A new survey finds that most people with smart TVs aren't using the majority of the smart features. TV manufacturers like Samsung, LG, and Sony stick all kinds of internet-connected features into their mid- and high-end TVs, but the interfaces are generally confusing and not optimized for sitting on a couch 10 feet away from a screen, and this survey confirms that nobody really wants to browse Twitter on a TV. But the silver lining is that a high percentage of users--more than half--are using the video-related apps, like Netflix and Hulu Plus. That's great! [via The Daily Mail]
Apple's new Apple TV has been overhauled. It's been shrunk to a tiny black square, with a new interface and some great new features. But while it does some things very well, it's severely lacking in both content and functionality.
Roku just announced that it'll be bringing Hulu Plus to its low-cost streaming video boxes later this fall. It's a great move, one that will move the evolution of TV one step further towards true connectedness. Along with Google TV, Apple TV, Boxee Box, and all the rest, this is part of a major push towards making your TV as web-happy as your computer.
It's been in the works for so long it's hardly a surprise, but today Hulu announced that their subscription service is finally happening. Called Hulu Plus, it offers a "season pass" to current shows on ABC, NBC and Fox, as well as an extensive episode backlog, all streamable to a multitude of devices including your game console, mobile phone, iPad or web-connected TV. It costs $10 a month. But can I cut out my cable yet?