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Audio News for April 22, 2016

New Google Chromecast –  The new Chromecast is much smaller than the old one. It is meant for audio and video streaming and works on both iOS and Android platforms. You only need a speaker with the proper connectivity ports. The Chromecast also needs constant power so keeping it close to a laptop or TV is recommended. Your smartphone and Chromecast have to be on the same Wi-Fi network. You can download the Chromecast app from the Google Play store or Apple store. The app shows several supported applications, including Wynk and Saavn for music streaming. You can also mirror music from an Android phone or tablet.  You launch the app, choose the Devices tab and tap on the Chromecast. It will then prompt you to connect it to your Wi-Fi network and plays a test tone to alert that the device has been successfully connected. A new feature is the Guest mode, which allows friends to stream to your speakers without using your Wi-Fi network. After you get it set up it works fluidly. There is lesser power drain from the smartphone and wider coverage than you get with Bluetooth-enabled speakers. You can also work on other application on […]

Audio News for April 19, 2016

FCC Proposal Re: TV Set-Top Boxes – The FCC has approved a proposal letting consumers swap their pricey cable boxes for cheaper devices and apps, to boost competition in the $20 billin TV set-top box market while delivering a blow to the major cable companies. Customers can obtain video services from providers such as Apple, Tivo and Alphabet Inc. instead of the cable and satellite providers. The FCC is allowing cable and satellite providers a 60-day comment period. If implemented, the industry would then have two years to comply. The cable and TV companies could lose billions of dollars in rental fees for set-top boxes. A counsel for Dish Network said “It is really not clear to us that any new regulation is needed to encourage innovation and in fact would actually hinder it.”  They claim the video marketplace is already evolving with more customers replacing pay TV services with streaming Internet video. The FCC said 99% of American customers now much get their boxes from their cable or satellite providers and pay on average $231 a year to lease the devices. Rental fees for set-top boxes have risen 185% since 1994. The proposed rule would also require the cable […]

Audio News for November 28, 2012

Whole-Home Audio Cheap and Easy; Meridian Opens U.S. Store This Week; Dish Systems Fights FCC Proposal to Repurpose Portion of Their Spectrum; Black Friday One for the Records; Poor Consumer Electronic Market for 2012

Audio News for February 7, 2012

Digital Cinema in Theaters Grows; Congress Continues to Sell OtA TV Channels for Broadband Use; Consumers Will Adopt OtT Thru Blu-ray Players; The Digital Revolution = Degradation of AV Quality

Audio News for October 15, 2010

CEA Blasts NAB for Wanting to Make FM Tuners Government-mandated in Cellphones; CableCARD Rule Changes; Netflix Goes From Two-Channel to Surround Using Dolby Digital Plus; New Google and Apple TV Services May Hurt TV Stations and PVR Vendors