Roku’s new Netflix players add a few options to the market for those that don’t yet have a Netflix streaming device. For those that don’t yet have a PS3, Xbox 360, HTPC, or one of the many HDTVs and Blu-ray players with the service integrated, Roku’s got your back. The lesser addition to the lineup, in price and capability, is the Roku SD.
3D television is cool, there’s no room to debate it. Practicality on the other hand is a strong source of contention; not so much the question of “do we want 3D cable?”, but “can we do 3D cable?” Cable Television Laboratories (CableLabs) says that yes, we can. At the Cable-Tec Expo next week, Cable Labs will be displaying the first ever demonstration of full color HD stereoscopic 3D video signals sent over an actual cable channel on a currently existing cable system.
Though still in the prototype phases, MIPS Technologies - in a partnership with Sigma Designs - has created an Android based system for displaying full 1080p video on an HDTV. Shown at DIGITIMES Tech Forum in Tapei over the weekend, the use of Android to display Full HD content is the next step towards an Android set top box.
Digeo launched the Moxi Mate today, a thin set-top box that allows Moxi HD DVR owners to provide multi-room access throughout their home. It also connects to PCs and other similar networked components throughout the house. The Moxi Mate can play all recorded video on the main Moxi HD DVR as well as media content on networked personal computers.
Vudu’s first foray into offering movies without a set-top box comes with a partnership with LG. The LG LH50 line of HDTVs will act as the host, and the Vudu streaming service will be the guest. Owners of 47LH50, 50PS80, 60PS80 and 42LH50 will be able to purchase or rent high definition, 1080p movies on demand, with the ability to instantly play, fast forward and rewind. There is no monthly fee associated with the Vudu service.