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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 [...]

LG Acquires HP’s webOS Remnants for Smart TV

Mon, 02/25/2013 - 14:27
File this one under Left Field. LG just announced a deal to acquire the remnants of webOS. If you’ll recall, webOS sprung to life as Palm’s next generation smartphone platform and answer to the iPhone… before being snapped up by HP. While HP had grand intentions of webOS powering mobile devices, printers, and PCs (!), [...]

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 [...]