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Gamestop Offers $50 Console Trade-In Bonus

Sun, 12/09/2012 - 10:38
As my most recent Xbox 360 (4GB model) has been collecting dust, given its noise pollution and annual tax, I’ve been contemplating switching the hardware up for another PS3 or handheld PS Vista ($250). And that was my plan when I arrived at Gamestop to redeem their $50 PS3 or Xbox 360 console credit bonus. [...]

Roku YouTube Channel “Isn’t Far Away”

Fri, 12/07/2012 - 09:42
After Google had Roku remove their unlicensed YouTube channel and indications over a year ago that a new channel was under development, CEO Anthony Wood tells analyst Michael Wolf that YouTube on Roku “isn’t far away.” By the same token, he mentions that Google now requires partners to integrate their YouTube HTML app and Roku has [...]

TiVo’s Tebow Ads Hit, DVRs Return To Walmart

Fri, 12/07/2012 - 07:22
As TiVo allows me to skip commercials, I’ve yet to see their new Tim Tebow ads on television. Fortunately the company has begun posting the spots on YouTube. And, overall, they’re cute but relatively innocuous — with more lines given to child actors than Tebow and, sadly, TiVo product sees very little screen time. In fact, [...]

Aereo Headed to Smart TVs

Thu, 12/06/2012 - 11:22
At yesterday’s VideoSchmooze conference in New York, Aereo CEO Chet Kanojia told the audience that his company will soon release more applications for the 10-foot television experience. Aereo is planning to launch apps for a variety of smart TVs shortly, and for adjunct TV devices, including the Roku. Aereo has a private channel for the [...]

LifeProof frē iPhone 5 Case – Not All That?

Tue, 12/04/2012 - 14:03
After much anticipation, the Lifeproof frē ($80) arrived at Best Buy last week. Like its predecessor, this iPhone 5 case is designed to protect your smartphone from dirt, water, and drops… in a much more svelte form factor than the fairly well known ruggedized Otterbox line. Yet, while Lifeproof’s marketing materials are compelling, I don’t have much confidence [...]

TiVo Gains Customers, Signs Tebow

Fri, 11/30/2012 - 11:45
TiVo’s out with their quarterly earnings and things are looking up after a profitable quarter, with continued patent litigation/licensing success and subscriptions growing 44% year-over-year… largely thanks to Virgin Media’s success in marketing and deploying well over a million TiVo units (versus seeing any significant gain via that awful “new” DirecTV solution). With other foreign and second tier [...]

Cyber Monday Streaming Deals

Mon, 11/26/2012 - 09:11
Ah yes, it’s that time of year again where we give thanks for deeply discounted gear. Fortunately, Cyber Monday online sales provide relief from the Black Friday mall riots and we’ve spotted bargains on some of our favorite streaming boxes. Roku HD Roku, one of our perennial favorites in this category, sees a $10-$20 discount [...]

A Tablet Dilemma in 3 Parts

Thu, 11/15/2012 - 10:25
I have three tablet purchases to consider this holiday shopping season. And oddly, each one involves a different operating system. To start, there’s the obvious. With the launch of the iPad Mini, my Apple-obsessed husband finds himself percolating over whether to ask for the new, smaller Apple tablet. Sexy as it is, there are two [...]

TiVo Updates iOS App To Support iPhone 5

Wed, 11/14/2012 - 09:09
TiVo’s fine iOS app has just been updated to version 2.1, bringing support to the new resolution Apple introduced with the iPhone 5. While I generally find content weirdly elongated on the 16×9 display, widescreen television video is a perfect fit – and those with the TiVo Stream are the prime beneficiaries. Having said that, all [...]

TiVo Cuts Service Fees To Goose Holiday Sales

Mon, 11/12/2012 - 18:50
‘Tis the season… for great gadget discounts. And TiVo intends to goose holiday sales by providing three months of free service to new TiVo Premiere DVR customers. This works out to a savings of $45 for new customers, or $39 if adding an additional unit to your account. However, should you choose to partake, it [...]

Hands On The Netgear NeoTV Max Streamer

Mon, 11/12/2012 - 10:07
Another week, another streamer? A year after introducing their Roku competitor, Netgear expands the NeoTV streaming line with “Pro” and “Max” models. And, as we’re wont to do, we picked up Netgear’s latest. Similar in form factor to that aforementioned Roku, I was prepared to dislike the NeoTV MAX ($60-70) given it’s sluggish response and pixelated [...]

TiVo Slide QWERTY Remote Discontinued

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 16:43
After a mere two years, the TiVo Slide QWERTY remote is on the way out. I’ve been quite fond of this stubby little fellow, despite its high price ($90) at launch, and it’s arguably TiVo’s finest accessory prior to the Stream. Not that they’ve produced many non-DVR products over the years. My knee jerk reaction was [...]