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Sonos Playbase Nears Release

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 14:16:25 +0000

First spotted at the USPTO way back in 2014, several signs indicate the mysterious Sonos Playbase nears release. What we suspect is a speaker array that one’s television sits upon, similar to the Bose Solo 15, the new Sonos product just popped up on retailer BH Photo’s site for pre-order. With a pencilled in $699 […]

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3 Weeks With Apple AirPods

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 16:00:31 +0000

I admit it. I was one of those skeptics who initially mocked the wireless Apple AirPods ($159). But quickly changed my tune upon release. After several minutes with a buddy's AirPods, I take back all negatory, snarkified commentary. Very cool, extremely thoughtful design. — Dave Zatz (@davezatz) December 20, 2016 And, having picked up my own pair of […]

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Comcast Comes To Roku (but it’s not the app you wanted)

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 14:56:46 +0000

As announced last year, Comcast has made good on their promise to deliver Xfinity television to the Roku platform. However, the initial experience may not provide what many cable customers had hoped for. First, the Xfinity Roku channel is not capable of simply replacing every cable box as “at least one Comcast-provided TV box, a CableCARD and have a compatible IP […]

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TiVo Heads Back To The Future (with new hardware partners)

Wed, 08 Feb 2017 14:35:33 +0000

There’s always a few hidden gems that turn up at CES. And 2017 is no exception, with HD Guru uncovering an unannounced TiVo Philips partnership. The initiative seemingly confirms TiVo’s intent to diversify their retail hardware business, with Philips preparing a line of over-the-air TiVo-powered personal video recorders (PVR). The mash-up is also notable given the companies* history, having launched […]

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TiVo & Roku Introduce Screen Readers To Satisfy FCC

Sun, 22 Jan 2017 15:29:05 +0000

As I indicated back in November when the TiVo 20.6.3 software update starting rolling out, “the cool stuff” wasn’t quite ready and this revision was mostly “unremarkable” bug fixes. However, one item I was unaware of until recently is the launch of a significantly enhanced screen reader (as displayed in the SD settings above) to meet a December 20th FCC […]

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AirTV arrives… without OTA guide integration

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 12:52:21 +0000

In what one customer suggests “feels like a bait & switch,” AirTV has shipped without its primary selling point enabled. Instead of directly integrating over-the-air television content into the Sling TV guide, there is merely a button to launch the separate, Google-produced Live Channels OTA app. Further, the promised Netflix integration may also be incomplete leading […]

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TiVo’s Amazon Video App Updated For 2017

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 14:42:02 +0000

Over the last few days, TiVo Bolt, Roamio, Premiere, and Mini units have been updated with a refreshed Amazon Video app to more closely mirror the latest experience deployed to other platforms like Roku and Amazon’s own Fire TV. Beyond the large tiles and left column navigation, as pictured on my Roamio, two notable enhancements are […]

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The Tablo Update & Giveaway

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 20:26:37 +0000

Cord cutting featured prominently at CES this month, including a pair of announcements by our pals at Tablo. Later this year, they’ll offer an Android TV app that provides local television playback with DVR capabilities. Even more interesting is the upcoming Tablo Live dongle ($99) that connects to an antenna and beams your favorite programming […]

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Slingbox Manufacturing Halted… In Favor Of Video Production Ecosystem

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 16:44:10 +0000

In a move that probably surprises to no one, I can confirm reports that Echostar subsidiary Sling Media halted Slingbox production last year. Sling Media, the video place-shifting pioneer, has stopped manufacturing Slingbox units, but will continue to sell Slingboxes that remain still in stock, Satellite Business News reported in its January 6 issue. In fact, this seems […]

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AirTV in Action

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 15:08:59 +0000

Cord Cutters News has posted a video demonstration of AirTV from CES… and it sure looks intriguing. AirTV is a small Android set-top that comes bundled with a USB tuner ($130) and boots directly into Sling TV. While you don’t actually need to be a subscriber of the streaming service, there’s no point in picking up […]

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