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Catching up with Simple.TV

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 05:40
Although our initial impressions of the dual tuner Simple.TV was less than stellar, the company has been hard at work not only updating the little cord cutting, place shifting black box, but also launching new features. Recently, I had the chance to talk to Simple.TV CEO Mark Ely to discuss some of these changes. First, from […]

Wink Preps Wall Mounted Touchpad Controller

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 15:34
While Home Depot’s sell date may be 9/1, wireless Wink LED bulbs have started popping up on store shelves. And, along with them, is some very interesting box art… including the yet-to-be announced Wink Relay Controller. By way of Amazon and a Google cache, we learn the incoming device features: 4.3″ multi-touch screen allows access to […]

Wink GE Link LED Quick Look

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 12:59
After noticing that a few of my local Home Depot stores had the $15 Wink compatible GE Link LEDs in stock (60w variety), I decided to stop by during lunch to see if they were actually there. Lo and behold, I was able to find some for sale and brought them home! The GE Links come in […]

TiVo & Cable’s Inevitable MPEG4 Transition

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 07:02
By way of a new TiVo support note, we learn that TiVo has indeed been preparing for the inevitable MPEG4 transition as cable operators look to reclaim bandwidth (beyond dastardly SDV). In October 2014, Comcast will transition its system in Augusta, Georgia, from MPEG2 format to MPEG4. This transition means that cable channels in this […]

What are the Sonos Boost & Playbase?

Sun, 08/24/2014 - 07:33
As Sonos consolidates, by discontinuing the matte Black Sub and shortly dropping the wireless Bridge requirement, we’ve latched onto two new products. From a source comes the screengrab above, which is the first reference I’ve seen to a Sonos Boost. While it could be an entirely new device, I wonder if might simply be a […]

Amazon Launches Ad Network

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 06:29
As a for (gadget) profit entity, we’re often on the lookout for new methods of delivering relevant yet minimally intrusive advertising. And, one effective tool has been Amazon Associates. As Amazon sells just about everything, we can hopefully maintain a certain level of editorial neutrality by spiking the occasional post or tweet with an affiliate link to whatever […]

Not The Roku TV You’re Looking For?

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 07:01
I took a super brief look at Roku TV back at CES, but CNET is now out with a more thorough once over as pricing and timing have been revealed. And that pricing is extremely competitive, with the 32″ TCL running a mere $229. While that’s pretty darn good for a 720P smart TV with WiFi, CNET wonders if budget sets from Vizio might […]

Finally! Very glad to say that our

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 08:57
Finally! Very glad to say that our Android streaming app will become available next month! Stay tuned for details. #android #tivoroamio — TiVo (@TiVo) August 18, 2014

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 […]