Well, that was fast: Another Christmas weekend is over, the presents have all been unwrapped and retailers nationwide are bracing for a throng of returns to hit this week for all those unwanted misfit toys, gadgets, clothes and other items. Since the holiday fell on a Sunday this year, many of us have the day off to get out and spend any cash we received (or cash in on those gift cards) -- but when the spending is over, kick back and take a break by reading up on the day’s events for Monday, December 26, 2011.
The official start of the fall season may be September 23 on the calendar, but don’t tell that to the major television networks, who have already started rolling out season premieres for new and returning shows alike. If you’ve already cut the cord on your cable or satellite bill, fear not -- here’s how to find all your favorite shows online, many without paying a dime beyond your internet connection.
As rumors swirl that Netflix is planning to go beyond North America, Hulu beats them to the punch by launching in Japan, although the service is following the Netflix playbook on at least one front, with higher prices. Meanwhile, a new update to the existing iOS app allows HDMI output on the iPad 2 -- as long as you’re down with standard definition, that is.
Major networks like Fox, ABC and NBC have made it easy for people like me to stay tuned to the latest television shows without spending a penny on cable, or even physically owning a television set. However, Fox's decision yesterday on how quickly it posts new episodes to the web seems to have sparked a trend, as networks like ABC are considering following suit.
As Apple continues to pile on the cash, so do the rumors that surround just what the company intends to do with it. At $76.2 billion in cash and securities, something has to give at some point, right? Two people familiar with the auction of the Hulu online video service have revealed that Apple may be putting some of that cash to use shortly.
While the rumor mills never sleep and constantly churn out new Apple stories, especially as we get closer and closer to release dates, there comes a time when the same story shows up everywhere and becomes conventional wisdom. Are we at that point with the iPhone 5? It kinda feels like it, so here's some news about your soon-to-be favorite new handset and more in the hottest Apple stories we've touched this week.
Like sharks smelling blood in the water, the makers of media streamers are churning up a froth in the market for one simple reason: opportunity. Streaming video is all the rage as these manufacturers struggle to create the next big thing in video. Apple retooled its “hobby,” removing Apple TV’s onboard storage and making it a streaming-only device. And companies ranging from Boxee to Google are hoping their streaming solutions emerge victorious. Orb TV is fairly new to the video game, and its puck-shaped device also pipes video (or music) to your TV. But unlike the competition, Orb has an ace in the hole—free Hulu.
Tech fans will have plenty to be thankful for come Turkey Day next week -- The Beatles are finally on iTunes, Google Voice is on the iPhone, Twitter has push notifications for iOS and Hulu Plus is finally out of preview mode, officially landing on Roku boxes everywhere.
Giving even more incentive for casual TV viewers to cut the cord on their cable bill, Hulu announced Wednesday that their paid Hulu Plus service is officially out of preview, complete with a price reduction and availability on Roku boxes.