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  • More Redbox Instant details revealed at CES; Vizio, LG and Google TV clients coming

    More Redbox Instant details revealed at CES Vizio, LG and Google TV clients coming

    The Redbox Instant video streaming service recently let eager users kick down the doors of its beta test, and now the team behind it has stepped out to talk about its unique feature set. While a public launch is still planned for Q1 (just as Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam said last month) we’ve had a little time to spend with the beta on our own, and saw it running on several devices including iOS / Android and Samsung Blu-ray player in the company’s hotel suite. New hardware partners announced during CES are Vizio, Google TV and LG, which should all see apps arrive soon to their assorted platforms.

    More Redbox Instant details revealed at CES Vizio, LG and Google TV clients coming

    Currently the mobile apps appear to be the most polished, however all ran smoothly and featured a look apart from the other subscription streaming services. Of course, some of that is a result of Redbox offering movies via kiosk rental, VOD rental / purchase or unlimited subscription. While each UI is a bit unique (predictably, the iOS app foregoes any purchase options due to Apple’s insistence on a 30 percent cut) one way to keep track of how a particular movie is accessible are via several small icons in the corner of its box art, showing a kiosk for discs, play button for subscriptions, ticket for purchase, and so on.

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  • FCC working to expand WiFi spectrum, wants to avoid wireless ‘traffic jam’

    FCC working to expand WiFi spectrum, wants to avoid wireless 'traffic jam'

    Ever suffer through the painfully slow bottleneck of public WiFi? Sure you have — Airports, coffee shops, even your neighbor’s unprotected home network are limited by the current WiFi spectrum. FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski says it’s a problem, and wants to clean up the mess. Speaking with Gary Shaprio at CES, Genachowski revealed that he’s been working with the DoD and other Government agencies open up more bandwidth for WiFi. Areas like New York City have an abundance of spectrum set aside for TV licenses, he says, airwaves that could serve the public better for WiFi or cellular networks.

    “The rest of the world is watching us,” he told Shapiro. “We have to get it right… …we need to have a nationwide, unlicensed, continuous, same-frequency platform for innovation.” To do that, the FCC will need to wrench spectrum from the hands of broadcasters, and redistribute it. “We can reorganize it and ensure everybody gets a good share.” It’s an uphill battle, but one the chairman recognizes as important. “We predict a WiFi traffic jam, and we need to fix it… …WiFi is such an integral part of our broadband ecosystem, and we need to make sure that we pay it sufficient attention.” Check out the rest of Shaprio and Genachowski’s dialog in our ongoing liveblog.

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  • Live from the Engadget CES Stage: an interview with the EFF’s Julie Samuels

    Live from the Engadget CES Stage an interview with the EFF's Julie Samuels

    The topic no one wants to talk about at CES? Yep, it’s gonna be a half-hour of frank patent litigation talk with the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s Julie Samuels. If you care at all about legal kerfuffles, you’re not gonna want to miss this one.

    January 9, 2013 5:30 PM EST

    Check out our full CES 2013 stage schedule here!

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