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Time Warner Cable is charging Netflix for a direct connection too

Comcast, then Verizon, AT&T and now Time Warner Cable. That's the list of ISPs that have less-than-politely declined Netflix's free OpenConnect setup, and instead decided they'll take a payment from the streaming service in exchange for connecting its network directly to theirs. Time Warner cable …

Roku TV Debuts With Streaming Hardware Built-In

At this year’s CES show Roku CEO Anthony Wood announced partnerships with two Chinese TV manufacturers to build flat-screens running Roku’s own OS and hardware, eliminating the need for an external set-top box. Today, the US subsidiaries of those companies, Hisense and TCL have officially announced …

Plex rolls out a new update, brings Chromecast support to everyone

Although Plex has officially supported Chromecast since December, up until now you had to have a premium PlexPass in order to use it. Today Plex is bringing out a new update that removes this requirement.<p>So what’s the catch here? Nothing, other than you’ll have to pay a one-time fee of $4.99 to …

Smart TV

Mohu Channels Is A Roku Alternative For Cord Cutters

While on-demand video fans eagerly await Amazon’s rumored set-top box and a new generation Apple TV, antenna-maker Mohu has developed its own solution, targeted squarely at cord cutters, that brings OTA broadcast channels, streaming apps, and web content to your TV. Dubbed Mohu Channels, the …

Hands-on with Mohu Channels: Over-the-air TV, streaming apps meet in an Android-powered box

Mohu's new streaming box just launched its Kickstarter campaign and aims to bring all your cable-cutting content sources into a single, simple channel grid.<p>Mohu made its name selling flat antennas for receiving over-the-air TV, but it's now the latest company jockeying to provide the media box in …

Televisions

XBMC 13.0 "Gotham" beta provides significantly improved Android playback

XBMC has released an exciting new beta version of their media center software. XBMC 13.0, codenamed “Gotham” has been a year in the making and addresses their number one user request – Android hardware decoding. That’s right folks, the official XBMC player for Android 4.0 and higher now has native …

Raspberry Pi

Here’s why Amazon’s Fire TV could become a big seller: Kids

Advertisement<p>10 Comments<p>Credit: Amazon<p>Amazon’s (S AMZN) new Fire TV streaming box offers a lot of the same content that’s already available through …

Ready To Cut The Cable TV Cord? Here's How To Do It

In the face of rising prices, poor customer service and ever more frequent blackouts over fee disputes, many consumers yearn for a way out of the grip of their cable TV subscription. Though companies such as Google, Intel, Sony and Apple are all working on Internet-delivery TV platforms, none have …

Plex's new Chromecast features let you watch more content, better than ever before

Plex launched support for Chromecast a few months ago, and now its offering is getting even better. Starting today, Android users (sorry, iPhones!) can not only cast any music, videos or photos from their Plex library onto their TVs using Chromecast, they can also play content in file formats …

A lifelong cable hoarder cuts the cord and it’s a relief… kinda

Advertisement<p>16 Comments<p>Credit: Shutterstock / Mikhail Melnikov<p>For years I was a cable apologist. Others cried foul on ever-increasing prices, poor …

Roku teams up with TCL and Hisense for first Roku TV sets

Advertisement<p>0 Comments<p>After years of making little black media streaming boxes, Roku is adding something bigger to its product portfolio: The …

Channel Master is developing a whole-home DVR solution for cord cutters

Advertisement<p>22 Comments<p>Channel Master, known for its over-the-air TV antennas as well as some early digital video recorders that go along with these …

Tablo starts taking preorders for its DVR for cord cutters, shows off HTML5 app at CES

Advertisement<p>0 Comments<p>Tablo has started to take preorders for its DVR, which promises to record up to four shows of free over-the-air broadcast TV …

After ABC’s cord-cutting block, pirate downloads shoots up 300%

Advertisement<p>17 Comments<p>ABC may have pulled the plug on cord-cutters by imposing an eight-day delay on non-cable or Hulu subscribers, but the …

Redesigning its TV apps helped Hulu to grow viewing time by 30 percent

Advertisement<p>5 Comments<p>If you needed any more proof that design matters, take this: Last year’s redesign of the Hulu Plus app for smart TVs and …

TV antenna maker Mohu targets cord cutters with new Channels device

Advertisement<p>18 Comments<p>Mohu, best known for its Mohu Leaf TV antenna, is introducing a new device that combines over-the-air TV with online video …

Raspberry Pi XBMC Solutions Compared: Raspbmc vs OpenELEC vs XBian

XBMC is one of our favorite media center solutions, and the Raspberry Pi makes a dandy XBMC machine for $35. With three different builds for the Pi, …

NetfliXBMC Brings a Better, Remote-Controlled Netflix to XBMC

With a good home theater PC, you can play just about anything—though Netflix has always been a bit difficult. A new XBMC add-on called NetfliXBMC …

Plex, Realplayer, Pandora & More!

<i>If you’re in a hurry, you can check out the video above!</i><p>When the Chromecast was launched in July, it was almost unanimously agreed to be a bargain at just $35. However, it was also noted that it was fairly limited, with support limited to a few Google apps like Youtube, Google Play Music and the …

Apps

Streaming Smackdown: Google Chromecast vs. Roku 3 vs. Apple TV

There are so many streaming video devices designed for the home theater market right now that it’s getting difficult to keep up. Roku, Chromecast, …

How I Did the Impossible: HBO Without Cable TV

By<p>Martin Peers<p>Martin Peers<p>The Wall Street Journal<p>Biography<p><i>Martin Peers is the WSJ’s Media and Marketing Editor</i><p>Life as a cord-cutter, without a pay television subscription, isn’t as much of a fringe activity as it might seem. Lots of TV shows are available for purchase on iTunes, often right after …

Raspberry Pi Media Center Rocks My World: Part 1

With over 1,000,000 Raspberry Pi’s in the wild, it wouldn’t surprise me if there are some left unused, tucked away in their boxes, waiting for a killer app. I’m here to tell you that the app is here and you can set it up in about 20 minutes. There is no coding or no command line work involved; You …