Chromecast is a new invention by the boys down in Google R&D (think of saying that in an old timey radio announcer vocie). It'll revolutionize the intertelevisiontubes!
I am an Android guy. After owning a Nokia N96 and an iPod touch at the same time, upgrading to the HTC EVO was like the best of both worlds. Always-on connection plus awesome music and podcasting client. In order to test out web pages I also purchased a Toshiba Thrive 10". Last but not least, since I develop web pages to be viewed on televisions, I thought a Sony Google TV box would round out my Android collection nicely. At this point, I don't really use the Google Play Books or Movies all that much.
There was a big discussion last week on my local geeky mailing list that started because of a mention that local TV stations may stop broadcasting over-the-air for free.
From Yahoo News:
The recession has squeezed advertising further, forcing broadcasters to accelerate their push for new revenue to pay for programming.
John has been talking to me about Turn Here and their mission of using video as a medium to showcase local places and businesses for quite some time now, but it wasn't until recently that I realised my cost of living is about to increase, and therefore I need to start making money for some of this "fun stuff". One (seemingly) easy way to do that is through video. I've been saying for a long time that video is tangible and instantaneous, whereas audio takes concentration and time to absorb.
One of my top 5 blogs, Lost Remote, often has stories that deal with Orlando - like when something happens at the Tribune company, a lot of times the Sentinel will be mentioned. Apparently, they tried out re-designing the local paper's web site before doing Chicago. OK, but now here's a story about our local NBC affiliate using a Slingbox to show the weather during live TV. Who knew?
From Lost Remote:
I've had my Joost invite since the days before there was a Mac version, but I've only just got the damn thing running on my MacBook Pro just now... and it crashed!