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The Sonos Home Theater Is Nearly Here?

Zatz Not Funny! - Thu, 12/27/2012 - 08:08
After two years of buildup, it seems a Sonos home theater solution is nearly upon us. The “Playbar”, as uncovered via a number of FCC filings, has been kicking around their labs since at least June. While it’s not entirely clear what the Playbar is, we’re hoping it’s more soundbar and less Jambox - to complement my [...]

Jawbone Jambox Wireless Speaker Joins the Christmas Stash

Zatz Not Funny! - Thu, 12/27/2012 - 06:05
It’s been a while since I bothered with any Bluetooth accessories, but this year’s Christmas gift of a Jawbone Jambox has me back on the bandwagon. The portable speaker pairs via Bluetooth or connector cable to any phone, computer, tablet, etc. I tried mine out this evening with my smartphone, and the wireless connection was [...]

Italian. It’s What’s For TV Dinner!

TiVo Blog - Wed, 12/26/2012 - 12:47
Who’s up for Italian tonight? If you’re thinking that is code for pepperoni pizza or a plate of spaghetti at your neighborhood Italian joint, you’re wrong. It’s okay, we love those dishes too, but it’s time to branch out and see what else Italian food has to offer. That is where we come in! Lidia’s Italy with Lidia Bastianich, Ciao Italia with Mary Ann Esposito and Everyday Italian with Giada De Laurentiis are shows that will get you questioning if you’re part Italian too. Lidia Bastianich shares recipes from all regions of Italy from Abruzzo to Veneto, Continue Reading

Add Gift Card To Starbucks App

Zatz Not Funny! - Tue, 12/25/2012 - 12:06
Like many this season, I’ve received a Starbucks gift card. Three to be exact. And instead of bothering with the Starbucks website, I figured there must be some way to add the balance to my existing virtual card/account via the Starbucks iPhone app. Indeed there is… From within the Starbucks app, bring up your current balance [...]

LG Optimus G versus… LG Optimus G

Zatz Not Funny! - Tue, 12/25/2012 - 09:15
After evaluating LG’s flagship Optimus G Android handset these last few weeks, we’re convinced the quad core, high res powerhouse should be on every smartphone shopper’s short list. Beyond the impressive specs, the Optimus G is a handsome device to behold that challenges the iPhone in build quality and design symmetry. And, unlike some of [...]

TV This Week! What to watch week of 12/24

TiVo Blog - Mon, 12/24/2012 - 11:52
MONDAY – 24 Hours of “A Christmas Story” – TBS – 8PM We “triple dog dare you” to tune into the 24 hour marathon of the American classic, “A Christmas Story.” Ring in Christmas Eve right by spending time with the Parker family. This year marks the 15th anniversary of the beloved marathon; audiences have 12 chances to TiVo this exciting event.         TUESDAY – “How The Grinch Stole Christmas” (Animated/Live Action) – ABC – 8PM  A back-to-back event to celebrate an extravagant “Grinchmas”! Catch the animated Continue Reading

Best Buy Archives Your DVDs To The Cloud

Zatz Not Funny! - Sun, 12/23/2012 - 07:58
Best Buy subsidiary CinemaNow has opened the doors to their disc-to-digital program. Much like Walmart’s competing Vudu offering, BBY’s Ultraviolet service validates ownership of a Blu-ray or DVD and, for a few bucks, will “copy” it to your account for later playback. However, unlike Vudu which requires a trip to Walmart, CinemaNow is self service – via [...]

Oh What Fun It Is To See These Old Favorites On TV!

TiVo Blog - Fri, 12/21/2012 - 12:48
Watch these old episodes of Christmas past to get in the holiday spirit. Seinfeld- “The Strike” This episode of Seinfeld is full of bizarre problems, which is nothing new. Jerry has an ever changing girlfriend who appears to be a different woman in different lighting, Kramer is on an unsuccessful strike at H&H bagels, and Elaine’s quest to get a free sub at a local deli is lost when she accidentally gives away her punch card. But the main point of this holiday episode of Seinfeld is to highlight Festivus, Continue Reading

Going, Going, Gone! Saying goodbye to some of our favorites…

TiVo Blog - Wed, 12/19/2012 - 14:04
The 2012-2013 season has us saying goodbye to many of our favorite television series, but did any of us think goodbye would come so soon? This week kicked off the fond farewells with Monday night’s series finale of Gossip Girl. In case you haven’t watched, we won’t divulge exactly how or where our favorite East Siders end up, but the one SPOILER we will give is to warn you to be prepared…after all these years of Gossip, we finally find out who “she” is. You know you love her, XoXo! Continue Reading

Pairing old DVR Expander with new Premiere 4

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Tue, 12/18/2012 - 21:52
I just upgraded my dead Tivo HD with a Premiere 4. I have been using a WD DVR Expander for a few years now and wanted to move it to my new Premiere 4. I transferred the shows I could from the old box to the new, and now I have unhooked the DVR Expander. I read that all I should have to do is hook it up to the Premiere, and it should recognize it and format it, but that didn't work. Is there something else I need to do to clear off the DVR Expander and have the new Tivo format and recognize it? Suggestions much appreciated.

BTW, I read about a kickstart 54, but couldn't get it to work. If I am able to get the kickstart to work, will that remove the recordings I transferred to the new Premiere? Thanks for the help.

PyTivo server appears grayed out in HDUI

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Tue, 12/18/2012 - 16:19
I've just bought a new Premiere, and I notice that my PyTivo server appears grayed out and with an orange exclamation point icon in My Shows if I use the HDUI.

If I switch to the SDUI, it appears bright and with a PC icon, just as it does on my TiVo HD.

Regardless of which UI I use, I can access the PyTivo server, browse, and download content just fine, so obviously there's nothing actually wrong, but that display mode would suggest that not everything is quite right.

Has anyone else noticed this behavior? Is this something that has been addressed in a newer version of PyTivo? I haven't updated mine in several months, on the basis of "if it ain't broke, don't fix it."

Homeland S02 - Who Done It? - Spoilers Likely

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Tue, 12/18/2012 - 16:08
With the S02 finale behind us, who do you think was ultimately behind the explosive ending?

oops, poll coming

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Tue, 12/18/2012 - 16:05
Homeland poll coming

Gossip Girl -- Series Finale (SPOILER, of course!)

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Tue, 12/18/2012 - 14:08
Not sure if anyone is still watching, but I am. Last night was the last episode!! It's over. Of course, as many hoped, Kristin Bell WAS in the final episode. But not in the role people thought. Good ol' Dan "Lonely Boy" Humphrey is/was Gossip Girl.

Not totally sure how that works. The series opens with Serena being spotted as she returned to New York. THey revealed that Dan was the one that spotted her and took the photo. But how did he know who she was? And wasn't Gossip Girl an already established blog/website at that point.



Some notable cameos and returns. Jenny and Eric come back for Dan's wedding to Serena. And we see Vanessa get the news. Michael Bloomberg too, showing surprise it wasn't Dorota. :D Kristen Bell was there, as was Rachel Bilson, playing themselves. Rufus is with Lisa Loeb! (lucky!!)

Anywho... I'll miss this show. A guilty pleasure. Everyone and everything always looked fabulous.

Walking Dead TV Guide Article (Spoilers?)

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Tue, 12/18/2012 - 11:18
Out of the corner of my eye at the grocery store, I spotted a TV guide magazine. It was the one with the Doctor Who image on the front.

Anyhow, I thought it said something like this:

Spoiler: Walking Dead. The inside scoop in the return of Shane

Did I misread it (I was reading the cover from a distance)? Wasn't this character conclusively retired from the series?

1600 Penn 12/17/2012

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Tue, 12/18/2012 - 10:41
This episode will be repeated on January 10th, 2013.

I watched this and have mixed feelings. Parts of it were very funny. I loved everything having to do with the South American leaders. I liked seeing Miguel Sandoval again. The trophy wife question by the kid was funny. But there was a better sitcom about the President out http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/That's_My_Bush!

Even though it was based on a real President, it was genuinely funny. It could only have been pulled off pre-9/11 but it was a better sitcom than 1600 Penn.

Happy Premiere Famiy

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Tue, 12/18/2012 - 08:39
I just recently purchased a Premiere for my daughter as a college graduation gift. This brings all TiVos in our household into the Premiere family. She previously had a S2DT. It's amazing! Finally we have the TiVo setup we've wanted since the days we bought our first TiVo back in 2000.

Everything works seamlessly, we can all schedule using our iPads/iPhones. Watching from one box to another is painless. It's like we have one huge TiVo serving all TVs in our home... and 10 tuners to boot.

Our Premieres work great. Currently no issues (hope I'm not jinxing things). The HD menu improvements with the last update have increased usability of the To-Do list, Season Pass mgr. etc... and actually gotten me back to using those screens willingly.

I also use Kmttg and PyTiVo to archive shows we want to keep on our server. I can control almost all aspects of our TiVos from these programs, making organizational chores a breeze.

TiVo seems to be actively upgrading service and adding features (AOL, Spotify) and actually seems interested in saving their brand. (I had my worries over the past few years)

If they could just add an easy way to schedule on "any" available tuner and push conflicts to open tuners on other boxes I would truly be in heaven.

Thanks TiVo!

TiVo Gets Musical With Spotify

TiVo Blog - Tue, 12/18/2012 - 07:46
TiVo is enhancing its customizable entertainment experience with the introduction of Spotify. The leading streaming music service is now available to TiVo Premiere customers in the US. This addition reflects TiVo’s efforts to provide customers with the best of TV, movies and music all in one device.   To access this new feature, TiVo customers can sign-in on their TV with existing Spotify Premium accounts. From there they will be able to listen to current playlists, create new playlists, browse playlists, albums and artists, search for related artists and stream Continue Reading

Spotify Comes to TiVo Premiere

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Tue, 12/18/2012 - 07:18
TiVo Brings Spotify to TiVo Premiere Boxes

SAN JOSE, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 12/18/12 -- TiVo Inc. (NASDAQ:
TIVO), the creator of and a leader in advanced television services
including digital video recorders (DVRs), today announced the
availability of leading music streaming service Spotify for its TiVo
Premiere boxes in the US. The introduction of Spotify to the host of
applications offered through TiVo is the latest example of the
company's efforts to deliver a complete, customizable entertainment
experience, from television to movies to music, in one box.

"TiVo is continuing to revolutionize the way people consume
entertainment content, and not just television programming," said
Tara Maitra, SVP and general manager of content & media sales at TiVo
Inc. "By providing access to Spotify on TiVo, customers are able to
experience their music and playlists through the best sound system in
their house, as opposed to just their phone or PC, and through the
convenience of one remote."

On TiVo, consumers can sign-in with an existing Spotify Premium
account ($9.99/month) to seamlessly and immediately enjoy their
current playlists through their television. Once the Spotify app is
launched on TiVo, users simply enter their username and password to
begin enjoying music. It will allow TiVo owners to stream music
through their home theater system, as well as browse playlists,
albums and artists, and search for related artists using the TiVo
remote control.

"Integrating Spotify with the TiVo interface brings a more seamless
user experience to Spotify fans, and introduces TiVo fans to a new
way to listen to millions of songs for free," said Pascal de Mul,
Global Head of Hardware partnerships, Spotify. "Through this, users
will be able to stream their playlists through their TiVo and home
theater sound system and share their music with friends."

Spotify joins TiVo's current musical lineup of Pandora, Rhapsody,
Live365, Music Choice and songs connected from a PC or Mac music
library*. The Spotify app is expected to begin rolling out to
customers in the next 24 hours and TiVo customers will find it in the
Music & Photos menu.

To learn more about Spotify on TiVo or to sign up for a free, 30-day
trial of Spotify Premium, visit www.spotify.com/tivo.

* To stream songs connected from a PC or Mac, you will need TiVo
Desktop software for PC or TiVo Desktop software for Mac. TiVo
Desktop software is not required to use Spotify, Pandora, Rhapsody,
Live365 or Music Choice.

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