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Get Al Jazeera on Your TV, Even if Your Cable Provider Doesn't Carry It

Al Jazeera has been one of the best sources of news coming out of the Middle East lately. The problem for news junkies like us is that cable and satellite companies in the U.S. don't carry it. You can watch it as a live stream on your PC, but who wants to squint at a 15-inch laptop screen when you've got a nice, 42-inch TV sitting in your living room? Thankfully, there are a few ways to get Al ...

Amazon Prime Now Offers Unlimited Streaming Video

Amazon has now opened its long-rumored, unlimited video-streaming service to paying Prime members. Anyone coughing up the $79 annual fee for Amazon Prime can now stream 5,000 movies and TV shows, either via the Amazon website or a Roku. The new service is a direct challenge to Netflix, the current king of subscription-based streaming video....

Vodaphone's Webbox Is a Mediocre Web TV Device for the Third World

Internet TV means plenty of things in the U.S., and usually bears a strange sounding name, like Boxee, Roku or FyreTV. But in developing countries, where the Web hasn't made much headway but households are equipped with televisions, Web-enabled television could be an entirely new browser experience. Vodaphone in South Africa has just announced its Webbox (a name which reminds us of "flummox" or "...

FyreTV: A Streaming Pornucopia, For a Lonely Valentine's Night In

There's another streaming media box on the market, but you won't be able to find the 'Scooby-Doo' movie on it. Oh, wait -- yes, you can. That is, if you're looking for the version that features Shaggy and Fred double-teaming Velma inside Old Man Withers' haunted dildo factory. Those meddling kids! But seriously, the FyreTV streaming porno box (NSFW link, obviously) is perhaps the best gift tha...

Dedicated 'Netflix Button' Coming to TV Remotes

Netflix wants to make sure when you think streaming movies you think of it and its iconic white on red logo. To that end, we've learned, that the company has actually managed to convince a number of companies to put a dedicated Netflix button on their remotes. In the spring, Internet-connected Blu-ray players and TVs from the likes of Sony, Haier, Dynex (Best Buy's in house brand), Panasonic, Tosh...

The Boxee Box Reviewed: The Good, the Bad and the Clunky

The poor, issue-laden Boxee Box has had a rough go of it. The streaming media box has been in a seemingly constant war with Hulu, and, after announcing at last year's CES that Boxee would launch using NVIDIA's Tegra 2 hardware, the manufacturer had to switch to an Intel-based solution, since getting the software running on NVIDIA's hardware proved to be too difficult. Despite of all the obstacles...

Hulu Plus Cuts Price to $7.99, Officially Launches on Roku

We were already enamored of Hulu Plus, thanks to its portability and $9.99 monthly price. But the benevolent gods of streaming video have slashed the monthly subscription to $7.99, making it even more attractive to people who are getting sick and tired of cable TV shenanigans. In addition to dropping two bucks from the price, Hulu is now offering a one-week free trial for those who are still on t...

Roku XDS Review: The Streaming TV Device that Could

Roku made a name for itself back in 2008, when it launched the world's first standalone box designed to stream movies from the then-new Netflix Instant Play library. At the time, the Roku was a compelling device, but was regarded by many as a novelty. It was, in fact, a one-trick pony. It couldn't pump out high definition images, and many Americans didn't have access to the speedy connections ne...

Hulu Plus Coming to Roku and TiVo, Puts Cable on Notice

In their review of the latest and greatest Roku box, the XDS, our pals at Engadget said, "add in Hulu support and it's game over, guys." Well, cue the dead 'Pac-Man' sound because Hulu Plus is coming to the Roku. For $10 a month, Roku owners will now be able to stream all of the shows they want from the vast archives at the popular Web TV outlet. Compare that with the $0.99 cent rentals on the Ap...

Shop Urban Outfitters by 'Most Liked,' MySpace Syncs With Facebook

Highlights from this morning's big tech headlines.... Urban Outfitters has plugged into the Zuckerberg machine to let you organize your shopping by 'Most Liked.' [From: AllFacebook] Continuing its recent history of underwhelming announcements, MySpace is now letting you sync your status updates with Facebook. Embrace your roots, MySpace, and call us when you've got customizable animated G...

'Super Mario Bros' Reimagined in 2010, iPad Tested as a Skateboard

There's a load of great tech news happening out there every day, and, unfortunately, we just can't cover it all. Here are a few of the other noteworthy things we saw today on our never-ending journey through the wild, wild Web. Game designer Zack Hiwiller reimagines the original 'Super Mario Bros.' as if it had been designed in social-network-happy year of 2010. [From: Zack Hiwiller] Contin...

Over Half of Netflix Viewers Too Lazy to Walk to the Mailbox

Share If you've wondered just what kind of an effect Netflix's "Watch Instantly" service has had on the company's bottom line, the latest financial reports should take care of that. The home of the red envelope threw down all its numbers yesterday, thrilling investors and techies alike as it revealed that half of its subscribers now regularly stream content online. That's a 20-percent jump fro...

Amazon Launches on Roku Player

Amazon Video on Demand has been in private beta on the Roku Video Player for about a month now, but now everyone can stream rentals and purchases to their TVs. The free Roku update enabling the service will roll out this week, and once it's installed, you'll be able to browse, rent, and purchase any of Amazon's 40,000 movies and TV shows. The interface is an extension of the familiar Netflix int...

Many Netflix Customers Opting for Streaming Flicks

We already covered the numbers of Netflix's impressive earnings this past Monday, but there was another story lurking in there, too: a potential sign of the coming apocalypse for physical media. According to ArsTechnica, Netflix is reporting that many of its customers are substituting streamed movies for mailed ones, taxing the USPS less and their broadband connections more. CEO Reed Hastings i...

Roku's Netflix Player Handling HD Content "By the End of the Year"

If you're not a Netflix subscriber and aren't interested in becoming one, please pardon yet another post about streaming content from the formerly DVD-exclusive renter -- but for those non-Xbox owning, non-Live subscribing readers who want to get in on some HD Watch it Now action, we have some good news for you. Earlier indications were that other Netflix-friendly devices would see updates ena...