amazon Cloud Drive customers start with 5 GB of free storage
Ports 1 Type A HDMI 1.4b output, w/HDCP 1.4
1 Micro USB for power only
Audio Dolby Digital Plus certified, audio pass through up to 7.1
Content Formats Supported Video: H.264
Audio: AAC-LC, AC3, eAC3 (Dolby Digital Plus), FLAC, MP3, PCM/Wave, Vorbis
Photo: JPEG, PNG, GIF, BMP
Output Resolution Supported 720p and 1080p up to 60fps
System Requirements High-definition television with available HDMI input, Internet connection via Wi-Fi, a power outlet.
TV Compatibility Compatible with high-definition TVs with HDMI capable of 1080p or 720p at 60/50Hz, including popular HDCP-compatible models from these manufacturers: Hitachi, JVC, LG, Mitsubishi, NEC, Panasonic, Philips, Pioneer, Samsung, Sharp, Sony, Toshiba, Vizio, Westinghouse
Warranty and Service 1-year Limited Warranty and service included. Use of Fire TV Stick is subject to the terms found here.
Regional Support Certain services may not be available outside the U.S.
Closed Captioning Watch videos and TV shows with closed captioning displayed. Captions are not available for all content.
Included in the Box Fire TV Stick
Amazon Fire TV Remote
USB cable and power adapter
HDMI extender cable
2 AAA batteries
Quick Start Guide

Both the Amazon Fire TV STB and Fire TV Stick come with a one month trial of Amazon Prime. And of course, the Amazon Fire Game Controller is an extra $40.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

PBS and PBS KIDS on ROKU

Since I got my first Roku player, I've wondered why PBS doesn't have their own Roku channel - and I'm not the only one who has wondered that. I've been asked by several people where to watch PBS on Roku, and the only answer I could give them is Hulu - which, as we all know, is a paid service when using a Roku. I couldn't understand it myself, since PBS has always been an early adopter of technologies that can spread their programming to a wider audience.

But now at last, PBS and PBS KIDS have their own Roku channels!



I love that PBS and PBS KIDS now have their own channels on Roku that don't require paid services. PBS content has been available on Netflix and Hulu for some time now, but these are paid services on Roku. These PBS channels are 100% FREE. Another problem some people have with using Hulu and Netflix to watch PBS and PBS KIDS is that neither of these "premium" services is exactly "Kid friendly". There's no parental controls whatsoever for either. With these channels and a few other free channels, it's now cheap and easy to set up a Roku player just for the kids. Just buy a ROKU LT for $50, put it on a separate account, add a password, and load it up with the PBS and PBSKIDS kids channels. There are some other channels suitable for for children available on Roku, and most are free, add them as well.

One thing I noticed right away on the PBS channel: I did not see Downton Abbey episodes. That may just be because the season is over, but we'll have to wait and find out. (Sorry, adults.)

Here's some useful links:
Home | PBS
Channel Store | Roku Streaming Player
BabyFirstTV | Roku Guide ($4.99/ month)
Buy a Roku player

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Amazon Announces New Kindle Tablets and Readers

Amazon today announced a revamping of their readers and tablets. They are now available for pre-order.I am looking forward to more details on the tablets - I've had a chance to use the original Kindle Fire. Overall, it is a nice little tablet but it lacked some key features, most notably an HDMI port and a USB port that's good for more than just charging and transferring files. A microphone and camera would be nice, too - the original Kindle Fire has neither.

From Amazon, on Sept 6, 2012:
Dear Customers,
Today we're excited to introduce the all-new Kindle Fire HD.

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Cache Free TV or Cash Free TV? A New Direction...

Cash Free TV
Today, I want to let readers know that www.CashFreeTV.tk now redirects to http://CacheFreeTV.blogspot.com. Either address will bring you to this blog - for now.

Does this mark a new direction for "Cache Free TV"? Well, yes. And no. Eventually, Cache Free TV and Cash Free TV will split off into two distinct blogs. Cache Free TV will continue to provide news and information about Cache Valley, Utah, while Cash Free TV will be a more generalized Free TV resource for the USA and perhaps the world. The two blogs will share most of the general content. But for now, the two will web addresses will point to the same place, and be the same blog.

So, why the changes, and why the ".tk" domain instead of ".com"?

Friday, August 24, 2012

The End Is Near For Traditional Pay TV

"Some day TV will be invented, and it will be FREE!
 And then it will cost money..."
~ Homer Simpson
Pay TV: Change or die.
It doesn't matter what the traditional multi-channel providers (aka "pay TV") do to protect their turf. Eventually the pay TV "package concept" where you have to pay for 150 channels that you don't want, just to get the 5 channels you do want, will fail.

Gradually, viewers are moving away from traditionally distributed pay TV to other sources. As the customer base erodes and income from traditional sources drops, content creators will seek out whatever method of distribution provides them income. The longer Pay TV providers continue bury their heads in the sand, the worse their odds of survival become.

For years pay TV customers have wished for, begged for, pleaded with their pay TV providers for one thing: Ala Carte. The choice to pay for just those networks that they want, and nothing more. And pay TV providers respond by doing as they always have. By turning a deaf ear.

Pay TV has managed to get away with this since cable TV came into being, because customers have had little or no choice. You either pay the cable monopoly in your city for TV, or if you can have a satellite dish, you can choose from two other providers*.
*Fine Print: Satellite TV requires a 2-year commitment.
They like it that way. And they will do whatever it takes to preserve the status quo. There has always been little or no competition among pay TV providers. Until now.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Amazon Cloud Player coming soon to Roku

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From
The Official Roku Blog:

 

As you know, we’re always working to expand the selection of streaming entertainment available on Roku, and we’re thrilled to announce that Amazon Cloud Player is coming soon to Roku in the United States!

Cloud Player makes it a snap to shop from over 20 million songs, upload your own music collection, create and manage playlists, and stream your music from the cloud – all from the comfort of your living room. Today, Amazon launched some great new updates to Cloud Player, including secure backup, scan and match technology, and free audio quality upgrades."

We’re excited to add the updated Cloud Player to our 500+ and growing channel store in the United States, and we’re currently working with the Amazon team to finalize the channel. Stay tuned!

Roku Digital Video Player.10,000 + Videos to Watch

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Where To Watch The London 2012 Olympics

There's been a lot of searching on the internet by people looking for ways to watch the 2012 London Olympics. I've done a little research and find there's more then one way to see Olympic games. This is by no means a complete listing of sources, and it will be updated if I become aware of other sources. If you have found coverage that isn't listed here, please feel free to update this information by adding a comment.

So, lets look at the sources I've found for 2012 Olympics Coverage!