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There are a lot of TV set top boxes out there. The closest I've come to using one is using Chromecast or our Xbox for streaming various forms of media. That's not to say that I haven't been interested, so when The Gadgeteer was offered the Pivos Xios XS Media Center for review (an Android/XBMC [...]

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posted in Android related, Audio, Video, TV Gear, Reviews

Is there really a market for another media player?  Pivos seems to think so and offers their XIOS DS Media Play, an Android-powered box that connects to your TV.  I have some experience with these players, and up until now, it hasn't been good.  I've spent over a month putting the Pivos device through its [...]

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Last year I bought 2 new TVs for my house. I got a great price on both of them, and the HD picture looks great on both of them.  And being the tech guy that I am, I immediately started looking for ways to take advantage of that gorgeous HD screen.  The TVs were not [...]

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posted in Audio, Video, TV Gear, Reviews, Wireless

From Google, comes the "world's first social streaming media player", the Nexus Q .  At 4.6" (116mm)  and 2 pounds (923gr), the player runs Android 4.0 (ICS) and comes with its own 25W amplifier for external speakers, or it can be interfaced with your home entertainment system. WiFi, Bluetooth and NFC are standard, as well as [...]

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Mvix Ultio Pro Review

When I first read about the Ultio Pro from Mvix, I was extremely hopeful that it would enable me to stream movies from my network attached storage (NAS), record movies to a hard drive (DVR), and stream NetFlix and Hulu to my TV (plus do a boatload of other things as well) like more and [...]

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posted in Audio, Video, TV Gear, Do-It-Yourself, How-To, Reviews

Western Digital, maker of the popular WD TV media player family has just announced the WD TV Live Hub media center. This is a 1080p media player with a 1 terabyte built-in network hard drive. In addition to playing the videos you store on the HD and available through shared network drives, it will also [...]

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posted in Audio, Video, TV Gear, News

I’ve read reviews on The Gadgeteer for media players that hook up with your TV or home theater setup and let you view your home videos, pictures, movies, and even play your music files.  I've always been interested in them, but I’ve never had one of these devices.  I had looked into an Apple TV [...]

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micca MPLAY HD Review

Is there any tech company not making a media player?  This will be the fourth product of this type that I've reviewed for The Gadgeteer.  The main differentiating property of the devices, besides the price, seems to be the number of file types and codecs supported.  The MPLAY-HD has all the types I need and [...]

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It’s 2010, digital media is at its prime.  We see LCD TVs everywhere.  And I’m sure everyone reading this has at least one LCD TV at home.  And I’m sure we all have lots of digital media laying around on our computers.  But how do we bring all of this media to the LCD TVs?  [...]

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posted in Audio, Video, TV Gear, Reviews

In today's plug-and-play, wireless, streaming, hi-definition world, it's not uncommon to find products geared towards the fusion of technology and media.  TVs are now equipped with integrated wireless services, and, as Jay mentioned earlier this week, even the home telephone is receiving the tech-treatment.  Micca has decided to enter the digital media fray with their [...]

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The Gravida's Nurse is marketed as a prenatal education device for expectant mothers to use to view educational material, but it's really just a touch screen digital media player. It has a 4.5 x 3.35 inch color display with a resolution of 1600 x 1200, a touch screen, an all in one flash card slot, [...]

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Using an SD-Card, FlashDrive, or even a multi-Terabyte USB HardDrive, the CiragoTV Mini lets you playback videos, pictures and music that you downloaded or created at your computer on your television in beautiful 720P or 1080i ( and 480i & 480p for any tube owners ). This isn't a networked UPNP media playback system with [...]

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posted in Audio, Video, TV Gear, Reviews

Hoping to enjoy the same popularity as the WD TV and Popcorn Hour, the new ViewSonic VMP70 is yet another media player for your TV. The VMP70 boasts more compatible video and audio formats than any other player (MPEG 1/2/4, DivX/Xvid, H.264, VC-1, WMV9, RM/RMVB, WMA, MP3, DTS, OGG, AAC, (2-channel), Real Audio, JPG, JPEG, [...]

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I received a CinemaCube from Brite-View for review. The CinemaCube enters a crowded marked for media players (see the Popcorn Hour Networked Media Tank, and the WD TV HD Media Player) but offers a number of unique features at a very competitive price. The CinemaCube features: Multiple Video interfaces 2 USB ports to attach USB [...]

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posted in Audio, Video, TV Gear

We like our TV media players here at The Gadgeteer, with my current favorites being the Popcorn Hour Media Tank and WD TV HD. I just received an email from Brando with a link to an interesting looking adapter that allows you to play media files from an SATA hard drive, USB flash drive or [...]

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posted in Audio, Video, TV Gear

I watch a LOT of television shows. Too many shows. It's a sickness really. ;) I just can't get enough of American Idol, Survivor, LOST, Celebrity Apprentice, Amazing Race... the list goes on and on. For that fact, I often have days where I need to record three shows that are all on at the [...]

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