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HBO NOW on Apple TV, iPad, and iPhone

Monday, March 9th, 2015

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With HBO NOW, Apple customers have an incredible new way to watch many of their favorite HBO programs. They can subscribe to HBO right from an Apple TV or iOS device—no cable or satellite subscription required—and get instant access to every episode of every season of HBO’s award-winning original shows and Hollywood blockbusters.

HBO NOW will be available for just $14.99 a month with no long-term contract or commitment. Customers can sign up on Apple TV, iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch, and get the first month for free.

Logitech Harmony Link

Sunday, April 8th, 2012

How many remote controls do you have sitting in your media room? Personally  have way too many and I ask my self constantly, why can’t I just use my iOS device to control everything. Sure I can control my TiVo with the TiVo app and the Denon receiver with the Denon app and the Samsung disc player with the Samsung app, but that is too many apps to keep switching around. Well it looks like Harmony has heard us and came up with the Logitech Harmony Link.  Just connect the black UFO-shaped Logitech transmitter to your WiFi and you’ll be able to control over 5,000 different kinds of TVs, cable boxes, receivers, and assorted tech.

View on Amazon.com

 

New Apple TV Supports 1080p HD

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

Apple announced a new Apple TV that supports 1080p programming including iTunes movies and TV shows, Netflix, Vimeo, photos, and more in HD.

Apple TV also has a new user interface, which is available to current Apple TV owners as a free software update on March 16th.

The new Apple TV with 1080p HD gives you the best entertainment right on your widescreen TV. Choose from thousands of current and classic movies and TV shows on iTunes—many in amazing 1080p HD. Watch live sports in HD. Access content from Netflix, YouTube, Vimeo, and more.7

And with AirPlay, you can play video, show off photos, and enjoy music from your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch on your TV.8

 

 

Key Features

  • Buy or rent from the largest selection of HD movies.1
  • Buy commercial-free HD TV shows.
  • Stream from the huge Netflix catalog of movies and TV shows.2
  • Browse and play YouTube and Vimeo videos, access online Flickr photos, watch HD podcasts, and listen to Internet radio.
  • Wirelessly stream content from your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to your widescreen TV.3
  • View the most recent photos taken on your iOS device and pushed to your Photo Stream in iCloud.4
  • Watch live and archived MLB, NBA, and NHL games in HD.5
  • With an iTunes Match subscription you can listen to all of your favorite songs in your iCloud library from your HDTV.6
  • Enjoy all the photos, music, and videos on your computer on the best TV and speakers in the house.
  • Stream everything you watch over 802.11n Wi-Fi.
  • Simple setup with a single HDMI cable for both audio and video. (Cable sold separately.)
  • Sleek design that’s small, quiet, and energy efficient.

 

Available from:

Apple Store for Business

 

 

1 Not all movies are available for purchase.

2 Selected titles now available on Netflix. Subscription required for Netflix.

3 AirPlay is available on all devices running iOS 4.3 or later. Some features require the latest software. Requires second-generation Apple TV
or later.

4 Requires iCloud-enabled device. Some features are not available in all countries. Access to some services is limited to 10 devices.

5 Blackouts and other restrictions apply. Game video is in HD quality when available. NHL and the NHL shield are registered trademarks, and NHL GameCenter and NHL GameCenter LIVE are trademarks of the National Hockey League. NHL and NHL team marks are the property of the NHL and its teams. © NHL 2012. All rights reserved.  MLB.TV subscription required to watch live and archived games. Live games subject to blackouts. See mlb.com/appletv or nba.com/appletv for details.

6 Requires second-generation Apple TV or later. Limit 25,000 songs. iTunes purchases do not count against limit. Access to some services is limited to 10 devices.

7 Selected titles now available on Netflix. Subscription required for Netflix.

8 AirPlay is available on all devices running iOS 4.3 or later. Some features require the latest software. Requires second-generation Apple TV
or later

Universally Easy Remote

Tuesday, December 30th, 2008

Harmony OneAs you keep adding technology to your living room, the cache of remotes also seems to grow, exponentially. After watching several friends and relatives struggle with numerous poorly designed remotes, I decided to search for the best universal remote. This “magical” remote had to be as easy to use as the TiVo remote (one of the best designed products ever), simple to setup, rechargeable, backlit and it had to work with every device I could think of. 

I created a list of new and old devices, everything from an old Panasonic tape deck to the latest incarnations of TiVo, to the Apple TV and RoKu boxes. Only the Harmony remotes fit this bill. Setup was very “Mac Like”, we just connect the remote to an iMac (it also works with Windows PCs) and the software guided us through the setup process. It asked which equipment we had, what activities we needed the remote for and a few other easy to answer questions. When done it uploaded the setup to out Harmony remote, and we were ready to go.

Using the remote couldn’t have been easier. To watch a Netflix movie, I just pushed the touchscreen selection that read “Watch Netflix.” The remote then turned on the TV, switched to the proper input on the TV, turned on the stereo and changed inputs, then it woke the RoKu box up. All with just one button press. It was equally easy to start watching the TiVo or listen to the radio, again, all with just one button push.

One everything was switched on and properly setup, I didn’t need several different remotes to control everything. Even the TiVo was easily, and familiarly controlled with this remote. Volume, channels, picture size etc, all controlled with this one remote. In fact, when you are done, just press one button and the Harmony remote will shut everything off for you.

There are several versions of the Harmony remotes available, take a look at the various features to find one that meets your needs. Although if you just want to get one ASAP, I would suggest the Harmony One.

 

[$99-$499 via Amazon.com]

Convert Any Video File

Wednesday, November 26th, 2008

Now that VisualHub has ceased development, we needed a solution to convert all of our video files to various different formats. For example, converting the files to work with your TiVo, AppleTV or iPhone. Up until now, HandBrake has always just ripped your DVDs into MPEG video files for playing back on an iPod or archiving on your network. But now in version 0.9.3 release it will take any video file as an input source, no longer just DVDs.

Keep in ind that it no longer decoded DVDs, but that isn’t really an issue if you have VLC installed on your Mac. Handbreak will just use VLC’s DVD decoder.

Download: [Handbrake and VLC]


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