To say that pulling data out of the air via a Wi-Fi connection is more popular in the United States than pulling down a video signal from a local UHF television station probably won't come as a surprise to most Americans, but use of the UHF spectrum is still prioritized for TV signals. Now researchers at Houston's Rice University have demonstrated how UHF frequencies can be used for so-called "super Wi-Fi" without significantly interfering with legacy TV broadcasts.
Mind-controlled prosthetics, drones and exoskeletons
are all very forward-thinking, but what about a more mundane use for
the technology? The BBC's "Mind Control TV" prototype hints at a future
where couch potatoes need not even lift the remote. Users can open an
app and select a program to watch.
The Al Jazeera Media Network (AJMN) has opened a new UK headquarters and broadcast studio in one of London's most iconic buildings. The new facility at the Shard skyscraper is both unconventional and cleverly designed.
Have you wanted to get rid of your cable or satellite company and cut the cord for good, but aren't sure where to begin? Here's a look at some of the devices and streaming services that let you watch your favorite movies and programs when you want, and where you want.
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.
Everyone knows what the original Batmobile was, right? It was the redesigned Lincoln Futura concept
that Adam West drove in the 1966 Batman
television series – or was it? It turns out that the earliest known officially licensed Batmobile was built in 1963 and is going to auction at Heritage Auctions next month after receiving extensive restoration.
When the first Ultra HD televisions
first started to trickle into the consumer space, early adopters paid quite a premium to be the first in the neighborhood to enjoy all that eye-popping visual goodness at four times the resolution of bog standard High Definition. Thankfully, prices soon began to drop and viewers today can get hold of a good-sized 4K TV for under a grand
... unless it carries the mark of Bang & Olufsen. The Danish luxury consumer tech manufacturer today released its new 55-inch UHD BeoVision Avant television for a cool US$8,000.
Microsoft is expanding the entertainment options available to Xbox users with the announcement of Xbox Originals, an initiative that will see the company rolling out original programming directly to Xbox Live users. Microsoft isn't restricting the shows only to early adopters of its latest console with the new content to be available on Xbox One and Xbox 360 consoles.
In the battle for the living room, the launch of Google's Chromecast
further fragmented the market with another new means of content delivery. A variety of alternatives have since been launched, including a new offering from Roku. The company says the HDMI Streaming Stick will provide more TV streaming options than any other device.