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Ambilight and hue LED bulb combine for uber-immersive TV

By - July 11, 2013 8 Pictures
TP Vision has announced an upgrade to its Ambilight TV backlighting system designed to work alongside (well, underneath) Philips' hue color-change LED light bulbs, effectively allowing Ambilight effects to fill the entire room. The new system, dubbed Ambilight 4-sided XL, is included on Philips' new 60-in Elevation TV. Its 94 LEDs cover all four sides of the display, and will adapt to match the predominant color of the on-screen action – as will any connected hue bulbs. Read More
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Microsoft announces landmark TWC deal to bring 300 live TV channels to the Xbox 360

By - July 1, 2013 1 Picture
Remember that 21st century living room revolution? You know, the one that was supposed to have arrived about two years ago, and have been spearheaded by Apple? Well, it's showing some signs of life after all, and one platform just solidified its standing as the most likely to lead the way. Microsoft has announced a big deal with Time Warner Cable (TWC), that will let the company's US cable subscribers stream live TV using the Xbox 360. Read More
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Did Xbox One just make the long-rumored Apple TV set irrelevant?

By - May 21, 2013 2 Pictures
Remember when the rumor mill’s favorite hobby was obsessing about an Apple TV set? It seemed like every week, some publication or other was reporting on the mythical device. Many assumed it would be the company’s next big revolution: iPod, iPhone, iPad ... iTV. Well, don’t look now, but Microsoft just unveiled a device that does most of what we expected the iTV to do, in the form of the Xbox One. Read More
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PLAiR promises to simplify streaming video from computer to TV

By - April 25, 2013 7 Pictures
Whether your video service of choice is YouTube, Netflix, Hulu, or one of the many other choices, internet video is huge. For some users, watching videos on their smaller computer monitor does the job, but others prefer to view their movies and videos on their larger TV screen. PLAiR is a new product designed with those users in mind, as it allows them to stream content from their computer directly to a TV. The biggest thing that supposedly separates PLAiR from its competitors is the ease of use. Read More
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Sony announces 4K TV pricing, intros 4K Media Player

By - April 8, 2013 3 Pictures
If the US$24,999 price tag of Sony's flagship 84-inch 4K TV was a little rich for your blood, then the company's upcoming 55- and 65-inch models might just pique your interest. The $4,999 and $6,999 respective price tags are still fairly hefty, but the company is working to make the prospect of early 4K adoption that little bit more appealing by launching its own 4K media player, the FMP-X1, alongside the new sets. Read More
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Redbox Instant finally available to the public

By - March 15, 2013 4 Pictures
Netflix has long been the frontrunner for subscription-based streaming movies. Hulu Plus and Amazon Instant Video are hot on its heels, and now kiosk-based Redbox is entering the fray with the public launch of its own instant streaming service, aptly named Redbox Instant. The service has existed in beta for quite a while now, and it's finally available to the public in the United States. Read More
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