Yet Another Way to Get a Super-Cheap Web TV Box

What’s that? You say you’re intrigued by the notion of a Web TV box, but $35 for a Google Chromecast is too rich for your blood? Here you go – if you live in the U.K.: Satellite TV service BSkyB has rolled out a Web TV box for 9.99. That works out to about $15, … Continue reading

Google Suggests Web-TV Thingies You Can Buy Instead of Google’s Sold-Out Chromecast

Google has not only sold out of Netflix giveaways to bundle with its Chromecast device, but it doesn’t have any Chromecasts to sell right now, period. If you place an order on Google’s site, you’ll be told there is a two- to three-week wait before one will ship. As a helpful AllThingsD reader points out, … Continue reading

Amazon Tries Breaking From the Streaming-Video Pack With Offline Viewing for New Kindles

Amazon has been spending a lot of time and money trying to catch up to Netflix in the subscription-video race. So far, not much luck: Many more people seem to be watching video via Reed Hastings’s service. But now Jeff Bezos has something new: Offline viewing. Amazon’s new line of Kindle Fire HDX tablets will … Continue reading

Hopster Promises Netflix for Kids, and No One Else

If you’re a certain kind of parent, then you know that Netflix is a pretty excellent babysitter.* But Netflix, and rival services like Amazon’s Instant Prime, have lots of movies and TV shows that aren’t aimed at kids. What about a subscription video service that only caters to children? That’s what Hopster promises. We won’t … Continue reading

It’s our own fault the Xbox One is so media heavy!

I’ve complained, many peeps have complained, journalists have complained – the Xbox One event was way too centered on the media aspect of the console versus the gaming side. Not even a handful of games were presented last week but boy did Microsoft go crazy on the TV watching, the NFL happening and the sports … Continue reading

Amazon Touts “Downton Abbey” Exclusive

Netflix isn’t the only streaming video service that wants your attention today: Amazon is announcing that it has purchased the exclusive streaming rights to “Downton Abbey,” which will kick in later this year. Both Netflix and Hulu Plus currently stream some episodes of the hit PBS series. Amazon’s deal had previously been reported by BTIG … Continue reading