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Super Joey & Joey Apps To Extend DISH Hopper

Sun, 01/05/2014 - 08:20

While DISH’s CES press conference remains 24 hours away, the missing pieces have somewhat clarified since we first began tracking a refreshed DISH Hopper and “Super Joey” — which passed through the FCC in November. Of course, the DISH Hopper (with Sling) is the award winning satellite TV DVR, that acts as a hub to [...]

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CES: Day 0

Sat, 01/04/2014 - 17:17

After a harrowing and uncertain journey, I successfully arrived in Vegas (without my luggage) for the 2014 edition of CES — the largest US tech trade show. While the convention center floor doesn’t actually open until Tuesday, press events begin tomorrow. Not that the timing deterred me from going on a quick recon mission while [...]

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What To Expect From TiVo At CES

Fri, 01/03/2014 - 07:34

With CES mere days away, it’s time to flex our predictive musculature. Mari’s gone broad with the TV trends, but I’m dialing it down to a single set-top manufacturer we know so well. Unlike years past where TiVo hid themselves at the end of an obscure, dusty hallway for invite-only meetings, TiVo’s invested in a [...]

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LG’s webOS Smart TV UI Revealed

Thu, 01/02/2014 - 12:32

By way of our pal @evleaks comes a second exclusive image of the refreshed webOS UI headed to at least one LG Smart TV. As you can see, the new card carousel is a looker. And, unlike competing Samsung and Panasonic Internet-connected televisions, apps aren’t buried in a silo-ed grid of icons (and ads). Of course, there’s [...]

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Are We Ready for Table-Sized Tablets?

Tue, 12/31/2013 - 06:06

It was many years ago at CES that Dave and I both found ourselves enthralled by HP’s coffee-table-sized touchscreen on display at one of the many press events. There’s something visceral about the feeling of moving and shifting digital objects on a table, and it’s very different from the feeling you get when manipulating a [...]

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Invisioneer Continues Qplay Rebrand (New Details)

Fri, 12/27/2013 - 06:16

After breaking news that TiVo’s co-founders have reunited to develope another (mini) set-top, it appears that the company rebrand has accelerated… as Invisioneer transforms into Qplay right before our eyes (and clearly without a private staging website). Our initial assumptions, based on limited site text and LinkedIn profiles, appears spot on. From Qplay’s new description: For [...]

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What Might Amazon’s TV Streamer Look Like?

Wed, 12/25/2013 - 09:12

Having missed the ever so lucrative holiday hopping season, we stop to wonder what Amazon might pack into their forthcoming TV streamer (after failing to reach a deal for the Netflix-backed Roku a few years back). First, given pulled and presumably filled job openings, one technology Amazon’s Lab126 Kindle division has been interested in is MHL - [...]

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DISH Hopper App Consolidation Underway

Sun, 12/22/2013 - 07:33

DISH Anywhere Android and iOS apps have both been updated to expand their Sling Hopper capabilities from mere streaming to also include DVR recording downloads. Now the functionality isn’t new, but consolidating down from three apps to two is a good move – and one we’ve seen from a variety of service providers (like Verizon) who [...]

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Slingbox 500 Launches DishWorld International TV App

Sat, 12/21/2013 - 09:01

Sling has unveiled a second app for their high end Slingbox 500, a placeshifter with benefits. And, like the company’s first foray in reverse streaming, the EchoStar subsidiary dabbles in nepotism with the launch of DISHWorld — a service that offers a variety of international programming, including live “television” and a sports package that runs $10/month. I’d hoped [...]

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Monitor Your Netflix Bitrate & Resolution

Fri, 12/20/2013 - 08:23

While I’d been aware that Netflix has populated their catalog with a variety of test clips, I didn’t realize they display dynamic details on video resolution and bitrate. TUAW’s identified ”Example Short 23.976″ as the one to seek out. And, as you can see above, I fired it up myself. In addition to enjoying a man moonwalk [...]

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Comcast & TiVo Resume Xfinity On Demand Rollout

Thu, 12/19/2013 - 15:51

After about a 6 month hiatus, Comcast and TiVo are once again expanding Xfinity On Demand services into new regions - Arkansas and Kentucky, to be specific. While we’re not entirely clear on the nature of the pause and had assumed the pair were evaluating perhaps a more efficiently implemented over-the-top app, as seen via Xbox [...]

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Next Gen SimpleTV Now Shipping

Thu, 12/19/2013 - 12:03

Right on schedule, the second generation Simple.TV network tuner has begun shipping. To improve upon the first gen, Simple.TV partnered with Silicon Dust to produce a smaller, yet more more powerful dual tuning unit to better leverage those high definition over-the-air broadcasts. For maximum flexibity, but a possibly higher geek quotient, SimpleTV remains hard driveless [...]

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Sirius XM Raising Rates In 2014

Wed, 12/18/2013 - 16:24

It’s that time of year. No, not holiday shopping. Rather, annual rate increase notices. And, next up is Sirius XM, who just hit me with a letter that indicates my online streaming add-on will increase from $3.50/mo to $4/mo. A fifty cent increase is pretty insignificant, yet these sorts of notifications may motivate folks such [...]

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What We Know about Black Pearl Systems

Wed, 12/18/2013 - 10:10

GigaOM’s Janko Roettgers has been dogged about trying to discover the raison d’etre behind stealth start-up Black Pearl Systems, and now, six months after first revealing the company’s existence, Roettgers is finally able to give us details on what exactly the company aims to do. Black Pearl has launched its new consumer brand name, Lyve [...]

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My Wife, The Gadget Flipper (Kindle Fire HDX)

Tue, 12/17/2013 - 06:43

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. What follows is her realization that one gadget doesn’t fit all. Dave’s pattern of flipping gadgets must be contagious because I’ve caught the bug! More importantly, I’ve inherited his appreciation (or [...]

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Chromecast Screen Mirroring vs. Miracast

Tue, 12/17/2013 - 06:20

Fellow tech enthusiast and DC neighbor Joel Ward continues his role as a ZNF contributor. Beyond Zatz Not Funny, Joel can be found at Joel Explains It All and @joelsef on Twitter. When the Google Chromecast came out over the summer, one of the first things many of us wanted to use it for was phone, laptop, and tablet screen mirroring. [...]

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