While TiVo unveiled its new interface and Premiere DVRs on Wednesday, combining regular TV with internet services, the TV of Tomorrow Show in San Francisco gave a glimpse of the future.

In a New User Experiences session, Immersive Media showed off its 360-degree video first used in Google’s Street View and latterly at the Vancouver Olympics , Alticast demonstrated more advanced TV interfaces being enjoyed by viewers in Korea and NDS showed how cable operators could fight back against the threat from “over the top” internet services. Read more

With streaming Netflix movies now available on TV screens through the Xbox, PlayStation 3, Tivo, several Blu-ray players and LG HDTVs, the little Roku set-top box, which became one of the first Netflix streamers 18 months ago, is in need of some differentiation.

That came today with the launch of 10 free channels on the box, which sells for as little as $80.
Pandora radio, Facebook and Flickr photos, FrameChannel feeds, MobileTribe social networking and video from Blip.TV, Mediafly, Motionbox, Revision 3 and TWiT make up the lineup.

(This review was first published on November 23 2009) Read more