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.
It's not quite here yet, but Google has dropped their announcement for what Google TV is going to look like. Before, there were just some sketches of ideas that were on the YouTube videos you could watch on the Google Blog, but now they've got a brand new webpage showing off their labors. And we have to say, it looks pretty sweet.
Our trusty TiVos can’t be everywhere at once. Sometimes, something great will happen that we didn’t record, and we won’t catch the snappy references at the next day’s staff meeting. For instance, did you see Neil Young sing the “Double Rainbow” song? For missed moments like these, Hulu Plus serves up a massive roster of TV shows and a smattering of movies to quell our pop-culture needs. You’ll be able to quote lines from old favorites--“It’s a floor wax and a dessert topping”--and recent hits. But before you mumble, “I want to go to there,” be warned that Hulu Plus still might leave you out of the loop at that meeting. In spite of the great iPad and iPhone apps, it omits certain episodes and other crucial features.
With jailbreaking your iPhone now technically legal, we talk about the pros and cons of taking your iPhone over to the dark side. With all the apps available for jailbroken iPhones, you might be surprised what some of the staff use their jailbroken iPhone for.
We also find out what the deal is with the Apple Remote app not being updated in about 100 years.
Plus, we answer your hard-hitting Facebook and Twitter questions!
Last week's Hulu Plus news wasn't as high profile as some though it would be. While Hulu fans were ecstatic over the larger selection of television episodes and movies to watch, they were also hoping for something a little more…ad free. Fortunately, Hulu CEO Jason Kilar has said that an ad-free Hulu is a possibility after all, though he did tell NewTeeVee that he didn't see a problem with the advertisements because consumers already pay for monthly cable with a ton of long winded commercial breaks.
Word on the street is that the premium Hulu service that's been around the rumor mill is now officially happening. Hulu Plus will be a 10$ a month service with entire seasons of shows available in limited quantities (along the lines of the same model that Hulu has now) and other programming that the web-streaming service has available. This service will include an iPod touch and and iPad app, which will enable streaming over WiFi or 3G, and support for televisions and Blu-ray players from companies like Vizio and Sony, as well as consoles like the PS3 and the XBOX360.