Tivo owners to get Netflix through the box

October 31, 2008 by  
Filed under Home Entertainment

Netflix movie streaming is coming to TiVo by the end of the year. Testing begins immediately, with general availability in early December for those with HD- and Series3-class machines.

The world takes another step closer to the glorious entertainment future of One Box To Rule Them All.

Consumers will buy more electronics

October 30, 2008 by  
Filed under News

While some consumers might be strapped for cash this holiday season, that’s not going to stop them from racking up on the latest electronics to dole out as gifts.

While consumers plan to spend less amid the slowing economy, they actually plan to allot more of their budget fund to electronic gifts, according to the Consumer Electronics Association’s 15th Annual CE Holiday Purchase Patterns Study.

The survey found consumers plan to spend $1,437 this year on holiday shopping, including gifts, food and decorations, down nearly $200 from last year as consumers grapple with cost-of-living increases and economic concerns.

Still, while spending less, many are preparing to spend more on consumer electronics. Twenty-eight percent of the total holiday budget is being allocated for CE purchases, an increase of 6 percent from last holiday, according to the survey.

Since electronics products continue to top the holiday wish lists of adults and teens, the projected growth for fourth quarter industry shipments totaled 3.5 percent growth compared to last year.

Nearly 80 percent of adults expressed interest in receiving an electronic product as a gift this holiday season, an increase of four points from last year and 84 percent of teens wish for electronics this year, up eight percent from 2007. Computers, cell phones, televisions and video game systems are among the top 10 hottest electronic items.