There’s more than a dozen streaming media boxes on the market today and trying to compare their technical specs and which content platforms they support can be a challenge. So I’ve put together an updated chart which compares the top 14 devices. This is an update to last year’s chart and includes recently released boxes from Roku 3, Hisense, Asus, Nintendo and also many of the new content platforms like Redbox and others. You can download a high-res PDF copy of the chart by clicking on the image below and you can always find the latest version of the chart at www.StreamingMediaDevices.com I will update the chart throughout the year when new devices come out and new content platforms are supported
YouTube could bring in $20 billion in sales each year by 2020, analysts at Morgan Stanley wrote in a note to investors this week, according to CNBC and others. Morgan Stanley stock analysts who follow YouTube's parent Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) guessed that YouTube stands to make $4 billion in sales and $711 million in operating income in 2013. They projected a potential increase to $20 billion in sales and $5 billion in income by 2020. Morgan Stanley analysts aren't alone in predicting growth for Google's online video unit.
Twitter began embedding some NBA highlights in certain tweets this week. Through a deal with the basketball league and its digital media partner Turner Sports, the clips will appear within official NBA tweets with the hashtag #NBARapidReplay during the rest of the playoffs, according to a report in Bloomberg. So far, sponsors include Taco Bell and Sony Pictures, a quick survey of the clips on Twitter revealed
Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) continued its push for a larger role in living room entertainment with its new game console and entertainment center, Xbox One. Microsoft described the device–it boasts 8 GB of RAM and an enhanced Kinect visual and audio interface–as a single device for providing all entertainment and communications bound for the living room TV set, from online video to games and traditional TV. Microsoft also said it will produce a live-action TV series with Steven Spielberg for its Xbox Live platform based on the popular Halo game series.
Zendaya or Kellie? That’s the final question of the season, as the sixteen-year-old Disney kid and the American Idol-made country star sit within one judges’ point of each other atop the Dancing with the Stars
As the premiere date of True Blood ’s sixth season draws closer, you may find yourself wondering what the heck else could happen to these characters? It’s getting to a 24 -esque realm where you think, seriously, how many bad days can Jack Bauer have? So just to catch you up on all the ridiculousness that has transpired during the first five wonderful seasons, we’re recapping the astounding journeys taken by nine main characters in a series called True Blood : Beginnings
More potential bidders have emerged for Hulu, and incumbent pay-TV distributors are now said to be among those interested in the online video company. Reports indicate that Time Warner Cable (NYSE: TWC), DirecTV (Nasdaq: DTV) and perhaps one other pay-TV company have expressed interest in buying all or part of Hulu from its owners–Disney (NYSE: DIS), Comcast (Nasdaq: CMCSA), News Corp. (Nasdaq: NWSA) and Providence Equity Partners.
The Voice offered up a very unsurprising results show last week as the two singers I (and many others) predicted to go home did. Vedo and Garrett Gardner are gone, leaving Shakira and Usher each down one team member. Will the two new coaches continue to get decimated, leaving us with an all-Adam Levine and Blake Shelton Top 6? It seems possible
May sweeps have come to a close, yet The Big Bang Theory , NCIS , and Modern Family stood their ground throughout. We expect this to change dramatically, though, due to the imminent season turnover of the three shows.
Teen Wolf is back on the prowl starting June 3, but MTV has released an extended trailer for season three before we reconnect with Scott, Derek, and the whole hairy gang. And it looks like the upcoming third season is going to be darker, scarier, and full of (surprise, surprise!) new attractive people.