Roku and 3M threw a joint movie night this morning to announce the launch of a streaming projector, built on 3M technology and powered by the Roku streaming stick.
The projector is small enough to be carried around, bright enough to project a 120-inch picture, and powerful enough to pack over two and a half hours of battery life–”long enough to watch just about any movie,” according to Mark Colin, 3M general manager of mobile interactive solutions. It’s available for preorder now exclusively on Amazon for $299.99, and the plan is to ship devices in mid- to late-October.
When you watch video streamed from the Web you’re probably sitting in front of your computer, right? Actually, more people now watch online video content from their television set, according to new data from The NPD Group.
The market research firm found that 45 percent of consumers most often use their TV to view streaming video from the net, up from 33 percent last year. Meanwhile, just 31 percent primarily watch online video from a PC, compared to 48 percent a year ago. NPD collected its data from two separate surveys of 11,200 respondents.
This new video-streaming platform provides parents and kids with more than 4,000 family-friendly movies and TV shows. The content can be streamed from several electronic devices (PCs, Macs and Adobe Flash-enabled services) and downloaded.
New movies are available the same day they are released in stores and television shows, the day after they air.
Some of the features of the service include customizable parental controls, bonus content from popular movies like extended scenes and free 10-minute movie previews, as well as customer support via email, phone and live chat.
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The new box, The Verge said, includes a TV tuner with a coax input inside its matte black casing. An external antenna is also said to be included. It also has built-in DVR capabilities. The previous QWERTY-keyboard remote has been removed, and replaced with a more conventional streaming box remote and a four-way directional controller.
The Verge said that Boxee seems to be launching a full-scale assault against the traditional cable model, imploring users to “watch more free TV” and “stop spending money on stuff you don’t watch” on the device’s packaging.
Continuing the fusion of TV and internet-based media, the Wall Street Journal reported yesterday that Spotify has inked a deal with Samsung that will bring its streaming music service to living rooms by way of Samsung’s Smart TVs. The deal allows owners of select Samsung home theater equipment to access Spotify, but there is a catch: the company will be offering its pay-to-play service only.
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