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iOS 7 May Come with a Side of Apple TV

Thu, 09/05/2013 - 21:24

Everyone’s on the lookout for the debut of iOS 7 at Apple’s big press conference scheduled for next week. But GigaOM is reporting that, based on available shipping data from an analytics company called Panjiva, a new Apple TV set-top may also be in the cards. According to the report, Apple received shipments labeled “Set [...]

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TiVo Roamio Displays Arbitrary Web Pages, Plays Web Video

Wed, 09/04/2013 - 08:43

Beyond easy drive replacement, it’s come to light that the TiVo Roamio and updated Minis are capable of displaying arbitrary web pages and streaming H.264 video. I suppose it’s really no surprise given the Roamio’s Chomecast-esque DIAL capabilities and upcoming HTML5 Opera app platform. Fortunately, this new method of TiVo interface is unprotected and the infinitely useful kmttg has [...]

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Target Intends To Replace iTunes. Good Luck With That.

Sat, 08/31/2013 - 09:39

By way of TechCrunch, we learn that Target is posed to launch an UltraViolet-compatible online video store. Presumably “Target Ticket” is a collaboration with someone skilled in the space or even a branded white label product and, beyond the web screenshots, the Android and iOS apps are sure to follow. As to why, well let’s [...]

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ACC Digital Hits Roku, Falls Flat

Fri, 08/30/2013 - 08:30

No one was more excited than I to see that the ACC Digital Network had created a Roku channel. And my excitement lasted just long enough to download the channel and fire up highlights of former Duke basketball player Mike Dunleavy. Unfortunately, that’s where the fun ended. Where to start? With the video quality? Horrific. [...]

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Digital Media Bytes

Thu, 08/29/2013 - 10:05

A periodic roundup of relevant news… via our other outlets: Comcast Debuts Family Messaging App Comcast Corp. has quietly launched a new family text messaging and calendaring app for iOS and Android mobile phones. Dubbed Family Point, the app offers private text and voice messaging in a timeline format, similar to a Twitter or Facebook [...]

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TiVo Drops Below 1 Million Retail Subscribers

Wed, 08/28/2013 - 07:20

While TiVo is crushing it with cable partnerships and licensing deals, the retail DVR picture isn’t so rosy. And, for the first time since 2004, they’ve dropped below 1 million subscribers. Having received nearly universal praise, I imagine the company believes they’re posed to turn the tide with the newly released Roamio. Yet, TiVo indicated [...]

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Stream Local Media with Chromecast – No App Needed

Wed, 08/28/2013 - 06:45

Thanks to Google, you can’t stream local content with third-party apps via Chromecast anymore. But you don’t need an app to share content with a Chromecast device. At least as far as photos are concerned, it’s easy to port pictures over to a TV set using the Chrome web browser. Go to File-Open, or hit [...]

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TiVo Web Portal Nears Launch. RCN Up First?

Tue, 08/27/2013 - 11:29

Thanks to TiVo’s recent site refresh, a few interesting items have been surfaced, including an Operator-Branded Web Portal PDF. Of course, we’ve long known TiVo has been prepping this cable company “TV Everywhere” offering and even shot some video of it in action (embedded below) at the Cable Show. And given that particular development site appears [...]

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Outdated CableCARDs Limit TiVo Roamio Tuning Capabilities

Tue, 08/27/2013 - 08:02

Considering a brand-spanking-new TiVo Roamio Plus or Pro DVR? You might want to hold off a few months. Cable providers who aren’t yet providing updated firmware for their CableCARDs essentially limit 6-tuner DVRs to 4 streams. Out of the box, customers in this situation may end up with a certain amount of unusable blank recordings [...]

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Chromecast Not So Great for Network Television Streaming

Mon, 08/26/2013 - 11:03

I spent more time playing with Chromecast this weekend while also contemplating the ongoing CBS blackout for Time Warner subscribers. At the moment, CBS is also blocking access to its shows on CBS.com for TWC subs. However, there is some legal argument that the network shouldn’t be able to discriminate against a specific set of [...]

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Meet The TiVo Mini Me DTA

Mon, 08/26/2013 - 08:07

The Roamio isn’t TiVo’s only summer set-top launch, as Evolution Digital DTAs featuring the TiVo UI are now being made available to cable partners. This particular, diminutive DTA is HD-capable and the lower cost hardware can obviously be loaded up with TiVo — enabling operators to deliver a consistent experience to secondary televisions. Features of this [...]

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TiVo Roamio QWERTY Remote… Coming Soon?

Fri, 08/23/2013 - 15:46

Thanks to WSJ Live, via AOL ON, it looks like an upcoming TiVo Roamio Slide Remote has just been outed. The new IR/RF remote currently shipping with Roamio is getting something of mixed reviews, due to the exclusion of a learning function, as provided by prior TiVo remotes, and reduced range compared to the discontinued [...]

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Playtime! Chromecast at Home

Fri, 08/23/2013 - 11:30

I have barely scratched the surface of what Chromecast can do (although Janko has a lengthy review), and already I love it. Here are a few things I’ve learned from laptop streaming only. More experimentation to come with smartphones and iPads. Lessons Learned 1. Set-up is extremely fast and easy. I know it’s already been said [...]

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WeaKnees Has The TiVo Roamio Antidote

Wed, 08/21/2013 - 18:05

After a mere 24 hours on the market, WeaKnees has delivered TiVo Roamio hard drive expansion. It may not come cheap, but the additional recording capacity certainly enhances the value of a new TiVo. And, perhaps amusingly, the TiVo Roamio Plus with 3TB of storage now clocks in at less than the stock TiVo Roamio [...]

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Opt Out Of TiVo Arbitration

Wed, 08/21/2013 - 07:52

After hearing from a couple of agitated TiVo customers regarding a change in terms, I fired up my Premiere Elite to the above message. In conjunction with Roamio’s launch, TiVo took the opportunity to update their Privacy Policy and User Agreement. And the sticking point, for some, is the new “class action/jury trial waiver” clause. [...]

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TiVo Roamio, The DVR Worth Dying For?

Tue, 08/20/2013 - 08:00

A round-up of TiVo Roamio news and reviews… check back for updates! Engadget TiVo’s new DVRs are the company’s best yet It took more than three years, but TiVo has finally delivered the DVR we hoped for when the Premiere first came out. The Roamio Plus addresses every major gripe we had, except the lack [...]

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Three TiVo Roamio Surprises

Tue, 08/20/2013 - 07:30

Thanks to a stellar network of sources and community sleuthing, we pretty much nailed the TiVo Roamio ahead of launch. However, TiVo did manage to surprise us with one very significant upcoming feature and two other interesting points. Your TiVo Is Your Slingbox! The higher-end 6-tuner TiVo Roamio Plus and Pro models will take their integrated Stream capabilities on [...]

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