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Netflix Comes To RCN (by way of TiVo)

Fri, 04/25/2014 - 05:10

Well that was quick. Netflix had informed investors that their streaming video service would be available via US cable operators “this quarter” … and, just a few days later, here we are with RCN, Grande, and Atlantic identified as the first partners to serve up Netflix via customer-leased TiVo hardware. At this stage of the game, […]

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Digital Media Bytes

Thu, 04/24/2014 - 06:50

A periodic roundup of relevant news… that we may have missed due to database issues.  HBO streams to cord cutters for the first time via Amazon Instant Video Vevo Updates iOS App With Real-Time Feed And Live Vevo TV Streams YouTube Channel Now Available To All Current Roku Models Live Disney Channels Now Available On-the-go […]

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Boom! Netflix Coming To US Cable Operators This Quarter

Mon, 04/21/2014 - 16:22

While investor calls generally bore us, Netflix dropped quite the bombshell this afternoon: This quarter we will launch the first MVPD integrations in the U.S. As we did in Europe, we will start with U.S. MVPDs that use the TiVo set-top box and try to extend to non-TiVo devices after that. From an MVPD point-of-view, they would […]

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How Bad Is CableCARD Support?

Mon, 04/21/2014 - 07:39

As the story goes, CableCARD support has deteriorated since the FCC inadvertently relaxed the requirement last year. Indeed, Tim Gibbons reached out this weekend regarding his inability to tune Fargo … and ignorance (at best) or deception (worst case) from Time Warner Cable’s first line phone support agent. What makes this especially ironic (or depressing) is Tim’s […]

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Roku Media & Plex Channel Updates

Sat, 04/19/2014 - 07:01

Yesterday’s news, today! While we patiently await smartphone search from our Rokus, two notable updates worth sharing slipped my radar late last year. First, the originally anemic “USB Media Browser” has steadily improved as it evolved from a private app into a Roku-branded initiative… now featuring DLNA support, in addition to the new “Media Player” label. Next, the formerly free Plex channel has […]

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Amazon Details Upcoming Fire TV Updates

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 07:03

Amazon is out with a release trumpeting their stellar Fire TV reviews and announcing several welcome updates. New Prime Browse While Amazon touts blazing fast quad core Fire TV speeds, those gains are partially offset by inefficient browsing. Sure, the UI is quite attractive with box art and large icons, but good luck trying to simply find a listing of your […]

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<p>Whoa, Slingbox 350 down to a low,

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 16:29

Whoa, Slingbox 350 down to a low, low $99 for Amazon's deal of the day! http://t.co/bAnBmYxt19 — Dave Zatz (@davezatz) April 17, 2014

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Sonos To Drop Wireless Bridge Requirement

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 12:06

Amen. Sonos has finally concluded that, under most conditions, they can provide reliable music streaming over existing WiFi networks without requiring their $50 Bridge. Not only does this represent a cost savings for potential new customers, but it also provides a far simpler conceptual approach for civilian consumers who may be most familiar with Bluetooth speakers. Sonos can now […]

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TiVo “Program Shortcuts” Patent Details Social DVR

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 07:39

A few weeks back, the USPTO published TiVo’s latest patent: Program Shortcuts, which is effectively an update to their 2009 patent. As a non-patent attorney industry observer who’s seen substantial resources wasted litigating a variety of obvious, generic functionality that perhaps should be free of patent protection, I question how and why bookmarking media even made it through the approval process. Indeed, generally […]

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Kindle Documents Relocated To Amazon Cloud Drive

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 06:43

Amazon streamlines its ecosystem while continuing the assault on Dropbox: Starting today, all personal documents that you have archived in your Kindle Library will be available to access, delete, organize, and share from your Amazon Cloud Drive. You can see these documents in a new “My Send-to-Kindle Docs” folder alongside all of your saved content […]

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LogMeIn Heartbleed Extends To Personal Computer Passwords

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 10:19

As you’ve probably read during your recent Internet travels, an OpenSSL vulnerability was uncovered that puts server data at risk. Many prominent sites have since corrected the issue, dubbed Heartbleed, and its been advised that web passwords be changed. Yet, LogMeIn just reached out with an interesting twist — they believe their server infrastructure to […]

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Local Libraries Lend Roku Hardware, Stream Content

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 13:12

As the once humble library continues its digital metamorphosis, a few outposts have begun lending actual Roku streaming boxes. And, starting this week, residents of Sandusky, Ohio will have 12 units to pick from. Given the small number of boxes versus anticipated interest, library patrons will be able to borrow a single Roku just once […]

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How Mohu Could Be as Disruptive as Aereo

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 12:53

For all of the ink spent on Aereo (and I’m responsible for my fair share), the relatively quiet efforts of Mohu could end up being just as disruptive to the TV service market. Mohu has already had a successful run with its line of over-the-air TV antennas, but the company is ready to take its […]

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RCN TiVo Update On The Way

Sat, 04/12/2014 - 09:42

RCN TiVo rentals are poised to receive an iteration of the (glitchy) TiVo Spring Update. Whereas us retail owners have been receiving version 20.4, RCN TiVo hardware in DC and PA will be pushed 20.8 beginning next week – with their entire footprint expected to upgrade within a month. Both updates focus on under-the-hood improvements […]

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A Tale Of Three Remotes

Sat, 04/12/2014 - 08:32

While we rarely have the inclination to tackle a full-on review (like Adam), the $99 Amazon Fire TV streamer that we tracked so closely ahead of launch is worthy of a few posts. Overall, it’s a solid debut… but not quite ready to displace the similarly priced Roku 3 or Apple TV, for those that have already […]

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Tablo TV Liberates OTA HDTV (and crushes Simple TV)

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 07:06

Lets try this again, shall we? If you caught my first look at the dual tuner Simple TV, you’ll know that the product fell short of my expectations. A combination of fan issues and software instability led me to question if the dual tuner was actually ready for release. The idea for a networked DVR is […]

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