Sean Portnoy

Sean Portnoy is a former executive editor at Computer Shopper magazine and editor at CNET Networks.

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Vudu offers new format to stream 1080p HD movies to its BX100 player

As I mentioned in my post yesterday about Netflix, one of the obstacles video-streaming services are going to have to overcome is the quality of the files they're sending to big HDTVs. Apple has recently introduced 720p HD files on iTunes to download to its Apple TV device, but lesser-known Vudu may have gone one better with its new high-def format for its own streaming devices.

October 3, 2008 by


Netflix news: Starz catalog added to online service, streaming to PS3, Xbox 360 through PlayOn beta software

The Netflix ecosystem is expanding as the popular DVD rental company tries to bulk up its online video streaming business in anticipation of the day when fewer and fewer people want to watch movies after waiting to get a disc in the mail. Last week, the company announced a deal with CBS and Disney to stream current-season shows, and now it has partnered with cable movie channel Starz to let Netflix members view online the Starz Play broadband subscription movie service.

October 2, 2008 by


New chip promises four separate HD streams over Wi-Fi

Israeli semiconductor company Celeno Communications claims it's developed a new chip that allows you to stream up to four different pieces of HD content over a Wi-Fi network.Considering that even streaming one piece of high-def video over the latest networking technology, Draft N (the draft version of the still-yet-to-be-officially-ratified 802.

September 28, 2008 by


1080p HDTVs are a harder sell than you might think

Never mind the fact that most people can't tell the difference in sets smaller than 50 inches, never mind that there's not much available content if you don't own a Blu-ray player or a next-gen game console: You have to have 1080p. Or at least that's what you might think if you listen to HD gurus.

September 26, 2008 by


Slingbox PRO-HD starts shipping

Slingbox lovers have been waiting for the day the PRO-HD version would be available—and that time is now. While you could pre-order the device a couple of weeks ago, Sling Media has officially announced that it is now shipping, finally bringing the ability to stream HD recordings to a laptop (or soon a remote HDTV) to the Slingbox.

September 25, 2008 by


GE partners up to deliver new HDTVs

After vacating the consumer electronics space (or letting companies like Thomson use the brand name for their own devices), GE is planning a return to the living room with a new company that will creates HDTVs with the help of display manufacturer Tatung. Blandly called General Displays & Technologies, the firm says it will be introducing sets under the GE name in spring 2009.

September 22, 2008 by

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Would you use an all-in-one PC as your HDTV?

Last year saw Dell, Sony, and Gateway racing to bring out all-in-one desktop PCs that were clearly influenced by the success of the Apple iMac. And earlier this year, HP updated its TouchSmart PC with a friendlier iMac-style design and improved touch-screen interface.

September 22, 2008 by

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Sanyo debuts 120Hz 1080p LCD projector

If you just aren't satisfied with a 50-inch plasma or 52-inch LCD, a front projector can provide a much larger image (like 100 inches), and increasingly projectors are sporting more home theater-friendly features. You can find a growing number offering full 1080p HD resolutions, for instance, and now LCD-based projectors are beginning to provide the latest must-have feature for LCD HDTVs: 120Hz refresh rates.

September 21, 2008 by