February 17, 2012

Clik: The Future of Remotes Is Here

Rafe Needleman, CNET


A new consumer electronics remote control technology gives smartphone users the fastest possible way to pair their smartphone with a media device.

I have seen the future of the remote control.

Actually, I've seen several futures of the remote control, from the ultimate expression of the traditional infrared remote (the Logitech Harmony products), to strong "second screen" apps (like Dijit) that use a smartphone's smarts and interface to build a better guide or remote, to the latest iPhone apps that you can download for nearly every new home entertainment product (most are awful).

One company, though, has gone off in a different direction: Clik. I think it has a new, powerful idea and a platform technology to go with it. There are several issues with it, but the...

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May 16, 2012
Why Dish Network Angered TV Execs
John Biggs, TechCrunch
When Dish announced their new ad-skipping tech, response was fairly muted. Sure it was some cool technology – the experience is seamless in that you notice maybe the first second of a commercial and then a little notification... more ››
May 17, 2012
Mobile Devices to Get Free, Live TV
Maria Halkias, PhysOrg
Later this year, watching live television on mobile digital devices will become a reality for more than 90 stations in 35 markets. Thanks to Netflix, Hulu, iTunes, YouTube and a host of other websites, people already watch video... more ››
May 17, 2012
Are Smart TVs a Dumb Idea?
Barb Gonzalez, Home Theater
In a recent article by Patrick Nelson on the Tech News World blog, he makes the case that Smart TVs are a dumb idea and that they will go the way of the LaserDisc. For anyone unfamiliar with the term, a "Smart TV" refers to a TV... more ››
May 15, 2012
Let's Face It: Live TV Is Dead
David Carr, New York Times
This week, when they ring the bell on the television upfronts, the annual orgy of advertising buying, I hope the industry isn’t counting on my house to lift ratings.So far in the month of May, our household has watched exactly... more ››
May 12, 2012
Is Plasma TV Dead?
Peter Pachal, Mashable
As the industry began to shift toward LCD, the technology has improved greatly since its debut, dulling if not altogether nullifying plasma sets’ many onscreen advantages. Meanwhile, the manufacturing of panels consolidated... more ››