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TiVo Roamio Deal: Plus with Lifetime for $500?

Thu, 11/27/2014 - 09:18
Supposedly a small subset of long term TiVo customers have been offered quite the amazing deal: Base Roamio w/lifetime service $200 for the unit and $200 for the lifetime service Plus – $400 for the unit and $100 for lifetime service Pro – $600 for the unit and $100 for lifetime service The catch is […]

WeaKnees Takes TiVo Roamio to 6TB of Recording Capacity

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 12:03
While the TiVo Roamio line may officially max out at 3TB of recording capacity, licensed reseller WeaKnees has offered 4TB drives nearly since launch. And, should that 637 hours of HD content not be enough, WeaKnees has just unveiled 6TB drives – a TiVo upgrade good for a whopping 960 hours of high def content. The WeaKnees 6TB DIY kits clock in at $450 while […]

MobiTV Connect – Another Day, Another Streaming Stick

Mon, 11/24/2014 - 11:50
Next up in the streaming stick space is the MobiTV Connect… that just passed thru the FCC. The company once known for streaming amazingly low resolution television content to Sprint phones clearly continues to pivot. And, back in September, MobiTV told The Donahue Report their HDMI hardware would launch with two US wireless carriers in […]

The Tablo OTA DVR Giveaway!

Mon, 11/24/2014 - 06:59
Here at ZNF, we’re big fans of Tablo and find it to be the best post-Aereo solution for technologically savvy cord cutters (and their families). You can check out our complete review here but, in a nutshell, Tablo is both a headless over-the-air TiVo and Slingbox in one — beaming live and recorded television to […]

Slingbox Support Dropped From Chrome Browsers

Sun, 11/23/2014 - 06:59
As Google modernizes their Chrome web browser, Sling has alerted customers that they’re unprepared to continue streaming support at this time. As part of their 64-bit upgrade process, Google is discontinuing the support of 32-bit browser extensions for Mac OS X and Windows computers. Since the current version of Watch on Slingbox.com for Mac and PC […]

Ecobee3 Smart Thermostat – A Solid Nest Challenger

Sat, 11/22/2014 - 07:25
Background Three years ago, Nest announced their first smart thermostat clocking in at $250. While others balked at the price, I saw the value of something that could potentially reduce our family energy expenditure. And save money we did! Despite the upfront cost of the Nest, after having used the device that first twelve months, I estimated we dropped […]

Amazon Fire TV Stick Initial Thoughts

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 06:57
After 12 hours with the Amazon Fire TV Stick, some thoughts… The remote feels exceedingly cheap compared to the premium clicker that ships with the full-fledged Fire TV box and I had some difficulty removing the battery cover. Having said that, a flimsy remote is infinitely more valuable than no remote… versus Google Chromecast, which requires a smartphone […]

Atlantic Broadband Launches Streaming TiVo Portal

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 06:46
Nearly a year after RCN and perhaps behind schedule, Atlantic Broadband has launched their iteration of the streaming TiVo web portal, proving once again that TiVo is something more than a DVR manufacturer – providing a variety of software and integration services to cable providers both here and abroad. Indeed, Atlantic Broadband is a subsidiary of relatively new TiVo licensee Cogeco and […]

DirecTV Beams 4K Content To Samsung TVs

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 15:14
This probably isn’t the year to buy an Ultra HD TV for that special holiday someone. Despite nearly-reasonable prices ($1400 for this Samsung 55-incher), there just isn’t a lot of 4K content yet to enjoy on a new TV. However, if you’re dead set on the idea, there’s good news coming at you from DirecTV. The satellite provider has started […]

Google Fiber Launches New Hardware & HBO GO

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 12:21
By way of retired blogger Brent Evans, we learned that Google Fiber customers have started receiving next generation hardware. An updated Fiber Jack now receives power-over-Ethernet from a new Network+ Box … that combines both broadband router and DVR storage into a single enclosure with this go around while expanding wireless capabilities to 802.11ac/n. Lastly, the updated TV Box […]

72 Hours with iPhone 6

Sat, 11/15/2014 - 07:19
While I’m the CTO of the Zatz household, my wife Melissa is also capable of making tech purchasing decisions… and living with the consequences. After years with Blackberry, I’ve truly become an Apple fan girl. For the less tech savvy, such as myself, I find Apple products quite intuitive, making for a fun and effective user friendly experience. When […]

Refurb Kindle Paperwhite @ $79

Mon, 11/10/2014 - 06:50
While I failed to post on last week’s fantabulous refurb Kindle Fire HDX deal, despite getting in myself, the Paperwhite is similarly on sale now for 24 hours. The $79 refurb… is a pre-owned Kindle Paperwhite that has been refurbished, tested, and certified to look and work like new. Includes a full one-year limited warranty, just like […]

D-Link To Launch Z-Wave Motion, Door, Window Sensors

Tue, 11/04/2014 - 12:04
By way of the FCC (1, 2), we learn D-Link intends to expand its range of home monitoring products beyond WiFi and into the realm of Z-Wave with a pair of new CR123A-powered environmental sensors. From the product manuals: The sensor DCH-Z110/Z120 have PIR or door/window integrated with, temperature and illumination, which are 3 sensors function in one, based […]

Quick Look: iPad Air 2 vs. Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5

Sun, 11/02/2014 - 06:56
When it rains, it pours. And I had the opportunity to enjoy a few days with the iPad Air 2 alongside the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5. Both are fantabulous ultrathin 10ish inch tablets… that go about things in different ways. The Samsung does more, way more. But what Apple does, it mostly does better. On […]

Radio Shack Gets With The Program

Sat, 11/01/2014 - 07:41
As Radio Shack fights for its life, the once pioneering tech retailer has undertaken a number of positive maneuvers recently. From “interactive” store remodels rolling out nationwide to embracing the smart home, featuring Insteon, Radio Shack is reasserting their relevance in this space – as a destination for geeks and civilians alike. Heck, they’re even Apple Pay friendly. The most […]

Google Conspires With Roku To Kill Android TV

Fri, 10/31/2014 - 15:26
After the debacle that was Google TV and the aborted Nexus Q sideshow, Google bounced back nicely with the inexpensive and effective $35 Chromecast streaming stick. Not content to leave well enough alone, Android TV was announced at Google I/O and the Asus Nexus Player recently hit the market ahead of a revised, second generation Chromecast. And, as […]

Sonos Headed To Android Wear

Fri, 10/31/2014 - 06:40
By way of the official Sonos forums, we learn that the connected audio company is currently beta testing a variety of mobile software improvements… including the ability to control Sonos from an Android Wear smart watch like the Moto 360. Shown in the Notification Drawer, pause, forward, and back functions are available while volume controls are […]

Hands On: Microsoft Band vs Fitbit Charge

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 15:19
Of course within 24 hours of receiving the new Fitbit Charge, Microsoft goes and releases their first product geared towards the fitness crowd. And, of course, being me, I had to find one the day it’s released. I really think this is the first time I have bought a Microsoft product, other than the computers […]

Channel Master OTA DVR+ Lands YouTube

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 06:35
The fee-free, over-the-air Channel Master DVR+ continues to gain new capabilities. And, next up is YouTube – which will join Pandora and Vudu in the guide (or via direct dial) next month. Beyond newly released over-the-top streaming apps and expanded storage options, the DVR experience is also regularly receiving updates. Also expected next month is […]

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