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Meet Netgear Arlo, Your New Home Security System

Mon, 03/02/2015 - 10:29

One thing was immediately clear as soon as I was able get Netgear Arlo up and running: 1) it was very easy to add cameras, and 2) all I wanted was to buy more cameras! But let’s back up a second and explain exactly what Arlo is, and is not. Arlo, the spiritual successor to Vue, is […]

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Verizon FiOS TV Links Ultraviolet

Sat, 02/28/2015 - 07:44

About the same time TiVo rolled out Vudu last fall, Verizon similarly deployed Ultraiviolet to their FiOS TV set-tops. Whereas TiVo went with a 3rd party app, Verizon has natively integrated the UV content locker within On Demand. And my pal Tim took it for a quick spin yesterday. Within the FiOS On Demand UI, you’ll […]

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TiVo Acquires “Aereo” (and their list of customers)

Fri, 02/27/2015 - 09:07

Aereo, the innovative yet ultimately criminal television provider buried by the establishment, had an extremely poor showing in bankruptcy liquidation this week — netting a mere $2m. And, without TiVo’s participation, the numbers would surely have been worse. It appears the same, single source of unknown allegiance notified a number of outlets the details of TiVo’s […]

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TiVo Coming To FiOS*

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 11:53

TiVo has announced a “strategic relationship” with Frontier. And their first phase is quite unique. Whereas TiVo’s prior provider relationships have exclusively powered cable television solutions, Frontier will be marketing the Roamio OTA to their Internet customers mid-year: The new partnership will enable Frontier’s high-speed Internet customers to enjoy a consistent TV experience spanning major broadcast channels and over the top […]

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TiVo Comes To Woot

Sat, 02/21/2015 - 05:51

Ahead of any potential CableCARD successor, while they aren’t prepared to advertise with Sonos money, TiVo maintains their retail ambitions in bringing their entire lineup of set-tops to Woot today. Roamio Pro (Refurbished) – $380 Roamio Plus (NOT Refurbished) – $250 Roamio (Refurbished) – $100 Mini (Refurbished) – $100 Assuming you’re in the market for a TiVo Roamio DVR and that you […]

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DVR Love Is In The Air

Fri, 02/13/2015 - 21:09

We can find the show that matches your mood, or help you find the remote and heighten the mood. #hotfortivo http://t.co/j6OpXt142f — TiVo (@TiVo) February 13, 2015 In honor of Valentine’s Day, both TiVo and DISH have taken to social media to promote their respective remote control finder alerts. Sadly DISH “can’t help you find love […]

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Samsung’s New DVRs

Tue, 02/10/2015 - 07:09

Via regulatory filings, Steve Donohue has turned up a new Samsung DVR. Given its specs, including Zigbee and MoCA 2.0, this set-top is presumably destined for a MSO partner like Time Warner Cable. However, possibly more interesting is the box turned up by tipster Alex D on Flickr. Pictured above, the Samsung “Smart Cable DVR” […]

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The OTA Flatenna Showdown

Sat, 02/07/2015 - 10:02

As many contemplate cutting the cord for basic, yet high-definition television viewing, or to perhaps augment cable with advanced over-the-air capabilities, as we’ve done with Tablo, finding a great antenna is paramount. Most are probably best served by roof-top or attic placement, yet it’s the least practical for a variety of reasons. While Mohu may have pioneered the “flatenna” several others have […]

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TiVo Mini Updated With RF Remote

Tue, 02/03/2015 - 07:11

As we’ve reported for several months, TiVo has been poised to release a slightly refreshed Mini … with an RF remote. And, while sources had indicated the folks in Alviso were tracking for a March delivery, the TiVo Store has just been updated with the new DVR extender model. While there could be under-the-hood changes in […]

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The Most Depressing Super Bowl Commercials Ever

Mon, 02/02/2015 - 07:35

While not quite the annual tradition it should be, we do periodically round up the millions upon millions invested in Super Bowl advertising. And, for me, beyond the string of not-quite-inspirational, downright depressing, and/or dad-centric commercials, the most memorable 2015 spots were Chevy encouraging folks to watch television behind the wheel and seeing Liam Neeson reprise his Taken character … to pimp an iPhone […]

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Disney Prohibits WatchESPN Streaming On Roku TV

Sun, 02/01/2015 - 06:57

By way of USA Today and Rob Pegoraro, we’re reminded that while Roku TV provides a whole lot of good, the over-the-top experience remains compromised due to deep-seated fear and loathing amongst some content providers. Specifically, Disney has prohibited access to the WatchESPN app and raft of Disney channels available … on traditional Roku boxes. And, of course, Roku […]

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Amazon Echo Expands Voice Control to Spotify and Pandora

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 17:23

While our home has hosted a pair of Amazon Echo connected-speakers-with-benefits for several weeks, I’ve yet to write much. As my thoughts continue to coalesce, Amazon just hit me with news of an update. Joining the existing I Heart Radio and Amazon Prime voice-controlled apps are Spotify, Pandora, and iTunes. However, whereas I Heart Radio and and Prime […]

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Philips Hue Likes 3rd Party ZigBee Bulbs (and Disco)

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 07:11

A few months back, I got into the home automation game thanks to encouragement from Dave and Adam. I’ve expertimented with a few different platforms thus far, and particularly like Philips Hue alongside Staples Connect.They work well together. We have a few colorful Hue lights and a Hue Lux in play and my kids especially love […]

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<p>Some people, for example, believe

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 11:27

Some people, for example, believe probably incorrectly that we are on a path to interplanetary teleportation. Should we include the estimated bandwidth for that as well? -FCC Commissioner Michael O’Rielly

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First Take: Sling TV Doesn’t Feel Like TV

Tue, 01/27/2015 - 06:41
Many, many other writers have reviewed Sling TV (the new online video service from Dish that was announced at CES), so I won’t belabor the points they’ve already covered. There are licensing issues. Not all features are available on every channel. It’d be nice to have more on-demand television content instead of mainly VOD movies. But, on […]

Sonos App To Gain Massive Usability Improvements

Mon, 01/26/2015 - 08:22
Within the last few days, a new APK for the Sonos Android app popped up online. And, throwing caution to the wind, I went ahead and installed the 5.3 beta. While I’m not privvy to the release notes, and therefore not neccessarilly aware of all changes, it’s seems likely that massive usability enhancements headline this release. Upon opening the […]

Vudu Comes Full Circle, Launches Streaming Stick

Sat, 01/24/2015 - 11:40
What a long strange trip it’s been. Vudu initially launched in 2006 as a $400 dedicated movie streaming box. The requisite price cuts and pivots followed, including serving up apps like Flickr and then feeding smart televisions, before Walmart swooped in. Since then, the video service has focused on its own mobile and set-top video streaming app […]

Wife Acceptance Factor: Choosing Kevo over August

Fri, 01/23/2015 - 11:45
  Back in July, we reviewed the Kevo smart lock ($220) in light of the newer features that had just been released (scheduling, guest keys, performance improvements). Later in 2014, August, another Bluetooth based lock ($250), started to ship both pre-orders and to retail stores. Being the curiously obsessed gadget guy that I am, I had to at […]

Want to be one of the first to get TiVo

Mon, 01/19/2015 - 17:54
Want to be one of the first to get TiVo OnePass on your box? The priority list is now open! http://t.co/MV97tk3OIJ — TiVo Margret Schmidt (@tivodesign) January 19, 2015

Smart TVs, Dumber By The Moment

Mon, 01/19/2015 - 14:01
Like many of you, I’ve questioned the value of a “smart” TV. On one hand, quick access to online apps like Netflix courtesy “Input 1″ ~with no additional equipment~ is quite appealing. However, despite advances in performance and functionality, we’re not going to replace our televisions at the same rate we might be compelled to […]

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