Barb Gonzalez

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Barb Gonzalez Posted: Apr 16, 2013 1 comments
M-Go promised to have the technology for better search and recommendations of movies. When it launched it didn't make good on its promises. Find out which streaming services and devices do a better job.
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Barb Gonzalez Posted: Apr 03, 2013 0 comments
Social TV will soon be as commonplace as onscreen tickers but it won't happen like everyone expected. Joel Espelien of The Diffusion Group explains the findings of his report, "Social TV: Myths, Facts, and the Future."
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Barb Gonzalez Posted: Mar 27, 2013 0 comments
The zeebox app is both interactive social TV and a second screen experience that may change the way you watch TV.
Barb Gonzalez Posted: Mar 22, 2013 0 comments

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Price: $100 At a Glance: Small stick connects directly to HDMI input on TV • Same menus and channels as full-sized Roku Box • No additional power connection; requires MHL-enabled TV

That Roku box is shrinking…again. The Roku Stick looks like a thumb drive and is only about 3 inches long. For the most part, it provides the same experience as the standard Roku boxes—same menus, same performance. But to use one, you’ll need an MHL-enabled TV or other device.

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Barb Gonzalez Posted: Mar 18, 2013 4 comments
Redbox now offers the Redbox Instant subscription streaming movie service to go along with its kiosk rentals. But can it compete with the Netflix powerhouse?
Barb Gonzalez Posted: Mar 08, 2013 1 comments
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Price: $300 At a Glance: Stream 1080p live TV and recordings from your DVR • Complete control of your set-top box from any device • Displays photos and videos from smartphone on TV

While cable and satellite companies often tout their ability to let you start watching a recording in one room and finish it in another, you can forgo the cost of these multiroom systems with a Slingbox. The original TV place-shifter, Slingbox allows you to access your cable or satellite set-top box and all of its content from mobile devices, media players, and computers— from across the house or across the country—by using the SlingPlayer app. Hoping to save some money in box rentals, I was happy to test Sling Media’s first new consumer model in four years, the Slingbox 500 HD. There are a number of ways to watch TV on computers and mobile devices, but Slingbox is unique in providing remote access and control of your set-top box.

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Barb Gonzalez Posted: Mar 07, 2013 3 comments
The newest YouTube mobile app update allows both Android devices and iPhones/iPads to instantly send the video to your TV. Find out what you need to make it work, and learn about current limitations.
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Barb Gonzalez Posted: Feb 28, 2013 0 comments
Dish co-founder debunks rumors that the comapny is trying to bankrupt TV networks with its AutoHop commercial-skipping DVR feature...
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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."
Barb Gonzalez Posted: Feb 13, 2013 0 comments
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Price: Included with Toshiba HDTVs At a Glance: Netflix, Vudu, Cinema Now apps stream most available TV shows and movies • Complete Web browser

At first, it seemed like the Toshiba 47L7200U smart TV I sampled to check out its streaming options offered only the bare bones. When I opened the ePortal app home page, there were only the basic media streaming apps like Netflix and Vudu. Unlike Samsung or LG, Toshiba doesn’t have an app store. Also, it can only play a few basic digital file formats. But its Web browser goes beyond the basics.

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