Category Archives: Technology & Devices

Are Better Wi-Fi Routers the Trick to 4k Streaming?

They sit dusty, untouched, crammed behind bookcases, slid under couches, forgotten in hallway closets. They don’t have screens, they don’t make sounds, and they don’t have apps. They’re Wi-Fi routers and they’re the unsung heroes, the silent workhorses, of broadband and they deserve a little attention – a little love. Without a good Wi-Fi router […]

New Technology Has Family at the Heart of It

My first experience on the CES show floor has had me fazed, what with the myriad of toys and gadgets that the Internet of Things has to offer, but amid the chaos one curious theme stood out to me. In our world of new media and television that’s often geared toward customizing experiences for the […]

The IoT: Turning Things On. And Off. And Then On Again.

With more than 170,000 attendees streaming through 3,631 exhibiting company booths that cover over 2.2 million net square feet of exhibit space at CES, you’ll have to forgive me if my brain (not to mention my feet) turn to mush within a few hours of wandering the show floor. Booths, devices, ideas all seem to […]

Is Virtual Reality Here to Stay?

Earlier this month, the New York Times released its first Virtual Reality Sunday subscription. Readers received Google cardboard virtual reality viewers in the Sunday edition and used them to immerse themselves into the NYTVR app, which hosts short non-fiction films that tell important stories. And early next quarter, Oculus Rift is set to release the first […]

Apps are Already Revolutionizing TV

Not so long ago, if I wanted to watch my favorite TV show (it was Battlestar Galactica, for the record) I had to make sure I was home in time to catch it live on SyFy. And if I missed it, I had to cross my fingers that there would be a re-run before the […]

The Signs of a Strong TV Marketplace

Today, Americans enjoy a highly competitive video marketplace in which video entertainment is no longer confined to the living room TV. We have access to live programming that can stream directly to a tablet, computer, or smartphone. We can purchase and download our favorite shows via multiple services and providers. And we can store our video at home […]

Don’t Hit Rewind on TV Revolution

Originally posted on September 15, 2015 in USA TODAY as an opposing view to this USA TODAY editorial. A government effort to power up a cable box market is backward looking. USA TODAY regularly writes about how online video is transforming the TV experience, allowing consumers if they wish to “cut the cord.” The marketplace has attracted lots […]

Is Tim Cook Right? Are Apps the Future of TV?

Yesterday, to the fanfare of cord cutters and yes, even cord lovers, Apple announced its first update to the Apple TV in three years. The new Apple TV looks similar to the old device, a slim black box, but the new one boasts better guts, a faster processor, a sleek new remote, voice command capabilities, […]

Software Apps Are Changing How We Watch TV

If competition is the stamp of a healthy marketplace, than premium television competition is more than healthy – it’s downright fierce. Cable, satellite, telco and web streaming services are all fighting for subscribers. We have options for watching TV via linear programming, on demand and DVR viewing, TV Everywhere services and software apps for all of our devices. […]