We make our return Phantom Menace-style this week with a special guest in two, esteemed Senior Mobile Editor of Engadget Chris Ziegler, TiVo fan extraordinaire and expert in all things spectrum. While we save the FCC talk for last, we did have plenty to discuss with Panasonic's latest plasmas, the iPad as a source of content for your HDTV and the latest comments by Comcast's CEO. March Madness is nearly upon us and is bringing a bounty of streaming video and mobile apps, while AT&T is plotting a different route for its new set-top boxes. We also discuss the potential of $30 VOD movie rentals as well as a quirky HTPC from CeBIT and Nintendo's 3DS, so grab your bingo squares and have a listen.
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Hosts: Ben Drawbaugh (@bjdraw), Richard Lawler (@rjcc)
Special Guest: Chris Ziegler (@zpower)
Producer: Trent Wolbe
00:08:22 - Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace returns to theaters in 3D February 10, 2012
00:15:34 - Panasonic celebrates higher plasma TV sales for 2010, sets prices for 2011
00:19:50 - The iPad 2 and 1080p, there's nothing to see here
00:25:17 - Comcast CEO talks about the merger, 'cool new devices' like the iPad and why he doesn't fear Netflix
00:33:00 - CBS & Turner Sports are streaming all the March Madness games to PCs, iPhones & iPads for free
00:40:20 - AT&T and Cisco have WiFi on the cable box backwards
00:50:00 - Theaters threaten boycott over DirecTV's proposed premium VOD
00:53:15 - Xtreamer Ultra HTPC hands-on -- and Prodigy eyes-on
00:59:00 - Nintendo GDC keynote roundup: Netflix and free AT&T WiFi coming to 3DS this summer!
01:13:15 - FCC submits National Broadband Plan to Congress: at least 100M US homes with access to 100Mbps download speeds
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