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Apple TV get’s Disney, Smithsonian, Vevo and TWC

The Apple TV continues to bring new channels to it’s lineup.  This past week Apple added Disney Channel, Disney XD, Smithsonian, The Weather Channel and Vevo TV.  We already gave the Apple TV high marks for the features like Air Play and content library integration.  With each channel and application addition, the Apple TV becomes more of a contender for our time spent ingesting content (watching the glowing rectangle).

Here’s a rundown of the recently added channels for Apple TV.

Vevo TV – This network brings over 75,000 music videos, exclusive original programming and live concert performances.  Users can browse videos by artist or genre.  Users can even create logins for personnel playlist creation of their favorite content.  This new service taylored for the Apple TV is available in the United States, Australia, New Zealand, UK, Brazil, France, Ireland, Italy, Spain and The Netherlands.

Smithsonian Channel – This network brings 100% original content to your Apple TV.  They include programming categories for broad appeal including Air & Space, Science % Nature, Science, History and a special Kids lineup.  All programs are presented in Dolby Digital 5.1.  If you’ve kicked out cable, and are looking for good quality family oriented content to watch, this is a channel you’ve got to check out.

The Weather Channel -  What else is there to say.  This is The Weather Channel on your Apple TV.

Disney and Disney XD – These channels were added to the menu but require cable or satellite packages to access.  These content aggregation and distribution licensing contracts are complex and lucrative.  Disney in particular.  If you are a cord cutter, you’ll have to wait a bit longer, while the un-bundling process continues in the industry, to gain access to this channel without submitting to the cable conglomerates.  Stay strong my friends, our time is coming…


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Watch Downton Abbey Online or On Your iPad

The 2011 “most critically exclaimed television show” Downton Abbey has returned to PBS for a second season. Season 1 of Downton Abbey premiered in late 2010 and follows an aristocratic family living in the early 20th century. The drama takes place at the fictional estate of Downton Abbey in North Yorkshire. Downton Abbey has been nominated for  and won multiple Primetime Emmy and TV Choice Awards.

If you’re just getting into the program or would like to catch up on the first season, PBS has full episodes available on their website and through their iPad app. Season 2 previews, episodes and actor interviews are also available for download,  See the PBS website for details and enjoy Downton Abbey on iPad.

Watch Downton Abbey online at PBS.org or download the PBS app today.

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Watch College Football Bowl Games Online

No cable, but you really want to watch college football games online? As long as you subscribe to high-speed internet service through a participating internet provider, you can stream many of the major college football bowl games (Rose Bowl, Capital One Bowl, Fiesta Bowl and the National Championship Game) through ESPN3.com, the WatchESPN mobile app and on XBox Live.

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Everything You Need To Know About Roku

In short, the Roku is a streaming entertainment device for your TV. With a Roku box you can instantly stream tons of programming over the internet right to your TV – watch movies and TV shows from Netflix and Hulu Plus or Amazon Instant Video, listen to music through Pandora or even catch the ballgame through NBA League Pass or MLB.tv.

Roku XD streaming entertainment device

Roku XD will stream TV shows, music and movies over the internet to your TV.

Content on the Roku comes in the form of “channels.” Each separate channel supports content from a different partner. These channels come in both free and pay form. Some of the most popular free channels are Pandora, Revision3 and Roku Newscaster which connects the free podcasts from CBS, CNN, FOX, ESPN and more into one neat little channel. Premium pay channels include Hulu Plus, Netflix, MLB.tv along with a few others.

There are currently three versions of the Roku player – HD, XD, XD|S. The main distinguishing factors among the three models are the quality of the picture (all get high-definition, but the HD only receives 720p, while the other versions are capable of 1080p), the speed of their wireless connection and the addition of a USB port on the XD|S. Models range in price from $60 – $100, require no extra computer to work and incur no additional monthly bills outside of your existing subscriptions (like Netflix, Hulu Plus or MLB.tv). In my experience, you can get a Roku up and running in about 10-15 minutes – you simply plug it in, add it to your home network and you’re ready to roll.

I have a Roku XD and I really like it. It’s small, light weight and takes up very little space. It simply just works. The only draw back for me is the integration with iTunes. I haven’t been able to figure out how to stream my library to my Roku (if you have an answer, let me know in the comments below). Depending on the programming you watch, the Roku could be a great setup for your living room, bedroom or kids room. They’re cheap and powerful.

You can find Roku at retailers like Best Buy and Radioshack or numerous places online. They come with a 30-day money back guarantee.

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