Sean Portnoy

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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.

Sean Portnoy is a freelance technology journalist; currently, all work that Sean does is on a contractural basis. Sean has also written corporate communications documents for CA.Sean does not accept gifts from companies he covers. All hardware products he writes about are purchased with his own funds or are review units covered under formal loan agreements and are returned after the review is complete.

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Comcast testing out IPTV service at MIT to compete better against online video rivals

Comcast testing out IPTV service at MIT to compete better against online video rivals

Comcast may be the 800-pound gorilla of pay TV providers, but that size doesn't help it move as nimbly as smaller rivals and upstarts when it comes to taking advantage of changes in the distribution of its content. The cable giant is now playing catch-up when it comes to delivering video online, planning a trial of IPTV at MIT starting this fall, according to the Wall Street Journal.

May 25, 2011 by in Developer

Netflix may begin offering family plans with multiple simultaneous stream options later this year

Netflix may begin offering family plans with multiple simultaneous stream options later this year

With Netflix seeing an incredible surge in streaming video activity from its client base, the company is mulling over ways to deal with the single-account, single-stream model it currently offers. GigaOm went digging through the company's Investor Relations section of its Website and found that Netflix is considering how to monetize offering multiple simultaneous streams to subscribers.

April 20, 2011 by in Developer

Redbox confirms it's working on video streaming service to compete with Netflix

Redbox confirms it's working on video streaming service to compete with Netflix

It's been long rumored that Redbox, the company behind those kiosks that rent DVDs for $1 per night, would extend its brand online, but its president officially confirmed yesterday that it will be delivering a video streaming service that would compete against Netflix.The big question now is with whom Redbox will partner to get the service up and running, rather than build out a massive infrastructure itself.

February 16, 2011 by in Developer

Comcast rolls out Xfinity TV for cable subscribers: Online access to content, remote DVR programming, more

Comcast rolls out Xfinity TV for cable subscribers: Online access to content, remote DVR programming, more

While Internet companies are working hard to get their services on HDTVs, cable companies are working just as hard to make sure their programming can reach subscribers on the Internet. As part of its TV Everywhere initiative, Comcast has just launched Xfinity TV, which gives its cable customers access to a large library of video content online as well as the ability to program their DVRs remotely.

October 25, 2010 by in Developer

Sony's Blu-ray player with built-in Wi-Fi, no interesting Internet services available this week

Sony's Blu-ray player with built-in Wi-Fi, no interesting Internet services available this week

If you're looking for a cheaper alternative to buying an Internet-ready HDTV, and don't need all of the widgets the sets will be rolling out, a networked Blu-ray player could be a viable option. Most importantly, these units are offering the same Netflix and Amazon On Demand video-streaming services as on the TVs, so you have additional movies and TV episodes available at the touch of a remote.

September 7, 2009 by in Developer

CES 2009: Hands-on with Netgear's new streaming media devices

CES 2009: Hands-on with Netgear's new streaming media devices

Certainly one of the big stories at CES this year has been TV manufacturers finally embracing the Internet on their new sets, thanks in large part to the widget platform that adds real-time streaming info on-screen while you're watching shows. But home networking companies aren't yielding the living room just yet, as Netgear demonstrated to me this afternoon at their booth.

January 8, 2009 by in Developer