Why TV Platforms Are Conduits and Apps Are Universal

It seems people have already started picking out their favorite TV / IPTV / OTT / Smart TV — or whatever buzz word you want use — platform, which is fine. We've been brought up in a world where you choose the platform / OS that serves you best. So far that's held true for [...]

SlingPlayer App for Google TV Unveiled at CES 2011

Sling Media has just pulled back the curtains on a brand new SlingPlayer App for Google TV that will allow users to remotely control their set-top's DVR / EPG and stream live TV anywhere they have a network or Internet connection — all without any additional hardware involved. According to ZNF, the web app for [...]

Cisco Videoscape Demo at CES 2011

OK, now that we can all view Cisco's presentation of Videoscape at CES 2011 (previously they posted a bogus video demo on their product page — it's still there, by the way) the new Videoscape platform is hands down the most advanced Smart TV platform unveiled to date. I stated that they've taken a page [...]

VIZIO Smart TV and Android Tablet Demo at CES 2011

As we previously covered, VIZIO introduced a pair of Android mobile devices and a Google TV-powered HDTV. What we didn't know is how VIZIO's on-screen Android app interface worked. According to CNET, the VIZIO HDTV actually runs both Android and Google TV simultaneously (a first on any TV), making it easy for users to sync [...]

Cisco Enters the Smart TV Space, Takes a Page from Google TV

Cisco sure does sound confident today. The company is announcing that it will be partnering with TV service providers to help them roll out their next generation TV set-top boxes powered by its new Videoscape technology. Much like Google TV, Cisco Videoscape is able to combine live TV, on-demand, web, and social content in a [...]

VIZIO Embraces Google TV and Android for Its New VIA Plus Ecosystem

VIZIO is out with a set of early press releases [1, 2] ahead of CES 2011. The company is unveiling their new VIA Plus line of products that will provide users a "unified user experience from the big screen to mobile devices." As you can see in the image above, VIZIO's new Android 8-inch tablet [...]

Could the Rii Mini Wireless Keyboard with Touchpad Be the Ultimate HTPC Remote?

If you own an HTPC, keeping an eye out the perfect wireless remote is just about an everyday affair. However, folks, I think this may be the one to hold the HTPC remote crown for some time. The Rii Mini Wireless Keyboard is designed to work with all versions of Windows and is compatible with [...]

Why TV Networks Blocking Google TV Online Doesn’t Matter

I was giving the whole "TV networks block Google TV" situation some thought and came to conclusion: it really doesn't matter. Would it be nice if one could visit a site like CBS.com and view available TV content for browser-based streaming? Sure. But is it a deal breaker when Google TV is designed to work [...]