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Who’s Buying Boxee?

Thu, 06/27/2013 - 10:37

Rumors surfaced earlier this month that Boxee is about to get bought on the cheap. And while details are virtually non-existent on the identity of the buyer, we’ve never let that stop us from speculating before. So who is the mysterious suitor? I see four potential acquiring types. Hardware company With Boxee’s software roots, it’s possible [...]

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Roku Streaming Stick Remote Updated For Audio Output

Wed, 06/26/2013 - 15:07

The clever remote control audio out capabilities introduced with the Roku 3 will be making their way to the Roku Streaming Stick according to today’s FCC filing. Despite new MHL-compatible partners, we can’t imagine Streaming Stick sales have been significant… as it’s often cheaper and always conceptually simpler to bring “Smart TV” capabilities to a HDTV [...]

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Do You Need A Smart Lock?

Wed, 06/26/2013 - 10:19

Evan Moore, friend of ZNF, has penned a post on the upcoming wave of so-called smart locks. While this home automation concept isn’t new, a variety of startups are attempting to take the tech mainstream — more accessible and with improved aesthetics. So Evan’s pulled together a comparison matrix that breaks down the features of Kevo, August, [...]

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Vizio 5.1 Soundbar: Best Bang For Your Audio Buck?

Sun, 06/23/2013 - 08:50

Since dismantling our projector-based home theater in 2005 and embracing something of a nomadic lifestyle, we’ve been sadly lacking in the surround sound department. But, having recently purchased a new home (and new television), we’re finally ready to get a bit more serious with our audio. Yet, I wasn’t motivated to recreate the elaborate config [...]

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Logitech’s Xbox 180?

Thu, 06/20/2013 - 09:57

Logitech announced that it plans to retain ownership of its Harmony remote product line. The company has determined that retaining ownership is in the best interest of its shareholders. #

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Microsoft Interactive Entertainment’s Don Mattrick

Thu, 06/20/2013 - 09:41

You told us how much you loved the flexibility you have today with games delivered on disc. So, today I am announcing the following changes to Xbox One and how you can play, share, lend, and resell your games exactly as you do today on Xbox 360. #dealtwithit

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AppleTV Joins Xbox 360 In Offering WatchESPN

Wed, 06/19/2013 - 11:59

After three years of effectively, if not contractually, providing exclusive ESPN360 ESPN3 WatchESPN set-top box access, the Xbox 360 gains a competitor in the Apple TV ($99) today. Further, as revealed to us at the Cable Show, HBO GO has also made an Apple TV app appearance. However, unlike the Xbox 360 or forthcoming media-centric Xbox One, [...]

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WatchESPN To Launch Live Toolbar for iOS this Summer

Tue, 06/18/2013 - 11:23

ESPN is spiffing up its WatchESPN app for iOS devices. Starting this summer, the app will include a new live toolbar with interactive features and embedded on-demand videos. VP Damon Phillips describes it as the two-dot-oh version of ESPN’s bottom line, and over time it will evolve even further to include options for customization based on [...]

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TiVo prepping Series 5 with new remote control, up to six tuners

Mon, 06/17/2013 - 17:50

TiVo prepping Series 5 with new remote control, up to six tuners

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TiVo In The Hunt For Hulu?!

Mon, 06/17/2013 - 06:05

On Friday (6/14), proprietary market intelligence firm StreetAccount reported that TiVo shares were up on “follow-through from speculation on a Hulu acquisition.” A rising tide lifts all boats? Or the first whiff of TiVo as a potential acquirer? Although TiVo has never been mentioned as a suitor, the company declined to comment on this note [...]

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TiVo Mini IR Extender & Wall Mount Now Available

Fri, 06/14/2013 - 14:40

Having lived with the TiVo Mini in our master bedroom three months, we’re generally pleased with the solution. Yeah, it’s possibly overpriced at $250 (including Lifetime service)… but remains the only game in (my) town given Verizon’s FiOS TV Media Server delay. And that bug where playback drops towards the end of recordings currently in [...]

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Game of Thrones, A Song of Cable & Broadband

Thu, 06/13/2013 - 16:11

After taking in the annual Cable Show, what struck me are the increasingly complex relationships – shifting and unpredictable alliances, enemies now friends, competitors snuffed… with the final chapters yet to be written. Much like HBO’s Game of Thrones. Beyond the corporate square dance, there’s clearly increased excitement surrounding TV Everywhere. So head on over to [...]

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The Cable Show Comes To Town

Wed, 06/12/2013 - 16:57

The Cable Show has returned to DC and while the NCTA’s annual convention is winding down, our coverage is still rolling in. Mari, who hosted the Navigation Station panel (shown above), is writing under the Light Reading masthead and I’m preparing a story that touches on the cable industry’s complex and evolving corporate relationships with two scoops [...]

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Still No TiVo Stream For Android

Mon, 06/10/2013 - 09:27

From the Cable Show this morning, TiVo announced plans to offer cable companies partner-branded versions of their existing mobile apps. Beyond potential integration with TiVo hardware and services, the apps can also optionally tie into operator billing and account management. Atlantic Broadband, with ~250,000 customers, is the first taker and their “powered by TiVo” app is [...]

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Apple TV Gets Its First Network TV App

Fri, 05/17/2013 - 11:27
Internet-delivered TV is a messy market right now, and into the fray, Apple TV has tossed a new partnership with the CW network. The CW will soon have an app on Apple TV devices that shows TV episodes the day after they air on cable. All content will be ad-supported, and no pay-TV subscription will [...]

ESPN Considers the Whispernet Model

Wed, 05/15/2013 - 09:24
There was a big story out last week that a lot of people missed. According to The Wall Street Journal (as reported by electronista), ESPN is weighing the idea of subsidizing users’ wireless data for mobile streaming of ESPN video. That would mean that the sports network would pay for bandwidth used by consumers to watch ESPN [...]

Free TiVo Desktop Discontinued Next Month

Mon, 05/06/2013 - 16:33
TiVo will be retiring the free version of their TiVo Desktop PC software next month. And I can’t say it’s a bad idea, given years of neglect… and CCI Byte unpleasantries. While imagery alluding to a replacement TiVo Desktop or, perhaps, web portal streaming surfaced earlier this year, nothing has yet materialized. Until it does, TiVo [...]

Netflix Surpasses HBO in U.S. Subscribers

Mon, 05/06/2013 - 11:09
http://variety.com/2013/digital/news/netflix-surpasses-hbo-in-u-s-subscribers-1200406437/

Wanna Chat With Your DVR?

Wed, 05/01/2013 - 11:29
According to Variety, DirecTV has been working on a Nuance-powered iPhone app to bring speech recognition to HR24 and newer set-top boxes. My initial reaction was that it’s nothing more than a clever, but not very practical, application of Siri-like skills. Yet, upon reflection, being able to change channel via station name, rather than researching a corresponding [...]

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