October 29, 2012 |
One of the most popular new shows of the fall television season is NBC's "Revolution," a drama about post-apocalyptic America. But the real revolution is how people are watching it. About 9.2 million viewers tuned in to a recent episode, a so-so performance. But that number jumped by nearly 5 million when the Nielsen ratings service added in the people who recorded the show and watched it later or saw it through video on demand or online. Full coverage: Television reviews "Revolution" isn't the only show whose popularity can no longer be measured solely by traditional TV ratings.
August 29, 2011 |
"What transpires in the court room is public property. " Writing those words in 1947, the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed a principle so intrinsic to our national character that it predates the Declaration of Independence. America's founders believed that justice was facilitated by openness. In 1774, the first Continental Congress specifically stated that trials should occur "in open court, before as many of the people as choose to attend. " Their reasoning was that public openness would ensure the honesty of judges, witnesses and jurors, who could not "injure [the defendant]
June 6, 2011 |
For some outdoor enthusiasts, the age-old question, "If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?" has been replaced by "Did we actually have any fun on our rockin' mountain biking/kayaking/rock climbing adventure if we didn't get it on video?" Simple and rugged, wearable cameras have been proliferating on the market, recording video from a perch on one's helmet, chest or handlebars. Watching and editing is simple; just plug the units' USB cords into a computer to turn your high-adrenaline pursuits into home movies.
May 3, 2011 |
Dish Network Corp. and its former EchoStar division agreed to pay TiVo $500 million to settle a long-running patent dispute involving digital video recorder technology. Under terms of the settlement, Dish Network and EchoStar Corp. will make an initial payment of $300 million, and then make six equal payments of $33 million through 2017. The companies agreed to dismiss any litigation connected with the matter. "There have been all kinds of questions and uncertainty as to whether our intellectual property had any real value," said TiVo Chief Executive Tom Rogers.
October 3, 2010 |
I recorded my son's birth with a Kodak. No, not in 1997 or 1957. Just last week. It's even in high definition (but not 3-D, perhaps thankfully). I figured a new camera/video recorder would be just the thing for capturing those newborn moments, and I wanted to know if Kodak's new PlayTouch had enough "added value" to make it a useful substitute for, say, Apple's recently released iPod Touch, which has HD video capability. The PlayTouch also piqued our interest because Kodak and other camera makers have been losing ground to smart phones that are increasingly multifunctional and can take pictures as well as shoot videos.
August 11, 2010 |
TiVo Inc. has struck a deal with Cox Communications to integrate the cable company's video-on-demand service into TiVo's digital video recorders. For consumers, the deal lets viewers take advantage of both TiVo and Cox on-demand services without having to juggle two devices. Before this deal, most consumers needed a cable set-top box to get on-demand programs and a TiVo for any number of Internet services such as streaming movies from Netflix Inc., Rhapsody Inc.'s music streaming and Amazon.