In the continuing saga of TiVo and its quest to find new markets for its technology, it looks like Best Buy is going to include the company's UI on a couple of upcoming Insignia HDTVs, though ironically those sets will not include DVRs. (You won't be charged a TiVo monthly subscription, however.
Sean Portnoy covers HDTVs, Blu-ray, home theater equipment, and anything else that turns the living room into your media center.
Sean Portnoy is a former executive editor at Computer Shopper magazine and editor at CNET Networks.
Another research analyst predicts an Apple HDTV is coming, along with a "Genius Squad" to install sets
There's always been one research analyst -- Piper Jaffray's Gene Munster -- that has predicted Apple will release HDTVs, but now a second one -- UBS Investment Research's Maynard Um -- is joining Munster in his belief that the next Apple TV could be an actual TV. Where there's smoke is there fire?
Apple TV's diminutive remote may be stylish, but it doesn't make it easy to search for movies to watch. But some sleuthing into iOS 5's code has revealed that such pecking could become less necessary, as it appears that support for Bluetooth devices is coming to the Apple TV with the latest update to its software.
The Apple rumor du jour concerns one of the annoying drawbacks of iTunes and Apple TV video capabilities. AppleInsider is reporting that an "iTunes HD+" upgrade could be in the works that would finally bring 1080p HD videos to the iTunes ecosystem.
It's no secret that Hulu is on the block, but exactly who is looking to buy the online TV service has led to intense speculation. One day Microsoft is the hot candidate; the next day, it's Yahoo.
There's been a big stink made about the power-hogging ways of HDTVs, but something else in the living room -- and something a whole lot smaller -- is probably costing more in electricity bills each month.The humble HD set-top box uses about the same amount of power per year as a desktop computer, according to the Natural Resources Defense Council, but add DVR functionality to that device, and it suddenly sucks down more juice than a 21-cubic-foot refrigerator.
Despite most critics favoring their picture quality, plasmas were at death's doorsteps a couple of years ago, with Pioneer and Vizio abandoning the technology as LCD sales surged. But after slashing prices, the remaining plasma manufacturers -- LG, Panasonic, Samsung -- have resuscitated the market for the sets, which generally deliver better black-level performance and are cheaper than LCDs at larger screen sizes.
Looking no doubt to boost its Google TV offering, the search giant has purchased yet another company, in this case SageTV, which provides an alternative software option to Windows Media Center. At first blush, it may seem like a redundant exercise, since being the hub for your digital media is the whole point of Google TV already.
Its partnership with Skype to bring video calls to its subscribers isn't the only iron Comcast has in the fire at this week's Cable Show. Tomorrow, the cable giant will detail what it's calling its "next generation television experience" for Xfinity TV customers, including a new set-top box and a revamped and more interactive UI.
Apple may or may not have thought about the Apple TV as a gaming platform when the latest version was released last year, but the makers of Real Racing certainly gave it serious consideration when designing an update to the racing sim. That company, Firemint, has announced that Real Racing 2 HD will be the first game to support wireless gaming using Apple's AirPlay feature (when iOS 5 is released).