Now that Netflix has revealed exactly how many subscribers it has lost over the last few months, we’re wondering what’s next for the video service and its competitors like Amazon. In other pay-TV news, we have an upgraded UI on the way from DirecTV and new social media hooks from AT&T that could signal a change in the way we watch TV. Before closing things out with our picks of what to watch this week, we even had some time for new ultra HDTV standards, mobile app consolidation for FiOS and Sony’s PlayStation 3D Display.
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16:18 – Netflix US subscriber count drops by 800k in Q3, 21.45 million still streaming
18:24 – Netflix to expand to UK, Ireland in ‘early 2012,’ looks to challenge Lovefilm
24:19 – Amazon Prime Instant Video expands its library with even more video from PBS
27:23 – BBC’s global iPlayer app adds AirPlay streaming, should just be on Apple TV
30:00 – DirecTV shows off its new HD UI with a website and trailer, still no release date
33:55 – U-verse TV gets social with help from Miso, TV Foundry, Wayvin and BuddyTV Guide
40:00 – Verizon’s My FiOS app puts your entire living room under one Android roof
42:39 – Playstation 3D Display hits shelves November 13, Sony answers your burning questions
44:50 – Ultra HDTV technical standards agreed on, more pixels is a good thing
52:30 – Must See HDTV (October 24th – 30th)
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Don’t expect Comcast to stop its Xfinity VOD streaming to the living room rollout with just the Xbox 360 this Christmas, as executive Sam Schwartz promised during a CTAM panel that it plans to develop apps for the PS3, Wii, Roku and other connected TV platforms. Multichannel News reports it doesn’t plan to roll out streaming to as many platforms as Netflix, so we’ll have to wait and see where this initial venture into IPTV stops. Think big cable is scared of over the top services? Maybe not yet, since Comcast claims Netflix subscribers tend to be the most voracious users of its VOD. Also in Comcast’s future is its completely revamped Xcalibur guide software with internet and social media tie-ins (check out our early sneak peek here), which Schwartz reiterated would be available nationwide at some point next year.
Comcast promises Xfinity VOD streaming on more devices, new Xcalibur guide in 2012 originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 07 Oct 2011 11:47:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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Welcome to Engadget’s Back to School guide! We know that this time of year can be pretty annoying and stressful for everyone, so we’re here to help out with the heartbreaking process of gadget buying for the school-aged crowd. Today, we’ve got our optical viewfinders set firmly on digital cameras — and you can head to the Back to School hub to see the rest of the product guides as they’re added throughout the month. Be sure to keep checking back — at the end of the month we’ll be giving away a ton of the gear featured in our guides — and hit up the hub page right here!
Welcome to Digital Cameras 101. This single-lecture class will feature a handful of top cams for every budget, and since you’re just getting back from a summer of wild shooting, we’ll try to keep things brief this time around, giving you one last chance to enjoy that crisp natural light. There won’t be a pop quiz, but if you’re feeling lucky and don’t mind following our simple instructions, we may just be able to send you home with your very own Sony NEX-C3. So wipe off the glasses, grab your clicker, and get ready to jump past the break for a top-level overview of this year’s picks for back to school.
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Engadget’s back to school guide 2011: digital cameras originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 01 Aug 2011 12:00:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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Maybe, just maybe, this wireless technology in development at Fujitsu makes some sense. When you walk within range of an NFC sensor or GPS coordinate, the cloud-based system takes the liberty of pushing location-relevant apps to your phone or tablet. Enter a museum, for example, and you’ll automatically receive its tour guide app. Your device could even be made to work as a viral transmitter, spreading the app to other visitors’ handsets. Finally, when you leave, all the bloatware just magically disappears. Alternatively, the museum’s marketing department conveniently forgets to configure this last step, accidentally signs you up to its newsletter and grabs a donation from your PayPal account while it has the chance. We would obviously find this rather upsetting, unless the museum has dinosaurs.
Fujitsu wants to push out location-based apps, pull them back again originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 19 Jul 2011 10:31:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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How do you spice up a standalone GPS in a market that just isn’t pining for ‘em any longer? If you’re Magellan, that’s easy — you take a smartphone, gimp voice and app capabilities and, voila!, you have the RoadMate 5175T-LM. Eerily similar to its Garmin rival, this slab boasts a full WVGA display, WiFi (you know, for that inbuilt web browser) and AAA travel planning. Purportedly, those fine, fine amenities will enable you to “go from the car to the boardroom to the hotel,” and maybe even on that cross-country trip, too. Judging by its built-in tour guide functionality and heavy emphasis on the suit-and-tie demo, we’d say Magellan’s aiming this one at the fifty and over set. This shortlist of features doesn’t come cheap, either — with a $299.99 price tag, we’d understand if your wallet was eyeing greener pastures. Full PR gush after the break — you’re welcome, GPS enthusiasts.
Continue reading Magellan RoadMate 5175T-LM connects to WiFi, plans your Great American vacation
Magellan RoadMate 5175T-LM connects to WiFi, plans your Great American vacation originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 23 Jun 2011 22:08:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
This little girl loves Kiro. Why? Because he’s probably the raddest robot teacher
she’s ever seen. Developed by Korea’s Robot Research Institute, the bot recently wrapped up a three week trial period in a kindergarten classroom, where he apparently spent most of his time screening educational videos on his abdomen, playing interactive games, and keeping his students in rapt attention. When he wasn’t busy dishing out Ritalin to his underlings, Kiro also served as a guide at the Dong-A University Museum, in Busan. After programming the droid with enough knowledge to make him sound smart, engineers set him loose within the art gallery, where he would provide visitors with background information in hushed, docent-dulcet tones. He loves kids. He loves art. He’s always smiling. He’s the kinda bot you could bring home to Dad. Scope him out for yourself in the video, after the break.
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Kiro robot teaches Korean kindergarten by day, discusses Kandinsky by night originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 21 Jun 2011 10:19:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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Originally projected to launch in Q4 of 2010, Verizon has finally started pushing out version 1.9 of its Media Guide software to set-top boxes in Buffalo, Syracuse, Albany and Harrisburg. Other regions can expect to be upgraded over the next couple of months, but just in case you’ve forgotten what’s coming here’s a few of the new features: a widescreen HD guide as shown above replacing the old 4×3 SD one, support for switching 3DTVs into the correct mode automatically, native passthrough, 1080p, external hard drives, DVD-style chaptering on DVR recordings, an all new search function and access to DVR recordings from other boxes in the house. Those are just some of the features included in this massive upgrade (not all of the boxes support all of the new features, doublecheck to see if yours is supported first — this could be a good time for an upgrade), check out the release notes on Verizon’s forums for more details, or check out the press release and a trailer for the new software included after the break.
Continue reading Verizon FiOS TV 1.9 software update adds an HD guide, DVR enhancements
Verizon FiOS TV 1.9 software update adds an HD guide, DVR enhancements originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 14 Apr 2011 17:27:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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We’ve been hearing rumors about a mystical, magical A700 replacement since last year, and now Sony’s gone ahead and made things more official. The teaser image shows a transparent case, but the bigger news here is the transparent mirror, the same as found last year on the A55 and A33. This allows for advanced, real-time autofocus while capturing stills or HD video. Behind that mirror will be an Exmor CMOS sensor and, while Sony isn’t saying how many pixels it’ll be packing, expectations are that it will fall in the 20 megapixel range. Sony has also announced a new battery grip and a new flash for the camera though details are slim on those as well. All are slated to ship “later this year,” giving you plenty of time to make room in your camera bag — and maybe your budget.
Sony announces A700 replacement, the A77, will ship this year originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 09 Feb 2011 09:34:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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Winter can be a dangerous time to walk outside, even to just grab the mail or do a bit of yard work. DIY web site Instructables shows us how to keep from slipping on ice with a cheap pair of DIY cleats.
Unless you’re spending a lot of time out and about in the icy season, there’s no reason to go buy an expensive pair of ice claws. With just some screws, two metal plates, and some mesh straps, you can make a cheap and easy strap-on set of cleats for your winter boots. Just strap them on whenever you need to go outside, and take them off when you’re out and about.
Note that the guide uses some pretty big bolts, which will make walking difficult if the ice isn’t thick. When you buy your screws and bolts for this project, you’ll want to judge the size you need by how thick the ice around your home tends to get. Hit the link for the full instructions.
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That Apple had the original App Store isn’t under dispute, but should the company have the right to exclude others from using the same term to describe their program repositories? Microsoft says no, and has this week filed a motion with the US Patent and Trademark Office asking for it to dismiss Apple’s trademark claim for “App Store.” Arguing that the mark’s constituent words are generic both individually and as a pair, Microsoft brings out the big guns by quoting Steve Jobs himself, whose exposition on the topic of Android fragmentation included specific mention of multiple “app stores” for the Google OS. It would seem this has been brewing for a while, too, as the last update — dated 7th of July, 2010 — on Apple’s trademark application notes there’s a “pending” opposition to its claim. Now that Microsoft’s made its complaint official, it’ll be interesting to see on which side of the great divide the decision falls.
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Microsoft files motion to dismiss Apple’s ‘App Store’ trademark claim, says term is generic originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 12 Jan 2011 03:07:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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