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.
It's time for a rundown of all the best in HD news from CES this week and it's a heckuva long list. Ben Drawbaugh joins Richard Lawler to hash it out and discuss whether 4K has matured enough to settle in for the long haul.
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.
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.
As the dust settles on the Las Vegas Convention Center, Richard and Ben regroup to take a brief look at thehighlights from CES, but for the most part, there's still fresh HD news to discuss. There's been astorm brewing over at DirectTVand if you're a subscriber, you'll have to hear about it on a brand new channel, assuming you get your weather updates on TV.
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.
This year's CES show floor has been inundated with 4K sets, giving Richard, Michael and some surprise guests plenty to talk about.Contentis a hot topic and there's plenty of 4K sources being announced, but until they arrive on the market, we're going to have to stick with Blu-rays to get the most out of all those pixels.
Join Brian Heater and the Engadget gang for the CES 2014 wrap-up podcast, with personal"best of"choices, audience giveaways and significantly less background noise. It's been a long week of interviews, hands-ons and an avalanche of new gadgets, leaving the team worn out, yet melancholy about another CES coming to a close.
Try as they may to put this week's podcast into a tailspin; Brian, Terrence and Ben end up delivering a good deal of sane discussion on proper tech news. The seriousness quickly degrades, however, and your hosts (aka the EngadgetWreckin' Cru) bounce from oddballNES Remixesof their own making to the sad reality that Ben may never hear hisdog actually talk.
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.