Niveus Connected Platform (NCP) Announced


We don’t post many press releases because, frankly, they aren’t that interesting.  This is a definitely an exception, because as you can see from the video (don’t ask where we found it ;)) NIVEUS has created something very, very cool on top of the Windows 8 platform (OK, and Windows 7 too) supporting CableCARD (via the HDHR PRIME) and satellite […]

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Forget 3D, here comes the QD TV

Quantum Dots

OK.  Stupid headline from the Telegraph since Quantum Dots have nothing to do with 2D vs. 3D, but the content is a bit more interesting.    Sounds like the integration of QD technology will convincingly push LCD display quality past Plasma for the last group of hold outs clinging to their Pioneer Elites and poo-pooing your multi-zone backlighting (that would be […]

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SiriusXM 2.0 Goes Streaming with iOS

It’s been a couple of months since the first SiriusXM 2.0 radios launched, and SiriusXM has decided to spread the 2.0 love to some streaming-only mobile devices. First up will be the Apple iOS devices. The new DVR-style features enabled by SiriusXM 2.0 are a good fit for Internet streaming and the new streaming control options for switching channels and […]

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Microsoft Mulling Original TV Content for Xbox Live TV

Ballmet on Xbox TV

Microsoft is still in the process of rolling out TV apps for their new Metro-infused Xbox 360 UI and the attendant Xbox Live TV services, but Microsoft is evidently already looking ahead and considering developing their own original programming. Reportedly two former NBC executives have already been approached about coming on board with Microsoft, which would make some sense given the […]

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Buffalo CloudStation Pro Duo Reviewed

Buffalo has made quite a name for itself in the NAS market with their line of LinkStation NAS devices. PogoPlug has carved out it’s own little niche as the highly adaptable media and data serving mini-computer and software suite, especially with its emphasis on making sharing across the Internet easy. Well, Buffalo and PogoPlug have hooked up and the result […]

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Hitachi Joins the 4TB Fray

Hitachi has announced the release of the Deskstar 5K4000, Hitachi’s first 4TB hard drive. It’s a 5400 rpm hard drive, but it isn’t going to show the performance boost that early 2TB and 3TB drives exhibited as it lacks the areal density we have come to associate with the multi-TB barrier breaking drives. The 5K4000 may not break any performance […]

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Finally kiss ClearQAM goodbye

Cable Card

It seems our poor cable companies are all suffering terribly from theft of service, hence the FCC is going to let them encrypt all the basic channels as well.     For many of us, this already happened for the HD channels and with the prevelance of the Ceton and Colossus, perhaps it’s no longer a big deal for HTPC DVR fans […]

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