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I’m streaming Netflix on PS3!

November 6th, 2009 · No Comments

As I already told, Sony and Netflix recently became partners, and Netflix subscribers can now stream movies from their “Watch Instantly” queue on PlayStation 3.
While Sony is working on new firmware  update for PS3 that would allow full Netflix support, current Netflix subscribers [...]

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Finally: Netflix streaming on PlayStation 3 begins in November

October 26th, 2009 · No Comments

Netflix today announced a real with Sony that will allow streaming Netflix movies to PS3 consoles. Support for streaming Netflix has already been implemented in XBox 360, Netflix-branded Roku media player, some TV-sets and some LG and Samsung Blu-Ray players, and recently, TiVo. [...]

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Sony PlayStation 3 Slim has arrived

August 31st, 2009 · 3 Comments

Shipments of Sony PlayStation 3 Slim console began today, August 31. I had mine pre-ordered on Amazon.com, so I received mine today. I could have received it three days earlier if Amazon printed address label more clearly – the postal office was ready [...]

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Sony unveils PlayStation 3 Slim, drops PS3 prices by $100

August 18th, 2009 · 2 Comments

Sony just released news that it will slash prices on its PS3 consoles by $100 (100 EUR in Europe) on all versions of PS3 consoles. Some retailers have dropped prices a few days earlier, probably due to the rumor that a price cut [...]

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Stream Netflix to your TV or HDTV with PlayOn Media Server

February 2nd, 2009 · 3 Comments

On February 1, 2009 MediaMall released the first production version of their PlayOn media server. It works like any other media server, but also provides capability to stream movies from Netflix’s Watch Instantly queue (Netflix subscription is required), as well as videos from [...]

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Netflix: Roku, LG, Samsung, now TiVo! What’s next?

October 29th, 2008 · No Comments

On Thursday Netflix and TiVo are expected to announce partnership to deliver Netflix’s “Watch Instantly” movie streaming service to TiVo digital video recorders with HD capability. Netflix has recently gained significant ground in streaming video services via numerous partnerships hardware and content providers. [...]

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Samsung’s new Blu-Ray players to stream Netflix

October 23rd, 2008 · No Comments

Samsung and Netflix today announced the deal that will allow Samsung to add streaming capabilities to their new Blu-Ray players and possibly expand the deal to include other electronics, possibly embed Netflix streaming in future Samsung TV models. The deal will help Netflix to [...]

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More media servers support Netflix

September 4th, 2008 · 12 Comments

Recently MediaMall Technologies announced Beta 3 version of its PlayOn media server. MediaMall currently bundles its ActiveTV media server with several networking media players, including D-Link DSM 520 and DSM 720. Both ActiveTV and PlayOn servers come with default configuration containing several hundred [...]

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New 80GB PlayStation 3 available September 1

August 20th, 2008 · 2 Comments

Sony discovered pretty quickly that the original 60GB PlayStation 3 [read Maxim's Review] may have been too expensive for some people, so they came up with cheaper 40GB PlayStation 3. This new model had no backwards compatibility with PlayStation 2, but was cheaper, [...]

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Toshiba announces new 1080p DVD player with XDE

August 19th, 2008 · No Comments

After a devastating and embarrasing loss to Sony in the high definition video disk war, Toshiba ended production of its HD-DVD players, but they still found a use for their powerful upscaler. Previously, Toshiba’s HD-DVD players were capable of up-converting regular DVDs to [...]

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Netflix will be available on XBox 360

July 14th, 2008 · 1 Comment

Microsoft has announced on Monday at E3 video game convention an alliance with Netflix that will allow it to stream more then 10,000 Netflix movie titles on Microsoft’s XBox 360 console. Microsoft is the latest hardware provider to join Netflix alliance after Roku began [...]

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Netflix offers movie streaming via their $100 set-top box

May 20th, 2008 · 1 Comment

Netflix, the largest movie rental company, had for years been promising to begin streaming movies straight to TVs, and last year announced plans with LG to build a set-top box that would allow that. Netflix has just announced their new set-top box called Roku.

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Review of Logitech Harmony 880 Universal Remote

April 19th, 2008 · 2 Comments

I owned this remote for almost 2 years now and I loved it. Why? Because it replaced the 7 remotes that I had to use to control my home theater. Mind you, 2 years ago it was selling for about $250. Who in [...]

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The death of HD-DVD: Toshiba abandons HD-DVD.

February 16th, 2008 · 3 Comments

It has become known on Saturday that Toshiba will abandon its HD-DVD format, resulting in the complete victory for Blu-Ray by companies like Sony, Matsushita Electric Industrial Co, Hitachi and Sharp. The format war has been going on since 2003. HD-DVD format has many advantages over Blu-Ray, [...]

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Review of Onkyo TX-SR705 THX-certified home theater receiver with HDMI switching and upconversion

December 28th, 2007 · 5 Comments

Onkyo TX-SR705 home theater receiver will set you up for the next 5 years or more. It has everything the modern home theater needs: the power, loads of inputs, 7.1 audio, up-conversion of SD-video via HDMI to up to 1080p/24p.
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Review of Toshiba HD-A35 HD DVD player

December 25th, 2007 · 6 Comments

Toshiba HD-A35 HD DVD player

As I promised when I wrote “Who is winning the format war: Blu-Ray vs HD-DVD“, I am reviewing Toshiba HD-A35 HD DVD player.
Why HD DVD and not Blu-Ray? Despite a seeming stalemate between Blu-Ray and HD-DVD in the war [...]

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Who is winning the format war: Blu-Ray vs HD-DVD

December 10th, 2007 · 8 Comments

In the middle of holiday season, electronics seem to be one of the gifts of choice. HD TVs are almost half cheaper then a year before. Cable and Satellite compete for HD content viewers. Rental companies offer movies in high definition. When DVD became [...]

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Sony PlayStation 3 (60GB)

July 20th, 2007 · 1 Comment

Sony PlayStation 3 (60GB)

I have a nice 46″ Sharp Aquos, but no player to play DVDs in 1080p. I’ve done quite a bit of research, looked at stand-alone players, different formats (HD-DVD and BD), and it appeared that the best value is buying not [...]

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