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.
Most TV makers are presenting 3D as a desirable new feature for upper-echelon sets. Sony is taking a more aggressive approach, at least in the Japanese market. In 2011 nearly all models 40 inches and up will be 3D capable, relegating 2D to a minority of smaller models.
In the wake of the second-generation Apple TV's introduction, Amazon has one-upped Steve Jobs with a new TV-streaming scheme. Your 99 cents per show will buy not just limited-time streaming rights, but permanent ones. Apple charges 99 cents to rent, Amazon 99 cents to own (for both HD and SD). Amazon's previous price was $2.99.
Yesterday, Apple announced the next generation Apple TV, a product line that has been unchanged and virtually ignored by the company for several years. With this newest product introduction, our imagination is re-ignited with possibilities. Apple's CEO, Steve Jobs, has been eluding to the magic "cloud" as the future of content distribution and management for some time and the new Apple TV delivers on that vision.
AT&T is making U-verse subscribers an offer they may not want to refuse. A new U-verse Mobile App for iPhone and BlackBerry Torch can set up recordings for playback on home DVRs and, via cloud computing, on portable devices as well.
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Panasonic has released six new combo DVRs and Blu-ray disc recorders, with the latter offering 100 gigabytes per disc, way in excess of conventional Blu-ray's 25GB per layer or 50GB per side. Before you get too excited, note that like BD component recorders in general, these products are for the Japanese market only and are unlikely to come to the U.S. anytime soon.