CES is this week which means there is a lot of tech related news flooding the internet. With more and more people looking for ways to cut the cable and stream their media, there were a number of announcements at the Consumer Electronics Show that would appeal to us cable cutters. Here are some of the things that I found to be the most interesting:
Roku Partners with Six TV Companies – Roku announced that it has partnered with six television manufacturers (Hisense, TCL, RCA, and Sceptre are the first ones announced) to produce HDTVs with Roku built into them. The first of these televisions will be launched in the fall. (Via Engadget)
Lenovo Announces Beacon Media Hub – Lenovo is known for its computers, but now its looking to get into the home media streaming game with the announcement of the Beacon. This device is like a NAS (network attached storage) merged with media streamer.
The cable cutters who download media occasionally will find this particularly appealing, as it has room for two hard drives and comes preloaded with XBMC. It can also stream to other computers or even Android devices. Costing just $199 (sans hard drives) it’s also an fairly affordable solution for the less tech cable cutters who are looking to stream local media. (Via Engadget)
Netgear Announces NeoMediacast Streaming Dongle – The Netgear NeoMediacast looks like the lovechild of the Roku streaming stick and a Chromecast, though it functions more like the latter than the former.
The Android-powered NeoMediacast is designed to work with Android 4.2 devices and allows users to sling media from their phones and tablets directly to the NeoMediacast. This is different than the Chromecast because Google’s device requires apps to support Chromecast. Apparently the NeoMediacast will allow users to stream anything from their Android phones and tablets (no iOS support) to the device. The NeoMedia has 802.11ac WiFi, Miracast support, and a micro USB and micro SD slot if you don’t want to sling media from your Android device. (Via Gizmodo)
Netflix to Shoot and Stream Original Content in 4K – Netflix has been producing its own content for a while now, but starting in February with the second season of House of Cards, its original programs will be available to stream in 4K Ultra HD. This doesn’t mean that older series already available will then be available in 4K, but everything in the future will support Ultra HD resolutions. (Via Gizmodo)
RCA Announces Android Ultra HD TVs and Roku HD TVs – Roku announced that it will be producing some Ultra HD (4K) televisions running the Android TV software, which is essentially Android running on your computer. This is interesting as you could potentially install XBMC alongside apps for other services like Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Instant Video.
Along with the Android Ultra HD TVs, RCA will also produce standard HDTVs (1080p) with Roku support. (Via Engadget)