Apple quietly killed the 40GB Apple TV and slashed the price of the 160GB Apple TV by $100 to $229. So, if you’ve ever thought about setting up a media server or trying out Boxee it’s great news! Although if you’re going to go with a media center computer in your living room, and you’re bent on getting a Mac, we recommend going the Mac Mini route.
I recently purchased a brand new Blu-ray player, the Panasonic DMP-BD80 from Amazon. I thought of which movie to get and decided upon The Dark Knight.
As soon as I received the Blu-ray player, I immediately connected it up to my HDTV via HDMI cable and connected it to my network using the Netgear MCAB1001 MoCA Adapter. I put in the Blu-ray disc and waited for the movie to start. Then pulled up the menu and clicked on Warner Bros. BD-Live. I get a message dialog that pops up with the following message.
On the AVS forum, a thread has been started that talks about MoCA. Check it out, it is a great place to get your questions answered.
More and more positive reviews of the Netgear MCAB1001 MoCA Adapters are coming to light. These are a few more great reviews; check them out if you need even more reasons to buy one of these adapters.
The New York Times has created an article that compares Wi-Fi, Powerline and MoCA. Simply put, MoCA comes out on top, followed by Powerline, then, trailing the pack, Wi-Fi. They do specify that this is best for people who want to do some network intensive processes such as streaming videos/movies, etc.
Microsoft now has an exclusive partnership with Netflix, continuing the ability to instantly stream movies and TV shows from Netflix to your TV via Xbox 360. The Xbox will be the only game console to offer the Netflix movie experience, and is available to all Xbox Live Gold members who also have a Netflix unlimited subscription, all of this at no additional cost!
In addition to being able to access Netflix and Amazon on Demand, Roku users will now have the access to baseball games from premium MLB.tv accounts. This includes live, out-of-market games as well as on demand games from the past week. It will cost you about $35 for the remainder of this season.
The folks over at CEPro have done a review of Netflix’s Watch Instantly service on four different devices: TiVOHD, Samsung Blu-Ray player, Roku Netflix player, and on Windows Media Center.
Continue Reading Review: Netflix Watch Instantly
Walmart is selling Actiontec MoCA Adapters available for purchase! Check it out.
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Roku, the internet video player, which streams movies and TV shows from Netflix and Amazon, is going to be coming out with some new features soon, hopefully by the holiday shopping season.
Roku has distributed a software developers kit to media companies who want to add their offerings to Roku. This includes Blip.TVand Mediafly (both Web video/podcast companies) so far. We imagine all the big companies that do video on the Web — and, important, who want their video to appear on TV sets – will jump on, once it’s opened up, such as Revision3, Next New Networks, Boxee, YouTube, MLB Advanced Media, etc. Internet radio companies like Pandora and Last.fm, and photo sharing services like Flickr are fair game, too.
Roku will continue to announce new content partners. Blip.TV was announced recently, and will show up on set-top boxes this fall. We understand that Roku will be announcing a new partner next week. (We don’t know who it is.)