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What's on your TV: cable, satellite or OTA + the Web?
Someone asked today on a local mailing list for suggestion on local television options: Dish, DirecTV or Comcast (our local MSO). I noted that it used to be that if you wanted to get reasonable TV service throughout your home, cable offered the best option requiring no additional set top boxes for...
1 Aug 2010
Thinking about ditching cable TV? Steps to a more integrated entertainment experience with Windows and Xbox 360
Last Thanksgiving, I talked with my friend, prolific blogger/ Twitterer Beth Blecherman (aka techmama on Twitter) in Silicon Valley about the move in our house away from cable to a system that would allow us to get our TV entertainment programming using the free digital airwaves and the wide Internet...
15 Mar 2010
Windows 7 available today, Kylie gets a new PC and other musings from GA-Day
Welcome to Windows 7 Release! OK, now you have your copy of Microsoft Windows 7. First, check that your PC will run it with Upgrade Advisor http://bit.ly/rP24L . And if you've got questions about Windows 7, look thru the posts from community experts on the Microsoft Answers site about Windows 7 (in 11...
22 Oct 2009
Do you have advice for President Obama on the 2009 digital television (DTV) transition? He's listening…
As I posted here , the House voted to delay the DTV transition today, which the President is likely to sign into legislation. Now the Obama White House is fulfilling their promise to allow people to comment on new legislation, allowing a five day feedback period before President Obama signs the item...
8 Feb 2009
My life as a customer: this week, it's about cable television… and more than the 2009 DTV move
My life as a customer. This week, it's cable television and the proposed digital television transition... not be confused with that other digital TV transition … as Tweeted today . If you read my post about my email and Tweet exchanges with Comcast , you'll recall that I wrote to register my complaint...
31 Jan 2009
Of interest: House defeats (and then approves) bill to postpone the digital television transition. Consumer feedback much?
Update , 1:39PM PAC: The House voted to delay the DTV transition today, and the President is likely to sign the legislation. As noted here , the As Kim Hart, Staff Writer for the Washington Post noted in her article today, Technical Difficulties: Switch to Digital TV May Not Be as Smooth as Advertised...
28 Jan 2009
The Washington Post's Kim Hart 'Technical Difficulties' on the painful Digital TV transition: Obama and the FCC can do something about it
As Kim Hart, Staff Writer for the Washington Post noted in her article today, Technical Difficulties: Switch to Digital TV May Not Be as Smooth as Advertised , many consumers are impacted by the transition to digital television (as I noted noted previously ). Customers find that simply using a converter...
21 Jan 2009
Obama's team requests to postpone transition: I mean the digital TV transition on Feb 17, 2009.
An interesting metaphor given the wet, rainy weather we have this week in the Redmond area: 40 days and nights from now, the television world should be changing to digital broadcast in the States. But not if Obama’s team request for a delay in digital TV transition is heard. As Joelle Tessler, technology...
8 Jan 2009
NBC Video Direct restores world order at home, saves my bacon
As I Twittered (tweeted? I'll get this right), sometimes you forget to do something: pick up milk on the way home, feed the cat or empty the dishwasher. On the whole, not so serious. And with a digital vide recorder or a Media Center PC, you shouldn't have to worry about missing an episode...
28 Sep 2008
Reuters asks: Is PC the new black? Ask Microsoft
Just returned from the Company Meeting at Safeco field (that was fun) and happy to have a hand in one moment, helping my friends in Live Search (they know who they are, and how raising a few hands helps the cause ;). Nuff said. Unfortunately, I missed seeing our folks from the Microsoft Canada...
18 Sep 2008
Microsoft partners with Netflix on Xbox Live (msnbc.com)
It's a long time coming, but good to see that after a few hints here and there, we finally have word from Kristin Kalning, Games editor on MSNBC in this article that beginning this fall in the States, the catalogue of streaming video titles available from Netflix will be available directly from your...
14 Jul 2008
Gizmodo says Microsoft Mediaroom IPTV "is way better than cable or satellite"
Gizmodo this past week said of Microsoft's Mediaroom (our TV over IPTV solution) service via AT&T U-Verse and BT Vision in the UK... "... features... quick channel changing, multiple channel records simultaneously without a hardware tuner limit, multi-room viewing, multiple picture-in-picture—are...
18 May 2008
Randy Pausch tonite on ABC News (April 9)
I'm off sick today and catching up on mail, whilst the kids are home for spring break. Mayhem ensues. The other day I posted at the top of the things-I've-read list the article on "Lessons from Randy Pausch" in Parade , a not-so-trivial piece in the often pop and trivial Sunday paper magazine. As...
9 Apr 2008
It's real: the Netflix survey to gauge interest in streaming movies via Xbox Live
With all the talk this weekend of HD-DVD (as Reuters noted this weekend ) and that main supported Toshiba "will cease manufacturing HD-DVD equipment" (as reported on Japan's NHK public broadcasting network), interesting to see the increased interest in watching movies on game consoles. (I've written...
15 Feb 2008
The transition to digital TV will be promoted (and televised) in the States
Turns out I'm not the only one concerned about the digital TV transition in the States. Ina notes that Best Buy's CEO, Brad Anderson, said that the digital TV transition "posed the biggest threat to his industry, warning of the dangers if consumers find themselves having TVs that don't work once the...
12 Jan 2008
Of interest: Only 1,048 more Hulu beta invites available, via PCMag
Missed one of the last five episodes (or all five) of your favourite TV show? Perhaps you're hanging out at CES looking at the differences between Blu-Ray and HD DVD, and you didn't get back to your hotel on the strip to catch a live broadcast. Well, Hulu.com is offering private beta invitations on a...
9 Jan 2008
The Bill Gates keynote (with Robbie Bach) and other CES 2008 coverage
Bloggers and the press are out in force at CES in Las Vegas, tonite covering Bill Gates' keynote at CES 2008 . You can find several entries listed here . Check out video coverage at Microsoft's CES site and on Microsoft PressPass . [More on the keynote from MS.com: On Monday, Jan. 7, the transcript...
6 Jan 2008
Geeks rescue consumer victims of "software rage"
This evening on CBS 60 Minutes , Steve Kroft updated his report from earlier this year and gives the Geek Squad their fifteen minutes of fame. Kroft covered the challenges and increasing complexities computers, networking devices and the myriad of consumer electronics that contain computer chips... everything...
10 Sep 2007
There's a good chance your next computer will be a notebook
Unless you are buying a workstation-class comuer for development or high-end use (video gaming, video editing), chances are that your next computer will be a notebook. And for most consumer purchasers, this seems to be even more likely. The industry analyst isuppli reports this week that they estimate...
20 Jun 2007
The great US digital television migration starts on February 17, 2009
Do you have a TV antenna connection that plugs directly in to your TV or Media Center PC? If so, think about how you will prepare for a transition that is finally coming in the industry: on February 17, 2009, the US will make the transition to digital television, as analog TV channels will be cut off...
23 May 2007
Perspectives on the transition to TV in the US, from analog to digital in 2009
This from CNET this morning... a view on the future of digital TV in the US by Jason Oxman, vice president of communications for the Consumer Electronics Association. This was in rebuttal to a piece by Michael Hulfactor --" When regular TV broadcasts go dark " from early April (sounds like a cable television...
1 May 2007
Your questions: how do I connect an Xbox 360 to my Windows PC?
A question from an Xbox 360 owner with a Media Center PC: "how do I connect an Xbox 360 to my Windows PC?" For the latest info, see this article on xbox.com on connecting your PC up to an Xbox 360 with Windows Media Connect. If you are connecting an Xbox 360 to a PC running Windows Vista Home Premium...
30 Mar 2007
Thoughts on Microsoft Search and the big News/NBC Web Video deals
A few random thoughts. BusinessWeek has an interesting article this week on "Where Is Microsoft Search?" The author observes that Microsoft has stumbled in an effort to provide a better comprehensive mousetrap on the Web, and prevent others from undermining core businesses, as is often cited thee...
23 Mar 2007
More on the Xbox Live Video service: Joystiq, engadget
More on the new Movies & TV service via Xbox Live, as announced yesterday. Joystiq has a brief discussion with Scott Henson , director of platform strategy for the Xbox 360, for more info on the service, due to launch on November 22nd. And more pictures and a run through of the service is up on...
8 Nov 2006
Movies & TV via Xbox starting Nov. 22
The Seattle Times reported the new agreements with several networks (including CBS, TBS and MTV), Paramount Pictures and Warner Brothers "to bring an initial lineup of more than 1,000 hours of hit television shows and movies to Xbox 360 consoles" starting November 22nd, with to bring standard and HD...
7 Nov 2006
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