Category Archives: Televisions

FiOS customer shows Verizon does serious throttling shenanigans with Netflix

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FiOS subscriber Colin Nederkoorn, a startup CEO who resides in New York City, pays for FiOS Internet that promised service of 75 Mbps download and 35 Mbps upload. However, his Netflix video streams were limping along at just 375 kbps (0.375mbps). Which is about only 0.5 percent of the speed he’s paying for.  So on a lark he decided to connect to a Virtual Private Network service. What Nederkoorn found was that through this encrypted extra hop, which in all other cases would slow down network performance he saw nearly a 10x increase in Netflix performance.

So Verizon, you got a lot of explaining to do! Continue reading

Samsung Smart TV Cloud Gaming Powered by Gaikai and Nvidia

Gaikai Product manager Steven Parker tells us just how Gaikai will be coming to the living room in the next few months via Samsung SmartTVs with PC gaming over Cloud Computing or now known as Cloud Gaming.

Microsoft Product Demo: Xbox SmartGlass

The Xbox SmartGlass announcement was an interesting adrenaline shot in the leg for the now aging xbox 360. With Kinect being a way to extend the life of the console two years ago to to match the motion control craze, SmartGlass is a further push to unique future game play elements but also furthers the Home Theater Set Top Box-ification of the Xbox console. Not just that but it is an example of how people in the home are using multiple devices to experience television and gaming now. And yes that is a good thing.