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How-to articles, News, and Reviews of all things TiVo, ReplayTV and Digital Video Recorder.



Published: 2014-04-05T09:18:53-07:00

 



Amazon Fire TV first impressions

2014-04-05T09:18:53-07:00

Yesterday my Amazon Fire TV and game controller arrived via UPS, and after spending a few hours with it, I wanted to write up my first impressions of the device. The Setup First off the packaging is nicely minimal and...



Google Fiber TV and TiVo

2014-02-19T11:21:14-08:00

Google Fiber, which is Google's insanely fast gigabit network recently announced they're potentially expanding to a few more markets. I have a friend in Kansas City that got connected to it last Summer and he says the speed is really...



TiVo's new Roamio pixelation/macroblocking bug on Verizon FiOS

2013-08-30T11:29:23-07:00

I just picked up a new Roamio 6-tuner TiVo in order to test out and post a review of soon. It is my 7th or 8th TiVo I've ever owned, but this one has proven problematic on setup due to...



TiVo Series 5 rumors at zatznotfunny

2013-08-06T14:37:34-07:00

Dave Zatz has been compiling all sorts of rumored information found in FCC filings, TiVo bulletin boards, and internet chatter on what the next version of TiVo hardware will look like. The above image is reportedly what the lower end...



Why Did TiVo Fail at Quora

2013-07-25T16:47:01-07:00

Pretty interesting little thread at Quora I stumbled upon asking Why Did TiVo Fail? The best answer so far is from a former TiVo employee that makes it clear TiVo didn't completely fail (heck, it's going on 15 years old...



Google Chromecast released

2013-07-24T12:12:55-07:00

Google released the Chromecast today for just $35, a small item that connects via HDMI and runs a virtual AirPlay-like service, allowing you to send video from apps and Chrome browsers to your TV. Getting video from the Internet to...



Boxee sold to Samsung (plus a download of the old Mac Boxee software)

2013-07-07T18:09:47-07:00

Boxee is one of my favorite video apps in my home theater and I'm actually glad to hear they've been acquired by Samsung. The software Boxee created looks and works great, and is simple to use (here's my old review...



Good CES coverage out there

2013-01-07T14:55:29-08:00

I've noticed that bloggers descending on CES this year is a bigger thing than ever, but most of them are going for quantity over quality. Right now I'm checking The Verge's CES coverage once a day for highlights (they are...



RIP Michael Cronan, creator of the name "TiVo" and mascot

2013-01-05T20:49:02-08:00

Unfortunate news tonight that Micahel Cronan, a designer from the Bay Area has died at age 61. The New York Times has more about Michael, including a story of him coming up with the name "Kindle" for Amazon as well....



Wired on TVs

2012-12-28T15:11:57-08:00

Two great articles on TVs just showed up on Wired's site, both by my friend Mat Honan. In the first, Mat nails the problem with new TVs, and why you don't really need one since video technology is outpacing the...



Dave Zatz reviews the TiVo Stream

2012-08-29T09:47:36-07:00

Dave Zatz got his hands on an early release of the upcoming TiVo Stream, a small $130 box you attach to your TiVo Premiere that lets you stream recordings to iOS devices and also gives you the ability to download...



How Your New TV Ruins Movies

2012-08-27T08:12:02-07:00

The Prolost blog's post Your New TV Ruins Movies is over a year old but still packed with relevant information on why shopping for a new TV is difficult in a busy store as well as the settings that environment...



Pocket TV on Kickstarter

2012-06-04T08:12:15-07:00

Over on Kickstarter, I just backed a cool looking idea: a smart TV operating system that fits in a HDMI dongle. The Pocket TV looks like it can be added to any HDMI-equipped television and runs a full version of...



IKEA's new home entertainment system (including TV)

2012-04-17T17:16:05-07:00

The biggest problem with integrating today's newest TVs into your home is finding a competent home theater installer (or having enough DIY knowhow) to properly mount your TV, hide your components, and then hide the wires, which is no small...



Promise.tv - records all content in a 7-day window

2012-02-20T10:52:49-08:00

An interesting project out of the UK: Promise.tv. It has the ability to record all Freeview (British TV) streams including TV and radio (about 60 channels total) in a one-week buffer, allowing you to watch anything broadcast in the past...