Hooking up an HTPC is a freeing experience. You can browse whatever internet content you want to, use any streaming service, and watch any video format. There's no worry about firmware updates, Netflix and Hulu compatibility, and you can upgrade whenever you like.
If you've visited Netflix on your computer recently, you may have noticed a few changes. Then again, you may have not. Netflix has been slowly but surely rolling out HD streaming for customers using their computers to watch movies.
A lot of larger tech companies take an impersonal and opaque approach. You won't get any information on an upcoming product until it's already ready, and you'll get that info in a press release. Boxee, on the other hand, tends to be friendlier and more open with their information.
What sounded like an exciting new breakthrough in not only television, but pricing as well, ended up being nothing. At least so far. The StreamTV sets showed up on Amazon a while back with a release date of Friday May 7, 2010. It’s the week after now, and there’s still nothing listed as available.
Amazon is always good for a bit of excitement, and today’s no exception. Now listed on the site is a trio of televisions from a company called StreamTV. Never heard of them? You’re not alone. There’s little to no info on the company or its TVs outside of Amazon itself. Something like this normally wouldn’t be newsworthy, but the specs, and the prices, are incredibly intriguing.