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Wednesday
Sep012010

TV wars! A complete guide to Amazon, Sony, Netflix, Apple, Google, HBO, Samsung, and Hulu's plans to change TV forever

The war to control your TV is heating up. Reports are coming in that Amazon is developing a subscription service to compete with Netflix and Sony is working on a full apps platform to compete on a broader scale with Samsung Apps and upcoming platforms like Google TV and Apple's rumored "iTV." In this extended post, I'll attempt to break down what we know so far. 

Two Battles

Really, there are two battles happening here. On one side, we have the Battle of the Platforms. Companies like Google, Apple, Samsung, and Sony want to operate the software platform that runs your TV, and other devices. The days of Cable companies like Comcast dominating your TV are numbered. Soon, your TV will get smart and run applications just like an iPhone, iPad, or Android smartphone. 

On the other side, we have the Battle of the Streaming Services. Netflix practically invented this category, but Amazon, Hulu, HBO, and who knows who else are all ready to take the movie rental company down. 

We know the players, but which platforms and services will reign supreme? I break down the competition below.

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Thursday
Aug262010

Netflix launches its streaming iPhone app

If Netflix didn't have enough of a lead on rental chains like Blockbuster Video (a dying company) and Kiosks like Redbox, today marks another step ahead for the forward-thinking company. On its blog, the rental company announced today that a Netflix streaming app is available on the iTunes app store for iPhones and iPod Touch (no word on a version for the iPad). With a Netflix subscription, you can stream any available movies or TV shows right from your phone. Not bad. A video is below.

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Sunday
May172009

Apple may actually make an all-in-one netbook & e-book reader

Apple may be looking to enter two new markets this year: netbooks and e-books. The company is expected to announce a new version of the iPhone at its World Wide Developers Conference, June 8-12, but it has another device up its sleeve. From the rumors I’ve seen, that device may be an all-in-one touch netbook and e-book reader. Here’s why.

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