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Your Personal Remote Control (Click) Arrives Today!

June 23, 2006

Don't know why I'm so excited about this movie, but Click finally opens today in a movie theater near you. 

(Also don't believe I'm actually going to see it this afternoon as part of a birthday party celebration.)

Here's the plot summary (courtesy of Moviefone -- can't believe it's actually now AOL Moviefone ...):

Click focuses on a workaholic architect, Michael Newman, (Adam Sandler) who discovers a universal remote control which allows him to fast-forward and rewind through different parts of his life.

However, when the remote begins overriding his choices, life goes from calm to chaos overnight.

FIFA World Cup 2006 Online: Read (and See) All About It!

June 21, 2006

Pace Micro Technology Miami DC757 HD set-top box

June 19, 2006

Pace Micro Technology, a leading digital set-top box provider specializing in the development of emerging technologies across all television platforms, today announced its latest all-digital set-top box - the Miami DC757 HD, which will be demonstrated at the upcoming Society of Cable Television Engineers (SCTE) Cable-Tec Expo in Denver, June 21-23, at Exhibit #1372. 

According to their news release, this cost-effective, all-digital high definition (HD) box uses the latest generation integrated silicon, supports legacy applications, DSG (DOCSIS 2.0 Set-Top Gateway), CableCARD for conditional access by other devices (i.e. PC),  and the latest in EPG and VOD applications. The Miami box has extensive connectivity options - including HDMI, RF and everything in between to provide secure, high-performance digital audio and video links. 

Nielsen wants to track everything you watch

June 16, 2006

Nielsen wants to expand upon their TV tracking into the Web realm and even your iPod to track what video content you watch. According to this MSNBC article, "Nielsen Media Research said Wednesday it plans to integrate TV with Internet ratings and to measure viewership for such portable devices as cell phones and iPods." It states that Nielsen is developing "meters" that track viewing on portable devices, and will by year's end have a 400-member iPod user panel in place.

While I applaud Nielsen for trying to expand their repertoire of user habits & tracking, which aids in reporting for content providers and gives advertisers an audited way of knowing readership, I am a bit skeptical over Nielsen tracking user's Web surfing habits or what videos they watch on their iPods. Isn't this known as "spyware"?

UltraAV HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) 2 to 1 Switch

May 23, 2006

Accell will accounce today their UltraAV High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) 2 to 1 Switch for home theater and presentations that is perfect for video enthusiasts.  Most new HD displays and projectors are equipped with only one HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) connector requiring consumers to manually connect the source devices or purchase an expensive switch, which at $250 to $300, may be out of reach for many consumers.  Common HDMI sources include DVRs, set top boxes, satellite receivers, and DVD players.

The UltraAV HDMI Switch allows concurrent access to two video sources, eliminating the need to get off the sofa to plug and un-plug HDMI devices every time you want to use a different video source. The 2-1 Switch supports 1080p resolutions, is backward compatible and is compliant with HDCP (High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection) devices.

Broadband Access at 17%: Where Is Everyone Else?

May 22, 2006

The Magic Four-Letter Word for VOD: Free

May 15, 2006

IBM @ Home (The Digital Home, That Is)

May 10, 2006

Robot Dog: New Fido on Its Way!

May 4, 2006

I Want My Karaoke Channel!

April 28, 2006

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