A new TV download service is trying to one-up iTunes.
Though it has far less content than Apple's service, SyncTV offers themed channels of TV content available for subscription or purchase over the Web. Each channel will run about $2 each per month, and currently there are four subscription channels available.
In most cases, if you subscribe to a channel, you also get access to every episode of the shows on that channel, SyncTV CEO John Gildred says. So far, the biggest content name that has signed on is Showtime. That's not the most compelling for the average … Read more
WorldTV is one of the companies making its debut at today's NewTeeVee Conference here in San Francisco. The site is hyper-focused, letting users create custom channels containing videos taken from Google's videos properties, along with AOL and Yahoo's. Once you've added the videos either by URL or built-in search, you can simply pass along the permalinked URL to friends to have them watch your collection in a full-screen player.
Channels can be branded with a text logo that sits to the right of the player, although advanced users can go in and upload an image instead. … Read more
At the NewTeeVee Live conference in San Francisco today, AT&T Group President Ralph de la Vega gave a peek into projects from the AT&T lab.
The focus of all these demos was the interplay of the Net, mobility and television, what AT&T calls, "three-screen integration." The most compelling was a cellular-based videophone application where the video call could be transferred to a television. "Wouldn't you take that call? It's only 50 cents," de la Vega said.
Also in the labs: Multiple picture-in-picture, so you can watch multiple video … Read more
The Japanese electronic manufacturer's new LCD TVs are so thin and light that runway models can carry them around and even do a catwalk without breaking a sweat. That was the key message from Hitachi at its recent regional press event in Singapore. (More photos here.)
Available in black, red, white and blue, the UT series of LCD TVs was first unveiled three weeks ago in Japan and consists of two components: the monitor, which measures just 35mm thick (less than 1.4 inches), and a separate media station that houses the TV tuner, connectors, and S-iVDR slot. The … Read more
If you would have told me a month ago that I'd be ga-ga for the Zune, I would have had you institutionalized. "Zune-lover? Are you high?" But here I am, smitten with the Zune 80, spending my entire weekend exploring every little feature while my trusty iPod languishes in my messenger bag.
I'll be updating the MP3 Insider blog this week with some personal insights on why the Zune is currently rocking my world. I invite all the Apple fanboys and girls to sound off in the comments section to try and snap me out of … Read more
Sure, you could pay iTunes two bucks for every episode of The Office you download to your PC. Or you could add a TV tuner and record unlimited shows--in high def!--free of charge. eCost has the Viore Portable HDTV Tuner for just $55, a steal at twice the price.
Just plug this USB tuner into your desktop or notebook, then connect an analog cable feed or the included ATSC antenna. The latter lets you pull down HD channels right outta thin air (provided you live in a metropolitan area).
To record shows for later viewing, you'll need Windows … Read more
I've really enjoyed seeing the lifecasting movement take off. I can't say I feel the need to visit these sites on a regular basis, but like a roller coaster built for children, they provide enjoyable moments mixed in with some less-than-incredible build-up. One of the newest entrants to the space is Mod My Life, which shares a lot in common with its other lifecasting brethren by mixing up live Webcam footage with user chat. The twist is that the person with the Webcam is an actor or comedian, and the audience gets to control what he or she is doing.
All the user-created actions are created and voted on by users, and they show up in an upcoming section that lets the group weed out the good ideas from the bad. The four most popular get dropped into a voting pool where users can vote on the item as many times as they like until the time runs out. The "Modstars," which are the people with the cameras strapped to their heads, then has to go do what people have told them to do.
While watching last night I was treated to several awkward moments of Modstar Jason Wilder Evans bothering people around the greater New York area before managing to somehow walk into what looked like an attempted robbery with a baseball bat. The robbery had just been broken up by the convenience store's security guard. We never really found out what happened, but the damage had been done, and I sat quietly in awe along with the rest of the viewers as Jason called the police and recounted what had happened with other witnesses.
The rest of the show wasn't nearly as gripping as that bit, but like the creators have told me, a lot of it depends on the Modstar, and other variables like location, time of day, and what ideas the community has got cooking. In many ways it's a lot like Justin.TV when they first started out. Far from what Justin Kan and company have expanded to now with their platform and live channel selection, Mod My Life is treading a slightly different path and trying to pack as much as they can into just an hour or less instead of going for daylong marathons. For that, I think viewers who are willing to base their watching around the "time slot" will be getting more bang for their buck (note: the site is free).
While some 12,000 TV and film screenwriters go on strike this week, people are filling the void by turning to other forms of media, such as DVDs and the Internet. Ironically, these outlets are exactly what the members of the Writers Guild want more of the profit of (and don't want people to support). They're hoping to come to an agreement soon, although the last walk out like this (in 1988) lasted for five months. Ouch.
We'll miss The Office, Desperate Housewives and Conan O'brien, but it's not the end of the world, right? … Read more
There are a number of TVs on the market that are waterproof and others that have mirrored screens, but now we have one that combines both. The "Luxurite Wireless Waterproof TV" is a high-definition set that comes in 17 or 19 inches with an optional mirrored finish that appears when it's turned off. The U.K.-made TV can be used outdoors as well as indoors, Trendir says, and its remote is waterproof as well--but you'll pay the price for that durability, to the tune of $4,161. Even though it would be perfect by the … Read more