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Nest/Dropcam “Smart Device” Passes Thru FCC?

Sat, 04/25/2015 - 07:30

File this one under pure speculation… Beyond showing up as a new FCC listing, we know next to nothing about this Google “Smart Device.” Some have concluded it’s a Google Glass update. However, I find that unlikely given the naming convention (CAP1 vs X1) and seeking approval for just a single band of low energy Bluetooth. It’s been a long while […]

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TiVo Begins Pitching Aereo Castaways

Mon, 04/20/2015 - 14:06

Is a list of (perhaps) 80,000 customers and a URL worth a cool million? TiVo’s about to find out… as they’ve begun emailing Aereo castaways, having closed on various Aereo assetts in bankruptcy proceedings. As you can see above, the targeted pitch is actually pretty compelling. For those who have OTA reception, anyway. For $20/month, with […]

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New Verizon FiOS TV Bundles Don’t Include BBC Channels

Mon, 04/20/2015 - 09:51

I’m failry certain we’ll never get to à la carte cable. Certainly not in the next several years… given the current content hegemony that requires channels on certain tiers and/or bundling of multiple properties. Having said that, industry has taken notice as consumers look to exert more control over their content choices and seek more value from […]

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The TiVo Roamio Heart Transplant – Easy, Breezy

Sun, 04/19/2015 - 09:34

Given periodic tuner conflicts with my Premiere XL4/Elite, due to recording duties and Mini streaming, and a desire to periodically offload DVR-ed shows, something the devalued Slingbox cannot offer,  I’ve been quite pleased since taking TiVo up on their 10 year customer deal last month for a 6-tuner Roamio. Indeed, while TiVo’s “Stream” functionality isn’t currently as robust […]

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Tablo Releases Updated Roku Preview, New Fire TV and Android TV Apps

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 12:42

It’s no secret that we are big fans of the Tablo TV system. Since the launch almost one year ago, Tablo has continually pushed the little placeshifting over-the-air DVR forward via software updates to bring functionality up to speed with most major competitors.One of the later enhancements has been thumbnail previews while FF/RW a recorded […]

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Amazon Echo Nows Controls Philips Hue and Belkin Wemo!

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 10:22

Whoa, Amazon Echo just got way more interesting.Thus far, it’s made for a relatively decent voice-controlled alarm clock and connected speaker. But we’ve found it more novelty than necessity. That may change today. As Amazon just sent a note indicating they’ve enabled linkages to my Philips Hue bulbs and Belkin’s WeMo products for the smart home. Looking forward […]

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TiVo Begins Software Update To Power iHeartRadio & Plex

Mon, 04/06/2015 - 12:19

Plex, now triply confirmed for the platform, is just weeks away as TiVo begins rolling out software version 20.4.7 to Premiere and Roamio units. Its ultimate usefulness and quality will likely be governed by launching as a native app, like Amazon Instant, or living within the Opera TV app store. Neither Plex and TiVo have yet to respond […]

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Roku Feed Tracks New Movies. More To Come?

Sun, 04/05/2015 - 06:56

Along with the introduction of the 2015 Roku 2 & 3 comes the new “Roku Feed” feature. At launch, it’s pinned to the Roku home screen as My Feed and provides an interface to “follow” new movies – easily keeping tabs on when a title moves from the big screen to a digital rental or […]

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Hands On Roku Voice Search

Sun, 04/05/2015 - 06:54

The 2015 Roku 3 ships with a new “Enhanced Remote” that includes a new magnifying glass button and microphone to power voice search, à la Amazon Fire TV and even Comcast Xfinity. When the magnifier is pressed, the lower third of the Roku screen indicates the remote is listening for movie, TV show, actor, or director – tying into […]

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New Roku Streamers Now Available

Sun, 04/05/2015 - 06:50

The new 2015 Roku 2 (4210) and Roku 3 (4230) streamers we unveiled last week have begun arriving at retailers. Indeed, my local best Best Buy has both on the shelf. For the timing being, these units retain their existing US pricing – clocking in at $70 and $100, respectively. However, with the recent Apple TV […]

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TiVo Drops YouTube & Video Podcasts

Fri, 04/03/2015 - 11:26

TiVo app pruning continues… As previously reported, Amazon Instant downloads were to be dropped. Well, as it turns out, TiVo Series 2 and Series 3 owners will also be losing YouTube access come April 16th: All good things must come to an end, right? Well, that’s the case here. As of April 16, 2015, you will no longer be […]

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Amazon’s Next Gadget From Lab126?

Mon, 03/30/2015 - 11:05

I love tracking Amazon’s FCC filing patterns almost as much as I love their technology. Whereas most companies file under their own corporate entity, with the requisite confidentiality requests, or time filings with press or consumer announcements to prevent inadvertent discoveries, Amazon tends to create interestingly named and staffed LLCs around the country with VOIP numbers (that are […]

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NEW Roku 2 & 3, Just Days Away?

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 17:05

While I generally only trawl the FCC for new, original filings, Janko Roettgers of GigaOm recently turned up a pair of revised Roku boxes. And those models have just popped up on Zones. I imagine the prices are way off and wouldn’t recommend pre-ordering from these guys, but expected availability in the next week or so seems quite […]

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TiVo Android App Rewritten (Faster, Root-compatible)

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 06:32

As promised from CES, TiVo has released a brand new Android app. While it looks similar to the app it replaces, it’s been “redesigned from the ground up” — which surely accounts for the much faster interaction. OnePass integration and What To Watch also make appearances, closing the platform parity gap with iPhone and iPad. As with the prior TiVo […]

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Slingbox, Now Covered In Ads

Fri, 03/20/2015 - 10:13

Late last fall, Sling Media began experimenting placing ads within the Slingbox web client – both obtrusively placed banner ads and pre-roll video ads. Well, as a follow-on, I’ve got some good news and some bad news. Ha, just kidding, it’s all bad news… as those who accepted the prompt to download the latest desktop Slingplayer client in time for […]

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Confirmed: Plex Headed To TiVo!

Fri, 03/20/2015 - 08:01

Why thank you, Evolution Digital for spilling the beans. We’d previously wondered if Plex might hit TiVo … given its recent Opera TV integration. And, now, we have part of the answer. What’s not yet known if this would be a native app, like Vudu, or an app-within-an-app via Opera. What’s also not known is box support and […]

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TiVo Lands Yahoo Screen (In Time For Community)

Wed, 03/18/2015 - 19:00

Although I may have burned out on Community, Yahoo has banked on it. And I know many of you have been eagerly anticipating its triumphant (over-the-top) return. Well, fear not TiVo lovers, as VP Margret Schmidt has surprised us with news that Yahoo Screen will be available to Roamio, Premiere, and Mini owners this week. Yahoo Screen on […]

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TiVo Series 3 To Lose Amazon Instant

Wed, 03/18/2015 - 12:12

Dreading tax day? Well, I’ve got more bad news for you. Come April 15th, TiVo Series 3 owners unceremoniously lose access to Amazon Instant. Launched on TiVo way back in 2006 as Amazon Unbox (going HD in 2008), before we called these things “apps”, the video download service has been superseded by a streaming-centric approach that older TiVo hardware […]

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