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Apple TV Lands Movie Extras (Again)

Sun, 07/13/2014 - 07:52
After a several year hiatus, Apple once again brings supplemental movie content to Apple TV in the form of iTunes Extras. It’s the sort of DVD and Blu-ray goodies you’d expect in cut scenes, directory commentary, featurettes, and the like. Whereas initial Apple TV models sported hard drives, over the last few years this downloadable content was […]

TiVo’s Xbox Box One & Amazon Fire TV Hypotheticals

Fri, 07/11/2014 - 15:06
In relation to TiVo’s summer update, the DVR pioneer has disclosed that they’ve moved large swaths of their code base from Adobe Air/Flash to Haxe - resulting in significant performance improvements. Based on the stellar document dug up by BigJimOutlaw, the two year project clearly benefits them (and us) on a number of levels, including less reliance on the […]

The TiVo “On Demand” Remote Giveaway

Fri, 07/11/2014 - 07:09
By way of the TiVo Community, I learned that, despite cessation of service, Charter-branded TiVo remotes live on. And why this might matter to you is the handy On Demand button, in relation to Comcast’s completion of the TiVo Xfinity On Demand rollout to retail DVRs. Yeah, TiVo’s On Demand interface is still old school and you may […]

Channel Master DVR+ Updated With 1TB Internal Drive

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 13:38
Channel Master has just updated their DVR+ line with a $400 model that houses a roomy 1TB internal drive - versus the original’s bring-your-own USB storage approach that requires more clutter, more complexity. We quite like the DVR+ and believe it’s a solid option for those seeking an over-the-air recorder and coming from VCR or new to DVR (whereas we suggest Tablo to our […]

Comcast One Ups Verizon With 15 Tuner DVR

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 11:43
DVR marketing ridiculousness continues… First Verizon introduced FiOS Quantum DVR, touting a whopping 12 tuners for recording or feeding extenders throughout the home for live viewing. With the small caveat that two 6-tuner DVR rentals are required. Well, Comcast has upped the ante with a Gillette-worthy 15 tuner Xfinity X1 experience. Assuming you rent three DVRs (and pay the associated […]

Microsoft To Revamp OneDrive Logo

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 09:27
Microsoft OneDrive iconography will shortly be refreshed, if this trademark filing is any indication. Building upon the prior logo, the three-bump background cloud is replaced by a stylized two-bump cloud profile network cable moving from background to foreground, better visualizing the virtual storage service. This follows (forced) re-branding from “SkyDrive” along with a massive storage increase for Office 365 subscribers and […]

TiVo Summer Update Released (without Android streaming)

Tue, 07/08/2014 - 13:02
TiVo’s summer update (20.4.2) has started rolling out. As expected, headlining the visual changes are a new customizable 3-column My Shows view and the release of the TiVo Roamio UI onto Premiere and Mini hardware. Along with the refreshed Premiere interface, is a bullet-worthy speed bump – already confirmed by one of our community peers. From TiVo’s new Service […]

Tablo TV brings additional features with 2.1.12 update

Tue, 07/08/2014 - 07:54
Tablo TV has just released a few new features with their 2.1.12 update. Most notable include manual recording (for shows requiring additional time like sports), a Plex Channel, Closed Captioning support, and the ability to Chromecast from the Chrome browser (and Chromebooks).  You can read about all the changes on Tablo’s community post here. Tablo recently […]

Wink Hub Quick Look

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 14:57
The Wink Hub that was announced just last month is now for sale at Amazon and Home Depot.  The new low cost smart controller for the home promises to be the most connected hub there is and competes directly with the newly priced Staples Connect Hub. Supporting Wifi, Bluetooth, Z-Wave, Zigbee, and Lutron’s Clear Connect protocols, there is reason […]

Home Control Curious? Staples Connect Drops To $50.

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 14:05
If you’re just easing into home control and automation like me, Staples Connect is worth a look — moreso as the Linksys hub will shortly drop to a mere $50. With apps for most platforms, the hub communicates via 802.11b/g/n, Z-Wave, and Lutron wireless protocols. Along with the price reduction, broader retail distribution has been announced along with a […]

No You Don’t Replace Aereo, Silly Rabbit

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 06:58
In the wake of Aereo’s Supreme Court smackdown and cessation of service, CEOs from the likes of TiVo and SimpleTV have taken to the press to pitch their case as an over-the-air replacement. But Aereo’s primary benefits can’t be replicated by these guys. First, Aereo positioned their rental antennas where the company obviously received a strong signal. Which isn’t […]

Amazon Fire TV Gets Musical (but it ain’t Prime)

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 06:20
A curious thing happened yesterday while perusing my Amazon Fire TV … scrolling thru the left-hand textual menu seemed more tedious than usual and, sure enough, several new items were present. A quick check to the (slightly re-ordered) settings confirmed the Fire TV had been updated (to 51.1.1). It appears the headliners are a kid-oriented FreeTime and native Amazon […]

Facebook getting into drones? Sure,

Sat, 06/28/2014 - 09:27
Facebook getting into drones? Sure, makes perfect sense. — Dave Zatz (@davezatz) June 28, 2014

Mohu Channels Shipping Halted Admist Reception Issues

Fri, 06/27/2014 - 15:26
Via Mohu’s Kickstarter update: Some of our backers who have received and installed their Channels devices are commenting that they are receiving less OTA channels than they previously had prior to installing Channels. We are an OTA company and, as you would image, this is of great concern to us. Rest assured, the tuner inside […]

Android Wear Smartwatch First Look

Fri, 06/27/2014 - 06:18
Writers from Business Insider, The Verge, and The Next Web share their initial Android Wear Smartwatch feedback… Doesn't this defeat the purpose of a smartwatch? — Steve Kovach (@stevekovach) June 26, 2014 LG G Watch. Direct sunlight. Yikes. — Dieter Bohn (@backlon) June 26, 2014 The future on your wrist — Owen […]

Mohu Channels Now Shipping (with time shifting to come)

Thu, 06/26/2014 - 07:00
By way of Mohu (and Twitter), we’ve learned that the latest cord cutting device is now shipping to all 1200 Kickstarter backers. Mohu Channels is basically a small Android box with built-in OTA tuner, thus merging over-the-air television with online video (and other web content). And in response to early feedback, some compelling new items on the […]

Fitbit Introduces Live Tracking (with a little help from Apple)

Thu, 06/26/2014 - 04:44
This week’s Fitbit iOS app update brings with it a welcome feature, in live tracking. Along with tracking steps throughout the day via one of their many trackers, new live tracking functionality relies on the iPhone’s GPS to monitor and provide real-time feedback on your exercise. Fitbit has always been one of the fastest companies to allow 3rd party apps to […]

TiVo Launching “My Shows Categories”

Wed, 06/25/2014 - 18:21
As we revealed last month, TiVo’s summer update will bring a third column to their interface. And, now via TiVo’s YouTube channel, we’ve got some “My Shows Categories” high res imagery and training. Beyond the new presentation and in-guide recording detailed here, we’re told the Roamio UI will also make its way to Premiere and Mini hardware with the summer […]

Silicon Dust Brings Live Television To Android TV

Wed, 06/25/2014 - 15:48
During Google’s annual developer conference today, Android TV was formally introduced as the successor to Google TV. As conveyed to me at CES and scooped by GigaOm back in March, Android TV is pretty much what we expected — rather than an Android fork, this more or less features the core Android OS with a simplified leanback UI layered […]