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Barb Gonzalez  |  Aug 16, 2013  |  First Published: Aug 15, 2013  |  0 comments
Miracast can send photos, music and movies from a smartphone or tablet to your TV. Find out how it works and how it compares with Apple AirPlay and the Google Chromecast.
Barb Gonzalez  |  Jul 25, 2018  |  9 comments
How choice, community support, and nostalgia are keeping the last Blockbuster alive in Bend, Oregon. After spending an afternoon at my local blockbuster, I learned a lot about who still rents videos and why.
Barb Gonzalez  |  Mar 20, 2014  |  1 comments
As the popularity of streaming short videos continues to grow, what will happen to feature film length movies, and TV shows? A panel at the Sun Valley Film Festival discusses the changing face of streaming content.
Barb Gonzalez  |  May 29, 2013  |  20 comments
The forthcoming Xbox One has added a number of features that Microsoft hopes will make Xbox the only content device you'll want to connect to your home theater. See why you may want an Xbox One even if you don't play video games.
Barb Gonzalez  |  Nov 19, 2012  |  0 comments
Xbox 360 launches new SmartGlass app for smartphones and tablets and updates Bing search. The combination make the video game console one of the best media streaming experiences available for home theater.
 |  Nov 28, 2013  |  1 comments
A first look at the features of the Xbox One and how it compares to the Xbox 360. Learn how to use the new voice and gesture controls, how to multi-task, watch TV and get other useful tips to get the most out of this powerful new video game console and self-proclaimed "all-in-one entertainment center."
Barb Gonzalez  |  Nov 22, 2017  |  4 comments
The new Xbox One X launched in early November so I have had a couple weeks to test it. With streaming 4K HDR capabilities, 4K HDR gaming, and a built-in 4K/Ultra HD player, this game console has all the 4K content you could want in one device. However, Microsoft is pushing gaming at the expense of simplified streaming and movie/TV/video playback.
Barb Gonzalez  |  Dec 27, 2012  |  0 comments
2012 was a banner year for innovation in streaming media—innovations that are changing the home theater experience.
Barb Gonzalez  |  Dec 18, 2012  |  First Published: Dec 17, 2012  |  1 comments
Netflix stops X-High HD streaming but still offers 1080P Full HD streaming at lower bitrates.
Barb Gonzalez  |  May 06, 2015  |  1 comments
Google's new YouTube Music Key beta adds music videos to Google Play Music. Here's how it works.
Barb Gonzalez  |  Mar 27, 2013  |  0 comments
The zeebox app is both interactive social TV and a second screen experience that may change the way you watch TV.
Barb Gonzalez  |  Oct 05, 2012  |  1 comments
Media streamers and Smart TVs are only as good as the content they can provide. Yes, it's important to have good picture quality, but often the determination of which player you buy comes down to what you can stream to it? If you like TV shows, you want Hulu Plus. For movies make sure you have Netflix or Vudu. Beyond the big-named online streaming services, there is a plethora of special interest websites that stream short-form videos. Thanks to app publisher, Flingo, many of those channels are becoming available on media players and Smart TVs. The Flingo Queue adds the possibility of watching any video you find on the web on TV.
Barb Gonzalez  |  Jan 22, 2015  |  2 comments
Disney Movies Anywhere digital copies can now be streamed to just about any media player, smart TV, or mobile device. Check out how the service compares to UltraViolet digital copies.
Barb Gonzalez  |  Oct 10, 2014  |  0 comments
This small streaming subscription video-on-demand service offers classic films from Gandhi to Ghostbusters for less than the price of a single HD streaming rental.

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