Archive for the 'media-players' Category

New Boxee box: media streaming + live TV + DVR

October 16, 2012

Boxee has announced a second-generation media streaming device. In contrast with the company’s pioneering Boxee Box, the new “Boxee TV” product features a limited set of apps for streaming from the most popular Internet-based sources and local network shares, integrates dual digital TV tuners, and provides a DVR function backed by cloud-based storage and watch-anywhere services.

Sonos debuts wireless sub-woofer

June 20, 2012

[Updated Jun 20, 2012] – Sonos, maker of a line of wireless, Internet-streaming music systems, has added a sub-woofer to its offering. The “Sub” adds “soul-shaking, heart-pounding” bass to any of the company’s amplified components, says Sonos.


Airplay in the conference room

April 26, 2012

Many Apple fans know the joy of sharing videos, music, and photos at get-togethers with friends, by “Airplaying” them from their iPads and iPhones to an HDTV via an Apple TV box. Now, this phenomenon is starting to show up in corporate conference rooms.

Apple TV third-generation screenshot tour

March 8, 2012

This screenshot tour accompanies our detailed, in-depth review of the second- and third-generation Apple TV streaming media players. The tour, based on the recent version 5.0 firmware release for both devices, encompasses about 150 screenshots showcasing the third-generation Apple TV menu system, settings, and resources for streaming movies, TV shows, podcasts, photos, music, and internet radio to an attached TV.

Apple TV vs Google TV vs Roku vs Boxee vs…

March 7, 2012

[Updated Dec. 28, 2012] — It’s looking like 2012 will go down as a watershed for “cord-cutters” seeking to replace expensive cable TV services with low-cost gadgets that stream movies and TV shows from the Internet via free, subscription, and pay-per-view services. Accordingly, this DeviceGuru “smackdown” pits five popular streaming media player devices against each other, based on their features, functions, specs, and quality of implementation.

Third-generation Apple TV review and screenshots

March 7, 2012

This in-depth review takes a close look at the second- and third-generation Apple TV streaming media players, equipped with their recently released v5.0 firmware. Despite the third-generation Apple TV’s hardware and user interface tweaks, Apple still hasn’t added a plug-in apps ecosystem; but the v5.0 firmware’s revamped icon-style user interface hints that such a capability is in the offing.

Boxee fights to keep basic cable unencrypted

February 8, 2012

Boxee is battling with the U.S. cable industry over the right to keep “basic cable” transmissions unencrypted, so that third-party devices like the Boxee Box can be used in lieu of cable provider-supplied TV set-top-boxes (STBs). Boxee and other opponents of basic cable encryption assert that provider-supplied STBs generally are huge energy wasters, in contrast to more advanced gadgets like the Boxee Box.

Roku 2 review and screenshot tour

February 7, 2012

This in-depth review and screenshot tour takes a close look at Roku’s latest streaming media players. Although the Roku 2 series players are smaller and cost less than their predecessors, they’re jam-packed with multimedia apps, offer multiple A/V outputs along with microSD and USB expansion, and are significantly less power-thirsty.

Top Boxee Box tips and tricks

February 4, 2012

[Updated Jan 27, 2013] — This post provides tips and tricks for getting the most from your Boxee Box. Things like streaming via AirPlay to your Boxee Box, playing videos and music files from Windows and UPnP network shares, building better bookmarks, adding the free Navi-X online multimedia aggregator, using your Boxee Box as network-attached-storage (NAS), and more.

Roku 2 screenshot tour

February 1, 2012

This screenshot tour was created to accompany our detailed review of Roku’s latest streaming media player device family. The tour comprises about 140 screenshots showcasing the Roku 2 media player’s menu system; its extensive library of movies, TV shows, and Internet content channels; the ability to stream from USB drives and LAN shares; the device’s setup functions; and more.