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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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TiVo Opera TV App Store Revealed

Fri, 11/15/2013 - 07:38

As we gear up for 2014, TiVo’s plans have begun to crystalize. First, based on pre-show outreach from Olson, it appears Android streaming is a lock for a January CES announcement – although supported devices and a specific release date remain foggy. Further, and as you can see from these exclusive pics, TiVo remains on [...]

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WatchESPN & Real Disney Content Coming To Roku

Wed, 11/13/2013 - 07:19

Later this month, Roku boxes will receive new Disney channels. And, unlike their first attempt, this is way more compelling than marketing fluff – featuring full length programming and “live TV”. However, access is limited to cable and satellite providers (with agreements in place), so the new offerings won’t expand Roku’s cord cutting appeal. WatchESPN [...]

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Logitech iPad Air Ultrathin Keyboard Cover Review

Tue, 11/12/2013 - 17:33

As a writer, I’ve never found a tablet sans keyboard to be very useful as I have a hard time separating work and play. And the original Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover turned me into iPad owner (for a time). So it was with high expectations that I picked up the redesigned Ultrathin Keyboard Cover ($100) for [...]

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Do Retail DVRs Have a Chance?

Mon, 11/11/2013 - 17:16

There’s a lot of bad news on the retail set-top front. According to the NCTA, the number of retail CableCARD devices deployed has dropped to 600,000 from 603,000 since August. No big surprise. Despite a few flickers of life, the retail CableCARD market has been on a path of decline for years. But then there’s [...]

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TiVo Stream Receives The Out Of Home Treatment

Thu, 11/07/2013 - 05:52

The $90 TiVo Stream accessory that brings placeshifting to the TiVo Premiere and base Roamio is being updated for remote viewing. Like the the Roamio Pro/Plus, both your live television programming and TiVo-ed recordings can be viewed on iPhones or iPads both within and now beyond the home. Assuming your cable company plays along, as [...]

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Beats Pill XL to take on Big Jambox

Tue, 11/05/2013 - 06:31

By way of the FCC, we learn that Dr. Dre intends to up the ante with the Beats Pill XL. Like Jambox, they’ve supersized their initial portable Bluetooth speaker design for bigger sound (at a bigger price). Whereas Jambox styling was once fresh and fun, I find it a bit garish these days… and, by [...]

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TiVo Slide Pro QWERTY Remote Launches This Week

Mon, 11/04/2013 - 16:35

Based on a prematurely published blog post, we’ve learned that the refreshed TiVo QWERTY remote leaked by the WSJ is the real deal and presumably launching this week. The TiVo Slide Pro Remote is backlit, featuring both IR and RF capabilities that link to a single TiVo box. Beyond the obvious keyboard convenience, when mated to a [...]

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Google Glass: The $1500 Question

Fri, 11/01/2013 - 07:25

As you may have heard, Google is expanding its Glass program beyond the initial couple thousand “Explorers” … and, by way of Tim Stevens (the “nicest guy in tech”), I received an invite. As an independent entity on a budget, versus a bankrolled journalist or celebrity, the potential $1500 fee stings. That amount could fund both a [...]

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Why Pace May Be Thinking About Buying TiVo

Wed, 10/30/2013 - 09:50

Ever since set-top manufacturer Pace picked up Aurora Networks for $310 million last week, the cable industry has been abuzz over who the company could target next. While speculation is all over the map, Jeff Baumgartner has homed in on two possible acquisition candidates. SeaChange International is one, thanks largely to its video backoffice solutions and [...]

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Aereo Needs More than Court Approval to Keep the Lights On

Tue, 10/29/2013 - 09:14

The courts have kept the lights on at Aereo so far, but it’s not clear that Aereo itself can afford the power bill. According to The Wall Street Journal (subscription required), the online start-up company is facing massive electricity costs thanks to the tiny antennas it has to keep running for every subscriber on its video [...]

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