13 May Why Is Intel Investing In Big Media?

Since Intel INTC +0.84%’s Erik Huggers got on stage at D’s Dive Into Media announcing details of their media strategy, there has been a lot of conversation on why Intel is doing it and if they will succeed. Some of it has been high valueconversation, some it is a bit uninformed. It’s easy to criticize Intel if you consider Intel’s ViiV, […]

18 Feb Intel Set-Top Box Camera Controversy: Much Ado About Nothing

Last Tuesday, Erik Huggers, Intel‘s corporate vice president of Intel Media,  announced at D:Dive Into Media that Intel is building a set top box and pay TV service that includes live TV.  Huggers talked about the service which will most likely include friendlier bundling and also about the living-room device itself, which will operate more like a 21st century […]

17 Aug Why do Products like the Google Nexus Q Launch?

At Google’s I/O developer conference in June, Google boldly announced the Nexus Q, a $299 streaming music sphere.  Last week, Google stopped selling the Nexus Q and cancelled all consumer pre-orders, saying buyers would get the unit for free.  It appeared obvious to just about everyone except Google that the Nexus Q value proposition was incredibly weak.  […]

17 Jul Human-Computer Interface Transitions will Continue to Drive Market Changes

As a former executive and product manager for end consumer products and technologies, I have planned and conducted extensive primary research on Human-Computer Interfaces (HCI) or Human Machine Interface (HMI). A lot of this research was for the industrial design of consumer products and their mice, keyboards, and even buttons. I conducted other research for […]

14 Feb Future iPads Will Cannibalize TVs

As ZDNet’s Adrian Kingsley-Hughes points out, we know absolutely “nothing” about the iPad 3 right now.  While pontificating about future Apple products is a lot of fun, drives many page views and makes web site editors very happy, it’s  just a pontification factory.  At some point in the near future, the iPad will have a better display and will be lighter than its […]

19 Jan How the Apple iTV is Accelerated by Samsung

Back in September, I wrote an analysis on why Apple should build an HDTV.   The premise was that there are huge experiential issuesApple could solve and they could strike a deal with the MSO’s and satellite companies.   That was a big premise, but ironically with what Samsung showed at CES, it’s apparent Samsung will accelerate the likelihood […]

17 Jan How Sony can beat Samsung and LG on Smart TV Interfaces

As I wrote last week, Samsung and LG are following Microsoft’s lead in future interfaces for the living room. Both Samsung and LG showed off future voice control and in Samsung’s case, far-field air gestures. Given what Samsung and LG showed at CES, I believe that Sony could actually beat both of them for ease of interaction […]

10 Jan Samsung & LG Validate Microsoft’s Living Room Interaction Model

Microsoft launched Kinect back in November 2010 in a  move to change the man-to-machine interface between the consumer to their living room content.  While incredibly risky, the gamble paid off in the fastest selling consumer device, ever.  I saw the potential after analyzing the usage models and technology for a few months after Kinect launch and […]

20 Dec Voice Control Will Disrupt the Living Room

In what seems to be a routine in high-tech journalism and social media now is to speculate on what Apple will do next. The latest and greatest rumor is that Apple will develop an HDTV set. I wrote back in September that Apple should build a TV given the lousy experience and Apple’s ability to fix big user challenges. […]

02 Sep Why Apple Should Build a TV

While I don’t believe it, to many, it appears that Apple has already won the smartphone and tablet wars, so the next logical conclusion is “what’s next”. Many articles about the Apple in the TV business rumors (not to be confused with the “hobbyist” Apple TV) focus on what a lousy business TVs are or questioning if Apple […]

02 Jul The Future Personal Music Cloud

While many can easily see the need in the future for a Personal Video Cloud, there is a lot more uncertainty about a personal cloud for music. There seem to be three schools of thought for everything and this applies to the Personal Music Cloud, too. In this blog I will be talking about these different points […]

10 Mar Digital Media Adapters Part 13- Product Segmentation and Conclusion

Two and a half months ago when I started the DMA (Digital Media Adapter) for Living Room series, I had no idea how complex and difficult this would be. The sheer number of devices, content, and usage models was daunting. To boot, I don’t blog or evaluate products for a living, so much of this […]

03 Mar Digital Media Adapters Part 12 – HTPC Conclusion

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So far, I have looked at the AMD Fusion Theater PC (FTPC) on a wide variety of content, including video,music, pictures and games. I’d like to close out the AMD FTPC section of the living room DMA series by discussing some of the other variables compared to the other DMAs. Networking The AMD FTPC comes standard with a […]

28 Feb Digital Media Adapters Part 11 – Games on the HTPC

So, here’s a brief recap for anyone just joining this series. I have looked at the following DMAs: Apple TV,Google TV, Boxee Box, WD TV Live Hub, Roku XD S, and the Xbox 360 S. Now I am looking at a Windows 7AMD Fusion Theater PC (FTPC). So far, I’ve looked at the video playback capabilities and the AMD FTPC’s ability to […]

21 Feb Digital Media Adapters Part 10 – Photos and Music on the HTPC

In Part 9, I looked at how my new VISION Technology from AMD based Fusion Theater PC (FTPC) handled video, and it was definitely a champ. Today, I’m going to take a look at what I can do with other digital media that I frequently access in the living room. What can my FTPC do with my photos […]

16 Feb Digital Media Adapters Part 9 – Video Playback and the HTPC

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In part 8 of this series, I introduced the concept of the Fusion Theater PC (FTPC). An HTPC built with a Fusion Accelerated Processing Unit (APU) using VISION Technology from AMD. In part 9, I’m going to start by looking at the first function of an FTPC. How does it handle video? Let me be blunt; the FTPC played […]

14 Feb Digital Media Adapters Part 8 – The HTPC

So let’s recap where we are… I have looked at the following DMA’s: Apple TV, Google TV, Boxee Box, WD TV Live Hub, Roku XD S, and recently the Xbox 360 S. Now I will look at a Windows 7 Fusion Theater PC (FTPC). Living room PCs have had marginal success outside of the most sophisticated enthusiasts for a myriad of […]

03 Feb Digital Media Adapters Part 7 – Xbox 360 “Slimline”

So far I have looked at the Apple TV, Google TV, Boxee Box, WD TV Live Hub, Roku XD S and now I will look at the Xbox 360. The original Xbox was introduced in 2001 and the Xbox 360 in 2005. For this analysis, I used what is known as the Xbox 360 S for “slimline”, which became available in […]

12 Jan Digital Media Adapters Part 5 – Western Digital TV Live Hub

This is part 5 in a multi-part series on digital media adapters for the living room. This time I explore Western Digital’s TV Live Hub. So far I have explored the Apple TV, Logitech Revue with Google TV, and the Boxee Box. Each one of these devices has great benefits, but also has drawbacks as well. Is the […]

03 Jan Digital Media Adapters Part 4 – Boxee Box

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This is Part 4 in the series, “Digital Media Adapters”.  So far, I have looked at the Apple TV, Google TV, and now I will take a look at the Boxee Box. I remember Boxee as one of the most talked about DMAs in recent history and it won a ton of awards at CES 2010.  It was going […]