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The TiVo Roamio Pro Out Of Box Experience

Fri, 10/11/2013 - 07:29

So the plan had been wait until the new year, supposedly when Android streaming and Opera apps arrive, before considering a TiVo Roamio upgrade. Yet a highly compelling discount came my way via an industry pal and, as you can see above, I was motivated to take action. My initial Roamio Pro experience is quite […]

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$22 To Take Your Slingbox or TiVo Mini Wireless

Thu, 10/10/2013 - 07:06

For many years, I’ve relied upon a small ASUS wireless bridge (WL-330gE) for a variety of blog and personal projects around the house. And, frankly, I’m long overdue for a 802.11n upgrade… especially as I consider a second TiVo Mini – in my kitchen, lacking both coax and Ethernet connectivity. I’d originally considered having Verizon wire me […]

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Moto X Camera: Is Better Good Enough?

Tue, 10/08/2013 - 06:44

Late last week, AT&T Moto X owners were treated to a software update largely focused on improving camera performance. And, having had a unit in the house the last couple weeks, I can tell you its 10 megapixel camera is now more consistent, shot-to-shot, and white balance is more accurate. However, at the end of […]

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Verizon Jacks Up FiOS TV CableCARD Fees (Again)

Fri, 10/04/2013 - 18:39

Verizon is sending customers links and literature covering updated FiOS TV fees. And, sadly, TiVo owners will be paying the price. Already the most costly provider when it comes to CableCARD rentals, Verizon has jacked up the price, once again, to $4.99/month. By comparison, a DTA set-top box runs a single dollar more at $5.99/month. Unfortunately, […]

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The Vizio Costar Google TV Giveaway

Fri, 10/04/2013 - 07:05

Despite a rocky launch and Chromecast availability, Google TV soldiers on. And, at $100, the Vizio Costar is the most economical of the bunch. After a number of software updates, including availability of a full-on Amazon Instant app, the Costar warrants a look. Also unique at this price point is Google TV‘s HDMI pass-thru functionality, […]

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Why Do I Have to Compromise for a “Mini” Phone?

Thu, 10/03/2013 - 18:15

I am past due for a smartphone upgrade, and my HTC Thunderbolt shows it. But after going big (as in screen size) two years ago to get a phone with Verizon LTE, I’m more determined than ever to find a model this time around that fits a little more snugly in my pocket. The good [...]

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Kindle Paperwhite, The Second Coming (It’s A Winner)

Thu, 10/03/2013 - 07:07

Exactly one year ago, I received Amazon’s first illuminated Kindle. And the Paperwhite display did not live up to the breathless marketing hype (and product imagery). I tried to give it a chance, but ultimately the smudgy, cross hatching towards the bottom of the display was more of a distraction than the lighting was a [...]

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TiVo Roamio Remote Now Available for $30

Fri, 09/27/2013 - 17:41

If your household is anything like mine, you might find you’re in need of his and hers TiVo remotes – one for each nightstand. Fortunately, new Roamio owners now have that option… as TiVo has launched a Roamio Remote accessory for $29.99: Award-winning peanut shape in a more compact size and with new “back” button [...]

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Motorola’s Moloney Tipped for TiVo’s Board

Fri, 09/27/2013 - 09:16

Every industry has its own small-world feel, and the cable industry perhaps more than most. Enemies and friends disappear and then reappear in new circles. Opponents in one fight end up allies in another. And the once-president of Motorola Mobility joins the Board of Directors for retail rival TiVo. Such is the case with Dan [...]

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Win Walter White’s Undies

Thu, 09/26/2013 - 10:16

As Breaking Bad draws to a close, the Emmy award winning series that attributes its longevity to Netflix, is auctioning off over 200 props shown onscreen. Amongst the Sony Pictures memorabilia are Walt’s iconic tighty-whiteys, haz-mat suit, and Pontiac Aztek - that’s sold as is, and will require a flat bed to get home. I imagine the relatively [...]

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TiVo Roamio, One Month Later

Thu, 09/26/2013 - 08:21

After launching about a month ago to overwhelmingly positive reviews and to what we’re hearing are impressive sales, given limited (and bizarre) advertising to this point, TiVo Roamio out-of-home streaming is on track for an October launch – which is when TiVo intends to light up significant marketing, ideally timed for the critically important holiday shopping season, as [...]

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Samsung Smart Cable Box Launching 11/5 @ $200?

Wed, 09/25/2013 - 09:57

Thanks to a recently uncovered Amazon listing, we now have a bit more detail on Samsung’s upcoming hybrid set-top box that mates digital cable, via CableCARD, with over-the-top Internet apps like Netflix. Sorta like a TiVo. Without a hard drive or DVR capabilities… The curious Samsung solution, first uncovered via FCC filings and later filmed in [...]

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Roku Refreshes Low End Of Streamer Lineup

Wed, 09/25/2013 - 07:14

Three new streamers will be joining the Roku 3 for the 2013 holiday season… as Roku continues to confuse customers by reusing product names (despite differing features and channel support). The new Roku LT, Roku 1, and Roku 2 sport the updated look introduced with the R3 and we’ll continue to recommend the $50 model [...]

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Apple TV Updated. For Real This Time.

Tue, 09/24/2013 - 10:27

For a few short hours last week, Apple TV software update 6.0 was available. However, due to a variety of glitches, had been pulled. The patched software has made its triumphant return today, featuring iTunes Radio along with a few playback and synchronization enhancements. While iTunes Radio is frequently compared to Pandora, it feels more like […]

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PlayOn Preps Amazon & ESPN Chromecast Streaming

Sun, 09/22/2013 - 07:34

Our pal Brad Linder got the scoop on PlayOn’s next move from a NYC press event earlier this week… and Chromecast support is in the pipeline. While we’d originally portrayed PlayOn as something of a sketchy hack, our thinking has evolved… Given the rights holders sluggish metamorphosis and often onerous playback restrictions, we now recognize PlayOn [...]

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FiOS TV Lands On Kindle Tabs, Escapes Property Lines

Sat, 09/21/2013 - 07:23

Mere days after Mari dinged Verizon’s lagging app experience, FiOS Mobile has been updated on iOS and Android platforms. Joining existing live cable network availability (77 channels and a smattering of on demand), Verizon has worked deals with many local affiliates (NBC!) and flipped the switch on out-of-home streaming. Remote viewing is somewhat limited in [...]

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