Stream offers broadcast TV, but only on home Xfinity connection
Comcast is finally joining the ranks of PlayStation Vue and Sling TV, in providing an Internet television subscription independent of a main cable subscription. Titled Stream, the service will offer customers live TV broadcasts to watch on their choice of device, including desktops, notebooks, tablets, and smartphones, though unlike its main competitors, there appear to be a few snags that may cause some potential customers to look elsewhere.
Showtime launching on Roku, PlayStation Vue at same time as Apple
Showtime's standalone Internet TV subscription service will not be exclusive to Apple at launch as first thought, unlike HBO Now. Broadcaster CBS advises that it will be made available on Roku set-top boxes as well as through Sony's PlayStation Vue at its launch in early July. Just as with the Apple version, Showtime will cost $11 per month on the other platforms, with Roku owners also benefiting from a 30-day trial if they sign up in July.
Sling TV incorporates DishWorld service into new Sling International offering
Sling TV is adding more channels to its Internet TV service, by rebranding an existing Dish product. DishWorld has been turned into Sling International, providing close to 200 channels in 18 languages, for $15 per month. While Sling International has its own app, complete with the new Sling TV interface, customers who subscribe to both Sling TV and Sling International will be able to access channels from both subscriptions from within the same app.
National PlayStation Vue rollout expected by end of this year
Sony is getting closer to launching its PlayStation-based Internet television service, with PlayStation Vue set to open up to new users in a few locations in the United States soon. Sony Computer Entertainment president Andrew House advised that PlayStation Vue will be leaving its invitation-only testing, and launching in New York, Chicago, and Philadelphia within the next two weeks.
PlayStation Vue to offer around 75 channels, cloud storage of shows
Sony has unveiled its rumored Internet TV service, one which will launch this month in the United States as a beta. PlayStation Vue will allow owners of Sony's game consoles to watch a variety of locally-available television channels, along with on-demand and catch-up functionality, and the ability to store some television programs on the cloud.
CEO comments suggest premium channels could have future standalone subscriptions
Subscriptions to Showtime and HBO separate from a cable television service could still happen, according to comments made at an investor conference. The CEOs of Time Warner and CBS both made similar statements, suggesting the channels may be available without requiring a cable subscription, with viewers able to watch shows over the Internet.
Verizon in discussions with content provider for online TV service
Verizon will be introducing an Internet TV service sometime in early 2015, CEO Lowell McAdam has revealed. The service, which will provide a pay-TV service over the Internet, could potentially be more flexible to its subscribers than existing cable offerings, with the CEO hinting that customers may be able to pick and choose the channels they receive.
Country leads in availability of Internet access
Citizens of Canada reportedly spend more time browsing the Internet than any other country, according to data released by the research firm comScore. Over two thirds of Canadians frequently take advantage of their Internet connections, averaging 42 hours each month. France and Britain share the second spot with 62 percent, while 60 percent of Germans report similar habits.
Google TV offers limited app selection
Following Sony's official Internet TV introduction, Electronista had a chance to try out the Google TV devices and Sony's dedicated controller. Before handling the upcoming products, we were surprised by the short duration of Sony's unveiling. Executives ran through a quick overview followed by a simple demonstration, without delving much further into the Google TV platform.
Sony Google TV official, due October 16
Sony as promised tonight confirmed its Internet TV GT1 line, its first Google TV devices. The Internet TV and Internet Blu-ray Player build an Atom-based system into their designs and support the full Google OS for searching both the web and TV programming (including Flash-based video) as well as loading Android-based apps. Sony's spin puts in an app for its Qriocity movie service as well as CNBC, Napster, NBA, Netflix, Pandora, Twitter and YouTube.
Streams Hulu, PBS, Netflix, more over wifi or 3G
After months of rejection from Apple, forcing the company to create a web-based HTML5 application to accommodate iPhone fans, the subscription internet TV service PlayOn has finally won approval for a native app and debuted on the App Store Wednesday.
ARM Cortex-A9 SoC, with Web 2.0 - Apple TV bound?
Following the recent release of Apple’s revised, and ARM-based, Apple TV set top box (STB) ARM and Trident have joined forces to deliver next-gen STBs. The partnership aims to deliver Web 2.0 functionality, including Flash, to new STBs as they seek to better integrate the internet, internet TV, and broadcast TV in future products. The forthcoming system-on-a-chip design will be ARM Cortex-A9-based, and are broadly similar to the recently announced Samsung implementation of the ARM Cortex-A9 dual-core design of its new Orion chip, destined for the next generation of smartphones and tablets.
Time Warner Internet TV
Time Warner Cable revealed today it plans to offer a wireless cable modem to subscribers that will allow them to network all of their household electronic devices and bring Internet content directly to their TVs. The report suggests users will be able to call up Internet TV via their home theater set-ups, with image quality that is optimized for HDTVs.