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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 [...]

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 [...]