Zatz Not Funny!

Subscribe to Zatz Not Funny! feed
All your digital media goodness.
Updated: 1 hour 21 min ago

Arris & Sling Media Launch Cable Slingbox

Mon, 09/09/2013 - 12:40

The previously unannounced Arris Slingbox that I had stumbled upon at the Cable Show is now ready for its closeup: Arris Group and Sling Media are introducing a new media streaming device that empowers service providers to offer live and recorded content for a comprehensive multiscreen experience for their subscribers…welcome to TV anywhere. The ARRIS MS4000 (Media Streamer [...]

The post Arris & Sling Media Launch Cable Slingbox appeared first on Zatz Not Funny!.

Jinni Lands on Microsoft XBox and Comcast X2

Mon, 09/09/2013 - 08:37

We first heard that Microsoft was licensing Jinni’s video search and discovery technology back in 2011. Now, however, the two companies have made their intentions official. Jinni says it has signed a multi-year agreement to power the recommendation engine on “Xbox video game and entertainment systems.” The news comes less than three months before the scheduled [...]

The post Jinni Lands on Microsoft XBox and Comcast X2 appeared first on Zatz Not Funny!.

Where’s Davis Freeberg? (Restoring Arcade Games)

Sun, 09/08/2013 - 07:50

Long time readers may have noticed ZNF contributor and TiVo fan Davis Freeberg has gone silent. Well, I’m stoked to share that he’s been putting his free time to better use in launching a Bay Area startup… and unlike so many others, we’re not talking Web 2.0 and Ruby – Davis is taking on the real world with what I [...]

The post Where’s Davis Freeberg? (Restoring Arcade Games) appeared first on Zatz Not Funny!.

Simple.TV & Silicon Dust Join Forces For OTA Goodness

Fri, 09/06/2013 - 10:17

Simple.TV and Silicon Dust are joining forces for the second iteration of Simple.TV, due later this year, by leveraging their respective software/services and hardware skills. In speaking with Simple CEO Mary Ely last week, the companies appear to be addressing most of my gen 1 concerns. First, the updated hardware will feature a new Zenverge transcoder with [...]

The post Simple.TV & Silicon Dust Join Forces For OTA Goodness appeared first on Zatz Not Funny!.

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 [...]

The post iOS 7 May Come with a Side of Apple TV appeared first on Zatz Not Funny!.

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 [...]

The post TiVo Roamio Displays Arbitrary Web Pages, Plays Web Video appeared first on Zatz Not Funny!.

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 [...]

The post Target Intends To Replace iTunes. Good Luck With That. appeared first on Zatz Not Funny!.

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. [...]

The post ACC Digital Hits Roku, Falls Flat appeared first on Zatz Not Funny!.

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 [...]

The post Digital Media Bytes appeared first on Zatz Not Funny!.

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 [...]

The post TiVo Drops Below 1 Million Retail Subscribers appeared first on Zatz Not Funny!.

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 [...]

The post Stream Local Media with Chromecast – No App Needed appeared first on Zatz Not Funny!.

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 [...]

The post TiVo Web Portal Nears Launch. RCN Up First? appeared first on Zatz Not Funny!.

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 [...]

The post Outdated CableCARDs Limit TiVo Roamio Tuning Capabilities appeared first on Zatz Not Funny!.

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 [...]

The post Chromecast Not So Great for Network Television Streaming appeared first on Zatz Not Funny!.

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 [...]

The post Meet The TiVo Mini Me DTA appeared first on Zatz Not Funny!.

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 [...]

The post TiVo Roamio QWERTY Remote… Coming Soon? appeared first on Zatz Not Funny!.

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 [...]

The post Playtime! Chromecast at Home appeared first on Zatz Not Funny!.

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 [...]

The post WeaKnees Has The TiVo Roamio Antidote appeared first on Zatz Not Funny!.

Pages