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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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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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