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The HDHomeRun Prime Giveaway

Wed, 08/06/2014 - 06:24
Hot on the heels of our DLNA streaming piece, and amidst CableCARD uncertainty, we’re offering up a Silicon Dust HDHomeRun Prime review unit. While humble in appearance, this little box is capable of tuning three simultaneous streams of digital cable, via a single CableCARD, and beaming the content across your home network. Those running Windows Media Center are best positioned to […]

DirecTV Extends TiVo Agreement Into 2018

Fri, 08/01/2014 - 08:06
Sadly, the initial fruits of their renewed labor haven’t been very compelling, leading some to wonder if DirecTV is doing the bare minimum to avoid costly licensing. And is it coincidental that TiVo’s Time Warp patent protection expires in 2018? Regardless, hope these guys have a higher def whole-home TiVo solution in the works for DirecTV subscribers. Given THR22 scarcity, […]

Streaming Cable TV via HDHomeRun DLNA

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 07:16
Fellow tech enthusiast and DC neighbor Joel Ward continues his role as a Features contributor here at Zatz Not Funny. Beyond ZNF, Joel can be found at Joel Explains It All and @joelsef on Twitter. In our crowd, just a few years back watching OTA and cable on your computer was all the rage. Platforms like Windows Media Center, SageTV, and SnapStream […]

Google Fiber Hardware Refresh Detailed

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 07:34
Google Fiber beta invites are rolling out, shedding light on upcoming hardware consolidation. Via kcjak: Just got an email from Google Fiber saying we’ve been selected into their test program. Test includes replacement of the hardware, which will combine the network box and storage box into a single unit, as well as upgrade of WIFI […]

Comcast Opens X1 Beta Testing To All Comers

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 06:33
While Comcast dicks around with TiVo, to presumably avoid costly Time Warp licensing and FCC scrutiny, the cable giant continues to crank away on their preferred platform – the X1, which has been deployed across 100% of their footprint and sees 20,000 new installs every day. And now, in possibly a first for a cableco, they’re ‘going Google’ […]

Slingbox Support Reveals Upcoming Chromecast Details

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 08:38
While we’d long ago heard from a reliable source that Slingbox Chromecast playback was a lock, Sling hasn’t communicated anything publicly in recent weeks … with “soon” having come and gone. However, Sling support staff has once again come through with pre-release intel: Yes, a Slingbox M1 with the latest firmware (this would be updated during initial setup) will support SlingPlayer […]

My Chromecast – 1 Year Later

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 12:06
A year after Google’s Chromecast launch, I am still a big fan of the TV streaming stick, but also a sporadic user at best. Here are some of the Chromecast positives: Free stuff! To celebrate the one-year anniversary, Google is offering three free months of Google Play Music All Access to Chromecast owners. (Although it may […]

Banish TiVo Pause Menu Ads

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 06:30
Next up in our buy more TiVo series are steps to hide intrusive pause menu advertising. While TiVo produces arguably the best DVR, beyond consumer sales and service, the company augments revenue by leveraging their userbase for advertising and analytics. The vast majority of these initiatives are applied with a soft touch, but pause menu ads […]

Marvel Unlimited For 99 Cents

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 09:24
To generate awareness during the San Diego Comic-Con, Marvel Unlimited has gone on sale — 99 cents for a single month. While not quite “unlimited”, the subscription grants your mobile devices access a large catalog of digital comics. Having previously used the service over a year, I’d say the iPad provides the best reading experience and I found the content to […]

Kevo Bluetooth Smartlock Review

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 08:02
Back in 2013, Kwikset released Kevo ($219), a deadbolt created by Unikey that let users lock and unlock their doors with just their phone. This process utilizes Bluetooth Low Energy (BTLE 4.0) to determine the location of your phone or a keyfob and whether or not it’s inside or outside the door. So far, the release of Kevo has […]

Nokia Lumia 930 review: the best Windows Phone yet

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 06:35
This article titled “Nokia Lumia 930 review: the best Windows Phone yet” was written by Samuel Gibbs, for theguardian.com on Thursday 24th July 2014 10.07 UTC Microsoft’s latest Lumia 930 top-end smartphone is still a Nokia for now, and shows promise as a viable competitor in the flagship smartphone battle with Apple, Samsung, HTC and […]

Arris Cable Partners Deploy Slingbox Streaming

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 11:12
The Sling-powered Arris MS4000 media streamer has found its first home(s). Regional cable providers Comporium and Service Electric are now offering up these transcoding boxes to their customers for both in-home and mobile streaming. Ideally, this sort of service is resident within one’s DVR, à la TiVo Roamio or DISH Hopper, but this accessory provides an efficient way to retrofit existing Moxi Whole […]

TiVo Elevates Opera Apps

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 14:18
By way of RCN, we’ve learned that both rental and retail TiVo Roamio, Premiere, and Mini hardware have received a minor update to surface favorited Opera TV Store apps via a new link (highlighted above) – and, thus, saving you a click. While Opera app selection and speed still leave something to be desired, it’s a decent improvement and far easier to engineer […]

Logitech UE Boom Review

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 09:33
Intro A few weeks back, we put the G-Boom rugged Bluetooth speaker through its paces and concluded that it packs some impressive sound in a distinct looking package. This time around, we’re looking at the competing Logitech UE Boom ($200) which offers some unique features not seen on the G-Boom, while shrinking the overall speaker size. Hardware The Logitech UE Boom reminds […]

iPhone 6 screen could be sapphire-glass blend

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 07:22
Apple has patents for a sapphire-glass blend screen that could explain why sandpaper can scratch a supposed leaked iPhone 6 screen, the Guardian has established. A new video that apparently shows a 4.7in sapphire screen from an iPhone 6 being scratched by sandpaper could “certainly” be a legitimate blend of sapphire and glass, according to […]

Verizon Gets Symmetrical, Boosts FiOS Upload Speeds

Mon, 07/21/2014 - 06:57
As my two year subscription comes to an end, Verizon is courting me with free HBO and an upcoming boost in FiOS upload speeds to match download numbers: Dear Customer: Thank You! The free speed upgrade is part of Verizon’s continuing commitment to recognize customers for their loyalty. Customer upgrades to equalized download and upload speeds […]

The TiVo Roamio Summer Sale

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 17:00
Until now, the best way to get a deal on TiVo Roamio hardware was to cozy up to a reseller. Well, for what looks like a short while, their preferred pricing is now available in a more convenient manner via TiVo’s “summer flash” sale… with a few caveats. The base Roamio model with over-the-air capabilities is […]

Mohu Channels Rolls Massive Update, Resumes Shipping

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 05:48
After something of a rocky launch, Mohu Channels shipping will resume for Kickstarter backers. Tuning and heat-relates issues in the Android-powered, cord cutting widget were not hardware-related and have been resolved via software adjustments: The issue was caused by noise induced on the signal path from the tuner front end as it traveled to the processor. The […]

TiVo Plots A Future Beyond CableCARD & Tuning Adapters

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 14:55
As TiVo turns the software corner, not only have they banished the poorly performing and ill-supported Adobe framework in favor of Haxe, but they’re leading the charge (as proposed by RCN and given the FCC’s apparent indifference) to replace unwieldy, antiquated cable hardware with a more sensible digital approach… with a little help from their cable allies. How TiVo hopes […]

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