Simple.TV: a combination DVR & Slingbox for the cord cutter set

One of the more interesting devices to come out of CES will be Simple.TV, combining some of the best capabilities of TiVo DVRs and Sling streaming set-top boxes. The box, which will be released in Spring 2012, will cost $149 and be aimed at cord cutters.

Rovi May Finally Get On CE Devices Through Sonic Buy

Rovi has been trying to reshape itself as a metadata and program guide specialist for the next generation of connected devices, but with little success. But through its planned acquisition of Sonic Solutions, it might finally find some customers for its technology.

Who Will Redbox Choose as Its Digital Partner?

While Redbox confirmed that it would have a digital video offering in 2011, and said it would do so with a partner, it had little to say about the specifics of what such a plan would look like. Here’s who we think that partner might be.

Sonic Ready to Take Blockbuster, Best Buy Videos Mobile

Sonic Solutions added a new feature to its RoxioNow digital video platform, allowing companies like Blockbuster and Best Buy to deliver videos to mobile devices. By teaming up with Widevine, RoxioNow will now be able to deliver videos to iPhone, iPad, Android and Blackberry devices.

Redbox Readying a Streaming Offering

Redbox is looking to the web to augment its dollar-a-day DVD rental service, according to a report by Bloomberg. The streaming service, which is expected to be announced by October, could help boost revenues and position Redbox as yet another competitive threat against Netflix.

Today in Connected Consumer

Forget Hulu and Netflix. The big over-the-top video players cold turn out to be retailers and TV set-makers. Three months after Wal-Mart acquired Vudu in a bid to create a virtual video service provider, Sears has now countered with a deal with Sonic Solutions to embed Sonic’s streaming platform in TVs sold through Sears and Kmart stores. Meanwhile, Sony is looking beyond Google TV for its connected devices, planning to develop it’s own ad sales, subscription service and pay-per-view platform for its web-enabled TVs.

Boxee Looking to Get Hollywood Content With RoxioNow Deal

Boxee is expanding the premium content it has available with a deal that will enable users to purchase feature films. By teaming up with Sonic Solutions, Boxee users could soon have access to a wide range of film titles, including new releases and Hollywood hits.