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August 1, 2014

DivX Connected in the wild: First look at the D-Link DSM-330

D-Link has sent out review units of the DSM-330 HD Media Player, which will be the first commercially available set top box based on the DivX Connected platform. Bloggers Dave Zatz and Brent Evans have already unboxed their toys media extenders and posted some initial impressions. The DSM-330 is basically a media extender device that does many of the same things as an Apple TV or Xbox 360. You...

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Boxee to launch social media center software trial Monday

Boxee is a media center suite that's a bit like MythTV, Windows Media Center, or Media Portal. It's a computer software suite designed for accessing your desktop and online media on a TV screen. But it's got something that none of those other applications do: a social side. You can share media with other Boxee users and make recommendations. According to Crave, you'll eventually be able to...

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Microsoft releases cumulative update for Windows Vista Media Center

Microsoft has rolled out a cumulative update for Windows Vista Media Center that addresses several known issues. The update is available for x86 and x64 systems running Windows Vista Home Premium or Windows Vista Ultimate. It doesn't matter whether you have Windows Vista SP1 installed or not: the update will work either way. Here are some of the issues addressed: Improvements for recording...

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WB snubs Hulu, announces web video distribution plans

Just days after launching a private beta of its new online video portal, The WB has announced plans to expand its online video distribution network. Honestly, the whole thing sounds a lot like Hulu, the online video portal backed by NBC and FOX. Here's how it will work: You'll be able to visit TheWB.com or TheKidsWB.com and watch full-length episodes of classic WB shows like Buffy The Vampire...

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TidalTV launches TV-like online video service

TidalTV is a web-based video service. But it doesn't look anything like YouTube, Joost, or even Hulu. If anything, it looks like the service you get from your cable or satellite provider. The TidalTV display is laid out like an electronic program guide with a video window in the corner. You can click on the video to bring up a full screen version. Or you can click on the program guide to flip...

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AVerMedia to make TV tuners for Mac

AVerMedia has been making TV tuner cards for Windows computers for ages, but the company has yet to release a product that's compatible with Mac software and hardware. Now TG Daily reports that the company is preparing to enter the Apple peripheral market. The upcoming USB TV tuner will be compatible with the Apple iRemote and comes bundled with software for playing and recording programs. It...

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Add 500GB to your DVR with the Iomega DVR Expander

Running out of space on your cable company PVR? If you've got a Scientific Atlanta 8300 series DVR with the e-SATA port enabled, you can add an extra 500GB of storage with the new Iomega DVR Expander. If that name sounds familiar, that's because Western Digital released an e-SATA hard drive last year with exactly the same name. Well, you know, except that it's called the Western Digital DVR...

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Hulu snags Daily Show, Colbert Report, and NOVA

Online video site Hulu has added some high profile programming to help tie you over during the summer rerun season. Thanks to a partnership with PBS, Hulu users will be able to watch shows like Nova, Carrier, Scientific American Frontiers, and Wired Science starting later this month. Wait, that's not the really exciting part. I mean, sure, it's pretty cool for science geeks. But most of those...

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FCC seeks public comment on plan to prevent some HDTV recordings

You know that shiny new personal video recorder you got from TiVo or your cable company? You know, the one that records high definition movies and TV shows in crystal clear quality? Yeah, well the MPAA isn't so thrilled about those high quality recordings that you make from "free" over the air broadcasts. Sure, you pay by watching (or skipping) the commercials or subscribing to cable/satellite...

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Sling Media to demo SlingPlayer for the iPhone

Sling Media offers SlingPlayer clients for PC, Mac, and a variety of cellphone models. But so far there's been no support for one of the most obvious mobile devices: the iPhone. It looks like that could all change soon. Sling Media will be showing off a proof of concept version of SlingPlayer Mobile for the iPhone at WWDC. There are no plans to make this version of SlingPlayer Mobile available...

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