Every once in a while a revolutionary product comes along that changes everything. Apple, a company known for innovation, has been very fortunate in this regard. In 1984 they introduced the world to the first Macintosh and changed personal computing forever. Then in 2001 Apple introduced the first iPod and redefined the music industry. Today [...]
Apple saved the music business with the iPod. Can they do the same for Hollywood? In the five years since the iPod’s rollout, Apple has locked down the online music business. 1 in 5 Americans owns or has owned an iPod and consumers have downloaded more than 1 billion songs from Apple’s iTunes music store. [...]
The Slingbox is a fantastic product. Any computer with an Internet connection will allow you streaming video access to your home TV system. My boss has one in his office so he can watch the in-house cable TV feed at home. But as a Mac user, I have one major problem with the Slingbox… It’s not Mac compatible.
Well that limitation may soon be coming to an end.
According to Mindjack.com, Broadcast TV died on October 18th, 2004. So what’s so special about that date?
The Federal Government is calling for submissions from the public on extending the “fair use” exceptions in the Copyright Act. The What? Let’s put it this way: Say you record a show on your VCR to copy it later or record songs from a CD onto an MP3 player. In both cases, you are technically [...]
You’ll remember that we posted about IceTV last year. Well it seems that they’ve launched their service in Melbourne and Sydney. iceguide is the first of many ice services which make TV viewing a more user-friendly experience. iceguide provides an on-screen TV guide that shows you what is on for the coming week on all [...]
We mentioned last November that Toshiba was due to release a High Definition PVR, with 160GB Hard Drive, to the Australian market. Well the details have been confirmed, and it does include two tuners, ideal for recording two shows at a time, or watching and recording one. The HDD-J35 incorporates the uncompressed, digital audio & [...]
Foxtel has finally announced its Personal Video Recorder (PVR) option for their digital service, Foxtel iQ. For a once off install fee ($AU100), a once off access fee ($AU395) and a monthly service fee ($5.95), unless you’re a Platinum customer, you’ll get the new swanky set top box that’ll allow you to record two shows [...]
AUSTRALIA and Britain have been revealed as the world’s biggest markets for pirate TV downloads. The trend is being driven by tech-savvy fans who are unwilling to wait for popular US shows such as 24 and Desperate Housewives. Australia ranked as second largest downloader of TV programs after Britain in a study of the phenomenon [...]
Pay TV operator Foxtel will unveil its personal digital recorder (PDR) next week at special showings at Myer stores. The PDR, billed as the next “must have” in home entertainment accessories, is tipped to end forever the dilemma over what to watch and what to record when two enticing programs are on at the same [...]
We always wait to get our copy of Wired in the mail, but this article, available online, has been pointed out by a regular Gadget Lounge reader. Given the stream of article we’ve had about eXeem recently, it’s worth mentioning that Wired has an article all about BitTorrent and its inventor, Bram Cohen. For Cohen, [...]
In the enterprise computing world there is an all out bun fight about where storage software should be run. In the servers, the switches or the disk. Each vendor has a better idea, depending on which of these they manufacture. It seems D-Link sees the same thing in the lounge room. The only difference is, [...]
Finally, a company that gets what convergence really means, almost. Zensonic has announced they’ll release a DVD player that is networkable, via wireless or gigabit, and can play a range of media via optical disc or via a USB 2.0 hard drive (like the Apple iPod). Codec support includes Windows Media Video 9, DivX XviD, [...]
We mentioned RSS TV a few months ago, and since then someone’s come up with a much cooler term and called it Broadcatching. In their normal style, Engadget have created a how-to document for anyone with a PC or Mac. So, if you’re sick of waiting for an Australian version of Tivo, disappointed with Microsoft’s [...]
Australia is creeping toward the ability to do some true home entertainment networking with Panasonic’s latest toys. ARNnet details the DMR-E500H which is a DVD Recorder with a 400G-byte hard drive that provides the ability to store up to 709 hours. The catch is the obscene price, $AU3,299. It’s so feature rich that no single [...]