The launch of Google TV is drawing nigh. So far we know that the technology will be built into products including Sony TVs and Blu-ray players, a Dish Network DVR, and a Logitech set-top box. Now some other details are falling into place.
If you watch Bravo, you may recently have seen a 45-second ad from Bluefly that featured an onscreen barcode. If you held your cellphone up to the code, it would have linked you to a five-minute infomercial featuring celebrity interview videos plus a $30 discount on clothing and accessories purchases of $150 or more.
Ever spent frustrating hours at home waiting for the cable guy to appear? If you're a New York City resident, he'll have a greater incentive to make it on time. The city has renegotiated its cable franchise agreements with Time Warner and Cablevision to require a month's credit for customers when service calls are late.
The CEDIA Expo is going on right now in Atlanta, GA. This show, while considerably smaller than the gargantuan CES in Las Vegas, is the most important trade show of the year for the custom residential market. Most of the companies that come to this show reveal their latest products here, rather than wait until January for CES.
If you own a 2010 Panasonic Viera Cast TV or Blu-ray disc player and subscribe to Netflix, you're in for a pleasant surprise. Your $8.99 and up monthly Netflix subscription entitles you to stream programming from the rental outfit on your TV.