Barb Gonzalez

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Barb Gonzalez Posted: Apr 08, 2014 1 comments

Performance
Features
Ergonomics
Value
PRICE $99

AT A GLANCE
Plus
Effective voice search function
Powerful quad-core processor
ASAP feature loads movies for instant playback
HDMI CEC functionality
Minus
Voice search and watchlists not functional for all services
Limited on-demand video apps

THE VERDICT
Fire TV is a solid performer, but it needs more content and services, and a global search option, to make it a hit.

Amazon surprised the world last week by announcing the details of its new standalone media player, the Amazon Fire TV, on the very same day it was released for sale. Priced at $99, Fire TV is positioned to compete with the top-selling Apple TV and Roku 3 box.

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Barb Gonzalez Posted: May 07, 2014 0 comments
Many Amazon streaming movies and TV shows include the X-ray feature that dynamically lists actors and other information on the Amazon's Kindle Fire. It's a must for any IMDB addict.
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Barb Gonzalez Posted: May 02, 2014 0 comments
Many HBO shows will be available for unlimited streaming on Amazon Prime Instant Video, but not all shows will be included in the May 21st launch. While this breakthrough licensing agreement grants exclusivity to Amazon for free streaming, shows will still be available on other streaming services.
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Barb Gonzalez Posted: Mar 06, 2014 0 comments
Roku will release the Roku Streaming Stick that will work with any TV. Is a streaming stick right for you?
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Barb Gonzalez Posted: Jun 11, 2013 2 comments
Apple announced their new streaming music service, iTunes Radio. Here's a look at its features compared to Google Play Music and Spotify.
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Barb Gonzalez Posted: Jun 27, 2013 0 comments
The newest update to Apple TV adds HBO Go for series and movies, and WatchESPN for live sports and recorded highlights. Find out what else is new and how you can view these new channels on Apple TV.
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Barb Gonzalez Posted: Sep 25, 2013 0 comments
Apple finally launches it music streaming service that's just like the rest of the free custom "radio station" apps. Learn more about iTunes Radio.
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Barb Gonzalez Posted: Feb 19, 2013 Published: Feb 18, 2013 0 comments
New original series are being produced by Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, and more streaming video companies. Are we making the from broadcast and cable TV to streaming entertainment. Find out more and where to sample non-Netflix subscribers can view "House of Cards."
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Barb Gonzalez Posted: May 17, 2012 12 comments
In a recent article by Patrick Nelson on the Tech News World blog, he makes the case that Smart TVs are a dumb idea and that they will go the way of the LaserDisc. For anyone unfamiliar with the term, a "Smart TV" refers to a TV that connects to the Internet and your home network, using built-in apps for streaming video, music, photos, games, and more.
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Barb Gonzalez Posted: Sep 26, 2013 0 comments
Bang & Olufsen announced that they will be adding the Spotify music streaming service to the BeoPlay A9 speaker/sound system. The A9 was launched in October 2012. Music is sent to the A9 using Apple's AirPlay streaming from iPhones/iPads/iPods and new Macs, or over a WiFi network as a DLNA media renderer (DLNA media controllers can send music to it). The problem with this setup has been that the music stops when a phone call comes into the controlling iPhone, or when the iPhone is too far from the A9.

Spotify Connect will be added to the A9 as part of a firmware update. It will be preloaded on new units and available for download for consumers who have previously purchased the A9. Bang & Olufsen worked with Spotify to create an iPhone app where users can pick songs, playlists, or radio stations from their Spotify streaming library and have them play on the A9. Because the software is loaded onto the A9's firmware, music playback will not be interrupted when a phone call comes in or when you take the phone out of range.

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