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WDTV Play Review

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 14:59
There’s something of a glut in the media streamer space, with most new entrants falling into the “unmemorable” category – and we regularly pass on covering the parade of derivative boxes. However, Western Digital’s no stranger to this market and we’ve often recommended their solutions over the years. And, with WDTV Play, they bring a compelling new approach… along with [...]

TiVo Mini Tuner Allocation Details Revealed

Wed, 02/20/2013 - 14:51
TiVo Mini extenders have begun to arrive in Suddenlink customer homes. And, thanks to numerous contributions by TiVo Community forum member spotterman26, retail launch functionality has been clarified. While true dynamic tuner allocation remains out of reach, and pushed back on TiVo’s roadmap according to sources, the situation isn’t as dire as it appeared at first [...]

$7/Month Isn’t a Bad Deal for ESPN

Wed, 02/20/2013 - 10:30
I love ESPN. I am entirely willing to spend gobs of money on my cable bill just to get it. Even so, my jaw dropped when I read that the licensing fee for ESPN programming is set to go above $7 per month in 2017. That’s the amount pay-TV operators have to spend per subscriber to [...]

Next Gen DirecTV C41 Genie Client Visits FCC

Wed, 02/20/2013 - 07:44
  The DirecTV C41 next gen “advanced whole home client” made a brief appearance at the FCC. And it really is a limited engagement, as there’s not much to contemplate beyond the label above and reference to the 2.4GHz RF. However, last month Pace fired off a press release announcing DirecTV’s hardware successors: Pace (LSE: [...]

TiVoToGo Transfers Fail Due To Expired Cookie

Sat, 02/16/2013 - 19:27
TiVo subscribers looking to offload DVR recordings today were caught by surprise when TiVo Desktop and other methods of transfer inexplicably failed. As it turns out, TiVoToGo has been crippled by an expired server-side cookie of some sort. Of course, you probably aren’t so concerned with the reason and are more interested in a resolution. [...]

Is Mailbox App Secure?

Sat, 02/16/2013 - 09:30
The new Mailbox app arrived to great fanfare, with promises to revolutionize the iPhone email experience by most efficiently managing messages and maintaing Inbox zero. However, unlike a typical email app, Mailbox is something more than a client that resides on your phone. Which is both a strength and a weakness. On one hand, it allows [...]

Roku Job Openings Offer Content Clues

Thu, 02/14/2013 - 11:47
A random web search turned me on to some interesting Roku job openings, emphasizing content relationships and recommendations. Individually, maybe they’re not so compelling. But from a holistic standpoint, perhaps these new positions shed a bit of light on Roku’s ambitions and decision to turn down an Amazon acquisition in favor of additional funding. The first [...]

TiVo Launchpad Aggregates Web Video

Wed, 02/13/2013 - 07:08
TiVo Premiere customers have begun receiving a new Web Video Launchpad app that aggregates online content from the likes of CNET, the White House, and countless others. The rich app, possibly powered by Flingo, looks to be a significant improvement over their antiquated Podcaster app and prior web video attempts. Beyond Launchpad’s collection of video, a [...]

Alaskan Cable Co GCI Taking TiVo Reservations

Tue, 02/12/2013 - 12:26
TiVo’s strategy of empowering second and third tier US cable providers continues to bear fruit as GCI is now collecting names for what looks like a brewing DVR launch: Thanks for your interest in GCI TV powered by TiVo! Please fill out this form and we’ll be back in touch with you when this exciting [...]

Mobile Broadband on the Cheap… with Clear?

Tue, 02/12/2013 - 09:35
Years ago I was one of the early Clearwire customers with a Motorola WiMAX USB stick and a month-to-month service contract. But despite decent network coverage in both Philadelphia (where I lived) and Las Vegas (where CES proved to be the perfect venue for testing WiMAX performance), I couldn’t justify the ongoing expense of an [...]

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 [...]