Netflix Tech Partner Accuses Comcast of Putting Up 'Toll Booth'

Level 3 Communications, a technology service provider whose clients include Netflix, is accusing broadband and cable company Comcast of threatening the open Internet by demanding a recurring fee for transmitting movies and other content to consumers. Thomas Stortz, chief legal officer for Level 3, said Comcast notified Level 3 Nov. 19 that its demand for payment was “take it or leave it.” Level 3 agreed to the terms, under protest. “By taking this action, Comcast is effectively putting up a toll booth at the borders of its broadband Internet access network, enabling it to unilaterally decide how much to charge for content which competes with its own cable TV and Xfinity delivered content,” Stortz said. “This action by Comcast threatens the open Internet and is a clear abuse of the dominant control that Comcast exerts in broadband access markets as the nation’s largest cable provider.” A request for comment was not immediately returned by Comcast. Level 3 operates a broadband backbone network that independent online content providers use to transmit movies, games and sporting events to consumers. When Comcast customers order content, Level 3 transmits it to Comcast for delivery.

Cyber Monday Sales Soar

The Cyber Monday online shopping holiday saw a nearly 20 percent gain in sales from last year, making it the biggest shopping day of the year so far.  That's according to an estimate released Tuesday by IBM's Coremetrics unit. The firm, which did not release exact sales figures, reported a 19.4 percent increase over 2009's Cyber Monday, with the average order value of $194.89 representing an 8.3 rise over last year's figure. Online sales on Cyber Monday also jumped 31.1 percent over e-commerce sales on Black Friday last week., the National Retail Federation arm that launched Cyber Monday in 2005, had not released official sales figures as of Tuesday morning.

Toumaz 'XENIF' all -in -one Wi -Fi, baseband and application processor now in production with PURE ONE Flow connected audio product

First consumer product based on TZ1090 'XENIF' in the market for Christmas

CAYIN Digital Signage Seizes Attention at 2010 OEC Taipei Ladies Open

To broadcast the most updated, exciting tennis match onto 300" LED screens, 2010 OEC Taipei Ladies Open adopted CAYIN's digital signage solution, incorporated with Heimavista's sports game system, as the main communication media within the arena.

Pegasys Licenses High -Quality H.264 Encoder from x264 LLC for Video Conversion Software

x264 Encoder to be Integrated in Pegasys' Next Generation of TMPGEnc 4.0 XPress with Advanced Options for H.264 Encoding

Would you like to wash down your Thanksgiving feast with some lists?

Our Friends at have been spending a lot of time over the last few months working on a new feature for their website.  The feature is called 'Lists' and will collect information for various categories in a list, making it easy for people to find what they are looking for, by allowing users to filter for various criteria in order to find their product.  Here are some of the lists online now (updated on a daily basis), more are coming soon.
·  The ultimate list of Apple iPad mounts (50+ Products)
·  iOS, iPhone, iPod, iPad home automation and home security apps (240+ Products)
·  Android phone & tablet home automation and home security apps (60+ Products)
·  BlackBerry home automation and home security apps (40+ Products)

Alteva Receives a 2010 INTERNET TELEPHONY Excellence Award

Alteva today announced that Technology Marketing Corporation (TMC) has named Alteva's Hosted VoIP as a recipient of the 2010 INTERNET TELEPHONY Excellence Award presented by INTERNET TELEPHONY magazine.

NVU Electronics to Distribute BOOMPHONES

Hottest new Headphones on the Market, are now available. Introducing BOOMPHONES. The hifi headphones that features amplified bass boosting, and external speakers at the press of a button! Now available in Canada!

Consumer Reports: 10 Best Black Friday Electronics Deals

The folks at Consumer reports have been obsessively poring over early Black Friday ads for several weeks now. While they've found many deals to share with you, their electronics team thought these particular bargains might just make it worthwhile to wake up far too early and brave the consumer crowds on the day after Thanksgiving.

Laptops: In a doorbuster deal, Best Buy is selling a Sony laptop with a Blu-ray drive for $500. It includes a Blu-ray video, a subscription to a security software package, and a laptop bag. To take advantage of this early-bird deal, you need to pick up a ticket at Best Buy (they'll be doled out starting at 3 a.m. Friday morning), and quantities are limited to 10 per store.

Desktops: Best Buy will also have the HP Pavilion p6624y with a quad-core AMD processor, 8GB of memory, and a 1TB hard drive. It comes with a 23-inch monitor and a wireless printer. The Black Friday price will be $600; it's currently on the Best Buy site for $700, without the monitor and printer.

E-book readers: The best deal will demand an early morning. Early-birds at Best Buy can save about $50 on the Nook Wi-Fi, which is selling at $99.99 rather than its usual price of $150.

32-inch LCD TVs: There are a number of deals on 32-inch LCDs. So far, the cheapest we’ve seen is the Emerson 720p set at Walmart (model LC320EM1) priced at $198.

50-inch or larger TVs: Walmart will be also breaking the $500 barrier for a 50-inch plasma with a $498 price on a Sanyo 720p set (DP50740); its regular retail price is $650.

OWI, Inc. Introduces ENERGY STAR® Rated Audio Amplifiers

OWI, Inc. introduces a new amplified speaker for classrooms which earned the Energy Efficiency Certification mark for ENERGY STAR compliance.

Tivo Announces Companion App For Ipad

Tivo Inc. announced a powerful new TiVo app for the iPad. The app will be available for free from the Apple iTunes App store in the coming weeks. The TiVo® Premiere App enables you to search, browse, explore and share your favorite entertainment all without interrupting whatever is playing on your TV. Since the app works in tandem with what you are watching, iPad is now the ultimate remote control and companion device for TiVo Premiere users. By bringing its best in class high-definition user interface to iPad, TiVo has created a true two-screen TV experience. TiVo Premiere users will get access to a full set of TiVo capabilities on iPad, providing a richer TV viewing experience for both live TV and Internet video while kicking back on the sofa. Plus, users will also be able to schedule and manage their DVR recordings while on-the-go.


Three new members step up to leadership roles in the industry as Len Wallis of Len Wallis Audio moves to Chairman of CEDIA Asia Pacific following election results to the Association's Board revealed at this year's AGM.

AverLogic CES 2011 - Brilliant solutions for Car Video Surveillance, HD Video over Power Lines and HD Video Frame Buffers!

AverLogic Technologies, an IC solutions provider for the Video industry, is coming to CES 2011 to show off versatile Video solutions.

Pop-up MicroLite Turns Your Janky Remote Into A Well-lit, Even Jankier Remote

"I think everyone in the known world will want them!" That's a potent, soul-stirring quite from Honolulu's own Becky Gray, and her emotions tend to mimic our own. We mean, who wouldn't want a pop-up MicroLite dongle affixed to the bottom of their remote? For a limited time of indefinite nature, free-spending consumers can actually get not one, not two, but three of these miracle workers for the tidy sum of just $19.99*, enabling them to light up a full trio of cut-rate remotes. Better still, you can use two of 'em to illuminate the keyboard of your shiny new 13-inch MacBook Air -- you know, because Apple decided this solution was better than its own integrated one. There's an unrealistic video demonstration embedded just past the break, and it's just a Billy Mays (rest his soul) short of awesomeness. Order now!


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GreenPeak’s GP565 – ZigBee for smart Remote Controls

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The GP565 Smart Home RF chip for remote controls supports voice control, motion sensing and the new ZRC 2.0 protocol. The GP565 is optimized for advanced & low cost ZigBee RF4CE remote controls. • 120k or 248k Flash (8k or 16k RAM) memory • 40-pin footprint to support a keyboard scanner interface or other IO interfaces required for remote controls. • Reduced current consumption and improved receiver sensitivity and output power • Patented Antenna Diversity technology enables superior range and WiFi/Bluetooth interference rejection