Manufacturers racing to create HDTVs that can connect to the Web may have rushed over an important step in trying to rush them to market: keeping them safe from hackers.According to the New York Times, security firm Mocana was able to hack an Internet-connected set "with unsettling ease.
Sean Portnoy covers HDTVs, Blu-ray, home theater equipment, and anything else that turns the living room into your media center.
Sean Portnoy started his tech writing career at ZDNet nearly a decade ago. He then spent several years as an editor at Computer Shopper magazine, most recently serving as online executive editor. He received a B.A. from Brown University and an M.A. from the University of Southern California.
Once the hottest thing on the Web, Hulu is now retrenching as the video-streaming market matures and shifts. According to a Wall Street Journal article, the company -- which includes the parent companies of Fox, NBC, and ABC as investors -- has decided against filing an IPO to raise money and is considering additional subscription plans to supplement its current Hulu Plus offering.
Remember the good ol' days of last March when 3D TVs were the next big thing? Fast forward several months and one iPad later, and it looks a little like they may be the next big flop.
It wasn't that long ago that Best Buy was sitting in the catbird seat, even as the recession was in full force. Circuit City had collapsed and the people who still were buying HDTVs were less likely to make their purchase online.
3D HDTVs may not be the big sellers that TV manufacturers and retailers were hoping for, but that hasn't stopped the onslaught of new models. This week, Vizio has announced that its biggest set ever, the 65-inch edge-lit LED XVT3D650SV, makes use of the company's Theater 3D technology, which requires cheaper passive 3D glasses rather than the pricier active-shutter specs.
Broadcast networks might not like Google's version of "connected TV," but they might tolerate Comcast's version, which is currently being tested under the code-name "Xcalibur." According to the Wall Street Journal, the cable giant's new set-top box, which combines the usual DVR features with Web features, is being tried out by Comcast customers in August, Georgia.
Following in the wake of Best Buy's Black Friday PlayStation deals, Walmart has rolled out a PS3 bundle for HDTV buyers this weekend. You can get a 46-inch 1080p LED-backlit Sony Bravia set with a 160GB PlayStation 3 for just $998.
If you're one of those people who gets enraged when you hear about how movie studios are considering letting you watch a recent movie in your home for $50 a pop, you may not want to read the rest of this. If you're a multimillionaire who can't bother going to a movie theater, however, this post could be for you.
As Netflix subscribers surge -- in no small part thanks to its on-demand streaming-video service -- competitors are lining up to get in on the action. One of them is OnLive, which recently launched a $9.
While gaming consoles have been adding existing video services to their roster of Internet content -- like Netflix's on-demand video streaming -- Reuters is reporting that Microsoft may have a slightly different idea in mind for its Xbox Live subscribers.The tech giant is mulling a dedicated TV service that will be available to exclusively to Xbox 360 gamers.
Neither I nor Buy.com could have imagined the effect that my post last week concerning the retailer's Black Friday deal -- $298 for a 42-inch 1080p Panasonic plasma HDTV -- would have.
Finally, a Black Friday HDTV sale that's worth getting up in the middle of the night for. Buy.
Best Buy likes to hide the later pages of its Black Friday ad --viewable only online -- until it's closer to the actual day, and BlackFriday.Info has just posted a scan of those "missing" pages.
We all get caught up in the deals that are on offer for Black Friday, dissecting each ad and door buster, but is this weekend really the best time to make a purchase, especially when it comes to a big-ticket item like an HDTV?There are signs that even Black Friday sales like the $298 40-inch Westinghouse LCD at Target aren't going to make consumers go gaga over TVs.
You probably don't think of Dell when you're in the market for an HDTV, but its leaked Black Friday ad includes a few sets with sale pricing.The big deal -- literally -- is a 60-inch DLP TV (WD-60C10) from Mitsubishi for just $699.
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- 1 How does Vizio keep its TV prices so low? Lots and lots of outsourcing
- 2 Verizon FiOS plans to eventually kill off set-top box with home media server
- 3 Verizon FiOS conducting trials with new Motorola DVR set-top boxes that are higher capacity, more energy-efficient
- 4 Best Buy previews its 32-inch LCD HDTV/Blu-ray player combo on its Web site
- 5 Time Warner Cable to offer multi-room DVRs, Echostar to deliver Sling Media set-top box