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Sonos Playbar Home Theater Entrant Detailed

Tue, 02/12/2013 - 05:58
The Sonos Soundbar has arrived. Could it be the Sonos home theater solution we’ve been pining for? First uncovered via a FCC filing late last year, the Playbar is now ready for its closeup. According to Heise Online, the Playbar consists of 9 speakers contained within about a 35″ long handsome enclosure. Of course the [...]

RCN TiVo DVRs Receive AOL On & New Games

Sun, 02/10/2013 - 10:53
While we missed out on timely TiVo Premiere Fall Update coverage, the fact that TiVo platforms are not updated in lockstep gives us an opportunity to circle back as RCN TiVo Premieres have just received AOL On and some new casual games… as the cable provider had requested. The four new games (displayed above, without icons) are powered [...]

A Tale Of Two Spotifys: TiVo v Roku

Sat, 02/09/2013 - 14:25
Within a few days of each other, Roku and TiVo launched Spotify music streaming apps a month or so ago. While both apps appear to be missing Spotify Radio, the difference in launch speed is dramatic… yet representative of their respective architectures. As you can see from the video above, the TiVo Spotify app takes [...]

TiVo Sets The Stage For Next Gen Digital DVR

Fri, 02/08/2013 - 17:15
In a recent filing, TiVo has once again has petitioned the FCC for an analog waiver. Unlike their prior request, which paved the way for the digital cable-only TiVo Premiere Elite/XL4/Q, this time around the company intends to restore over-the-air capabilities to at least one new DVR: This petition requests an extension of that waiver [...]

Suddenlink Launches TiVo Mini

Thu, 02/07/2013 - 17:26
When we’d talked TiVo Mini at CES the company informed us that while retail launch may be a few months off, cable partner Suddenlink was in the process of rolling out the new TiVo extender. Now, just few weeks later, Suddenlink has refreshed their TiVo promotional pages to highlight the Mini as a core component of their [...]

The Roku LT Giveaway

Wed, 02/06/2013 - 16:28
Roku remains our top choice in the over-the-top streamer category. Yeah, an interface overhaul is long overdue and we could use a few more tent pole channels (such as YouTube or ESPN3), but Roku provides the best bang for the buck in this category. Especially the 720p Roku LT and Roku HD which clock in [...]

TiVo Desktop To Receive Imminent Refresh?

Wed, 02/06/2013 - 15:00
After years of neglect, will TiVo Desktop computer software finally see a refresh? If TiVo’s new homepage graphic is any indication, it does indeed appear their whole home solution may shortly expand beyond the television and iPad. In addition to its existing download capabilities, one might assume an updated TiVo Desktop would stream DVR recordings from Premiere to PC [...]

New Cox/Cisco Guide Shows Promise; Little Magic

Mon, 01/28/2013 - 14:05
While CES now feels like forever ago, we’re still catching up on some of our notes and leftover photos. Among them are scrawled observations and camera shots covering the ”magical” new TV interface introduced by Cisco and Cox. (Yes, someone actually used that word.) I was struck by two things during the presentation that Dave and [...]

Logitech To Sell Harmony Remotes. All Of Them.

Fri, 01/25/2013 - 16:55
Logitech continues to struggle with their identity and revenue, given another quarter of “disappointing sales“. To right this ship, the company intends to double down on mobile accessories while sustaining their PC peripheral biz. Simultaneously, they plan to unload their Harmony remote and Logitech Alert security camera divisions. Logitech may no longer be interested in [...]

One Bazillion TiVo Deals. And Counting.

Wed, 01/23/2013 - 16:50
TiVo’s launched a veritable smorgasbord of promos this month. Perhaps it’s simply a matter of increasing their bottom line and subscriber count during a traditionally soft retail season. And additional customers would surely bolster their burgeoning analytics business (and look good for the February earnings call). Or maybe the goal is to reduce inventory ahead of [...]

Making The Case For Aereo

Sat, 01/19/2013 - 08:16
My Twitter pal Michael Turk, whose name you may recognize from a tenure at the NCTA, recently wrote up his disdain for Aereo: You know what is 100% free and doesn’t require any payment to the cable industry? Broadcast TV. This guy is suggesting people pay money every month – albeit to a different company – [...]

Amazon Expanding Kindle eBook Rentals?

Fri, 01/18/2013 - 14:40
Do you find ebook pricing especially onerous given reduced manufacturing and distribution costs, an inability to share purchased content, vendors yanking previously purchased content off our devices, and the number of retired DRM schemes that often take our access with it to the grave? Can’t find anything worth read or don’t have the patience to wait for [...]

StickNFind May Be the Start of Your Programmable House

Fri, 01/18/2013 - 11:46
All this talk about an Internet of Things and I still can’t find my keys in the morning. This is the problem I hoped to solve when I visited the StickNFind booth at CES last week. (An eon ago, but we’re still catching up on coverage) Funded by an IndieGoGo campaign (like Kickstarter), the StickNFind product [...]

CNET Votes DISH Hopper with Sling Best Of CES

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 14:02
As they do each year, CNET convened to determine the Best of CES. From Editor-in-Chief Lindsey Turrentine: Last week, about 40 members of the CNET editorial staff met in the CNET trailer in the parking lot of the Las Vegas Convention Center to vote on our official Best of CES winner. [...] Ultimately, we chose [...]

Digital Antenna Delivers Broadcast Television To Roku

Sun, 01/13/2013 - 10:54
With a show as ginormous as CES, it’s safe to say lesser staffed outlets (such as yours truly) will overlook a number of interesting technologies. Fortunately, our readers have us covered and Jeff G. turned us onto the VOXX Digital Antenna with Roku. Wha?! While we did encounter Roku a number of times Vegas, all [...]

TiVo iPad App Tells You “What To Watch”

Fri, 01/11/2013 - 17:12
The second screen invasion is upon us. And TiVo continues to iterate on their very fine companion app. Next up is a reformulation of content discovery. While both the TiVo Premiere and current iPad app provide curated Collections, TiVo tells me the engagement hasn’t been as significant as hoped. Yet they still see great value in [...]

Slingbox Client Comes To Netgear NeoTV Streamers

Fri, 01/11/2013 - 16:18
Among Sling Media and Netgear’s various CES announcements is news that Slingbox streaming is coming to the NeoTV line of streamers. Of course, we’d probably expect a repurposing of the original Flash-based Logitech Revue SlingPlayer for the new (and slightly bulkier) NeoTV Prime running Google TV. But the more Roku-esque models, including the NeoTV MAX we [...]

Vizio Costar To Receive Google TV 3 Update

Fri, 01/11/2013 - 12:13
I briefly swung by Vizio’s CES suite for an update on their small form factor streamer. And came away quite please to learn existing Vizio Costar units will beging receiving a Google TV 3 update within just a few weeks. While our initial Costar impressions weren’t the most favorable, there’s still quite a bit of [...]

The Second Screen Invasion Is Upon Us

Thu, 01/10/2013 - 16:05
Content remains king, with television programming and mobile device interaction converging at a rapid pace. So-called “second screen” apps were everywhere at CES, integrating all sorts of functionality. And companies are clearly pumped. Heck, Cisco & Cox invited Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman in to witness the unveiling of their upcoming iPad app. In conjunction with [...]

Lenovo Goes Big with 27″ Horizon Table PC

Wed, 01/09/2013 - 18:54
It’s been a while since we’ve talked about the Microsoft Surface table. And while the Redmond giant is no longer shipping product, Lenovo is stepping up to the plate with the new IdeaCentre Horizon Table PC. It’s a 27″ Windows 8 tablet, and it is by far the coolest thing I’ve seen at CES this [...]