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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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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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