Televisions with apps are already a little superfluous; the updates are slow, the interfaces are borish, they think you actually want to tweet from a 55-inch screen. But now it turns out that they're also vulnerable to hackers. Great.
Google's not saying much about it, but one can't help but think the company's late-week acquisition of open-source home theater and DVR software developer SageTV is related to its struggling Google TV offering.
BREAKING: A 3DTV at CES. But Panasonic's flagship plasma, the VT30, really had us drooling. And the little companion "tablet" that matches has us intrigued—an extra TV screen is extra good, right? We hope it works as advertised.
Panasonic has finally added Netflix, that most enjoyable and effective of time wasters, to VIERA CAST-enabled HDTVs and Blu-ray disc players. It joins Skype, Twitter, Pandora, and the other usual suspects. Fortunately (or unfortunately, if you have a lot of stuff to get done), a boatload of new movies from Paramount,…
Google's TV ambitions scrambled into view last month, when the NYT outlined the company's plans. Today, we learn a little more: Google—with Sony—is making an announcement next month, around a version of Android called Dragonpoint. UPDATED
Whoa. This summer we were pretty excited about Vudu bringing Rotten Tomatoes to connected LG hardware. Take that excitement, add hardware from Mitsubishi, Sanyo, Sharp, Toshiba, and
Vizio, and multiply it by hundreds of services and you've got Vudu Apps.
Don't get me wrong: the announcement that LG's connected HDTVs are getting Vudu streaming—especially instant-on 1080p HDX movies—is a good thing. It's just that we got a few minutes with the service, and, well, something's a little... off.
Adding to an already impressive list of services available on their web-connected HDTVs, LG has yanked Vudu into the fold. What this means: instant 1080p movie streaming. Also, that standalone set-top streaming boxes might finally die, as they should.