While the electronics giant apparently mulled over shipping a new unit without a drive, it chose to keep the legacy component because Internet connection speeds vary so much around the world.
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.
The commission is considering a change in the definition of a "multichannel video programming distributor" that could make it a whole lot easier for Apple to compete against pay TV providers.
The two electronics giants are limiting retailers' ability to discount their televisions, which should help the Best Buys of the world who often can't match the sale prices of online retailers.
The more user-friendly, tablet-like interface also delivers apps for sports, weather, traffic, and music as well as social media features.
A new report says the Xbox is the most popular Internet device for TVs. Can Microsoft continue to capitalize on this advantage?
The Swedish furniture company is planning a TV built into a home entertainment system that includes a wireless subwoofer and support for online apps from YouTube and others.
HDTV prices have shot up 11.4 percent since the 2011 holiday season. Thank all those fancy new bells and whistles on new sets for the cost increase.
After unsuccessful first-generation products from Logitech and Sony, LG will be releasing sets based on the second-generation Google TV platform starting in two weeks.
A new plan would require users of the streaming video service to start authenticating that they are pay TV customers before they can watch programming.
A new start-up plans to sell subscriptions to consumers so they can watch live programming on any device, including "thousands of hours" of DVR storage in the cloud as part of the deal.
The once high-flying electronics retailer Best Buy, reeling from online competition, discloses the 50 store locations it will shut down this year.
The hardware Microsoft has shipped to developers for the next Xbox supposedly includes a 16-core IBM PowerPC CPU and AMD Radeon HD 7000-series graphics.
Developers have expressed disappointment with the next-generation Wii's hardware, saying it can’t even match the graphics firepower of the Xbox 360 and PS3.
With new technology making it easier to produce large-screen IGZO panels, could a Retina Display Apple television be in our futures?
The 55EM9600 will be rolled out during the Cannes Film Festival in May, with a price tag that equals the glitz of that event.
The best of ZDNet, delivered
- 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 Best Buy previews its 32-inch LCD HDTV/Blu-ray player combo on its Web site
- 4 Verizon FiOS conducting trials with new Motorola DVR set-top boxes that are higher capacity, more energy-efficient
- 5 Time Warner Cable to offer multi-room DVRs, Echostar to deliver Sling Media set-top box