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Kaleidescape Cinema One, If Money Grew On Trees

Mon, 08/19/2013 - 11:03

Kaleidescape, best known for industry skirmishes related to DVD decryption and archival, is out with the new Cinema One. Unlike the rest of Kaleidescape’s product line, the budget priced Cinema One can be picked up at any Best Buy Magnolia outpost for a mere $4k – without the expense or inconvenience or going through their [...]

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Com Hem TiVo In The Wild

Sun, 08/18/2013 - 07:27

Unlike the secrecy surrounding a typical American TiVo beta, Swedish cable provider Com Hem has just launched a 4 week initiative that is equal parts field trial and marketing campaign to simultaneously work out the kinks as they build buzz ahead of a fall launch. And, now that the 20 golden ticket winners have received their [...]

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WatchESPN iPad App Adds Live Toolbar

Fri, 08/16/2013 - 14:16

Remember when ESPN’s Damon Philips promised a summer update for the WatchESPN app? Well, it was no lie. The company released an upgraded version of the app today for all iOS users, and added an extra bonus for iPad owners with the launch of the ESPN Live Toolbar feature. According to the app store, the [...]

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NimbleTV Returns for DISH Subscribers

Thu, 08/15/2013 - 09:39

NimbleTV is back in business. DISH Network cut off the streaming video service last month with a statement saying the company wasn’t an authorized Dish retailer. Now, FTABlog reports that customers in NimbleTV’s New York pilot market are slowly getting service back. One of several TV Everywhere services on the market, NimbleTV offers its own [...]

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WDTV Play “SlingCatcher” On Sale For $50.

Wed, 08/14/2013 - 18:09

We quite liked the WDTV Play when we reviewed it back in February. The streamer is a step (or three) slower than the Roku and with far fewer apps, but brings several nifty tricks of its own including a fresh, customizable UI with Android-esque widgets. After receiving Sling’s monthly email blast, featuring promotional WDTV Play [...]

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CBS Blackout Should Ignite Free TV Debate

Wed, 08/14/2013 - 10:40

The retransmission fight between CBS and Time Warner cable shows no sign of abating, but it is triggering some interesting discussions over how consumers and regulators should handle the standoff. Dave suggests that Time Warner subscribers pick up a Mohu Leaf antenna to amplify over-the-air CBS signals while cable access is cut off. On the [...]

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Spurned TWC Customers Pick Up Antennas For CBS OTA

Mon, 08/12/2013 - 13:25

As the Time Warner Cable CBS retransmission spat drags on, impacted cable subscribers (or is that former subscribers?) have resorted to HDTV antennas and free OTA broadcasts, if RadioShack’s surge in sales is any indication. And, should you find yourself in a similar situation, let me recommend the amazing Mohu Leaf (~$40). We tend to shy [...]

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Charter Retires TiVo Premiere Hardware. Pace or ActiveVideo on Deck?

Mon, 08/12/2013 - 11:29

Charter continues to spin down their TiVo Premiere leasing program with a request that all remaining units be returned: On September 10, 2013, TiVo Premiere service from Charter will no longer be available. To avoid interruption in your service, please visit a Charter Store before September 10, 2013 to exchange your current TiVo equipment and [...]

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TiVo Mini Now Streaming Netflix; Amazon Next

Sat, 08/10/2013 - 18:41

While I’ve been quite satisfied with my TiVo Mini as a DVR extender, it shipped crippled in terms of third-party streaming apps. And, after 6 months with no movement, I picked up another Roku today. Perhaps ironically, Sam Biller just discovered TiVo has (accidentally?) published Netflix and Amazon Instant icons to our Minis. Netflix appears to be [...]

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What Are TiVo’s Social Intentions?

Tue, 08/06/2013 - 15:11

Let’s face it, most social apps and interaction on television platforms are tedious silos… including TiVo’s very own Twitter app that launched on Virgin Media in 2011. However, TiVo CEO Tom Rogers has communicated that family and friends will “soon” be able to share viewing recommendations. And we wonder if, instead of managing this through a [...]

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Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, New Washington Post Owner

Mon, 08/05/2013 - 17:44

The Internet is transforming almost every element of the news business: shortening news cycles, eroding long-reliable revenue sources, and enabling new kinds of competition, some of which bear little or no news-gathering costs. There is no map, and charting a path ahead will not be easy.

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Roku Channels Redbox Instant

Mon, 08/05/2013 - 16:59

While Verizon’s Redbox Instant reps were a bit cagey at CES as to when, or if, we might see a Roku client for their burgeoning streaming service, the channel has just launched. And, based on the image above, it looks to have been in final testing the last month. As a refresher, Redbox Instant is [...]

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FiOS TV To Revamp Tablet Streaming With Motorola’s Help

Mon, 08/05/2013 - 11:50

By way of DSLReports comes news of the Verizon FiOS TV VAP2500. The Motorola box: enables you to transmit multiple standard- and high-definition video streams throughout your home wirelessly. You can enjoy a full range of video services and applications without having to run wires, lay cables, or drill holes. Further, documentation refers to the upcoming [...]

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Slacker Rewards, Mobilizes Top Listeners

Tue, 07/30/2013 - 17:44

Since Al Gore invented the Internet, Mari and I have been Slacker fans. Unlike Pandora which generates playlists based on musical properties and whatnot, Slacker has taken a more radio-based approach in streaming professionally programmed genre stations. And was one of the first to implement offline playback. Beyond the massive redesign, 2013 also ushers in [...]

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Netflix Profiles Land On Apple TV

Tue, 07/30/2013 - 09:04

Over the years, Netflix has dabbled in user profiles — allowing folks on the same account to build up their own queue and receive personalized recommendations. And, via GigaOm, we’ve learned that the latest profile iteration is now available within the Apple TV Netflix app. As you can see above, the feature is activate in [...]

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