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Are You Hooked Up to a Set Top Box?

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood July 20, 2009 at 2:59AM

It seems that one of Matt Dentler's new roles at Cinetic Rights Management is consciousness raising.
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It seems that one of Matt Dentler's new roles at Cinetic Rights Management is consciousness raising.

He's asking, are we aware of what we can do with our TVs already? (In my case, I have TiVo, which means I never do VOD. And I don't have HD, although my TV is HD-ready, because I have old TiVo without broadband. One of these days I'll get a new Phillips box.)

Here's Dentler's latest posting:


You can watch plenty of films instantly through your high-speed Internet connection, without leaving your sofa. Most of the time, this is possible with a "set-top box," which is similar to your cable box. Imagine having thousands of films available at the click of your remote. You might even have one now and not know it, if you own an Xbox, Playstation 3, or TiVo. Here are some of the set-top box (and game console) contenders out there so far today:

Roku Netflix Player

Apple TV


VUDU


TiVo (Amazon downloads)


Xbox Live


Playstation Network


Stay tuned for many more coming soon.


Originally posted on Variety.com

This article is related to: Web/Tech, Netflix, Apple


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.