ITV Player Comes To Roku

Roku LogoUntil today, the big absentee from Roku‘s line-up of catch-up services in the UK was ITV and its regional partners STV and UTV in Scotland and Northern Ireland. At #2 in terrestrial broadcasting behind the BBC, it was a fairly glaring omission, especially as Channel 4 and Five have been on-board for ages. Now UK Roku viewers can use ITV Player to catch-up with the last 30 days of ITV’s content across ITV, ITV2, ITV3, ITV4 and CITV with programmes such as Britain’s Got TalentCoronation Street and The Americans in addition to coverage of this summer’s World Cup and Tour de France sporting events. Hurrah!

Apple Pursues Perfection

Apple iPad 3As the Apple roadshow rolls out of town for another few months, I doubt anyone will claim that this was a classic performance. Even the most zealous worshipper has to admit that it was a straightforward and by the numbers presentation with no real surprises. You might even argue that there have been two mediocre events in a row and while it was easy to give Apple a bye last time because of the death of Steve Jobs, this time there’s no such luxury.

What did Apple announce today? An improved set-top box, a faster tablet with a better screen, an OS point release and some jazzed-up software. Hardly big news – Samsung had a better showing last week at MWC by miles.

So what’s gone wrong? Resting on their laurels and counting their considerable cash pile? In a previous post I mentioned that Apple was about perfection, not innovation and today’s event backs this up. Nothing ground-breaking but good solid improvements which undoubtedly will sell well. Not a mis-step, but not a stride forwards either.

To be fair, it’s easy to be armchair critic without contributing anything – what would I’d have considered as new innovations from Apple?

  • iOS Apps on the Apple TV. Not unique to Apple but an interesting step forwards with great potential.
  • Full control of the Apple TV from iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad. What you see on the TV, you see on the device in your hand, making it easy to control.
  • Similar situation but in reverse. Show off your photos or movies from your iPhone or iPad on the Apple TV without cables.
  • Pass running apps between iOS devices. Playing Angry Birds on your iPhone but now want to play the iPad? Pass it on over and continue playing from where you left off.
  • (Inductive charging would be nice, too.)

This would create an even more tightly knitted hardware ecosystem that would encourage owners to be all-Apple, rather than the existing media-orientated ecosystem.

Apple, while you might be raking in the cash, you need to and can do better. Next time round, let’s see some real innovation. Perfection is boring.

GNC-2011-10-24 #716 Back to Basics

Back to basics on this show and, I tighten up the timeline. Lots of tech as always and a huge number of comments have come in pre-show… Today I try pulling unique articles from Google+. Hope you like the new sources.

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GNC-2010-08-17 #602 AT&T or Verizon Challenge.

Will you make the commitment today to leave AT&T if Verizon get’s the iPhone. Two show appearance here in Hawaii and then 2 shows on the East Coast. I am once again on the move which will ultimately end up being a very busy August. If you have been following on Twitter you know I have been waiting for the next shoe to drop.. Tech news and more on the show!

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xbox 360 Jailbreak.
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Cool Music Sites.
Automated Web Template Builder.
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Way to catch Piegons.
Brain Simulation by 2020.
Space Junk Collector.
10 Dangerous Web Actions.
Apple TV what do you think?
Android Users are Data Pigs!
Video 101.
Apple Manager in Slammer.
Geek Squad ask for trouble.
Facebook Dislike Scam!
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ISS Mission Accomplished.
Do you save Energy really?
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Windows Home Server to Support Mac’s.
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Sony Dash Update.
Google & Verizon told to Pack Sand!
Network Solutions Infects 5 Million sites!
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GNC-2010-08-12 #601 Live From ?

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GNC-2007-01-16 #234

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Show Notes:
Bush Signs Bill
iPhone
Outlook 2007 Disaster
Lawerence Lessig
Google Analytics Hacks
Amazing Picture!
More DRM!!!
Paypal Security Key
Eye to Eye
Joost
Apple TV
Robin Good RSS Tools!
802.11n Pay Apple
Sponsored Reviews
First HD-DVD Torrent
Pathfinder in the News!
Software kill Mars Global Surveyor
Comet Viewing Opportunity
Universal Service Fund News
Netflix Online Video Delivery
Trademark Troll
IE7 100 Million
Footnote
More Gmail Bugs
Hackers want iPhone
Wall Mounted PC!!
Tagging in WP
Fun LCD Cam