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Digital Media Bytes

Sat, 07/27/2013 - 07:25

A periodic roundup of relevant news… via our writings elsewhere: Sign of the Future: Sensors that Stick Everywhere Lose your keys? Your cat? The TV remote? StickNFind has an app for that. Better yet, StickNFind has colorful sensors the size of a quarter, its own Bluetooth software stack, and a developer platform that could turn [...]

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How Chromecast Could Jumpstart TiVo’s Retail Ambitions

Fri, 07/26/2013 - 13:27

As we await Chromecast delivery, an interesting TiVo rumor has crossed our desk. Supposedly Series 5 and TiVo Mini hardware will leverage the same sort of technologies (DIAL? via Flingo?) that Google’s Chromecast has implemented. Cast is similar to AirPlay in that a smartphone, tablet, or computer pipes video to a television. However, unlike Apple’s [...]

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New LG/Entone Retail Streamer on the Way

Thu, 07/25/2013 - 15:08

Lost in the Chromecast news yesterday was an announcement from LG and Entone on a new media streamer coming to retail. In itself, the streamer isn’t all that exciting. But pair the box with Entone’s 8-tuner gateway and you have a very interesting proposition for retail or the ISP channel. To start, the streamer is [...]

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Share Your Slingbox (now via Facebook)

Wed, 07/24/2013 - 10:25

Since we haven’t actually gotten around to an in-depth review of the newer HD Slingboxes or covered the current state of Sling’s webplayer (that has essentially replaced Mac and PC desktop software), we figured we should at least touch on this little nugget that Engadget turned up. In years and devices past, sharing one’s Slingbox [...]

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Comcast & TiVo Hit Pause

Mon, 07/22/2013 - 07:18

Perhaps the biggest drawback to TiVo ownership is the inability to access our cable provider’s On Demand services. Yet TiVo and Comcast attempted to rectify the situation to their mutual benefit by bringing Xfinity On Demand to Premiere hardware, as a followup to their initial (and not very good) set-top collaboration. However, after leisurely rolling [...]

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Wireless WeMo Light Switch Hits Retail (For $50)

Sun, 07/21/2013 - 07:15

First unveiled at CES, the Belkin WeMo Light Switch is finally ready for its closeup… and the WiFi accessory will be hitting retail outposts any day now for $50. Of course, WeMo is Belkin’s attempt to bring home automatation to the masses with broad distribution and an IFTTT approach. And while WeMo is another self-contained [...]

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Why Apple’s Ad Skipping Service is a Dumb Idea

Fri, 07/19/2013 - 11:32

Have you heard? Apple wants to get into the TV business. And the latest? The company supposedly wants to create a premium service that allows users to skip commercials. But wait, there’s more! Apple apparently thinks it can set up a revenue-sharing system that will pay programmers for the ads that viewers skip. According to former [...]

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A World Without CableCARD

Wed, 07/17/2013 - 10:38

The CEA, TiVo and Public Knowledge continue to hammer the FCC, due to the government agency’s bungled Charter waiver, and appeal to the body that “its regulations be reinstated.” Some choice quotes: By misreading the law, the FCC took away your ability to buy alternative set-top boxes like Tivo and Smart TVs. We think that’s wrong. (Public Knowledge) [...]

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JVC SmartTV Ships With Slingbox Client

Sat, 07/13/2013 - 07:39

It may not be the Roku client we’ve been pining for, but as the post-Panasonic JVC continues to flesh out the video side of the Kenwood corporation, they’ve launched a new line of “BlackSapphire” Smart TVs sporting a native Slingbox app. The modestly priced and sized sets, clocking in at only 42″ and 47″, could [...]

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Echostar & Channel Master Prep New OTA DVR

Thu, 07/11/2013 - 13:05

Boxee may have abandoned the market to secure their survival, but Echostar & Channel Master are teaming up once again to tap the over-the-air television market with a new line of retail DVR. According to a FCC filing (embedded below), the two Channel Master K77 models “combine access to broadcast programming with over-the-top and DVR functionalities.” Both [...]

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Who’s Buying Hulu?

Wed, 07/10/2013 - 10:39

Someone is buying Hulu, and the list of suitors is down to three. Before the close of bidding last Friday, AT&T jumped in on a joint offer with the Chernin Group. Peter Chernin founded Hulu years ago when he was still president of News Corp., but his company’s bid was likely too low without the [...]

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Fanhattan’s UI Lands at Cox

Wed, 07/03/2013 - 10:02

Cox Communications is piloting an IPTV service in Orange County, California that combines cable television with Fanhattan’s Fan TV set-top and user interface. Todd Spangler at Variety broke the news about flareWatch late last week, and Cox has since confirmed the trial and Fanhattan partnership. Spokesperson Todd Smith says: Cox is testing a video service with a unique [...]

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BYOD: Free DISH TV On Southwest Airlines WiFi

Tue, 07/02/2013 - 07:55

No Southwest Airlines seat-back displays? No problem. Bring your own device (laptop, tablet, or smartphone) and enjoy free access to 75 channels of live television on board Southwest’s 400 WiFi-enabled aircraft. Beyond mile high video streaming, DISH and Southwest are collaborating on the marketing front with a nationwide push – new DISH Hopper subscribers will [...]

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Looming Lawsuit? TiVo v. TeVolution

Mon, 07/01/2013 - 12:15

While TiVo’s crushed it in defending their time warp and associated DVR patents, the company has a spottier record when it comes to trademarks – abandoning valuable assets and tilting at windmills. Even though the “TiVolution” mark was officially cancelled about 18 months ago, given TiVo’s European expansion and phonetic similarities, we suspect they may [...]

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TiVo Series 5

Fri, 06/28/2013 - 08:03

Consider this a living document of TiVo’s next generation DVR lineup that we’ll continue to update through the TiVo Series 5 launch. Naming While it remains unclear if the “Premiere” moniker will be carried over, two data points indicate TiVo’s sticking with the generational approach and we can confirm new TiVo hardware will at least [...]

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