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Stan Horaczek  |  Nov 22, 2010  |  0 comments

Take a look at most new TVs, Blu-ray players and media servers and it should be abundantly clear that streaming is serious business for Netflix. But, the lack of a plan completely free from the red envelopes hasn't existed until today. For $7.99 a month, you can now stream as much as you want without a single disc ever showing up at your door. Unfortunately for those who still like physical media as well, the prices of their other plans will be going up. A one-at-a-time account is going from $8.99 to $9.99, while the classic three-at-a-time account jumps three bucks to $19.99.

Stan Horaczek  |  Nov 04, 2010  |  0 comments

When Logitech's Revue showed up at my door, I had already spent some time with it on a few different press events. But, after having it nestled under my HDTV for a few days, I really started to get a feel to how it actually figures into the media-consumption process. Having already applied the first over-the-air update, it's safe to say that the Revue does exactly as promised, at least from a technical perspective. Before it can truly revolutionize the way we watch, however, it's going to need some help.


Stan Horaczek  |  Oct 26, 2010  |  0 comments

Logitech's Revue Google TV box is quickly approaching, but that hasn't stopped the recent influx of boxes designed to get the Internet (or at least parts of it) onto an HDTV. The latest effort from Western Digital sounds like an impressive one. Inside, WD has packed a full terabyte of storage, to which you can add media from networked PCs and Macs or via its pair of USB ports.

Stan Horaczek  |  Feb 16, 2009  |  0 comments

SQUID Recordings Origin: Strange Days What is it? Using a jack plugged into the cerebral cortex, users can record every aspect of their experiences and burn them onto media that look suspiciously like Minidiscs.

Stan Horaczek  |  Jan 22, 2009  |  0 comments

If you have ever been to an Oscars party where the guests actually compete by picking winners, you know that everything is won or lost on the technical categories. Why? Mainly because it's hard to pick a winner when you're not even entirely sure what the award is for. Here is a quick rundown of what many consider to be the less-glamorous categories and who we think (or hope) might win.

Stan Horaczek  |  Jan 19, 2009  |  0 comments
When news hit that one of the country's biggest electronics retailers was finally giving up the ghost, visions of discounted TVs and speakers bought for pennies on the dollar flashed through the collective consciousness of a people who, as of late, have largely been too broke to quench their thirst for the new hotness.
Stan Horaczek  |  Dec 15, 2008  |  0 comments
Instead of messing around with a converter box, you handled the DTV transition the proper way: By upgrading to a sweet new HDTV. But that means your old box is still sitting around taking up space. Before you send it packing to the dump, consider a few different options.
Stan Horaczek  |  Nov 24, 2008  |  0 comments

Just a few years ago, retailers were furious when their secret Black Friday ads leaked online before they hit he Thursday papers. Now, they can hardly wait for eager bargain hunters to fire up Acrobat and scour their flyers for deals. But, at the same time, this years deals are a little disappointing.

Stan Horaczek  |  Nov 23, 2008  |  0 comments

1. Add multi-channel audio Through computer speakers, the WMA stereo sound that Netflix couples with their streaming video is acceptable. But, pump it through the HDMI-piped audio systems some of us have spent so much time tweaking and the deficiencies become all too obvious.