Engadget HD Podcast 268 - 10.04.2011

Check your Bingo squares -- we have a full on geek rant this week. While DVBLink's Boxee extender engendered nothing but peaceful conversation, we couldn't help but dig into the next two topics. Rumors of Microsoft's efforts to integrate cable TV into a unified search with its other Xbox offerings continue to swirl, which left us wondering just who is standing in the way of innovation. Meanwhile, the cable companies and content providers are at odds over how to distribute their channels with little thought given to the end user's experience. Of course, we do have some happy news, with Star Trek: TNG coming to Blu-ray, bigger LCDs and 4K support for the PS3. Press play to hear the rest of our discussion and our impressions of the new fall programming so far -- it's not looking good.

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Hosts: Ben Drawbaugh (@bjdraw), Richard Lawler (@rjcc)

Producer: Trent Wolbe

00:01:42 - DVBLogic's Boxee app brings live TV streaming to the Box
00:04:15 - Microsoft reportedly adding video from Comcast, Verizon, HBO Go and others to Xbox Live
00:13:20 - Some cable companies are pushing for unbundled channels -- but not for you
00:32:35 - Showtime launches Anytime streaming portal, social iPad app
00:34:57 - Star Trek: The Next Generation is coming to Blu-ray, starting in 2012 (video)
00:42:44 - Sharp's biggest LCD HDTVs get even bigger with a new 80-inch model
00:49:00 - PS3 will support 4K stills after a future update, moving pictures remain out of reach
00:51:15 - Sony to stop paying for movie theater 3D glasses, theater owners fire back
00:56:27 - Energy Star 5.3 now in effect, some chunkier TVs left out in the cold
01:00:30 - Must See HDTV (October 3rd - 9th)

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