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Upgrading Verizon To FiOS TV Quantum

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 08:05
As Verizon declares its Quantum TV rollout complete, fellow Northern Virginian Ananth Sarathy shares his initial experience with the new whole-home DVR. He’s also kindly agreed to take questions in the comments — perhaps he’ll even be able to explain Verizon’s obtuse pricing. I’ve had the new Quantum DVR for about a week now. The interface is […]

Samsung Adopts Tizen For Smart TV OS (Where’s Boxee?)

Mon, 06/02/2014 - 06:50
As Samsung continues to hedge against Google/Android reliance and standardize across disparate product lines, while perhaps avoiding Microsoft royalties, the company has expanding the Tizen OS initiative beyond smart watches and to connected televisions. Via Liliputing: Samsung’s Tizen-based TV SDK Beta will be available early July following the Tizen Developer Conference in San Francisco from June 2–4th. The Tizen-based Samsung […]

Amazon Bundles Fire TV & HDX Tablet ($249)

Sun, 06/01/2014 - 08:08
Well here’s an interesting promo should you lack for both a TV streamer and tablet. Amazon has paired their new Fire TV with the 7″ Kindle Fire HDX tablet for $249, which clocks in $79 cheaper than purchasing each separately. While the Fire TV remains somewhat app poor, the platform has grown on me and we’ve enjoyed dozens of […]

TiVo Mini Packaging Receives Roamio Treatment

Sun, 06/01/2014 - 07:53
While I can’t say the above TiVo Mini packaging is brand spanking new, I do frequent Best Buy and this is the first time I’ve seen funkadelic Roamio branding applied to other devices in TiVo’s arsenal. Beyond a bolder “TiVo” font and updated graphical elements, 6-tuner and Roamio DVRs are now referenced. Of course, I fully expected this day […]

Airline Swaps Screens For Tablet Holders

Sat, 05/31/2014 - 07:59
As a former frequent flier, I can’t tell you how many battles between passengers and/or flight crew I’ve witnessed in relation to wireless devices and reclining seats (including very dramatic testimony from a breast-feeding woman who asserted the man in front of her had starved her infant). Fortunately, we appear to have moved to a better […]

Simple.TV Gets Perforated, Lands Chromecast Support

Sat, 05/31/2014 - 07:29
Remember that buzz saw of a fan that the second gen Simple.TV shipped with? Well Simple, and their hardware partner Silicon Dust, have resorted to a variety of software updates and a drill to rectify the issue. And, as you can see above, they’ve begun shipping devices with a newly perforated chassis. But the good news doesn’t end […]

Tom Rogers, TiVo CEO

Fri, 05/30/2014 - 12:34
I have no doubt we are building a very, very, strong strategic asset and to the extent the best interest of shareholders are served by providing an exit through acquisition from a strategic player who sees the fundamental uniqueness of what we’ve created, obviously that will get all the consideration it deserves.

YouTube Rates Your Broadband

Fri, 05/30/2014 - 06:55
Following in the footsteps of Netflix, YouTube has just launched their Video Quality Report to rate, and possibly shame, broadband providers as the net neutrality and peering debate boils over. In my ‘hood, Verizon performs admirably, with its worst showing 8PM – 11PM with 93% of streams coming thru in high def, whereas the Comcast Xfinity service performs […]

NFL Now Heads to Amazon & Roku Devices

Wed, 05/28/2014 - 16:39
Amazon and Roku are officially on board as distribution partners for the National Football League’s soon-to-be-launched digital network NFL Now. That’s good news if you’re a football fan because it means there will be a lot more ways to watch NFL Now when it debuts in August that don’t include maxing out your mobile data plan. When NFL […]

Meet Giik, Thoughtful Mobile Accessories

Wed, 05/28/2014 - 08:27
Meet giik, a new line of thoughtful mobile accessories by geeky road warriors such as ourselves. While you can find similar products from both well known manufactures and inexpensive imports, the folks behind giik up the ante as each widget features “+1″ capabilities — so that headphone splitter also supports dual mics and the aux car […]

TiVo App Now Plays YouTube & Facebook Video (TV or Phone)

Tue, 05/27/2014 - 14:56
TiVo continues to execute on their multiscreen strategy, having just cranked out a significant update to their iOS app. In addition to the requisite iPhone and iPad bug fixes, the revised app features: New design for iOS7 New Facebook feed in “What To Watch” New YouTube video feeds in “What To Watch” By linking both my YouTube and […]

Amazon Instant Now Streaming HBO (for free*)

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 07:24

As announced a few weeks back, Amazon has begun streaming HBO content… without requiring an HBO subscription. The exclusive, multi-year deal has a few caveats, tho. First, we’re mostly talking back catalog content here, with a three year dark period after broadcast. So you’re still going to have to borrow that HBO GO password for Game […]

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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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