Time Warner Cable and Microsoft have inked a deal to bring scads of TV channels to the Xbox 360.
Later this summer, Time Warner Cable will launch its TV application on Xbox Live, bringing up to 300 live TV channels to the Xbox 360. The service will be available only to those who are current Time Warner Cable customers and who subscribe to Xbox Live Gold.
According to Microsoft, Time Warner Cable's channel offerings will include AMC, Bravo, Comedy Central, and CNN. The app will also work with voice controls through the company's Kinect sensor.
Microsoft has been … Read more
Cardas Audio has been making audiophile cables since 1987, so I was taken aback when I heard George Cardas was working on a headphone model. That was four years ago, when Cardas was approached by a major in-ear headphone manufacturer to make cables for them, but when George started listening to their headphones he was less than thrilled with the sound. One thing led to another, he thought he could do better, and decided to make his own headphones.
Prototypes were built, he listened, he measured, tweaked the design, made more prototypes, listened and measured. Most dynamic in-ear headphones use … Read more
All HDMI cables are the same, but that now-ubiquitous connector has limitations. Ultralong runs can be problematic and expensive and HDMI cable can't conveniently be run through walls.
That's part of the message the people from HDBaseT sent when they introduced me to their transmission protocol this week. HDBaseT is designed to allow a single Cat 5e cable -- incredibly common and incredibly cheap today -- to carry video of up to 4K resolution, audio, data (100BaseT Ethernet), power (up to 100 watts), and even other signals like USB. Runs can be as long as 100 meters (328 … Read more
To discourage media companies from proliferating Web-based entertainment, pay-TV operators such as Time Warner Cable are using tactics like offering higher payments or threatening to drop programming, according to a report by Bloomberg, citing unnamed sources.
Such goading is meant to keep programming out of the hands of digital entertainment services that companies like Intel and Apple are pursuing.
As cable companies negotiate distribution agreements with content providers, a chief interest is keeping as much hold on exclusive content as they can. That gatekeeper status has long been a cable company strategy to keep customers and fend off digital competition. … Read more
Comcast is making it even easier for its broadband subscribers to access the Internet outside the confines of their homes.
For the past couple of years, the company, along with several other cable operators, has been building out a Wi-Fi network in public areas, such as train platforms and in small businesses such as cafes and retail locations, to allow its broadband customers mobile access to the Internet at no additional charge.
On Monday, the company will make two announcements that will expand this network.
The first is the launch of the new home-based, neighborhood hot-spot initiative, in which subscribers … Read more
One of the most closed-off countries in the world has finally started to roll out Internet for its citizens. The Cuban government has officially opened 118 public Internet centers across the country, according to the Associated Press.
Up until now, computers with Internet access were sparse on the island. Besides a few universities and employers offering access, some of the only places to get online were tourist hotels that charged up to $8 an hour for erratic Wi-Fi, according to the Associated Press.
The Cuban government estimates that only 2.9 percent of the country's citizens get online, according … Read more
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Companies looking to get a piece of the Hulu pie had until this week to put in their first round of bids for the video streaming service. And, it appears that four companies have gone in for a slice.
Former News Corp president Peter Chernin, private equity fund Guggenheim Digital Media (which is headed the former interim Yahoo CEO by Ross Levinsohn), satellite operator DirecTV, and cable operator Time Warner Cable have all put in bids, according to Reuters.
Hulu has supposedly been looking for a buyer over the past couple of years, and recently several companies have allegedly expressed … Read more