As CES comes to a close, we've got the second and final Engadget HD Podcast of the show ready for your listening (and viewing) pleasure. The guys of Ceton Corp were good enough to stop by, and they brought their slick six tuner Windows Media Center Embedded DVR and extender boxes with them.
If you have a dozen shows that always seem to overlapandyou just can't bear to miss any of them, then Verizon may have just the thing. Its FiOS Media Server has arrived under the nameQuantum TV DVRand it's ready to make you master of your multi-room domain.
The rumor mill has been grinding away this week, providing juicy bits ofAppleandAmazonnews for Ben and Richard to chew on. Netflix also announces its new'post-play' feature, which prompts the crew to request a sleep detection feature. While a Kinect-type solution may seem invasive, it would be great for knowing when you konk out so it could stop episode playback.
Stories about net neutrality and slowed connectivity continue to surface, and the FCC chairman hasmade it clearthat preferential treatment will not be tolerated. In other news, merger mayhem continues with AT&Trumored to be buyingDirectTV, and Cox may join thegigabit internet club. Ben and Richard do their best to sift through this towering mess of info and cut through the nonsense.
Updates, apps and mergers are piling up as we head deeper into 2014, leaving little room for idle chatter as Ben and Richard get down to business. The Comcast and Time Warner Cable deal is stillreverberating through the newsand it's dovetailing with yet another Apple TV rumor.
It's the week of HD content news in its many various guises: streaming,video,award showsandservice cancellations, all wedged in amidst a couple of physical devices. Actually, the hardware is content-enabling as well, with the newRoku Streaming Stickand an N64 mod that gives your classic gear an HDMI upgrade.
If you can't make it camping this year, perhaps Sir David Attenborough'supcoming wildlife TV projectin VR will suffice. And for immersion in something with fewer dimensional dynamics, maybe Sony'slineup of 4K TVswill fit the bill. Yes, it's been a relatively slow week for HD, but Richard and Ben need a breather sinceChromecast,Aereoand so many others keep dropping news bombs on a regular basis.
While the Northeast is suffering throughsome heavy weather, Ben is getting ready to enjoyCloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2on Blu-ray, from a significantly sunnier locale. Regardless of your local forecast though, there's definitely a deluge of HD news and content to catch up on.
If theTitanfallrelease had coincided with the start ofMarch Madness, there probably wouldn't have been a podcast this week. As it is, we had to tear Richard away from his Xbox One to help Ben review the HD details that have been pouring in. There's a constant shuffle ofcontent,ISP dealsand updates to go through, as well as a certainmonstrous LED-lit HD displayto ogle.
Net neutrality is still on the table for discussion this week and FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler even wants tohearyouropinionon the situation. Ben and Richard share their two cents on the issue and continue to cover all thecozying upbetween companies includingISPs and content providers.
It's Tuesday, which is time for the Engadget HD Podcast and we hope you'll join us for the live recording at 8:45PM. We start this week's show with news from Verizon about its new Quantum TV DVR. The Xbox One finally has some new TV features coming its way too, and Vudu comes to Chromecast. Content news from Amazon rounds out the coverage, along with some other streaming news, of course.
Ben Gilbert is joined by Engadget editor and formerBest Buy celebChris Velazco, along with our social media guruJohn Colucciwho's managed to drag himself away fromGrumpy Cat and 3D-printed Oreoslong enough to share his thoughts on SXSW.
Welcome to the 400th HD Podcast! Similar words were typed back in February 2006, when the fledglingHDBeat Podcastwas launched, with aslightlyyounger Ben Drawbaugh at the helm. Richard is no slouch himself, having racked up over 200 episodes in the series, and we're also joined byformer editorand HD host Steve Kim, who has a habit ofdropping inon these occasions.
Things are heating up in the podcast studio this week and its either Terrence's cardigan, Amazon's newFire TVor the residual effects of Joseph's encounter witha real action hero. There's also a pile of news that came out ofMicrosoft's Build conference, which isn't surprising considering how long it dragged on. Redmond's own has released Windows Phone 8.
With most of the regular crew away, Terrence decides to call in some heavy-duty reinforcements. Richard joins us with critical insights into HD and theNetflix bottleneck debacle. Meanwhile, Brad is perfect for a providing a rundown of the best fromMobile World Congressin Barcelona, including first-hand insight into Samsung'snewestdevices.
The HD news heap has reached a toppling point, so Ben and Richard get to work sifting through all the insanity from the past week. One of the major talking points is thestreaming bottleneckof Netflix's content on various service providers. This prompts Ben to provide an overview of the labyrinthine inner workings of the internet, a tall task for anyone to attempt.
Your host Terrence O'Brien weaves his way through this week's hot topics with the agility of an Olympian athlete, aided by what can only be described as: the cult of Joseph Volpe's personality. Missing from today's podcast is Ben Gilbert, who will be back next week if he can manage to escape the soul-crushing grip of Sin City.
We're taking the elephant in the room for a ride this week and jumping right into Apple'spurchase of Beats, including both its Electronics and Music divisions. Since we're back in cramped confines of our NYC "studio," that scenario is more implausible than usual, especially with our guest Edgar Alvarez adding to the head count.