Set-Top Boxes

Sign up to DirecTV Now and get a free Apple TV 4K

DirectTV Now is offering a free Apple TV 4K to customers who sign up for fourth months of its streaming TV service for an upfront cost of $140.<p>The model being given away as part of the offer is an entry level 32GB Apple TV 4K, which usually retails at $179.<p>Direct TV’s monthly “Live a Little” …

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Xiaomi continues its slow expansion into the US with sales on Amazon

Still no smartphones<p>China-based gadget maker Xiaomi is bringing more of its products to the US this week. Two headphone models, a 10,000mAh Mi Power Bank Pro, a 360-degree camera, and a robot coding kit are all coming to Amazon. This continues the company's slow march toward wider device releases …

Xiaomi

Why Have TV Viewers Stopped Channel Surfing?

We all know the headlines about television these days: “Massive ratings declines.” “Prime time down.” “TV dying as viewers cut the cord.”<p>Do these …

Advertising Industry

Foxtel's Christmas drama fest: binge until Santa arrives

Share Email Comments<p>Foxtel is to screen the most-watched drama series from the past year starting from December 1 and playing every day at 10am on …

TV

Amazon reportedly ditching plans to offer a cable TV bundle because it’s still too expensive

Networks are still demanding streaming services stick to the traditional cable model<p>Amazon is shelving plans to introduce a pay-TV bundle over concerns it can’t reliably turn a profit with the service, according to a report today from <i>Reuters</i>. The service was to be part of Amazon Channels, the …

Televisions

Netflix emphasises how its content complements traditional TV, as it tries to woo EMEA operators | Videonet

Netflix has made it clear that it wants to partner with more ‘traditional’ platform operators in EMEA, outlining the benefits that result from …

Televisions

Trump’s Data Gurus Are Now Turning Their Attention To Your TV

Cambridge Analytica is eyeing targeted TV ads and mobile apps alongside some surprising allies.<p>Cambridge Analytica, the Anglo-American data and behavioral science firm that worked for Ted Cruz and Donald Trump–and that sparked an investigation in the U.K. and inquiries by U.S. lawmakers–has …

Cambridge Analytica

Cell C launches low-cost Black streaming plans

Jose Dos Santos<p><b>Cell C has</b> launched a range of low-cost prepaid data bundles to allow users to stream content from its new Black video-on-demand …

Home Theater

Over The Top Market to 2025 – Global Analysis and Forecasts by Content and Revenue Model

<b>The Insight Partners Added “Over The Top (OTT) Market to 2025 – Global Analysis and Forecasts by Content Type (VoIP, Text & Image, Video), Platform</b> …

Home Theater

Hands on Foxtel Now streaming set-top box

Too little, too late, Foxtel's long-awaited streaming media player is outclassed by the Telstra TV 2.<p>While Foxtel has taken a progressive approach to …

Televisions

The definitive guide to watching NFL football without cable

Anyone who’s tried cutting the cord knows that watching live sports is the hardest thing to do without cable. Even getting every game <i>with</i> cable is …

Televisions

Foxtel Now Box Review: $99 well spent

It’s always surprised me, perhaps stunned me, how many people use their Foxtel IQ box to watch Free to Air TV and wonder why they can’t watch Channel …

Televisions

5 reasons why it's the perfect time to buy a 4K TV

The time is finally right to buy a 4K/HDR television — the next step up after HD.<p>I just bought one, which is saying something — I despise buying electronics, and that goes doubly so for TVs.<p>I'm not a videophile, and I don't buy bleeding-edge tech. I only considered the concept of buying a 4K/HDR TV …

Entertainment

Roku TV Set-Top Ad Biz Delivers Impressive Results

Traditional TV media companies need to get into over-the-top TV advertising revenues. The reason is economic. Nontraditional TV companies are making …

Advertising

Don’t Bother with Smart TV Software, Use a Streaming Stick or Set-Top Box Instead

It is all but impossible to buy a TV without getting some kind of bundled software that’s supposed to make your life easier (but mostly just …

Televisions

Roku Stock Rises on First Earnings Report

The set-top box maker grew revenue by 40 percent to nearly $125 million during the third quarter.<p>In its first earnings report since going public in …

Markets

Sky: People Can't Pirate Live Soccer in the UK Anymore

The commotion over the set-top box streaming phenomenon is showing no signs of dying down and if day one at the Cable and Satellite Broadcasting …

Televisions

TV Shows' Visibility Spread Via Ads, Digital Depends On WOM

TV consumers discover a new show via traditional advertising sources, while finding an online show happens through word-of-mouth.<p>Hub Entertainment …

Advertising

Charter Tests Sports-Free Skinny TV Bundle

How would you like to save money on a TV package from a major cable operator and dump the set-top box at the same time?<p>That’s what Charter is …

Smart TV

Foxtel lifts the lid on the Foxtel Now box

Foxtel has unveiled its new Foxtel Now box, a low-cost device which features programming from Foxtel, free-to-air television channels and other …

Streaming

11 cheap gift ideas that actually make life easier

Life is hard. People need to get through the day to day grind and don’t have a lot of extra time to spend on hassles and inconveniences. Fortunately, we’re here to help out in that regard. There are a lot of great gift ideas out there that won’t break the bank, but will actually make your life (or …

Gear & Gadgets

TiVo Revenues Shoot Up 29%

TiVo, formerly Rovi Corp., witnessed strong revenue gains in the third quarter.<p>The interactive program guide/DVR company reported a 29% gain to …

TiVo

Alexa Smart Assistant at Core of Tiny New Amazon Fire TV Set-Top Box

Amazon latest Fire TV Set-Top Box includes the Alexa digital assistant to provide access to thousands of movie and music titles as well as control …

Smart TV

OPINION: new Now TV set-top box? Don’t get too excited | Post Magazine | South China Morning Post

<b>The unsolicited offer</b> of a new Now TV set-top box was too good to turn down. It would mean an HD quality picture and a hard drive to record overnight …

News (China)

Android TV has moved into the mainstream of Pay TV set-top box options | Videonet

The Android TV operating system, which is effectively an open source middleware, is moving into the mainstream in the Pay TV industry. The signs were …

Televisions

Netflix 4K Now On Comcast’s Xfinity X1 Service

Comcast has announced the availability of “seamless access” to Netflix Ultra HD (UHD) 4K programming for its Xfinity X1 TV/Internet platform.<p>Xfinity …

Televisions

Interview: Inside Cell C's Black, with Surie Ramasary

Surie Ramasary<p><b>In this episode</b> of the TechCentral podcast, Duncan McLeod chats to Surie Ramasary, the chief executive for content at Black, Cell C’s …

Home Theater

Free Black set-top boxes for Cell C fibre clients

Surie Ramasary<p><b>Cell C will</b> provide free Android television set-top boxes to customers on its C-Fibre broadband Internet service provider, Surie …

Televisions

Apple TV 4K update will fix its video output problem

Apple TV 4K saw the set-top box leap into the same league as its rivals. But, despite getting so much right, the device still had a handful of flaws -- among them its one video output fits all functionality. AV enthusiasts cried foul, and it seems Apple heard their wails. According to the latest …

Apple

Apple releases fix for one of the Apple TV 4K’s most heavily cited issues

In a session posted to Apple’s Developer site, the tech giant says that tvOS 11.2 allows the Apple TV 4K to automatically switch display modes to …

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