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Lyve Digital Photo Vault First Look

Wed, 05/21/2014 - 18:24

With the amount of pictures that I take every year, making sure they are backed up and easily accessible is a primary concern of mine. In the past, I have been burned by losing all my digital photos from a drive crash. Once that happened, I vowed to never let it happen again. Now, at […]

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Google Envisions A Future Of Smart Devices Serving Ads

Wed, 05/21/2014 - 10:56

Google, by way of the WSJ: We expect the definition of “mobile” to continue to evolve as more and more “smart” devices gain traction in the market. For example, a few years from now, we and other companies could be serving ads and other content on refrigerators, car dashboards, thermostats, glasses, and watches, to name […]

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Netflix to expand…

Wed, 05/21/2014 - 06:19

In a pair of back to back public communiqués this week, Netflix has announced their intentions to expand both their geographic coverage and programming breadth. First, at a finance conference, CFO David Wells indicates the streaming service will “expand the content library meaningfully” via additional “four- and five-star” video — which has been Netflix’s biggest knock and why […]

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AT&T To Acquire DirecTV

Mon, 05/19/2014 - 07:28

As widely rumored, AT&T has formally announced their intention to purchase DirecTV for $95/share. This purchase price implies a total equity value of $48.5 billion and a total transaction value of $67.1 billion, including DIRECTV’s net debt. While this transaction, should it be approved, would result in one of the largest pay television providers, I see […]

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RCN Now Leasing TiVo Roamio as “T6″ … for $45/Mo

Thu, 05/15/2014 - 05:00

RCN has hopped onto the TiVo Roamio bandwagon and is now the leasing 6-tuner DVR under less Shakespearean “T6″ branding … for a whopping $45 a month. Given existing Premiere Elite “Q” $30 pricing, in light of the additional two tuners, increased recording capacity, and built-in iOS streaming, we suppose RCN had to go there. But […]

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Share Your Vudu Movies

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 16:55

We’ve long pined for the day we could legitimately share our legally acquired digital content, similar to how we often recycle physical media, without piracy or loaning out HBO credentials as so many do. Well, the UltraViolet consortium, consisting of a large number of movie studios, obviously sees some value in keeping their customers happy — perhaps as a way to […]

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Verizon Improves FiOS TV Search UI

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 05:10

The FiOS TV guide has grown stale these last few years as Verizon turned its attention to all things wireless. However, while I await the next-gen version of FiOS service, I’m happy to report that Verizon has made a few short-term tweaks to improve the existing interface. My favorite in the IMG 1.9.6 update (just five […]

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TiVo Relaunches Internet Affiliate Program

Fri, 05/09/2014 - 18:51

After a several year hiatus, TiVo is once again offering Internet entrepreneurs bounties for hardware and service sales… which may or may not be related to their newly appointed CMO. Whereas TiVo previously ran with the pricey Commission Junction, and featured something like $60 commissions, the new program is hosted by Share-A-Sale and storms out of the gate with pretty […]

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Tabs: A Dropcam Hater Reconsiders

Tue, 05/06/2014 - 11:33

I can’t say I’ve been a huge fan of Dropcam ($149-199), primarily given their recurring fees – an upload-everything model that starts at $99/year for 7 days of cloud DVR capabilities (potentially threatening your broadband cap). However, the introduction of Dropcam Tabs to augment one’s camera with motion detection, via accelerometer, around the house seriously sweetens the deal. […]

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Amazon Fire TV Lands Its First Update

Sat, 05/03/2014 - 17:28

Just a few short weeks after launch, Amazon has rolled out their first Fire TV update. Sadly it doesn’t include expanded voice search functionality, an updated Netflix app, or Prime browsing (as promised). In fact, Amazon has yet to even update their support page with the new software versioning. So we’re left to assume this […]

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TiVo Preps Customizable 3-Column View

Sat, 05/03/2014 - 07:09

With TiVo’s minor spring update behind us, the company has turned its attention to perhaps the most dramatic interface update since the launch of their original HDUI in 2010. It appears the primary objectives are improved UI consistency and completeness, along with additional discovery and organizational options. As RCN’s Jason Nealis alluded to just a few days ago, […]

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And boom goes the dynamite – G-Boom Bluetooth Speaker

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 14:49

There is no shortage of Bluetooth speakers today. From pocket-able speakers such as the JBL Micro Wireless to extravagant models like the Harman Kardon Aura, there is a size and price point that seems to fit everyone’s need. With so many options, you really must ask yourself what’s the primary purpose of the speaker you’re buying. Does […]

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TiVo Gifts Slide Pro Remotes. Amazon Instant Update Nearly Here?

Wed, 04/30/2014 - 14:14

TiVo’s minor spring software update was plagued by a few issues, including an inadvertent software rollback affecting ~200 DVRs and potentially resulting in some tedious cleanup. Well, kudos to TiVo for voluntarily squaring things with those subscribers. Due to an operational issue, some TiVo boxes were inadvertently sent an old version of software which may have […]

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TiVo Expands CableCARD-less Set-Top Offerings

Tue, 04/29/2014 - 16:18

By way of CableFAX and TiVo VP Tom Elan, we learn TiVo is once again expanding their cable operator offerings: The other one that’s cool is a hybrid set-top box. It’s essentially combining broadband with DTA technology. By adding broadband you get all of the economic advantages of DTA and the simplicity… but then all […]

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TiVo Surpasses 2006 Subscriber Count

Tue, 04/29/2014 - 09:02

In conjunction with the opening of The Cable Show, that Mari is attending, TiVo has fired off a press release trumpeting a record 4.5 million subscribers — the majority of which originate from cableco-deployments. TiVo Inc., a leader in the advanced television entertainment market, today announced that it has more than 4.5 million subs who are now enjoying the TiVo […]

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