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While Dave and Mari Were Napping…

Fri, 04/12/2013 - 05:48
There’s been a flood of video news over the last two weeks, and mostly your friends here at Zatz Not Funny have been too busy to cover the excitement. We promise to do better, but in the meantime, here’s a quick round-up of happenings. Austin gets Google – It won’t happen until 2014, but Austin is [...]

Microsoft Jettisons Mediaroom IPTV Solution

Mon, 04/08/2013 - 13:09
After failing to gain traction in the US, beyond AT&T (U-verse), or meaningful integration with other business components, Microsoft has decided to simply jettison their Mediaroom IPTV unit: Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERIC) has reached an agreement with Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) to acquire its TV solution Mediaroom business. This will make Ericsson the leading provider of IPTV and multi-screen [...]

Microsoft Studios Adam Orth on Xbox 720

Sat, 04/06/2013 - 06:54
Sorry. I don’t get the drama around having an ‘always online’ console. Every device now is ‘always on’. That’s the world we live in. #dealwithit

The Ridiculous AT&T Galaxy S4 Pre-Order

Thu, 03/28/2013 - 12:27
Over the last few years, we’ve witnessed a bizarre new marketing trend in which products are put up for pre-order… without an actual release date or itemized spec sheet. And, amazingly, even occasionally neglecting to specify a price. AT&T is up this time, with a Samsung Galaxy S4 (pre) pre-order announcement: Continuing our legacy as the [...]

TiVo Android App Updated… Without Stream Support

Thu, 03/28/2013 - 08:32
TiVo has just refreshed its line of Android apps, with the highlight being Jellybean (4.2) support. Unfortunately, TiVo Stream capabilities remain MIA… despite Android representing greater than 50% of US smartphones and presumably frustrated MSO partners. The complete rundown: Additional Away Mode functionality so that users can manage their Season Passes and ToDo Lists while on [...]

Popcornflix Catalog Comes to Sony Devices

Mon, 03/18/2013 - 12:59
The free, ad-supported Popcornflix movie service is coming to Sony’s connected Bravia TVs and Blu-ray devices. Already available on Roku and Boxee, Popcornflix draws from the movie catalog of its parent company Screen Media Ventures. This is no Netflix alternative, and you won’t find recent movie hits available for free. However, Popcornflix reportedly has a [...]

Why Indie Cablecos Think a Crisis is Coming

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 16:35
ACA President Matthew Polka with FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai You know how a lot of consumers are fed up with rising cable bills, excessive program bundling, and limited access to TV shows? It turns out independent cable operators feels the same way. Over and over and over at today’s American Cable Association Summit – a [...]

The TiVo Mini Review

Sun, 03/10/2013 - 22:34
TiVo’s been talking up their DVR extender over a year, since it was first introduced last February as the IP-STB. And, while we didn’t get the 2012 retail launch we were hoping for, the TiVo Mini ($100, plus service) has finally arrived. But is it everything we’d hoped for? Instead of sprinkling a number of DVRs [...]

TiVo Mini Hits Retail Outposts

Fri, 03/08/2013 - 20:11
TiVo hasn’t yet gotten around to officially launching the TiVo Mini, but that didn’t inhibit at least one retailer from selling a unit today. And while cmonroe didn’t exactly out the “big box” store, we’ll go ahead and assume it’s Best Buy. There’s probably not much left to learn at this point in regards to [...]

A TiVo Mini Alternative: TiVo Stream to Apple TV

Fri, 03/08/2013 - 08:11
Multiple data points had indicated a TiVo Mini launch this week… yet here we are, Miniless. As to the shifting announcement, one can only guess – perhaps TiVo’s still getting the device’s technical or marketing ducks in a row. Better yet, maybe they’re taking time to reevaluate the TiVo tax. Regardless, TiVo support seems to have [...]

Roku 3 Arrives With New Interface & WiFi Direct

Wed, 03/06/2013 - 13:01
As we’d previously reported, the new Roku 3 has indeed launched with a refreshed UI and audio-capable remote control. The 3 takes over the Roku 2 XS‘s top slot in their lineup, running a competitive $100. In fact, the Roku 2 XS is no longer present in the company’s model comparison chart. Like its predecessor, [...]

Time Warner Cable Now Available On Roku

Wed, 03/06/2013 - 08:14
As promised back at CES, Time Warner Cable’s newest set-top box is a Roku… and the free “Channel”, comprised of up to 300 channels, is now available to all currently shipping Roku devices – which start a mere $50. As you might expect, access to TWC on Roku requires a traditional cable subscription – and supposedly [...]

TiVo Stream Android Support… No Time Soon

Tue, 03/05/2013 - 18:15
We’re massive fans of the TiVo Stream. While imperfect, it truly offers the best way to beam your live and recorded television around the home…. assuming you have both a TiVo Premiere of some sort and an iDevice end-point. And so it shall remain for Android owners in the foreseeable future. RCN, a TiVo MSO partner, [...]

Sling Needs More Cowbell

Sat, 03/02/2013 - 12:48
While the new Slingboxes are here, we can’t help but wonder if there’s room in Sling’s lineup for an additional model. We really do appreciate the (partial) HDMI pass-thru and 802.11n capabilities of the Slingbox 500, but we’re not quite certain it lives up to its $300 price tag… yet. Further down the line, we [...]

The Roku 3 Remote… Sports A Headphone Jack!?

Fri, 03/01/2013 - 15:52
Sadly, I’ve got no imagery to share (at this time). But we believe our intel to be rock solid… and have learned the incoming Roku 3 remote control includes a headphone jack that “makes it easy for anyone to enjoy a private listening experience.” While I contemplate if that innovative feature is actually useful, let me also [...]

TiVo Mini Pricing Confirmed. No Netflix?

Fri, 03/01/2013 - 14:20
Leading up to the official TiVo Mini retail announcement next week, TiVo’s gone ahead and launched a promotional page that confirms both functionality and pricing. As you can see above, the $100 hardware will be accompanied by either a $6 monthly service fee or a $150 one-time charge. On the functionality front, there’s not much [...]

Aereo CEO Talks Cable Partnerships

Fri, 03/01/2013 - 12:42
People think of Aereo as a cable competitor, but the company’s real fight is with OTA broadcasters who don’t want to lose retransmission revenue. And if Aereo were to win its war in court, some pay-TV providers might very well decide to partner with the company rather than battle against it. Jeff Baumgartner reports that [...]

The Roku 3 Is Nearly Upon Us

Wed, 02/27/2013 - 14:41
Roku’s been updating their website this week… and just accidentally spilled the beans on the Roku 3, given this new support site. We presume the new model is the same 4200x Engadget turned up via the FCC a few weeks back. Of course, beyond a name and model number, we’re most interested in new functionality. [...]

MLB.TV Headed To TiVo “Soon”

Wed, 02/27/2013 - 10:51
While there wasn’t much consumer-related news to come out of TiVo’s quarterly call, they did drop a single nugget of bloggable intel with indications that MLB is headed to the Premiere platform. While they referred to the offering as, we’ve confirmed with TiVo that we’re talking MLB.TV – baseball’s subscription-based online streaming service. It’s no [...]

TiVo Mini Rumored To Launch March 6 @ $100

Tue, 02/26/2013 - 14:01
While I can’t vouch for the source, one TiVo Community forum member indicates he attended “dealer training” — where he came away with the final pieces of the TiVo Mini puzzle. And we’re purportedly looking at a March 6th retail launch, with hardware running $100. As expected, assuming this pans out, the TiVo Mini will [...]