We learned at CES 2015
that Dish planned to disrupt the paid TV market (read: cable and satellite) in the United States, and in February Sling TV
officially launched. Gizmag has been trying out the service for over two months now, during which time Sling has aggressively expanded its channel offerings, but has failed to clean up its sloppy software.
Sling Television is the new "over-the-top" live streaming service in the United States from Dish that's taking aim at the cable companies' tight control of access to network programming. Gizmag has been testing it since launch and we can now report that it looks to have scored a direct hit.
In the United States, more and more television programming has become available for streaming online thanks to names like Hulu, Amazon and many of the TV networks themselves, but being able to watch live television and events like sports and live news online has remained elusive for cord cutters. Dish took a big move towards changing that here at CES 2015
, announcing the launch of Sling TV to deliver live channels to connected devices like Amazon Fire TV, Roku, Xbox and others.
On Monday, Amazon expanded one of the key fronts in the ongoing war for control of the living room by introducing the Fire TV Stick. It's a follow-up to the company's Amazon Fire TV
launched earlier this year, and a direct competitor to Google's Chromecast
and the Roku Streaming Stick
Inner city living can often mean cramped accommodation with little access to outdoor space. With this in mind, a project in Manchester, UK, is offering people the chance to book a garden for an hour at a time. Plot is a private urban garden that explores the notion of access rather than ownership.
Though there may be no shortage of free and subscription-based music services, London-based startup Bloom.fm is counting on there being room for one more. It has a trick up its sleeve: a mobile-first approach to market. Not beholden to translating desktop functionality and UI features to the smartphone, Bloom.fm has delivered a distinct take on the mobile music experience. Out today for iOS in the UK, Gizmag takes the first look at the app, and talks to the team hoping to take on the big guns.
Autonomous vehicles and personal transportation pods featured quite heavily in our recent round-up of the Top Ten railways of the future
, and the JPods concept from Bill James has both. At the center of the scheme is a driverless, on-demand electric four to six seat vehicle suspended beneath an overhead rail structure, which is topped with photovoltaic panels. A user would let the JPod know the desired location via a touchscreen interface and the vehicle's networked computer system would determine the best route and motor there without further input from the passenger.
You've had a party and your garbage bin is overflowing but the regular collection is still several days away. Imagine being able to make a call and have your rubbish collected at a time that suits you. For 100 households in Peccioli, Italy it's a reality. They are part of a two month trial of DustCart
, a robot that provides an on-demand garbage collection service - just make a call and DustCart will soon arrive at your door to take away the trash.
Earlier this year we reported on an announcement from Vizio that would see 1080p “wireless HD” integrated into its new range of LCDs
, and we’ve now got some information on the set-top boxes that will offer a similar array of support. Three new Blu-ray players have been announced, with the VBR210 and VBR220 utilizing 802.11n single-band 2.4GHz wireless and the more powerful VBR231 upgrading this to dual-band for improved reliability, making it the first dual-band Blu-ray player.
Those outside of the UK may not be overly familiar with the BBC iPlayer
, a streaming web-based TV service for the British institution’s range of channels that has seen burgeoning success and spawned a number of terrestrial and satellite-based rivals. It’s also worth summarising the aim of Project Canvas
, a venture by the broadcasting giant that looks to bring a similar streaming
service to the home and will notably look to incorporate other channels, on-demand services and web-based content from sites such as YouTube, Flickr and Facebook, as well as built-in PVR functionality though a set-top box connected to a TV.