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Amazon Introduces Family Library & Tablet Profiles

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 06:56
Beyond unveiling a boatload of new Kindle reader and Fire tablet hardware, Amazon finally gets with the program in allowing households (or close approximations) to share their digital media. Not that the current situation has prevented my wife, mom, and I from sharing our Kindle books and Amazon Instant Prime video streaming, Amazon will soon smooth the experience and remove the […]

Slingbox Lands Chromecast Support

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 10:01
At long last, Slingbox owners can now beam their television content from one TV to another set in the home or abroad via a $35 Chromecast. As revealed a few months back, Slingbox M1, 350 and 500 (aka SlingTV) models are supported via new Android and iOS updates in conjunction with new Chromecast device code. Cleverly, iOS apps already […]

TiVo Releases Amazon Instant Streaming (Prematurely)

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 06:58
Not that you’d ever doubt us or our sources, but TiVo has gone ahead and confirmed a modernized Amazon Instant app is in the pipeline … by accidentally releasing it a bit early to a subset of customers. Whereas the current Amazon Instant app is downright ancient by Internet standards, the new take is visually rich and streams Prime videos […]

Sonos Drops The Bridge, Adds The Boost

Thu, 09/04/2014 - 07:21
As expected, Sonos is out with app and firmware updates this week that do away with the Bridge requirement. Now smaller scale Sonos deployments in homes with solid WiFi can more simply network their speakers without physically connecting hardware to one’s router. Having said that, Sonos does suggest that folks with a Bridge already in play leave well […]

TiVo to “Support Popular Consumer Devices”

Wed, 09/03/2014 - 06:58
Via an FCC filing, we learn more of TiVo’s intentions to further leverage hardware beyond their own set-top boxes: Consumers today can purchase retail TiVo DVRs and ancillary devices that support iOS and Android products, as well as TVs (using the TiVo Mini), and that soon will support additional ancillary devices that are popular with consumers. Back […]

FiOS Quantum Gateway Nears Release (Zigbee!)

Sun, 08/31/2014 - 06:32
Back in March, we learned Verizon was prepping a home automation-centric router. And, based on their FCC confidentiality request, it appeared they’d been targeting a summer release. While we’re not quite there, the unannounced Greenwave G1100 has popped up in one pal’s online account as the FiOS Quantum Gateway. Based on its presentation, we assume like an Actiontec router, the G1100 handles […]

Amazon Instant & Vudu Coming To TiVo

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 06:30
It’s shaping up to be a splendid fall for TiVo (and us subscribers). As if a TiVo Mini fee adjustment, mega rack mountable DVR with hard drive RAID, and Android streaming weren’t enough, two highly desirable apps will be joining the party… perhaps as early as next month. Sources indicate, and seemingly corroborated by forum chatter, that […]

Catching up with Simple.TV

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 05:40
Although our initial impressions of the dual tuner Simple.TV was less than stellar, the company has been hard at work not only updating the little cord cutting, place shifting black box, but also launching new features. Recently, I had the chance to talk to Simple.TV CEO Mark Ely to discuss some of these changes. First, from […]

Wink Preps Wall Mounted Touchpad Controller

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 15:34
While Home Depot’s sell date may be 9/1, wireless Wink LED bulbs have started popping up on store shelves. And, along with them, is some very interesting box art… including the yet-to-be announced Wink Relay Controller. By way of Amazon and a Google cache, we learn the incoming device features: 4.3″ multi-touch screen allows access to […]

Wink GE Link LED Quick Look

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 12:59
After noticing that a few of my local Home Depot stores had the $15 Wink compatible GE Link LEDs in stock (60w variety), I decided to stop by during lunch to see if they were actually there. Lo and behold, I was able to find some for sale and brought them home! The GE Links come in […]

TiVo & Cable’s Inevitable MPEG4 Transition

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 07:02
By way of a new TiVo support note, we learn that TiVo has indeed been preparing for the inevitable MPEG4 transition as cable operators look to reclaim bandwidth (beyond dastardly SDV). In October 2014, Comcast will transition its system in Augusta, Georgia, from MPEG2 format to MPEG4. This transition means that cable channels in this […]

What are the Sonos Boost & Playbase?

Sun, 08/24/2014 - 07:33
As Sonos consolidates, by discontinuing the matte Black Sub and shortly dropping the wireless Bridge requirement, we’ve latched onto two new products. From a source comes the screengrab above, which is the first reference I’ve seen to a Sonos Boost. While it could be an entirely new device, I wonder if might simply be a […]

Amazon Launches Ad Network

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 06:29
As a for (gadget) profit entity, we’re often on the lookout for new methods of delivering relevant yet minimally intrusive advertising. And, one effective tool has been Amazon Associates. As Amazon sells just about everything, we can hopefully maintain a certain level of editorial neutrality by spiking the occasional post or tweet with an affiliate link to whatever […]

Not The Roku TV You’re Looking For?

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 07:01
I took a super brief look at Roku TV back at CES, but CNET is now out with a more thorough once over as pricing and timing have been revealed. And that pricing is extremely competitive, with the 32″ TCL running a mere $229. While that’s pretty darn good for a 720P smart TV with WiFi, CNET wonders if budget sets from Vizio might […]

Finally! Very glad to say that our

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 08:57
Finally! Very glad to say that our Android streaming app will become available next month! Stay tuned for details. #android #tivoroamio — TiVo (@TiVo) August 18, 2014

TiVo To Drop Mini Service Fees?

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 06:30
Amidst Roku and Fire TV TiVo app chatter, comes word that changes are headed to TiVo’s original (and only) DVR extender – the TiVo Mini. I’d been hoping for a hardware refresh of perhaps an even smaller form factor, with a more secure power jack, and WiFi to hit RCN’s wishlist (and my kitchen TV). Alas, the only imminent adjustment […]

Two More Years of Verizon FiOS!

Sun, 08/17/2014 - 07:31
For three of the last four years, I’ve been fortunate to live in markets where there’s choice in Internet and cable. Because where there’s competition, consumers generally see better rates and service. After Cox was unable to effectively support CableCARD in relation to SDV, despite contrary ra-ra reports to the FCC (indicating no complaints), we made our first jump […]

New, Larger Capacity TiVo DVR To Launch At CEDIA

Sat, 08/16/2014 - 18:55
By way of the TiVo Community and whispers on the wind, we learn that TiVo intends to launch a new, higher-end DVR at CEDIA early next month… despite laying off their in-house industrial design hardware team. As to what comes after Roamio Plus and Pro, one can only guess. Assuming TiVo even sticks with the cutesy […]

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