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NEW Roku 2 & 3, Just Days Away?

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 17:05

While I generally only trawl the FCC for new, original filings, Janko Roettgers of GigaOm recently turned up a pair of revised Roku boxes. And those models have just popped up on Zones. I imagine the prices are way off and wouldn’t recommend pre-ordering from these guys, but expected availability in the next week or so seems quite […]

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TiVo Android App Rewritten (Faster, Root-compatible)

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 06:32

As promised from CES, TiVo has released a brand new Android app. While it looks similar to the app it replaces, it’s been “redesigned from the ground up” — which surely accounts for the much faster interaction. OnePass integration and What To Watch also make appearances, closing the platform parity gap with iPhone and iPad. As with the prior TiVo […]

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Slingbox, Now Covered In Ads

Fri, 03/20/2015 - 10:13

Late last fall, Sling Media began experimenting placing ads within the Slingbox web client – both obtrusively placed banner ads and pre-roll video ads. Well, as a follow-on, I’ve got some good news and some bad news. Ha, just kidding, it’s all bad news… as those who accepted the prompt to download the latest desktop Slingplayer client in time for […]

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Confirmed: Plex Headed To TiVo!

Fri, 03/20/2015 - 08:01

Why thank you, Evolution Digital for spilling the beans. We’d previously wondered if Plex might hit TiVo … given its recent Opera TV integration. And, now, we have part of the answer. What’s not yet known if this would be a native app, like Vudu, or an app-within-an-app via Opera. What’s also not known is box support and […]

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TiVo Lands Yahoo Screen (In Time For Community)

Wed, 03/18/2015 - 19:00

Although I may have burned out on Community, Yahoo has banked on it. And I know many of you have been eagerly anticipating its triumphant (over-the-top) return. Well, fear not TiVo lovers, as VP Margret Schmidt has surprised us with news that Yahoo Screen will be available to Roamio, Premiere, and Mini owners this week. Yahoo Screen on […]

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TiVo Series 3 To Lose Amazon Instant

Wed, 03/18/2015 - 12:12

Dreading tax day? Well, I’ve got more bad news for you. Come April 15th, TiVo Series 3 owners unceremoniously lose access to Amazon Instant. Launched on TiVo way back in 2006 as Amazon Unbox (going HD in 2008), before we called these things “apps”, the video download service has been superseded by a streaming-centric approach that older TiVo hardware […]

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TiVo Stream Back In Stock, Adds Premium Sideloading

Thu, 03/12/2015 - 07:48

After a couple month absence, with the ports reopened and another production run under their belts, TiVo Stream ($130) is back in stock. And, along with it, comes a TiVo Stream software update that enables “premium sideloading” for iPad and iPhone as first referenced at CES. However, it’s not actually the act of sideloading or […]

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Google Fiber Moving To Android?

Wed, 03/11/2015 - 09:19

SageTV is dead; long live SageTV. As the story goes, Google acquired the DVR software company SageTV back in 2011 … with the engineers and software getting to work on Google Fiber. Fast forward a few years, and the beloved-though-abandoned consumer software may be getting a new lease on life. From the amazingly-still-operational SageTV forums: Google has agreed […]

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Aereo Just Can’t Let Go

Wed, 03/11/2015 - 07:35

Poor Aereo. Despite the clear risks in their business followed by a resounding Supreme Court defeat, the corporate remnants and creditors aren’t prepared to simply cut their losses and move on. Has this new litigation precluded TiVo from acquiring certain assets… or will it merely tarnish them? From NASDAQ: The already contentious bankruptcy of defunct TV-streaming service Aereo Inc. turned even more so this […]

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Verizon Drops Weather Channel From FiOS TV

Tue, 03/10/2015 - 12:20

Verizon has begun alerting customers that an agreement with the Weather Channel could not be reached… and, thus, the channel has been dropped from my FiOS TV lineup. Not only can’t I remember the last time I tuned the Weather Channel, I view its ongoing presence as something of an anachronism in this day an age. Although, apparently there are […]

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New Apple MacBook: Form Over Function?

Tue, 03/10/2015 - 11:17

Let me preface this post in saying that for the majority of the last decade, despite the occasional Chromebook or Windows aberration, a MacBook of one flavor or another has been my primary computing device. (Some examples: MBP, MB, MBA) So I clearly have both appreciated and invested in Apple’s take on portable computing. But the newly […]

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HBO GO | NOW | Later

Tue, 03/10/2015 - 08:37

While the Apple Watch was announced for a second time this week, one of the more fascinating aspects of the 90 minute press event was Apple TV-centric. And the three-year old streaming hardware sees an immediate price drop from $99 to $69, undercutting both the Roku 3 and Amazon Fire TV. Despite the discount, I’d still recommend the […]

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Tablo adds FF/RW Preview With 2.1.24 Update

Fri, 03/06/2015 - 09:38

Prior to totally revamping their Roku interface, and bringing Amazon Fire TV and Google Nexus Playing into the mix, Tablo gave existing customers a nice little update with version 2.1.24. Previously, you had to blindly FF or RW using the Roku app and/or web player. With this enhancement, you’re now able to see a thumbnail preview while invoking these […]

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Get Two Free Audible Books

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 07:34

Amazon’s Audible is currently running a nice promotion — 2 free titles of your choosing, with no further commitment. Of course, they hope you’ll stick around beyond 30 days, at which point a $14.95 monthly fee kicks in. But, it could be well worth it assuming the same “Gold” plan I’m on. Beyond 1 credit/book per month, […]

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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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