SlingMedia and its associated Slingbox are synonymous with place-shifting TV programming. Connect a SlingBox into a satellite or cable TV box, and you can then view your cable or satellite feed from anywhere in the world. Whatever can be viewed in the living room can be viewed remotely. Jamie and Todd chat with Andy Panizza about the latest developments from SlingMedia.
The Slingbox M1 ($149) is the entry-level Slingbox and it brings Wi-Fi connectivity to the whole Slingbox range for the first time, winning it PC Magazine’s Editor’s Choice. The Slingbox 500 ($249) introduced SlingTV which overlays program guides and additional information onto the home TV screen as well as providing place-shifting. Both models are available now.
Diane Bernard of FLM.tv joined the TPN CES Live Stream coverage. FLM helps independent companies be able to monetize their films. FLM helped out by working with social television so viewers can help with a second screen app.
FLM has full engagement in a view of a film. The party watch allows you to find out what people think. The cast could be sitting in front of web cams answering questions to those watching. With social networking options, you can chat with anyone or just your friends.
Integrating it with the technology allows creators to keep people focused on one area. That way they can get full reaction when people watch the TV show, short, or movie.
All your local TV stations in North America carry over-the-air HD programming to your homes for free. Now with the Tablo HD DVR box, you can get your local TV recorded and then play those recordings back on any device in the house. Take your favorite local shows and sports with you. Tablo combines the convenience of a DVR with the mobility of your tablet, smartphone, and laptop to let you enjoy HDTV anytime, anywhere. Unleash your HDTV with Tablo.
Grant from TabloTV.com joins Geek News Central host Todd Cochrane and Audacity to Podcast host Daniel J. Lewis to pick up the first annual TPN Picks award in person. The full team from TPN.tv (Tech Podcast Network) scoured the show floor and thousands of exhibits to find the best and brightest new tech gadgets and services to bring to you. From the 200+ companies that made the final cut, only 10 were awarded the cherished TPN Picks award.
HDMI is great interconnect technology but it’s really only designed for relatively short cable runs. What do you do if you want to send a 4K UltraHD picture 100ft? PhaseHD have the answer.
Canadian outfit phaseHD uses standard, albeit long, HDMI cables with smart adaptors on each end of the cable to transmit a clean signal at one end and boost the received signal at the other, while preserving the control signals needed for encrypted content. Obviously it’s more complicated than that and it’s definitely worth watching the video to understand how this technology differs from the video extenders that use cat 6 network cabling for long runs.
It’s not cheap either, with the expected price around $500-$600. Expect to see early adoption by event management companies and sports bars.
Do you want to watch over the air TV on your laptop or tablet while traveling, then the TVman Wireless DTV Tuner by Dediprog maybe what you are looking for. It is a digital TV receiver that allows you to watch over the air TV. It transfers the signal to any computer or tablet by Wi-fi. So there are no extra wires to carry around. The cord is the antenna. Because it doesn’t depend on 3G connectivity you get a full high def signal. Unlike other options available now which depend on the 3G signal and are often compressed. Dediprog distributes the product themselves and also through other vendors. They expect to sell it in the US for around $100.00. It is available now in Japan and South America. They hope to have it available in Europe within 3 months and the US by end of the year.
Dediprog also showed off a second item which combines the wireless DTV tuner with 3G. The device can be used as a mobile hotspot or a digital TV receiver. Dediprog is trying to build partnerships with various mobile service providers which would provide the 3G connectivity. They also need to get FCC approval for both devices.
Both products are small enough to fit into a man’s front pocket. You carry them with you and as long as there is an over the air signal available you can watch TV. Not sure how long the battery last or how far the wi-fi signal travels. I expect you need to be in the same room as the device, but that is an assumption on my part. Both products will works with Android, iOS and Windows. I would love to get a hold of the device to test it, to see what kind of signal it picks up
The new LG Pentouch technology connects to your TV and a computer to bring touch-screen technology to your flat screen TV. The Pentouch consists of the box for connecting a Windows PC to the Plasma TV, which comes along in the package. It all works on WiFi so there won’t be any messy cables either. It’s geared more towards a business than home user as it essentially turns the TV into a whiteboard, but there are a lot more features than just that. You can also edit Office documents and there are two pens included so that two people can work on the screen at the same time.
There is no exact release date yet, although LG hopes to make it available in the early Spring. There is also no price point as of yet, although with a plasma TV included you probably shouldn’t expect it to be too cheap. You can find out more by visiting LG and by watching the video below.
Biscotti‘s TV phone is a small camera unit that sits on top of your big screen TV, connecting to the TV via HDMI and to the network via WiFi. Once connected up, owners can make high-definition video calls to other Biscotti owners and Google Video Chat users. And you will not believe how small the camera unit is. Todd chats to Matthew Shoemake to learn more.
The TV Phone uses an HDMI pass-through technology, meaning that there’s no need to change channels when receiving a call as the Biscotti notifies users via a pop-up message on screen. By using Google Video Chat, the Biscotti TV Phone can connect to any device that has a Chat client, whether it’s Android, iPhone or a PC. Connectivity with other video clients will be forthcoming, but no details just yet.
The Biscotti TV Phone is for $199 and no monthly fees. Watch the video to get free shipping (disclaimer – not sure how long this promotion will run after CES finishes.)
If you thought that the WinTV adapters from Hauppauge were only a convenience when traveling once your reached the hotel room, or a way to keep up with the game from a coffee shop where there aren’t TV’s tuned to a local station, you need to take a fresh look (as a passenger, of course) at Mobile Digital TV. In motion.
For less than $70, you can get a USB plug in adapter that converts your Windows laptop into a Digital TV that can receive broadcasts in a moving vehicle while in traffic, on a trip or on the open road.
Remember when you went out to the woods to camp? Remember the tents with no TV or satellite? Remember the tailgates with just the little Webber in the back?
Dish Network has the Weinguard mobile HD satellite. It is the dish that you can watch HD programming while on the road. The best part is that Dish offers monthly plans so you are not paying for a service that you don’t use year round.
So if you are the travelling enthusiast, the rock band or just the tailgater that wants to never miss the action, Dish Network has the answer for you.