April 2, 2014 |
Amazon.com Inc. has officially entered the Internet video streaming set-top box market. Dubbed Fire TV, the Seattle online retailer's new $99 offering features a small remote control, voice search capability, online gaming and video applications including Netflix, Hulu Plus, WatchESPN, Showtime and YouTube. Notably, HBO Go is not yet on Fire TV, but an Amazon spokesman said the company is working with the pay-TV network to make it available. To be sure, Amazon Fire TV users would still need a pay-TV subscription to HBO to access HBO Go. The long-anticipated device is also the latest platform for Amazon's own Netflix rival Prime Instant Video, which the company hopes will attract people to its $99-a-year Prime service that gives subscribers free two-day shipping and access to its on-demand streaming library as well as original shows. ON LOCATION: Where the cameras roll Amazon has been making deals with programmers to get more content for its service.
March 30, 2014 |
SAN DIEGO - The game between the Dodgers and San Diego Padres on Sunday broke in Major League Baseball's expanded instant replay system. Well, kind of. Neither team challenged a call in the Padres' 3-1 victory. Manager Don Mattingly didn't sound particularly concerned with the implementation of the new technology, even though it wasn't available to the Dodgers until they hosted the Angels on Thursday in the opening game of the Freeway Series. The new system wasn't in effect for the Dodgers' season-opening, two-game series in Australia against the Arizona Diamondbacks.
March 29, 2014 |
I liked Major League Baseball's decision to dramatically expand its use of instant replay, believing it was time for a sport that is often resistant to change to embrace technology the way the NFL, NBA and NHL have. But after seeing the replay process play out - rather clumsily at times - this spring, I'm less of a fan. The new system requires too many layers of evaluation and communication, and it is sure to disrupt the flow of games. First, the manager, in what amounts to an on-field filibuster, must initiate a discussion with an umpire to give his video coordinator time to review the play to determine whether the call should be challenged.
March 12, 2014 |
TEMPE, Ariz. - Angels second baseman Howie Kendrick said he will have to be more cognizant of his glove-to-hand transfer on double plays this season after umpires overturned a call involving infielder Andrew Romine in Tuesday's exhibition game against the Seattle Mariners. With the bases loaded and one out in the eighth inning, Romine, playing second base, dropped the ball while trying to turn a double play. The play was initially ruled a force out, but the call was overturned after an instant-replay review, the umpires determining Romine did not have possession of the ball.
March 11, 2014 |
TEMPE, Ariz. - Another day, another lengthy postgame meeting between Angels Manager Mike Scioscia and the umpires. The topic: once again, instant replay. The discussion Tuesday was sparked by an eighth-inning call that was overturned, the first of numerous spring-training challenges involving the Angels that was changed. With the bases loaded and one out, Angels second baseman Andrew Romine dropped the ball while making the glove-to-hand transfer on a double-play attempt. The play was initially ruled a force out. Seattle Manager Lloyd McClendon challenged, and after a 2-minute, 20-second review, umpires determined Romine did not have possession of the ball.
March 11, 2014 |
TEMPE, Ariz. - Another day, another lengthy postgame meeting between Angels Manager Mike Scioscia and the umpires involving instant replay. Tuesday's discussion was sparked by an eighth-inning call that was overturned, the first of the numerous spring-training challenges involving the Angels that was actually changed. With the bases loaded and one out against the Seattle Mariners, Angels second baseman Andrew Romine dropped the ball while making the glove-to-hand transfer on a double-play attempt.