PlayOn users will soon get a lot more content options, as the software maker has opened up its API, enabling users to build channels for their own favorite content sources. Already users have developed 20 new channels, including some for Food Network, Lifetime and TV Land.
For Mac users who want to access media with their PlayStation 3, life just got a little easier. A new program called Playback by Yazsoft facilitates UPnP via the PS3.
Wi-Fi home networks are no longer the sole domain of the tech-savvy, while more and more non-PC devices — be they game consoles or iPod touches — are connecting to the network. But while the home network has, in fact, evolved, we’re not anywhere near that utopian vision of the digital home. As any of us who have a home network can attest, half the time it feels like it’s hanging together with Band-Aids and silly putty, a temperamental creation in which devices can’t connect, the router needs rebooting, and if we’re lucky enough to make video streaming from the PC to the TV work, chances are it won’t tomorrow. In short, for all the advances of the home network, the transition to the full-fledged, seamlessly connected media network remains a distant vision. So what’s the deal? Why is the reality of the digital home so hard to achieve?