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Microsoft and Netflix Unveil Partnership to Instantly Stream Movies and TV Episodes to the TV via Xbox LIVE

By Shane Sturgeon • Jul 15 2008, 2:49am

An exciting new home theater experience is coming to living rooms this holiday season. At the E3 Media and Business Summit, Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ:MSFT) and Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ:NFLX) , the world's largest online movie rental service, today unveiled an exclusive partnership to offer consumers the ability to instantly stream movies and TV episodes from Netflix to the television via the Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system. Xbox 360 will be the only game system that lets users instantly watch movies and TV episodes streamed from Netflix. This movie watching innovation will be available to Xbox LIVE Gold members who are also Netflix subscribers and will let those users enjoy streaming movies from Netflix on Xbox LIVE at no additional cost.

A growing library of more than 10,000 movies and TV episodes will be available from Netflix when it launches on...

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HDTV and Home Theater Podcast #288 - Turn your Xbox 360 into a streaming Netflix player

By The HT Guys • Jun 27 2008, 7:23am

Living large and lovin' life. Ara's back from vacation and we hit the ground running. Can you tell it's summer yet? Of course there's tons of great news and emails, but we also came across an article at lifehacker on how to turn your Xbox 360 into a streaming Netflix player. Pretty handy. Check it out.

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HDTV Almanac - Sony Bringing IPTV to PS3

By Alfred Poor • Apr 18 2008, 1:00pm

As you may know by now, I’m a big proponent of video content delivered over the Internet, though I don’t have a clear vision of just what method — or methods — will win out eventually. The big news from Sony comes from a posting on their Playstation.Blog that is attributed to Peter Dille, Senior [...]


Iomega Announces New Media Xporter Drive for Use With Today's Popular Game Consoles

By Shane Sturgeon • Apr 17 2008, 1:52pm

Iomega Corporation (NYSE:IOM) , a global leader in data protection and security, today announced the new Iomega(R) Media Xporter(TM) Drive, a game-oriented portable hard drive that provides cross-platform media storage for Xbox(TM) 360 and PlayStation(R) 3 consoles, making it easier than ever to utilize today's popular game consoles and high definition televisions and other large screen TVs to share photos, videos, and music collections with family and friends.

The wallet-sized USB-powered 160GB* Media Xporter Drive utilizes the USB 2.0 ports on the Xbox 360 or the PlayStation 3 to...


Sony Computer Entertainment America Unveils Revamped PLAYSTATION(R) Store for PS3

By Shane Sturgeon • Apr 15 2008, 2:05pm

Sony Computer Entertainment America (SCEA) today introduced a new, more dynamic look and faster, more fluid navigation to PLAYSTATION(R)Store for PLAYSTATION(R)3 (PS3(TM)). As part of the revamp, PLAYSTATION Store, previously a Web-based storefront, now lives natively as an application on the PS3 system, dramatically improving navigation speed. PS3 users can now more quickly and seamlessly shop, purchase and download...


High Performance AMD Phenom™ X4 Processors Lead the Charge to HD Desktop Gaming and Video

By Shane Sturgeon • Mar 27 2008, 8:33pm

AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced immediate availability of four new high-performance AMD Phenom™ X4 processors for PC users in search of the Ultimate Visual Experience. Led by the AMD Phenom X4 9850 Black Edition processor, each CPU features true quad-core design, and when matched to AMD 790 series chipsets supports up to four award-winning ATI Radeon™ HD 3800 series graphics cards. This enthusiast PC platform, codenamed "Spider," energizes the latest PC gaming titles, speeds high-definition video playback, and delivers amazing performance for advanced productivity and multi-tasking.

Featuring the best quad-core desktop CPUs AMD has offered, these AMD Phenom X4 quad-core processors can improve performance for gaming and multi-threaded applications. The AMD Phenom X4 9850 Black Edition is...

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HDTV and Home Theater Podcast #261 - Media Extender Devices

By The HT Guys • Mar 24 2008, 9:41pm

Windows Media Center Extenders
Up until recently the only extender device available for your media center PC was the Xbox 360. On today's show we will discuss some new extender devices that are currently (or soon to be) on the market.

We also discus the results of a survey that we recently conducted.

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HDTV and Home Theater Podcast #254 - Playstation 3 in your Home Theater

By The HT Guys • Feb 29 2008, 2:24pm

It's pretty clear by now that Blu-ray won the high definition video disk war. By the end of this year HD-DVD could be a distant memory and those who want to watch High Definition movies will need a Blu-ray player. There are a bunch of options out there for those in the market, and the Sony PlayStation 3 has been talked about as the most capable player available. For a long time it was the least expensive way to get a Blu-ray player. That isn't true anymore, but it's still close. It's currently available in two models, a 40 GB model for $399.99 and an 80 GB model for $499.99. Today we'll ignore the gaming side for the most part and look at how the device performs as a home theater device.

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HDTV Almanac - HD DVD for $50

By Alfred Poor • Feb 27 2008, 2:00pm

Blu-ray has won. HD DVD has been vanquished. But did you expect the prices to fall this fast? Check out the Microsoft Xbox 360 Web site: http://www.xbox.com/en-US/hardware/x/xbox360hddvdplayer/default.htm. Microsoft is offering the the Xbox 360 HD DVD player for $49.99. And that apparently still includes five free HD DVD titles.
Microsoft has put a tidy disclaimer on [...]


HDTV Almanac - Gamers Get HDTV

By Alfred Poor • Dec 20 2007, 2:00pm

A new survey by Nielsen shows that game console buyers are indeed buying HDTVs in order to get the maximum performance from their systems. According to the results, 71% of the PS3 owners have their consoles connected to an HDTV, while 66% of XBox 360 and 65% of Wii systems are hooked up to HDTVs.
It’s [...]


Spike TV and GameTrailers.com to Launch Hi-Definition Show for Gamers - On-Air and Online

By Shane Sturgeon • Dec 12 2007, 3:24pm

Spike TV and GameTrailers.com (GT), both divisions of Viacom Inc.'s (NYSE:VIA) (NYSE:VIA.B) MTVN Entertainment Group, announced today an unprecedented multi-platform integration with the launch of "GameTrailers TV with Geoff Keighley." This weekly, entertaining and informative magazine-style show for gamers will be available in high- definition on-air and online beginning Friday, January 25, 2008. Produced and created by GameTrailers.com, "GameTrailers TV" marks the first time an MTVN Entertainment Group digital property has fully executed a half-hour show for linear television. Taking Spike TV's "Game Head" to the next level, "GameTrailers TV" will provide viewers with expanded editorial content and an all-new level of interaction online at GameTrailers.com.

"GameTrailers TV" is hosted and executive produced by industry veteran...


HDTV Almanac - HDTV? Game On!

By Alfred Poor • Dec 7 2007, 2:00pm

It’s a recurring theme of mine that I have not visited in a while, but an announcement from Sharp yesterday brought it to the fore once again. The topic is “Video Gaming and HDTVs“. I have long-contended that many of the young adults with gaming consoles have the discretionary income and the inclination to trick [...]

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Sharp Introduces 2nd Generation Full HD 1080p AQUOS® LCD TV Optimized for Gaming

By Shane Sturgeon • Dec 6 2007, 4:02pm

Sharp, a worldwide leader in flat-panel Liquid Crystal Display Televisions (LCD TV), is introducing a second generation widescreen 32-inch (LC-32GP3U) Full HD 1080p AQUOS® LCD TV, created specifically for gamers. Built with the needs of gamers in mind, the new GP3U model handles the highest frame rates of even the most challenging video games and is equipped with special features that enhance the gaming experience.

Available in three glossy finish colors, black (LC-32GP3U-B), a unique dark wine red (LC-32GP3U-R) and white (LC-32GP3U-W), the new gaming series sports a striking new slim-line design, with a significantly smaller footprint, as well as...


Microsoft Launches New Xbox 360 Console for Families

By Shane Sturgeon • Oct 23 2007, 3:23pm

Just in time for holiday, Microsoft Corp. today released a new Xbox 360(R) console that delivers games and content to everyone in the family for an incredible value of $279.99 (U.S. estimated retail price)*. Available in stores beginning today, Xbox 360 Arcade console is the first Xbox 360 console to include five family-friendly games, a wireless controller, a high-definition multimedia interface (HDMI) connection to enable high-definition output if desired and 256 MB of memory useful for storing games and entertainment content. At $279.99, the Xbox 360 Arcade console will include five best-selling games: "PAC-MAN Championship Edition" (NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc.), "Uno" (Carbonated Games), "Luxor 2" (MumboJumbo), "Boom Boom Rocket" (Electronic Arts Inc.) and "Feeding Frenzy" (Sprout Games).

The news of Xbox 360 Arcade comes as part of a broader initiative by Microsoft to...


Sony Announces New 40GB Playstation(R)3 (PS3(TM)) and Reduces Price on 80GB Model

By Shane Sturgeon • Oct 18 2007, 2:24pm

Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. (SCEA) today announced plans to introduce a new 40GB model of its PLAYSTATION(R)3 (PS3(TM)) computer entertainment system. Beginning November 2nd, to further enhance the HD entertainment experience, the new 40GB PS3 model will come bundled with the blockbuster movie Spider-Man(TM) 3 Blu-ray Disc(TM) (BD) from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, and will be available in North America for a suggested retail price of $399 (USD/CND). The company also announced that effective immediately, the current 80GB PS3 model will be available in North America for $499 (USD/CND), $100 below the original launch price.

The new 40GB PS3 will no longer play...

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HDTV Almanac - Tipping Point for HD DVD?

By Alfred Poor • Oct 16 2007, 2:00pm

In the battle for the high-definition DVD, Blu-ray has a big advantage because there are all those PlayStation 3 consoles out there with Blu-ray drives. In spite of this, HD DVD has a strong advantage by having lower cost players than Blu-ray; entry level models cost about half as much. And I’m convinced that purchase [...]

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Ed's View - SHDTV (Part Duo)

By Ed Milbourn • Aug 14 2007, 5:33pm

By the end of 2007 more than 5000 North American movie screens will be capable of showing digitally distributed motion pictures, some of which are produced in 3D. The distribution medium, however, remains mechanical, i.e. the actual digital data are stored as encrypted files on hard discs. Downloading of the files via satellite has been successfully demonstrated internationally, and undoubtedly will replace the ferrying of hard drives soon.

The key to this high quality, economical motion picture distribution system is...

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HDTV Almanac - HD DVD Prices Drop!

By Alfred Poor • May 18 2007, 2:00pm

Sony has reported dismal financials for last year, due in large part to all the money they lost on the Playstation 3 by selling them with Blu-ray drives at less than the manufacturing costs. Now Toshiba is turning up the heat in the high definition DVD race by cutting prices on their HD DVD models.
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HDTV Podcast #168

By The HT Guys • May 4 2007, 12:34pm

Ever wonder how you would design the perfect Xbox 360 Home Theater Edition? Gizmodo thought about it, and came up with some cool ideas. We also have a review of the Panasonic DMR-EZ47VK DVD Recorder; it received the coveted 'digital video Swiss Army knife' award.


Microsoft Unveils Xbox 360 Elite

By Shane Sturgeon • Mar 28 2007, 9:47am

Microsoft Corp. today announced the upcoming availability of Xbox 360™ Elite, a new model of the video game and entertainment system that includes a 120GB hard drive, a high-definition multimedia interface (HDMI) port, a high-definition cable, and a premium black finish for the console, wireless controller, and Xbox Live® headset.

Xbox 360 Elite has enough space for a library of Xbox Live Arcade games and thousands of songs, as well as downloadable high-definition TV shows and movies available on Xbox Live Marketplace. The new 120GB hard drive also will be sold as a stand-alone accessory to give current Xbox 360 owners greater choice and flexibility in their games and entertainment experience.

Additional Xbox 360 Elite accessories...