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April 25, 2013 | By Joe Flint
After the coffee. Before watching the NFL draft. The Skinny: Actually, I'm not all that excited about this year's NFL draft since the Redskins don't have a first-round pick. Thursday's stories include Disney's growing feud with theater owners, Amazon planning its own set-top box and the Gibson Amphitheatre being squeezed out by Harry Potter.  Daily Dose: NBC's search for a new president of its news division has gone beyond not only the company, but the country as well.
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March 17, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
If you're still hoping that Apple will one day release a TV set, you might not want to hold your breath. Former Wall Street Journal reporter Yukari Iwatani Kane is set to release a book titled "Haunted Empire: Apple After Steve Jobs," this week. In it, she recounts a moment during one of Steve Jobs' final months where the late Apple chief executive directly told his top executives that the company would not be entering the TV business, according to a Business Insider report . At Jobs' last Top 100 meeting, which is an annual summit for Apple's top executives, Jobs told his staff to ask him anything they wanted.
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BUSINESS
December 3, 1998 | P.J. HUFFSTUTTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In its ongoing effort to become a one-stop shop for set-top box and cable modem manufacturers, Irvine-based Broadcom Corp. unveiled a technology design that allows cable television operators to offer local phone service and video conferencing to consumers and businesses.
BUSINESS
February 28, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
For the next week, customers who buy an Apple TV at one of the tech giant's retail stores will reportedly receive a $25 iTunes gift card as part of a promotion that could signal a new Apple TV is on its way. Apple news website 9to5Mac reported that Apple informed its retail employees about the promotion Friday morning. The bonus of a $25 gift card will be available to customers who buy a $99 Apple TV at an Apple Store between now and March 5, the report said. In the world of tech, discounts and promotions can often be signs that a newer version of a product will soon be rolled out. PHOTOS: Five ways the Samsung Gear 2 is better than its predecessor That was the case earlier this month when the Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch was heavily discounted by two retailers.
BUSINESS
February 11, 2002
Not to be outdone by satellite TV provider EchoStar Communications Inc., cable operator Charter Communications Inc. plans to deploy an advanced set-top box later this year that offers digital video recording, telephone service, wireless home networking and a high-speed Internet connection. Many details about the box, which will be manufactured by Motorola Inc. with software from Digeo Inc., won't be disclosed until later this year.
BUSINESS
December 18, 1997 | From Bloomberg News
NextLevel Systems Inc. said it has obtained $4.5 billion in orders from nine cable operators for a new generation of set-top boxes that will bring higher-quality TV pictures, high-speed Internet services and interactive services into the home. Tele-Communications Inc., Time Warner Inc. and the other cable companies will get the right to buy warrants to purchase 16% of NextLevel for ordering 15 million set-top boxes at a price of $300 apiece over the next five years.
BUSINESS
July 28, 1999 | ASHLEY DUNN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
TiVo Inc., maker of a digital set-top box that allows viewers to control when and how they watch television programs, on Tuesday announced $32.5 million in investments from a group of broadcast TV and cable companies. The announcement means that Sunnyvale, Calif.-based TiVo now has equity backing from all three major TV networks despite marketing a device that undermines the traditional broadcast advertising model.
BUSINESS
February 12, 2010 | Bloomberg News
Motorola Inc. will split in two in the first quarter of 2011, combining the mobile-phone and set-top box divisions into one publicly traded company and the enterprise mobility and networks units into a second business. Sanjay Jha, now head of the handset business, will be the chief executive of the mobile phone and set-top box company, Schaumburg, Ill.-based Motorola said Thursday. Greg Brown, co-CEO of Motorola, will head up the other business. Motorola had delayed a planned spinoff of the handset business in October 2008, amid the global recession.
NEWS
November 8, 2001 | JON HEALEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
EchoStar Communications Corp., the country's No. 2 satellite TV company, touts its proposed buyout of market-leading DirecTV as a vital shot in the arm for competition with the Big Bad Cable Companies. Consumers certainly would welcome a competitor serious enough to stop the cable guys from raising their rates, which they do as regularly as the Dodgers miss the playoffs.
BUSINESS
April 27, 2006
Alviso, Calif.-based TiVo Inc. introduced a set-top box that could record two television shows at once to compete with companies that offer lower-priced devices and on-demand services.
BUSINESS
February 21, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Amazon.com is gearing up to release an Internet-connected television set-top box as early as next month, according to a report Friday. The Seattle-based online retailer is aiming for a March debut for a product that would go head-to-head with the Apple TV, the Google Chromecast and the numerous Roku set-top boxes that are already on the market, according to the technology blog Recode, formerly known as AllThingsD. Details about the device are limited, but Recode said the Amazon set-top box will be based on the Google Android operating system, which is also used by the company for its line of Kindle Fire tablets.
BUSINESS
February 13, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
A series of notable Apple rumors have hit the Web this week, including reports that say a new Apple TV could be unveiled soon and images that may or may not show the next version of the iPhone. Apple TV Apple is working on a new version of its Apple TV set-top box that could be unveiled as early as April and is expected to be released in time for the holiday shopping season, Bloomberg reported Wednesday. Citing unnamed sources, the report said the new Apple TV will use a faster processor than its predecessor and come with an "upgraded" interface.
BUSINESS
January 23, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Apple will likely introduce a new Apple TV set-top box in the first half of 2014, according to a report Thursday. The Cupertino, Calif., tech giant's upcoming Apple TV will feature a new app store, according to 9to5Mac , a tech news site known for its accurate Apple reports. With the added app store, Apple may introduce gaming content to the Apple TV for the first time. Apple hasn't dramatically improved its Apple TV product since late 2010, when it released the second generation of the device.
BUSINESS
December 30, 2013 | Marc Lifsher
Environmental advocates, government regulators and the cable and satellite television industry have reached a landmark agreement to save an estimated $1 billion a year in energy costs by making TV set-top boxes more efficient. The voluntary agreement aims to make an estimated 90 million boxes in homes as much as 45% more energy-efficient by 2017. The boxes are considered energy hogs because they always are on, even when the television is turned off. The upgraded boxes could save enough power to run 700,000 homes, according to the Natural Resources Defense Council, one of the deal brokers.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 25, 2013 | By Joe Flint
After the coffee. Before watching the NFL draft. The Skinny: Actually, I'm not all that excited about this year's NFL draft since the Redskins don't have a first-round pick. Thursday's stories include Disney's growing feud with theater owners, Amazon planning its own set-top box and the Gibson Amphitheatre being squeezed out by Harry Potter.  Daily Dose: NBC's search for a new president of its news division has gone beyond not only the company, but the country as well.
BUSINESS
April 25, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Apple and Roku's dominance in the Internet-streaming TV set-top box market might be about to get interrupted by Amazon.com, which is reportedly working on a box of its own. The giant online retailer is working on a device due later this year that would compete with the Apple TV and all of Roku's streaming devices,  Bloomberg said in a report that cites unnamed sources. The box, which the report speculates could be called the Kindle TV, would allow users to stream all kinds of services, such as Netflix and YouTube, but would feature Amazon's Video on Demand store front and center.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 5, 2008 | From the Associated Press
Netflix will begin delivering movies and other programming directly to television later this year through a set-top box that will pipe entertainment over a high-speed Internet connection. LG Electronics Inc. didn't reveal how much its set-top box will cost when it hits the market in summer or early autumn. Similar devices made by Apple Inc. and Udu Inc. cost $299 to $399.
BUSINESS
May 1, 2000
* E-review takes a look at Tivo, the TV set-top box that allows you to instantly record, pause and play back broadcast and cable programs. * Your Internet Guide lists recommended Web sites and upcoming Internet happenings.
BUSINESS
February 12, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Intel announced Tuesday it is working on an Internet TV service and set-top box that it hopes to roll out within a year. Erik Huggers, corporate vice president at Intel Media, announced the unnamed service in Dana Point at a conference sponsored by the website AllThingsD. He said Intel has been working with Apple, Netflix and Google to create its new TV platform. "For the first time we will deliver a new consumer electronics product under a new brand,” Huggers said, according to AllThingsD . PHOTOS: Tech we want to see in 2013 Huggers said Intel wants the platform to be an all-in-one solution that can play live TV, on-demand shows and also support apps.
BUSINESS
December 6, 2012 | By Jon Healey
This post was updated, as indicated below. The digital video recorders that have proliferated in U.S. homes over the past decade may be a boon to TV viewers, giving them the ability to time-shift programs, record multiple shows at the same time and pause live broadcasts. But they're also gluttons for electricity, consuming almost as much power after they've been turned off as when they're on. They're about to go on a power diet. The Consumer Electronics Assn. and the National Cable & Telecommunications Assn.
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