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Channel Master DVR+ Now Available For Pre-Order ($250)

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 07:00

We’ve been tracking Channel Master‘s moves since new digital video recorder hardware first surfaced in FCC documents last summer. They’ve clearly used the intervening months wisely to fine tune both the product experience and marketing strategy as the originally documented pair of K77 set-tops has been whittled down to the single and more memorable DVR+ ($250). And, as you [...]

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Apps Up Next for Chromecast

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 04:31

Google announced a slate of new apps for Chromecast last week, but as most were less than compelling, it’s time to speculate on what else might be in the pipeline. According to Janko Roettgers over at GigaOM, Google plans to launch further “waves of Chromecast apps” in the near future. Here are a few guesses [...]

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TiVo Thumb Buttons To Rate The Voice Finalists

Sat, 12/14/2013 - 09:30

Perhaps another benefit of the TiVo 20.3.8 software update is a framework to tabulate in-show tenor by repurposing those iconic TiVo thumbs up/down remote buttons (versus their original purpose to rate programming as a means of generating suggestions). Classified as an “experiment” by “TiVo Labs”, select customers have been recruited to test this new functionality: If [...]

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TiVo Software Update 20.3.8 Rolling Out

Fri, 12/13/2013 - 18:19

TiVo software update 20.3.8 has started rolling out to Premiere, Roamio and Mini boxes, including these notable enhancements: new transparency options for Closed Captions support for new apps (some of which may start appearing next week) support for “low battery” message for new RF remotes fixed an issue where the grid Guide didn’t keep its [...]

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TiVo Founders Reunite, Prep Qplay TV Adapter

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 18:20

Shortly after TiVo co-founder Jim Barton resigned from the DVR maker in 2012, he reunited with his former DVR compatriot Michael Ramsay to found InVisioneer. While the Kleiner-backed company is somewhat shrouded in secrecy, descriptions from their recruitment efforts provide some insight (1, 2): InVisioneer is building a product that sits at the nexus of exciting trends [...]

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Chromecast Update Arrives, Vevo & Plex Streaming In Tow

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 07:17

Chromcast update 14651 has arrived. And, with it, a refreshed TV home screen that does away with the WiFi signal strength meter. Under the hood, we find the requisite bug fixes plus an enhanced SDK to support new curated partners and their apps. Of the 10 new streaming partners, you need only concern yourself with [...]

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PlayOn Upgrades To High Definition Streaming

Tue, 12/10/2013 - 09:07

One of PlayOn’s perennial dings has been the lack of high definition streaming. But, starting this month, both new and existing customers can upgrade from 480p to 720p… at a cost – both in terms of fees and required quad core processing capabilities. As a refresher, PlayOn lives on your home PC (sorry Mac owners) and [...]

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TiVo Premiere To Receive Updated Netflix App

Mon, 12/09/2013 - 17:43

#TiVo Premiere customers who love #Netflix – today is a good day to get on the list for the next update: http://t.co/MV97tjMdAF — TiVo Margret Schmidt (@tivodesign) December 9, 2013 We were quite surprised when the big, Fall Update hit TiVo Premiere units without without an updated Netflix app… as we had solid intel indicating a [...]

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3 Signs More Chromecast Apps Are On the Way

Sun, 12/08/2013 - 20:25

Given how stupidly easy it is to use the Chromecast device with supported apps, it should come as no surprise that Google wants to encourage further integration with third-party software. While the company locked down its streaming stick a while back, there are several signs that the restraints are about to be lifted. 1. Official Chromecast [...]

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Channel Master CM-7500 OTA DVR Nears Release?

Sun, 12/08/2013 - 09:18

Originally scoped out last summer via FCC docs, it seems safe to assume that the Echostar-produced Channel Master OTA DVR nears release given web store references uncovered by AVS Forum members. While the July government filing referred to a pair of units, at this point we only see reference to a single fee-free $250 dual-tuning [...]

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Sling Prevails; Monsoon Placeshifters Barred From US Shores

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 16:51

Having settled with Belkin back in June, Sling Media’s placeshifting intellectual property was further bolstered today when the US International Trade Commission apparently closed out the case against Monsoon Multimedia via an import ban and requirement to cease and desist sales of products that infringe upon 6 Sling patents. Over the years, Monsoon has marketed various [...]

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AT&T Kills U-Verse On Xbox

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 07:14

We suppose it was inevitable that AT&T would drop U-verse support for the Xbox 360 sometime after Ericsson’s acquisition of Microsoft Mediaroom due to the complex Microsoft-centric integration. Not to mention, AT&T cites “low customer demand” in their decision to cease service come 12/31. Fortunately, AT&T is doing the right thing in compensating the small subset [...]

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Get Your Free Movies On Roku

Thu, 12/05/2013 - 15:55

As anticipated, Roku recently began exerting control over their home screen, post UI refresh, with initial updates consisting of massive banner ads (boo) and a video store (yay)… via M-Go. A joint venture of DreamWorks and Technicolor, M-Go offers video rentals and purchases on a variety of platforms – similar to an Amazon Instant or [...]

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TiVo-Powered RCN2GO Video Portal Launches

Wed, 12/04/2013 - 17:15

Lo and behold, the TiVo-powered RCN2Go video portal appears to have soft launched for RCN cable customers. While details remain sparse, RCN TiVo subscribers now have access to an “exclusive preview” that features “hundreds of shows” — and, ultimately, all RCN subscribers will receive access at a later date, albeit without TiVo-specific DVR management capabilities. [...]

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Cox On Demand Finally Coming To TiVo?

Wed, 12/04/2013 - 06:29

After three years of radio silence, will Cox On Demand finally arrive on TiVo? According to one TiVo Community forum member, Cox Communications employees in his region have been distributed memos that communicate on demand services will be deployed to Rhode Island region TiVo units in early to mid-December. While TiVo’s implementation thus far hasn’t been [...]

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Roku Slingbox App Pulled from Channel Store

Sun, 12/01/2013 - 15:05

Having returned from vacation, I was geared up to revisit a few sidelined projects — including the new Roku Slingbox channel. Unfortunately, it’s vanished from my Roku without a trace. According to Sling support: With the Roku and the iPhone we are having an issue with the units connecting. We are working on this issue [...]

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T-Mobile: Taking the Uncarrier Overseas

Sun, 12/01/2013 - 07:37

Those of you who follow me on Twitter are most likely aware of my recent move from Verizon Wireless to T-Mobile. While I’d been very satisfied with Verizon’s coverage the last couple years, their egregious recurring $2.99 fee for visual voicemail (on Android) stuck in my craw every month… and basically pushed me into the [...]

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Chromecast for Christmas

Mon, 11/25/2013 - 10:10

There may be no better excuse to buy gadgets en masse than the holiday shopping season, and this year Google has nailed the stocking-stuffer price point at $35 for its Chromecast streaming video stick. It’s not just Christmas either, of course. I’m a sucker for alliteration, but in reality, Chromecast is going to be the gift [...]

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Geeky Elgato & Pogoplug Stocking Stuffers

Sat, 11/23/2013 - 07:48

Both Elgato and Pogoplug have released new products this month… and the two gadgets are somewhat out of character, as the companies expand their product lines and seek new customers this holiday season. Elgato, best known for video-related solutions is trying something completely with their Smart Key ($40). The doohickey uses low power Bluetooth to [...]

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Next Gen: Xbox One vs PS4

Wed, 11/20/2013 - 07:02

The next generation gaming consoles have arrived. And, while the enclosures are more subtle this time around, it certainly appears that Sony engineers have schooled Microsoft on hardware design with the PS4 featuring a substantially more compact and elegant form… that doesn’t, yet again, require a massive power brick as the Xbox One does. However, [...]

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