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Verizon FiOS 6-Tuner Quantum TV DVR & Extenders Arrive!

Tue, 04/01/2014 - 07:41

First unveiled at CES 2013, the Verizon Media Server (VMS) has finally started shipping under “Quantum TV” in a “phased roll-out” in select markets . The IPTV DVR hub maintains the original 6-tuners and 1 terabyte or storage as originally pitched. Yet, by bundling two units for a reasonable $32/mo, the networked solution seamlessly expands to […]

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CableCARD: TiVo Fights The Good Fight

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 07:35

TiVo visited with the FCC last week, lamenting the current state of CableCARD and Section 629. And, to reiterate their points, submitted the above letter. While we can’t speak to TiVo’s survey methodology, they report diminished CableCARD support with increased operator-implemented roadblocks – presumably intended to discourage third party set-top usage… such as TiVo and perhaps […]

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Is This The New Amazon Streamer?

Fri, 03/28/2014 - 17:15

Several weeks ago, this mysterious “digital media receiver” was brought to my attention. I’ve been largely quiet on the matter as I was hopeful that I might turn up more of a smoking gun… as I ultimately did with the Amazon gaming controller. Yet, other than confirmation Best Buy will be carrying an Amazon “streaming […]

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Roku Streaming Stick Ships!

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 18:23

Roku’s new streaming stick is now shipping in the US online from Roku, Amazon, Best Buy, Target and Walmart. A few other outlets have now reported the news, but I happened to hear the information first hand from Ed Lee, Roku’s vice president of content acquisition, at a Light Reading conference today in Denver. As a […]

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<p>I can confirm TechHive&#39;s

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 07:16

I can confirm TechHive's speculative piece – Slingbox support IS coming to Chromecast. Soon. http://t.co/XL8k7pIOTy — Dave Zatz (@davezatz) March 27, 2014

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TiVo Spring Update Nearly Ready To Roll

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 06:47

Via TiVo VP Margret Schmidt, we learn TiVo is poised to deploy a “Spring Update” to Roamio, Premiere, and Mini hardware – possibly beginning “late next week.” The DVR maker is once again going with a staggered release and if you’d like to be first, register your boxes here. And, for the first time in […]

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Major Roku iPhone & Android App Updates

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 14:38

Roku’s mobile apps see significant updates this week, featuring a flatter, more minimalistic appearance and the introduction of universal content search. Sound familiar? The handy universal search isn’t new to Roku, but it is new to the app – which is ultimately a more efficient location. And, beyond video availability, it also looks like we’ll […]

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Waterproofing Your Gadgets

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 07:41

The Digital Reader is out with a post covering yet another waterproofing coating. While I wouldn’t roll the dice with aftermarket “nano” coatings on devices not designed for immersion and I don’t trust Lifeproof after evaluating two cases, the broader hope is that major manufacturers would directly integrate water resistant technologies… as we’ve started to […]

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FCC Docs Detail New Verizon Home Automation Platform

Wed, 03/19/2014 - 14:21

Verizon hasn’t been out of the home automation business for long, but it looks like the telco giant is already preparing to jump back in. According to FCC documents uncovered by Steve Donahue of FierceCable, Verizon appears to be preparing to launch a new FiOS gateway with an associated Zigbee home automation module. The FiOS […]

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After A Million Years, Sonos Begins App UI Refresh

Wed, 03/19/2014 - 08:26

After what seems like a million years, Sonos has begun to refresh their app interfaces with something a bit more modern (and flat). Along with the updated visuals, organization is vastly different as well. And, having only spent a day with the beta Android app, I’m not quite ready to pass judgement. The app opens […]

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D-Link Preps Wireless Motion Detector

Wed, 03/19/2014 - 07:28

As the story goes, D-Link demonstrated a variety of home automation products under NDA at CES. While we weren’t privy to those talks, all sorts of goodies have starting springing up on government and publisher product databases as the company attempts to one up Belkin’s WeMo line. And next in line for its close up is […]

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Amazon Streamer To Feature Bluetooth Gaming Controller

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 06:50

By way of an overseas regulatory agency, similar to our very own FCC, we continue to hone in on the elusive Amazon media streamer. As the story goes, a fall launch was delayed with the Roku Apple TV competitor now looking quite likely for March or April. Netflix and Hulu appear to be confirmed, as does […]

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<p>Info on unidentified digital media

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 07:39

Info on unidentified digital media receiver has come across my desk. Could it be Amazon? Model CL1130, dual band WiFi, Bluetooth remote. Hm! — Dave Zatz (@davezatz) March 11, 2014

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AppleTV Gets Jiggly With It

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 07:31

Along with the massive iOS 7.1 update, Apple TV also sees new software. And version 6.1 is significant given a rare UI enhancement that somewhat mirrors app management on Apple’s mobile devices. Highlighting a content provider, followed by holding the select button down will ultimately get the icon jiggling, at which point the play/pause button […]

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WeatherNation TV Launches Roku App

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 17:44

WeatherNation TV, who got some attention recently as a Weather Channel alternative given the DirecTV retransmission spat, wrote to let us know their Roku channel is now available. Beyond regional interactivity, the app also provides live video… which looks pretty good windowed, but there’s work to be done on full screen resolution/quality. The virtual channel […]

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Buffalo Wild Wings Adds Tablets, Drops Sriracha & Coke

Fri, 03/07/2014 - 07:10

By way of Engadget, we learn that Buffalo Wild Wings has begun swapping out their existing NTN gaming stations for far more interactive (and less bulky) Android tablets. Beyond gaming, these new devices also provide a conduit to the serving staff: Buzztime’s BEOND tablet lets Buffalo Wild Wings Guests order food, request songs and television […]

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The Ceiva Zigbee Home Control Photo Frame

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 06:58

Remember Ceiva? One of the original digital photo frames… that incorporated Internet connectivity (!) to receive pushed pics from remote family as we did about 10 years ago for Mom. Apparently the company is still alive and kicking, having just pushed the Ceiva HomeView widget station thru the FCC. While the Ceiva HomeView (SHR558) is capable of […]

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