As the manufacturers quarrel about new TV standards, it's clear some technologies will get left behind. Here's how to sift through the innovations and wind up with a hot piece of next tech, not a big pile of Betamax.
Microsoft often tramps along the same footpath that Apple's followed, hoping to cream some money from the market with a minimum of effort, and a new rumor suggests it's trying again—this time with online subscription TV.
When Boxee first launched, the notion of a Web-video content hub for your TV was still new. Now it's commonplace. And today Boxee gets off the bench, as its hotly anticipated set-top box finally starts shipping to customers.
The Boxee Box's design, unveiled at CES in 2010, was a showstopper — with its in-your-face, asymmetric whimsy, you either loved it or hated it. Created by ASTRO Studios, it also has a serious pedigree: that firm is the brains behind the design of the Xbox 360 and the Microsoft Zune.
This fall, one election really matters: Which set-top box will connect your TV to the Internet? Apple TV and Google TV have all the money, but fringe candidate Boxee Box, with its radical open-source philosophy, deserves a closer look.