205w ago - This year Sony is streaming their CES International 2010 press conference live on the Internet at 4:15 p.m. PST Wednesday, January 6th (today).
For those unaware, the International CES is the world's largest consumer technology tradeshow. It features 2,700 exhibitors, including companies who manufacture products or provide services for the audio, digital imaging, home theater, wireless, content, and gaming markets.
The press conference will be streamed live by CNET as well as on UStream.TV.
To quote: "Sony is set to debut many new products during the show, and with these live feeds you will be right there with us enjoying the debut of these new items.
Expect to see Sony all stars Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President Sir Howard Stringer, and Stan Glasgow, President and Chief Operating Officer of Sony Electronics USA amongst others enthusiastically show off their product line for 2010."
214w ago - Recently many users have received their Netflix Instant Streaming Disc that began shipping a few days ago.
As mentioned previously, the disc is required to use the Netflix steaming service on the PlayStation 3 until 2010, when a Firmware update will take its place.
Below are several videos of it in action, the first is courtesy of otimus via YouTube with the other being from JoyStiq.
To quote from the video's caption: "If there's any stuttering in the video, it's not netflix or the PS3, but my Junky TV Tuner I'm using to record. I don't think I got any stuttering, however. We'll see!
Sorry for the lack of sound. I connect my PS3 via optical, and I was too lazy to go get an audio splitter to put it in the audio in on my PC to record audio from my tuner card. I have some real big issues with the PS3 netflix disc:
1) It renders video in 480p. The UI is whatever the res of your PS3 is, but video is downscaled regardless. It does NOT upscale.
2) Also, video ratio does not scale, like, for example, I have to set my screen to stretch for widescreen, and 4:3 for 4:3 content, else things...
214w ago - Today Netflix has begun shipping the PS3 Instant Streaming Disc required to use its steaming service on the PlayStation 3 until 2010, when a Firmware update will take its place.
Those who signed up for it just over a week ago should be checking your mail boxes sometime next week for it.
If you have a Netflix account, going to this 'Instant Streaming Disc' page (linked above) now lists the long-awaited PS3 Netflix disc as pending and has a field for Estimated Arrival... much like the queue list does. It also has an Activation Number field for those who receive their disc.
Check out some images below for those who don't yet have an account!
229w ago - Folks at E3 witnessed Microsoft instantly fast forward a streamed 1080p movie right at start up. But how could this be possible?
How can a streamed 1080p movie have instant access to every point of the movie? Doesn't it need to buffer that huge file? Could this be Blu-Ray's true competitor? Or perhaps the beginning of the end for Blu-Ray?
Let's face it, why can't Microsoft sell this same technology to other content distributors, such as Netflix. Or better yet, collaborate with them to create the biggest HD streaming option for consumers, while having the biggest movie library.
TQcast (linked above) recently interviewed Michael Wolf, Senior Marketing Manager at Microsoft, about the upcoming Zune Video on Xbox Live as follows:
Q: What is the name of the new HD streaming technology?
A: The name of the feature is Zune video on Xbox LIVE, which is built on top of Smooth Streaming. Smooth Streaming is a feature of IIS Media Services, a state-of-the-art video delivery platform which enables amazing high quality video experiences that are instant on.
Q: Exactly how is this 1080p HD experience working? 1080p video would be huge files, requiring large amounts of bandwidth, how will this work without buffering timeouts?
244w ago - A new music streaming service called Spotify, which can be free when supported by adverts, may be heading to the PS3 and XBox 360 console.
Good news has now emerged that the Spotify team plan to release an API which will allow third parties to embed Spotify in devices such as game consoles.
To quote: As reported from Videogamer, a Guardian article reveals that the Spotify team are planning to release an API which will enable third-party access to everything they need to embed the Spotify service in devices such as mobile phones, game consoles and set-top boxes.
This sounds like a great idea in our opinion. I have the Spotify service running myself and I can tell you that it is very impressive. To see this running on either the 360 or PS3 would be something special indeed and no doubt a feature gamers will grow to love.
Has anyone else experienced Spotify yet? Let us know what you think of this idea below.