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Barb Gonzalez Posted: Jan 16, 2012 0 comments
Until now, DLNA certifications were used for personal content--movies, music, and photos--stored in media libraries in your home network.

This is a revolutionary advance because manufacturers have been searching for a way to make movie and TV studios comfortable with sharing premium content in a way that cannot be pirated. Premium Video certified products will communicate digital rights management information for each movie or TV show and allow the streaming to take place but will not allow recording. In fact, devices that can record--NAS drives, computers--will probably not be Premium Video certified.

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Barb Gonzalez Posted: Feb 21, 2014 3 comments
Showtime Anytime lets you stream Showtime TV shows and movies to many devices and now includes Roku. DISH subscribers are left out. Here's a review of the CBS and DISH feuds over the years and why DISH subscribers probably won't be able to stream Showtime anytime soon.
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Barb Gonzalez Posted: Nov 07, 2013 2 comments
Don't believe it when you read that you can't stream video to a Chromecast or other media player from a hotel's Wi-Fi. Find out how to use D-Link's Shareport Go to stream when on the road.
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Barb Gonzalez Posted: Feb 06, 2014 0 comments
Stream every 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics' ski run, hockey game, speed skating heat, ice skating performance, and every other sport to a mobile device or computer. Here's how to watch any of this year's Olympic sports live or as a complete replay.
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Barb Gonzalez Posted: Jan 17, 2012 1 comments
Dolby announced that movies and TV shows from HBO Go will include Dolby Digital Plus. Dolby Digital Plus supports up to 7.1 channel surround sound so you can experience a movie, or TV show, the way the director intended. This means that viewers can have a high definition movie experience with full surround sound similar to that of watching a Blu-ray Disc.

Dolby previously announced that Dolby Digital Plus is available Netflix and Vudu streaming services. Initially, the multichannel surround sound format could only be played through a Playstation 3 or XBox 360 video console.

With the CES announcement, Dolby Digital Plus will be available on TVs and Blu-ray Players with these video on demand apps.

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Barb Gonzalez Posted: Dec 25, 2013 0 comments
The streaming media innovations of 2013 continue to change the way we watch TV, movies and listen to music. Here is a roundup of what was new and trending in the past year.
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Barb Gonzalez Posted: Jul 26, 2012 1 comments
Watching the Olympics on TV was always a frustrating experience for me. Along with the frequent commercial interruptions, I had to sit through hours of weightlifting and shot-putting to see synchronized swimming. (I know, you were sitting through the synchronized swimming to see the shot-put.) But that problem has been solved for the 2012 London Olympics. NBC has created a website and an app for iPhone, iPad, and Android devices that will show live coverage of every sport and match from start to finish.
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Barb Gonzalez Posted: Jan 15, 2012 0 comments
This year most TV manufacturers are pairing tablets with TVs to create what they call a “second screen” or “Dual Screen” experience. Why interrupt what you are watching to bring up menus that shrink the screen or overlay TV guide grids that block your picture, when you can bring up the menus and guides on your tablet?

Toshiba, Samsung, Panasonic, Sony, LG and others showed up their apps that run on tablets to control and enhance your TV viewing experience. Although they would like you to buy their tablets, the apps will run on any Android or iOS device.

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Barb Gonzalez Posted: Jan 15, 2012 0 comments
Along with control and second screen capabilities, TV manufacturers are pairing their tablets to TVs allowing users to send media to their big screen directly from their tablet.

The TV apps make it possible to “fling” photos, music, or movies that are stored on the tablet towards the TV and have it play on the big screen. Most apps will be able to find media stored on other sources--computers, media servers--in a home network and push that media to the TV (Media Renderer capabilities).

Both the tablets apps and the TVs are DLNA certified which makes the media sharing possible. While this is possible on other DLNA certified media apps, the paired apps will undoubtedly create a seamless experience.

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Barb Gonzalez Posted: Jan 15, 2012 8 comments
Your universal remote control may become a thing of the past. TV manufacturers are creating apps that can not only control the TV, but can be programmed with macros to control your whole home theater system.

Remote control apps have been appearing over the past year. These apps work over wifi to control connected TVs and devices.

This year, Sony and Samsung are showing tablets with IR (infrared control), that can send commands to most any home theater device.

What do you think? Are you ready to chuck your home theater remote for an app on a tablet?

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