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What’s Next For TiVo (Mini)?

Mon, 12/22/2014 - 13:29
Apparantly TiVo Mini promotional pricing has been so successful that the company will be shifting the expiration date from January 6th, 2015 to May 4th, 2015. As a refresher, the TiVo Mini hardware launched at $100 and required either $6/month or $150 for Lifetime Service. Yet, with a new CMO on board tasked with revitalizing retail sales, one […]

Bright House Lifts TiVo Streaming Restrictions

Sat, 12/20/2014 - 09:18
As the story goes, Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks have been the most TiVo-hostile… by blocking video streaming via an inappropriately applied copy flag, relying on switched digital tuning hacks, and BH even having the gall to (previously) charge folks for that bit of unreliable hardware. Well, Christmas has come early to Bright House subscribers in […]

Staying Connected On The Go

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 10:51
Since first adding a Palm V modem to my tech arsenal about 15 years ago to access Mindspring dial-up email on business travel, I’ve remained Internet-connected when mobile (and have even used “mobile” connectivity to power the home). The last few years, I’ve done my best to stay off public WiFi — the level of exposure and ease of interception exceeds […]

Plex Coming to TiVo (via Opera TV Store)?

Sun, 12/14/2014 - 06:40
As I begin a reexamination of Plex, TiVo may suddenly become a whole lot more interesting to folks hosting media repositories. Since launching about a year ago, the Opera TV Store apps on TiVo are mostly throwaways and rarely worth the time they require to open. But with Plex on deck and the newer ability to pin favorite apps, the […]

SlingPlayer Hits Fire TV! Pre-roll Ads To Follow?

Sat, 12/13/2014 - 10:54
Without a hint of marketing muscle, SlingPlayer for Amazon Fire TV was quietly introduced a day or so ago. As you’d expect, the app allows you to pipe Slingbox video to another television in the home or really anywhere in the world. Or so their new TV Everywhere campaign proclaims. While I’m not prepared to pass judgement […]

Wink Relay, Another Flawed Quirky Product

Sat, 12/13/2014 - 07:36
  Back in September, Wink announced the addition of Relay to their ever growing lineup of home automation products. The Relay is a wall mounted touch screen device that connects to your Wink home automation system and is powered by an Android variant. It features Wifi, Zigbee, and Bluetooth communication protocols, but missing are the Z-Wave and Lutron ClearConnect capabilities […]

DISH & Comcast DVRs Outpace TiVo

Fri, 12/12/2014 - 06:25
While TiVo focuses their resources on serving smaller and international television providers, as retail customers defect, the larger US cable and satellite companies continue to crank away on their own compelling in-house DVR services. Although DISH may have given up some ground in the Hopper’s ability to, you know, actually hop (over commercials) they just completed a nationwide software […]

24 Hours with the Fitbit Surge

Tue, 12/09/2014 - 13:27
Intro Late in October, Fitbit announced three new activity trackers: Charge ($130), Charge HR ($150), and Surge ($250). Each offers different features depending upon your need. At the base, the Charge provides step activity, floors climbed, calories burned, automatic sleep tracking, call notifications, and silent alarms. Moving up to the Charge HR, Fitbit includes an […]

Check Your FiOS Contract For Bonus Rewards

Mon, 12/08/2014 - 06:30
As the story goes, I renewed Verizon FiOS services in August after several years of stellar performance (at two addresses) and in light of the potential disruption an Xfinity install might bring along with Comcast’s ongoing HBO GO Roku blockade. After Tech of the Hub received a pretty fantabulous FiOS renewal offer that effectively comps two years of premium channels, including […]

TiVo Roamio Deal: Plus with Lifetime for $500?

Thu, 11/27/2014 - 09:18
Supposedly a small subset of long term TiVo customers have been offered quite the amazing deal: Base Roamio w/lifetime service $200 for the unit and $200 for the lifetime service Plus – $400 for the unit and $100 for lifetime service Pro – $600 for the unit and $100 for lifetime service The catch is […]

WeaKnees Takes TiVo Roamio to 6TB of Recording Capacity

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 12:03
While the TiVo Roamio line may officially max out at 3TB of recording capacity, licensed reseller WeaKnees has offered 4TB drives nearly since launch. And, should that 637 hours of HD content not be enough, WeaKnees has just unveiled 6TB drives – a TiVo upgrade good for a whopping 960 hours of high def content. The WeaKnees 6TB DIY kits clock in at $450 while […]

MobiTV Connect – Another Day, Another Streaming Stick

Mon, 11/24/2014 - 11:50
Next up in the streaming stick space is the MobiTV Connect… that just passed thru the FCC. The company once known for streaming amazingly low resolution television content to Sprint phones clearly continues to pivot. And, back in September, MobiTV told The Donahue Report their HDMI hardware would launch with two US wireless carriers in […]

The Tablo OTA DVR Giveaway!

Mon, 11/24/2014 - 06:59
Here at ZNF, we’re big fans of Tablo and find it to be the best post-Aereo solution for technologically savvy cord cutters (and their families). You can check out our complete review here but, in a nutshell, Tablo is both a headless over-the-air TiVo and Slingbox in one — beaming live and recorded television to […]

Slingbox Support Dropped From Chrome Browsers

Sun, 11/23/2014 - 06:59
As Google modernizes their Chrome web browser, Sling has alerted customers that they’re unprepared to continue streaming support at this time. As part of their 64-bit upgrade process, Google is discontinuing the support of 32-bit browser extensions for Mac OS X and Windows computers. Since the current version of Watch on for Mac and PC […]

Ecobee3 Smart Thermostat – A Solid Nest Challenger

Sat, 11/22/2014 - 07:25
Background Three years ago, Nest announced their first smart thermostat clocking in at $250. While others balked at the price, I saw the value of something that could potentially reduce our family energy expenditure. And save money we did! Despite the upfront cost of the Nest, after having used the device that first twelve months, I estimated we dropped […]

Amazon Fire TV Stick Initial Thoughts

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 06:57
After 12 hours with the Amazon Fire TV Stick, some thoughts… The remote feels exceedingly cheap compared to the premium clicker that ships with the full-fledged Fire TV box and I had some difficulty removing the battery cover. Having said that, a flimsy remote is infinitely more valuable than no remote… versus Google Chromecast, which requires a smartphone […]

Atlantic Broadband Launches Streaming TiVo Portal

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 06:46
Nearly a year after RCN and perhaps behind schedule, Atlantic Broadband has launched their iteration of the streaming TiVo web portal, proving once again that TiVo is something more than a DVR manufacturer – providing a variety of software and integration services to cable providers both here and abroad. Indeed, Atlantic Broadband is a subsidiary of relatively new TiVo licensee Cogeco and […]

DirecTV Beams 4K Content To Samsung TVs

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 15:14
This probably isn’t the year to buy an Ultra HD TV for that special holiday someone. Despite nearly-reasonable prices ($1400 for this Samsung 55-incher), there just isn’t a lot of 4K content yet to enjoy on a new TV. However, if you’re dead set on the idea, there’s good news coming at you from DirecTV. The satellite provider has started […]

Google Fiber Launches New Hardware & HBO GO

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 12:21
By way of retired blogger Brent Evans, we learned that Google Fiber customers have started receiving next generation hardware. An updated Fiber Jack now receives power-over-Ethernet from a new Network+ Box … that combines both broadband router and DVR storage into a single enclosure with this go around while expanding wireless capabilities to 802.11ac/n. Lastly, the updated TV Box […]

72 Hours with iPhone 6

Sat, 11/15/2014 - 07:19
While I’m the CTO of the Zatz household, my wife Melissa is also capable of making tech purchasing decisions… and living with the consequences. After years with Blackberry, I’ve truly become an Apple fan girl. For the less tech savvy, such as myself, I find Apple products quite intuitive, making for a fun and effective user friendly experience. When […]