Earth Day 2014 is officially on Tuesday, April 22nd , but will be celebrated through Sunday, April 27th in many areas - Get into the spirit by re-purposing or recycling all that old home theater gear that is cluttering up your garage.
For additional terms and definitions, check out my Home Theater Glossary
At the core of the case is whether Aereo, a service that provides users with access (via paid subscription) to an individual, but centrally-located TV antenna via the internet, that allows living viewing and DVR-like recording of over-the-TV broadcasts using laptops, PCs, and mobile divices, constitutes a public or private performance. A decision by the Court has the potential of redefining portions of U.S. Copyright Law.
If the U.S. Supreme Court rules that such as service a public performance (like a cable or satellite service), Aereo may be in violation of U.S. Copyryight Law. If considered a private performance (like putting up your own individual TV antenna), then the TV broadcasters may have to rethink their business model in relation to the advancement of the Internet and Cloud Services. However, regardless of the Court's decision, the future of how consumers can legally access and store copyrighted home entertainment will definitely be impacted.
It is expected that U.S. Supreme Court will announce its decision later this Spring (2014).
Past coverage of Aereo on About.com
Case Mounts Against Aereo Ahead of Supreme Court Hearing
Now, AWOX, makers wireless-connectable devices for the home, have decided to join in the fun with the announcent of their latest product, StriimSTICK.
The StriimSTICK is similar in concept to both the Google Chromecast and Roku Streaming Stick in that it is flash-drive sized device that connects to the HDMI input of a TV, with power supplied either via USB or AC adapter power source (power cable and adapter for either option is included). Once plugged in all of these devices connect, via Wifi, to your home network.
The StriimSTICK provides access to content stored on DLNA compatible network-connected devices, such a PC or laptop (including MACs), and also enables you to stream audio, video, and still image content (including internet streaming apps) that you normally access on a compatible iOS or Android smartphone/tablet to your TV.
The StriimSTICK runs on the Android 4.0 operating system, provides 4GB of on board memory, and a MicroSD expansion slot for additional memory capacity. Also, even though you can control the StriimSTICK via a compatible smartphone, tablet, or PC/MAC, an innovative thumb-sized "Gyro fly-mouse" Remote Control is provided.
It will be interesting to see if the AWOX StriimSTICK can hold its own against Google's Chromecast and Roku's Streaming Stick. Image provided by AWOX