By Ken Werner • Oct 24 2014, 6:52pm
At PEPCOM’s Holiday Spectacular, a press-and-analysts-only show held last monthÂ at the Metropolitan Pavilion on New York City’s West Side, I came across the new ASUS PG278Q 2560×1440 gaming monitor.
In discussing the monitor with ASUS personnel, and then with nVidia’s Bryan Del Rizzo, I learned things about the way high-performance games present their imagery to […]
By Pete Putman • Jun 28 2012, 10:25pm
Leap Motion's new gesture recognition system is two hundred times more sensitive than the Xbox Kinect...and it's only $70.
By Alfred Poor • Apr 5 2012, 1:00pm
Last week, Microsoft launched three (anticipated) new services on their Xbox Live system.
Subscribers can now get Comcast’s XFINITYÂ TV, HBO GO, and MLB.TV.
You need to be a subscriber to each of these services in order to get it streamed to your Xbox (just as you have to have a Netflix subscription to access its [...]
By Alfred Poor • Apr 3 2012, 1:00pm
Video gaming consoles have come a long way since the early Atari 2600 and other devices.
We’ve gone from pixelated little cartoon characters to almost life-like “meat puppets” that live out adventures in an immersive three-dimensional world.
The Xbox 360, Playstation, and Wii provide a window onto interactive entertainment enjoyed by millions of consumers worldwide.
By The HT Guys • Oct 7 2011, 6:44am
It seems like every new home theater device wants a network or an Internet connection these days.
Your TV wants to be connected, your Blu-ray player, even some receivers want to be online.
Not to mention dedicated media players and gaming devices.
If you don't have a hard wired connection to your theater gear, you can usually try WiFi, but even good connections can be unreliable at times.
That's where a good Powerline adapter can make all the difference.
By Shane Sturgeon • Sep 26 2011, 12:54am
DISH Network L.L.C.
and Blockbuster L.L.C.
announced today Blockbuster Movie Pass, the most comprehensive TV entertainment programming package ever delivered by a multichannel pay TV provider.
1, 2011, Blockbuster Movie Pass is available for DISH Network customers, starting at...
By Alfred Poor • Aug 24 2011, 1:00pm
Okay, here’s how I see it.
Online streaming content has been the poor step-child of the broadcast networks, movie studios, and other content distributors.
All the good stuff goes to the cable and satellite services, and the crumbs fall to the online sites.
But streaming is managing to post some impressive growth and revenue figures, [...]
By The HT Guys • Aug 19 2011, 6:48am
Have you ever wondered what the biggest mistakes are that people make when buying a new HDTV? Or perhaps you're looking for ideas for projectors to use in your home theater.
Forget that, you want to know how to get NFL Sunday Ticket on your PS3.
We've got all that and more on an action packed episode of the HDTV and Home Theater Podcast.
And for your reference, the answer is 22 minutes.
By Alfred Poor • Jun 13 2011, 1:00pm
From the “How’s That Again?” Department: The market research firm NPD Group has released information from recent studies that indicates Blu-ray technology is starting to take hold and make up some of the ground lost by DVD sales.
The company found that nearly half of all Sony PlayStation3 users watched at least one Blu-ray movie [...]
By The HT Guys • Feb 11 2011, 7:19am
We don’t think there is one listener/reader out there who has not wanted to connect their computer to their TV.
In the traditional sense a computer connected to your TV is commonly referred to as a Home Theater PC or HTPC.
This requires you to dedicate a computer connected to the TV or at least use a Media Extender device like an Xbox 360.
On today’s show we look at a device that is part Media Extender and part HDMI extension cord.
We are talking about the McTiVia ($230 with shipping) and it works with both Windows and Macs.
By Alfred Poor • Oct 19 2010, 1:00pm
Netflix has released new software updates for the Nintendo Wii and the Sony PS3 that lets them access the Netflix online streaming service, without having to put in a disc.
They now join the Microsoft XBox 360 in having this convenient feature.
This enormous installed base helps extend Netflix’s reach just that much further.
The streaming [...]
By Alfred Poor • Oct 6 2010, 1:00pm
The market-tracking firm Futuresource is bullish on Blu-ray.
The company forecasts that 24 million players will be sold in 2010, just in the U.S., Europe, and Japan.
And this does not include the Sony PlayStation 3 (which includes a Blu-ray player).
The company predicts that 11 million of these units — nearly half of the [...]
By Shane Sturgeon • Aug 18 2010, 1:52am
Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC.
(SCEA) today announced that the PlayStation®3 (PS3(TM)) system will be offered in North America with 160GB or 320GB Hard Disk Drives (HDD), offering more capacity to download games and entertainment content from PlayStation®Network along with personal digital content, such as music, photos, and videos.
The new models will continue to offer the same advanced features and functions of the current models, but with approximately 33 percent more capacity and at compelling price points.
This increased HDD space addresses the growing demand for the digital content offered on PlayStation®Network, where more than 1 billion pieces of content have been downloaded as of July 2010.
At $299.99 (MSRP), the 160GB model PS3 system offers...
By Shane Sturgeon • Jul 14 2010, 9:40pm
Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC (SCEA) and Hulu(TM), an online video service offering an expanded selection of television shows and movies, announced that the Hulu Plus(TM) preview will begin today on the PlayStation®3 (PS3(TM)) computer entertainment system in the United States with the consumer release of Hulu Plus available to all PS3 owners set to occur in the coming months.
PS3 is the first and only console with dedicated gaming functionality that will offer Hulu Plus in 2010.
Hulu Plus will deliver...
By Alfred Poor • Oct 27 2009, 1:00pm
According to a Digital Trends report, a Microsoft spokesperson has stated that there are no plans to build an XBox version with a Blu-ray player in place of the current standard definition DVD drive.
Microsoft was a backer of the ill-fated HD DVD technology, but now that even Toshiba has started shipping a Blu-ray player, [...]
By Shane Sturgeon • Oct 26 2009, 12:30pm
Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc.
(SCEA) and Netflix, Inc.
(NASDAQ: NFLX) today announced that they are joining forces to make thousands of movies and TV episodes from Netflix available to be streamed instantly to TVs via the PlayStation®3 (PS3(TM)) computer entertainment system.
Netflix expects to begin streaming via the PS3 system...
By Shane Sturgeon • Aug 19 2009, 3:15am
Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.
(SCE) today unveiled the new PlayStation 3 (CECH-2000A) (body color: charcoal black) computer entertainment system, featuring an extremely streamlined form factor with a 120GB Hard Disk Drive (HDD).
The new PlayStation 3 (PS3 ) system will become available in stores from...
By Shane Sturgeon • Dec 10 2008, 12:36pm
Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.
(SCE) today announced that its highly anticipated PlayStation(R)Home Beta service for PLAYSTATION(R)3 (PS3(R)) will become available for all PS3 users around the world(*1) on December 11, 2008.
Following the successful completion of the closed beta service, PlayStation Home's open beta service will continue to evolve with new features and functionality.
PlayStation Home is a ground-breaking 3D social gaming community available on PS3 that allows users to...
By Alfred Poor • Oct 10 2008, 1:00pm
The IPTV camel has inched its nose a little further under the tent.
You might find PBS and Microsoft to be unlikely partners — especially centered on a video gaming console like the Xbox 360 — but the two have come together to offer PBS programming on the Xbox LIVE service.
You might be as [...]
By The HT Guys • Jul 18 2008, 6:37am
Sony announced on Tuesday that that they would begin offering movies and TV shows for download to the Playstation 3 through the Playstation store.
Movies are available from Disney, Fox and Warner Bros in addition to the obvious inclusion of Sony Pictures titles.
The system is setup much like Vudu and AppleTV, new release movies can be rented for $3.99 in standard def and $5.99 in high definition or purchased in SD for $14.99.
Older titles are available for rent for $2.99 for SD, $4.50 for HD and $9.99 for purchase.
So the big question is, "How does Sony's offering stack up against Vudu or AppleTV?"