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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 […]

FCC Memo Shows Just How Broke Aereo Is

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 16:37
It’s been a tough couple of months for the once-high-flying Aereo, and a memo from the FCC today illustrates just how far the company has fallen. The memo is a denial of a request by Aereo for the FCC to reconsider a fine imposed on the company for $20,000. More on the fine in a […]

Meet Peq, The Next Smart Home Hub

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 07:09
As if we didn’t have enough smart home hub entrants, Peq appears poised to launched. Pronounced “peek”, we believe this newcomer is Best Buy’s answer to Lowe’s Iris and Staples Connect – a home automation solution we’ve been tracking since January. While sources originally indicated we’d see both a fee-free tier and subscription options, Peq marketing materials refer […]

Amazon Fire TV On Sale For $84

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 06:16
While it’s maybe not quite the deal one can find with Roku or Chromecast, the up-and-coming Amazon Fire TV is momentarily discounted by 15 bucks to an all-time low $84. Featuring well designed hardware and regular updates thus far, Fire TV has replaced my Apple TV in the family room and is now our go-to box for Amazon […]

4SeTV Plans $99 Mosaic TV Box

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 17:10
Because one video stream is never enough, a start-up company called 4SeTV is planning to introduce a $99 retail box that lets users display up to four TV channels at once on one screen. The company is launching a Kickstarter campaign for the device on August 19th, but it’s also making the rounds with cable […]

Microsoft To Beef Up Xbox One TV Features

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 07:12
While Microsoft has seemingly abandoned Windows Media Center, they’re clearly not done with television. First, the company has announced an Xbox One USB television tuner for European markets that will run about 30 bucks, when it launches this fall. Beyond basic OTA tuning and the requisite One Guide integration, Microsoft also kindly provides a 30 minute buffer to […]

Battle of the Home Automation Hubs

Fri, 08/08/2014 - 06:51
Intro Home automation chatter has picked up over the past few months, especially now that Apple and Google are throwing their respective kits into the mix. There’s a plethora of approaches to introduce automation into our homes. Whether it’s Z-Wave to disengage your door lock or Zigbee to turn on your lights, the primary method to link up all […]

How To Update Toyota Entune

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 07:44
Coming upon the two-year mark of Prius ownership, I began searching for updates to Toyota Entune – the automaker’s app platform. Originally designed to be a revenue generating service, Toyota took it fee-free in 2013. It seems a number of usability quirks and connectivity issues have been improved since taking possession of my Prius. Unfortunately, […]

The HDHomeRun Prime Giveaway

Wed, 08/06/2014 - 06:24
Hot on the heels of our DLNA streaming piece, and amidst CableCARD uncertainty, we’re offering up a Silicon Dust HDHomeRun Prime review unit. While humble in appearance, this little box is capable of tuning three simultaneous streams of digital cable, via a single CableCARD, and beaming the content across your home network. Those running Windows Media Center are best positioned to […]

DirecTV Extends TiVo Agreement Into 2018

Fri, 08/01/2014 - 08:06
Sadly, the initial fruits of their renewed labor haven’t been very compelling, leading some to wonder if DirecTV is doing the bare minimum to avoid costly licensing. And is it coincidental that TiVo’s Time Warp patent protection expires in 2018? Regardless, hope these guys have a higher def whole-home TiVo solution in the works for DirecTV subscribers. Given THR22 scarcity, […]

Streaming Cable TV via HDHomeRun DLNA

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 07:16
Fellow tech enthusiast and DC neighbor Joel Ward continues his role as a Features contributor here at Zatz Not Funny. Beyond ZNF, Joel can be found at Joel Explains It All and @joelsef on Twitter. In our crowd, just a few years back watching OTA and cable on your computer was all the rage. Platforms like Windows Media Center, SageTV, and SnapStream […]

Google Fiber Hardware Refresh Detailed

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 07:34
Google Fiber beta invites are rolling out, shedding light on upcoming hardware consolidation. Via kcjak: Just got an email from Google Fiber saying we’ve been selected into their test program. Test includes replacement of the hardware, which will combine the network box and storage box into a single unit, as well as upgrade of WIFI […]

Comcast Opens X1 Beta Testing To All Comers

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 06:33
While Comcast dicks around with TiVo, to presumably avoid costly Time Warp licensing and FCC scrutiny, the cable giant continues to crank away on their preferred platform – the X1, which has been deployed across 100% of their footprint and sees 20,000 new installs every day. And now, in possibly a first for a cableco, they’re ‘going Google’ […]

Slingbox Support Reveals Upcoming Chromecast Details

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 08:38
While we’d long ago heard from a reliable source that Slingbox Chromecast playback was a lock, Sling hasn’t communicated anything publicly in recent weeks … with “soon” having come and gone. However, Sling support staff has once again come through with pre-release intel: Yes, a Slingbox M1 with the latest firmware (this would be updated during initial setup) will support SlingPlayer […]

My Chromecast – 1 Year Later

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 12:06
A year after Google’s Chromecast launch, I am still a big fan of the TV streaming stick, but also a sporadic user at best. Here are some of the Chromecast positives: Free stuff! To celebrate the one-year anniversary, Google is offering three free months of Google Play Music All Access to Chromecast owners. (Although it may […]

Banish TiVo Pause Menu Ads

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 06:30
Next up in our buy more TiVo series are steps to hide intrusive pause menu advertising. While TiVo produces arguably the best DVR, beyond consumer sales and service, the company augments revenue by leveraging their userbase for advertising and analytics. The vast majority of these initiatives are applied with a soft touch, but pause menu ads […]

Marvel Unlimited For 99 Cents

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 09:24
To generate awareness during the San Diego Comic-Con, Marvel Unlimited has gone on sale — 99 cents for a single month. While not quite “unlimited”, the subscription grants your mobile devices access a large catalog of digital comics. Having previously used the service over a year, I’d say the iPad provides the best reading experience and I found the content to […]