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IOGear Wireless 5×2 HD Matrix Send Video to Different TVs – CES 2013

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSWhile at CES, IOGear showed off the wireless 5×2 HD matrix. This allows you to connect up to 5 devices – 4 inputs and one output. Additionally, a USB connection allows you to connect a wireless keyboard. You can then control a PS3 or laptop connected to the system. What IOGear 5×2 Matrix does is it lets you have all your Set top Boxes in one place. You can push those devices to a living room TV, bedroom TV, basement or other area with a monitor. A two TV setup will run you $399. Matrix 5×2 will be available at the end of March. [cessponsor] Interview by Todd Cochrane of Geek News Central for the TechPodcast Network

Sony Has New Google TV Blu-Ray, Set Top Box – CES 2012 0

Sony Has New Google TV Blu-Ray, Set Top Box – CES 2012

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSSony is coming out with the next generation of set top boxes. Of course, Sony was the first to market with GoogleTV. The new media player and Blu-Ray player are being introduced. The simplified remote control has a touchpad on the front, with the home button. On the back side, there is a full QWERTY keyboard. The keyboard is only active when facing upwards. That way, you don’t accidentally hit a button. “It all comes down to getting your content” Said Bill. “You’ve always had that content from your cable or satellite provider and from your disc media. But you also have that content people are looking for from Netflix or on the internet. What this does is bring all of that into one organized area. So you don’t have to switch between devices.” Sony focuses on separate boxes because consumers already purchased a...

Roku: New Roku HDMI Stick Makes Smart TVs – #CES 2012 0

Roku: New Roku HDMI Stick Makes Smart TVs – #CES 2012

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSIn this world of over-the-top television, there are a lot of different choices. If your TV does not have a “smart” feature, you end up having to purchase a third-party solution. And with many boxes to choose from, it’s a tough decision at times. However, Roku is working to make that decision very straightforward. At CES, Roku debuted their Roku streaming stick. Ed from Roku joins Todd in showing off this little dongle that connects up to your HDMI port on your TV. Since the Roku stick plugs directly into the HDMI port, there is no need for extra cables, or even a power cable. Therefore, if you have your TV mounted to a wall, there are no extra ugly cables to go with it. Further, this new Roku connects wirelessly (just like the previous versions), so you can stream your shows...

TV Everywhere from Dish Network 0

TV Everywhere from Dish Network

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSFrancie Bauer from Dish Network joins Todd for the TPN Live CES coverage. She describes Dish Network devices that are enabled using Sling technology. That allows consumers to watch programming from anywhere in the world via the Internet on computers and other mobile devices. The receivers even have Sling integrated. Therefore, no multiple boxes are needed for this system. Interview by Todd Cochrane of Geek News Central TPN CES 2011 Live Coverage Sponsors: Thanks to Audible for sponsoring GoDaddy services saves you money! New Customers Save 25% on Hosting at GoDaddy. Thanks to Luxor for sponsoring

Orb Re-Configures Blu-Ray to Become a Set Top Box for $20 0

Orb Re-Configures Blu-Ray to Become a Set Top Box for $20

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSJoe Costello joins the TPN Live CES show talking about Orb. They have worked in the realm of OTT for a while. Now they have an interesting Blu-Ray disc that once you put into your player, it turns that into an Application TV Set Top Box. The disc becomes the STB, and with a remote like the iPhone, you can then watch all your favorite application shows. All you need is a network connected Blu-Ray player. Joe mentions it will work with any out on the market. So for $20, you can watch all the same content as those with Set Top Boxes. Your remote is your mobile device. Interview by Tom Newman of Fogview Podcast Thanks to Audible for sponsoring GoDaddy services saves you money! New Customers Save 25% on Hosting at GoDaddy. Thanks to Luxor for sponsoring

Hulu Plus on Roku 0

Hulu Plus on Roku

Roku officially launched the Hulu Plus application. Sad news is you can only get Hulu on Roku if you pay $7.99 and that doesn’t limit the amount of commercials. Nonetheless, we are one step closer in cutting the proverbial cable cord. The service will hit other boxes like PS3 and XBox360 soon. “We are excited to bring Hulu Plus to all Roku users,” said Pete Distad, VP of Content Distribution for Hulu. “With Hulu Plus on Roku, TV fans will have an easy way to streamto their TVs the shows they love, whenever they want.” The $7.99 price change has given Netflix a run for their money. With a less than 24 hour turnaround for NBC, ABC and FOX content, you can definitely watch the shows when you want. On the other hand, Netflix doesn’t put commercials in movies and TV. The content is uncut and gives you...

Why I Choose Roku, Boxee (Application) Over Apple TV, Google TV 0

Why I Choose Roku, Boxee (Application) Over Apple TV, Google TV

330 days from now, TV as we know it will have changed. I’ve been saying that for a long time, but on Sept. 1st 2010, I decided to put it on the countdown. Why? Because Apple and Google came out with their set top boxes (Apple, finally taking it seriously). When companies like Apple and Google get into this game, you know the wind is about to change. The Comparison GigaOM has a nice write-up comparing the applications on the boxes. Each one has their own advantages and disadvantages. For example, if you want the iTunes store, you will have Apple TV and that is it. Expect this playing field to grow. The easiest box to program for is Boxee. If you know XML, you can get a channel on for nothing. The 0ther boxes might have you pay a fee for their SDK kits. There are also...

Popbox – IPTV Media Box – CES 2010 0

Popbox – IPTV Media Box – CES 2010

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS While 3-D and Tablets were the primary discussion for CES, the underlying discussion was IPTV. There were a lot of boxes that showed up during the week. One of the more noticeable boxes was the Popbox – and not because they had popcorn at the booth. This device is what’s called a “Big Screen Everything”. Not only will you get all the shows from the Internet – Revision 3, Netflix, YouTube and even Blip tv (where Techpodcasts Channel is located), but it can also pull from your computer and display pictures, video, audio and a lot more. Jeffrey Powers is talking to John from Popbox about this system. The new appliance will be out in March and will cost $129 for wired, then $149 for wireless. They also have an open API for those content providers that want to develop on Popbox

16 Tech Innovations that didn’t quite stick 2

16 Tech Innovations that didn’t quite stick

You might remember the products. You might remember the hype. Then, you are tooling down highway 41 years later and all of a sudden you think to yourself – “Hey, whatever happened to…” Failed ideas. Maybe it was a great idea, but wasn’t made right, or design errors brought it down. Maybe it was just a bad product. Well, let’s take a stroll down memory lane and see if we cannot repeat these errors again. Oh yeah, why 16? Well because we could. The Computer Watch: Whether it was the Ruputer, the MSN Direct ‘Smart’ Watches, the Timex Data Link Watch or another gadget watch – BTW – I remember having a “Transformers watch”. It was awesome! Still, the Dick Tracey style communication watches, the “Computer on a wrist”, never really hit it off. I even remember a watch that gave you directions. You would put in the...

Will Customer Service Suffer from Layoffs? 0

Will Customer Service Suffer from Layoffs?

Subscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSBrought to you by Citrix’ GotoMeeting – Free 30 day trial – No CC needed: GoToMeeting.com/techpodcasts. You’ve been working at your job for years. You’ve made lots of money for the company and are the most loyal employee they know of. Yet, tough times are ahead and the company decides you are one of the 10% they have to let go to stay afloat. It’s a frustrating thing to have happen, but what are you gonna do? Now let’s flip that: You are at your job and survive the cut, but now you are in the position to take up a part of that person who was laid off. As companies like Intel and Google are looking at trimming the fat, it makes the average consumer wonder – what will our customer experience be without 10% of the workforce?