Tag Archive for ‘Sean Hollister’

This is Android TV ➝

Sean Hollister, writing for The Verge:

According to documents obtained exclusively by The Verge, Google is about to launch a renewed assault on your television set called Android TV. Major video app providers are building for the platform right now. Android TV may sound like a semantic difference — after all, Google TV was based on Android — but it’s something very different.

Everybody’s in the set-top box business.

Windows 8 Drops Native DVD Playback ➝

Sean Hollister:

This week, Microsoft revealed that the new operating system won’t have any kind of DVD playback, unless you specifically purchase Media Center or use third-party DVD software.

Apple pulls optical disc drives out of their computers and Microsoft pulls DVD playback out of their OS. It’s not surprising that they’re a few years behind.

HP Planning Veer Launch Party ➝

There’s still no release date announcement but the launch party will be held on May 2. Sean Hollister mentions that it “looks like a business-to-business event” so I don’t expect any live blogs of the party.

Sean also points to a developer webcast that AT&T is hosting on May 12 that will focus on webOS 3.0. I hope there will be some interesting new details pop up online shortly after the webcast ends.

Netflix Testing Streaming-Only Plans in U.S. ➝

Sean Hollister reporting for Engadget:

When CEO Reed Hastings called Netflix “primarily a streaming company that also offers DVD-by-mail,” he wasn’t messing around, as the company’s quietly made streaming-only plans a reality on US shores.

It looks like the streaming-only plan is going to cost $7.99 and the one DVD out at-a-time plan will go to $9.99 a month.