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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This week, your host Brad Molen is joined by Phil Nickinson (Android Central) and Russell Holly (Geek) to dig into the details ofHTC's newest One smartphone. They've all spent some quality time with the M8 version of the One and can provide insight into the build quality,software performanceand day-to-day functionality.
Spring is approaching and change is in the air, not only for the Mobile Podcast, but also for US carriers. Your host Brad is kicking off a new podcast format by interviewing industry analyst Jan Dawson ofJackdaw Researchabout the ins and outs of a potentialSprint and T-Mobile merger.
After a chance meeting withDistiller appco-founder Mikael Mossberg and in-house whiskey expert Stephanie Moreno at this year'sSXSW event, a unique podcast concept was born. In this Very Special Episode, our guests serve as spirit guides, taking us through the business and production end of the whiskey trade.
This week's podcast begins with some behind the scenes perspective of SXSW before Ben's allowed to get allTitanfallon us. That said, there's a melange of topics under discussion, from theGame of Thrones/HBOexperience to tales of a 6-year-old Chelsea Clinton and her kitchen table opinion coaching.
It's been a long and busy week, leaving a newly nicotine-free Terrence a tad more irritable than usual. Ben's been busy too, but that just means long hours of playingMario Kart 8. Both of these factors seem to cancel each other out and the result is a pleasant stroll through the world of Xbox One, this timesporting a lower price tagand one less peripheral.
It helps if you'reborn Luckey, but if you also work hard at building Oculus Rift, the rewards are apparently somewhere in theballpark of $2 billion dollars. Not Dr. Evil levels, to be sure, but you could certainly equip a school of dolphins with lasers, or buy a ton of dogecoins. If you haven't guessed, Joseph and Ben focus onFacebook's recent announcementto purchase Oculus VR.
Join us for an out-of-this-world episode with Joseph, @terrenceobrien and Ben (who's Skyping in from the land of blue skies and balmy weather). Experience Mars withSony's Project Morpheus, hear Joseph's pitch for virtual reality installations at arcades around the country, and learn the truth about your pet cat -- spoiler alert:it's an alien.