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AMC Networks Warns It May Go Dark On DirecTV

AMC Networks adroitly alerted its viewers about the possible service interruption for DirecTV’s 20.2M subs during its hit <i>The Walking Dead</i>. Its …

HomeMonitor, Simplicam, and Netcam HD: Can any of them beat Dropcam?

I’ve never been all that interested in home surveillance. At my house I’ve slept well for years with an old-fashioned burglar alarm and a deadbolt, …

Big Media Is Making Its Problems Worse by Making So Many TV Shows

It may be unlikely for TV advertising to drop as fast newspaper ad revenue did over the past 10 years, but its still unclear just how fast this …

Famigo brings family-focused entertainment (and parental sanity) to GM connected cars

Mobile devices are popular for keeping children engaged during long stretches of boring grownup activities. Of course, you need an adult around to make sure kids aren’t accessing anything inappropriate. But if that adult has to keep their eyes on the road while driving, they’ll need a service like …

Starz’s Chris Albrecht: OTT Distribution ‘Is a Tide That Has To Turn’

Starz CEO Chris Albrecht has come out strongly in favor of embracing over-the-top distribution options for the pay TV group in the U.S. and …

Could your washer really charge your smartphone from across the room?

Wireless charging is a little bit more convenient than plugging your device in, but was picking up a microUSB lead ever that much of a chore in the first place? White goods and TV supremos Haier believe so, which is why it's signed a development pact with wireless charging outfit Energous. The …

Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo crashes after launch

Virgin Galactic's latest plane/rocket, dubbed "SpaceShipTwo", crashed after takeoff this morning above the Mojave Air and Space Port in California. Director Stu Witt told Bakersfield, California's <i>KGET</i> that the plane crashed east of Mojave. Two pilots helmed SpaceShipTwo, and their condition is …

Google Play Movies TV comes to Roku set-top boxes

Roku remains the Switzerland of set-top boxes, letting you play movies and TV shows purchased from multiple stores, including Amazon Instant Video …

Mirror your smartphone or tablet to the TV with a Roku

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How Sonos Built the Perfect Wireless Speaker

The Sonos Studio is easy to miss, tucked between vintage furniture stores and art galleries on a sun-bleached stretch of La Brea Boulevard in Los …

LG Elec plans quantum dot TVs alongside OLED sets

SEOUL (Reuters) - LG Electronics Inc (066570.KS), maker of expensive OLED display televisions, said it will supplement its line-up of next-generation TVs with sets using cheaper quantum dot display technology under a dual-track strategy.<p>The LG company logo is seen following an event during the …

Brazil Is Keeping Its Promise to Avoid the U.S. Internet

Brazil was not bluffing last year, when it said that it wanted to disconnect from the United States-controlled internet due to the NSA's obscenely …

Channel Master tempts cord-cutters by adding YouTube to its subscription-free DVR

Let's imagine that you want to cut the cord, but still want to watch local OTA programming. If you want a DVR with online features, you've only really got the option of buying TiVo's Roamio OTA. Unfortunately, that device comes with a $15 per month subscription that might bite if you're trying to …

Rachio smart sprinkler update reduces water usage, ties into Nest for fire protection

It's not only your home that's getting smarter these days. Your yard can boost its intelligence too. Rachio, makers of the Iro smart sprinkler …

14% of Broadband Homes Don’t Take Pay-TV: Study

About 14% of adult broadband subscribers don’t take a traditional pay-TV service, up from 9% in 2011, The Diffusion Group found in a new report,</i> …

Bolt Power D28 Portable Car Jump Starter review: Bolt Power D28 fits in a glovebox, jump-starts your car - CNET

<b>The Good</b> The Bolt Power D28 includes a cable for charging portable electronics including iOS devices, a cable for charging laptops, and the ability to jump-start a car. Its large battery can fully recharge an iPad.<p><b>The Bad</b> Only one USB port limits the number of devices that can be charged at</b> …

How to make Google Now your TV companion

Forget relying on the convoluted TV guide from your cable or satellite provider. Google Now is a much better TV companion, telling you about what’s …

Comcast Starts To Deploy IP-Only Boxes For X1

0<p>SHARES<p>Comcast confirmed that it has begun to introduce an all-IP HD client video for its X1 platform in select markets around the country.<p>A Comcast …

One Man's Quest to Track Every NBA Shot Remade Basketball

<i>Editor's note: With the start of Olympic basketball medal rounds, WIRED is reprising this feature about how Kirk Goldsberry's obsession with</i> …

Amped Wireless gets into the touchscreen wireless hardware game

Amped Wireless, as you know, is the plucky outfit that builds WiFi routers designed to cover huge spaces with internet. This time out, however, the company has decided to develop a range extender that, like a few others in its class, comes with a 3.5-inch touchscreen for easy setup. According to …

Comcast X1 roll-out must be faster to match pace of OTT innovation

• nScreenMedia/<br>• Market Data /<br>• Comcast X1 roll-out must be faster to match pace of OTT innovation<p>Comcast is trumpeting the success of the X1 platform in …

FiOS is offering an amazing Netflix deal that might be too good to pass up

Netflix and on-demand streaming have changed the way we watch movies and TV shows, sometimes letting us binge on an entire season at once. And if you …

Roku could file for IPO soon, raise as much as $150 million

Roku is working with investment banks to prepare a confidential IPO filing, according to a Wall Street Journal report. The Journal noted that Roku …

Satellogic envisions a world where satellites capture live video feeds of the Earth

How do you decide when to water your yard? Maybe you do every day, no matter what, or maybe you have a moisture sensor buried in the ground that …

Vizio P2ui-B series review: Price-busting 4K TV updates for an improved picture - CNET

<b>The Good</b> The Vizio P series delivers 4K resolution for significantly less than other major TV brands. Its picture quality, thanks to full-array local dimming, delivers deep black levels (aside from the 55-inch size) and excellent contrast for an LCD TV. Color accuracy and some aspects of video …

Nest acquires Revolv in a bid to control your entire smart home

Nest has just acquired Boulder, CO-based Revolv, one of the most flexible smart home platforms on the market. It's a big move in the growing smart home market, which has two main battles: the individual devices and the platform they run on to make our homes smarter. Nest, with its popular smart …

Amazon Unveils $39 Fire TV Stick

Amazon's Chromecast competitor is here; Amazon Prime members who pre-order now can get it for $19.<p>PCMag reviews products independently, but we may …

How the XPrize Foundation Is Building Our Next-Gen Health Sensors

Apple and Google aren't the only ones pushing for a new generation of wearables and gadgets that can monitor your health from minute to minute.<p>As the …

"Skinny Bundles" Are Supposed to Be Big for TV. But Comcast Says Sales Have Slowed.

Comcast may be okay with that.<p>Many people think that “skinny bundles” — pay-TV packages that include Internet access and a relatively small number of TV channels — are going to be a big part of TV’s future.<p>But that prediction got a little cloudier this morning, when Comcast* told Wall Street that …

Cable’s Upfront Dollars Fell 6% To $9.6B, First Slump In 4 Years

Advertisers committed fewer dollars to national cable TV networks for the first time since before the 2009-2010 TV season, according to data released …