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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Six Products To Help You Disconnect From Tradition Content Providers

Posted by Richard Chao in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 10:20 PM

http://www.crunchgear.com/2011/03/1...plus-one-bonus/

"There's more than a few ways to cut the cord. So here we go, the six best devices listed in order of relevance that will help cut your household's dependence on pay TV."

It seems these days most people are looking for ways to cut their monthly expenses. One item that has always been in the bullseye is the cable or satellite bill. While many people consider it, I know I have, few people actually go all the way and pull the trigger. Figuring out how to get the content we're used to consuming without it coming from the traditional provider can be tough. Well, CrunchGear has put together a list of six products that will make the transition easier. Over the air digital TV receiver, Boxee Box, Roku, Tivo, Dell Zino/Mac Mini and your local library. Click the read link to see the rational behind their choices.

I can personally vouch for the Roku box. How about you? Have you used any products from this list? Have you cut the cord yet? Let us know and give us your experiences or other items you'd put in the list.


Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Windows 7 Media Center vs Tivo Premier

Posted by Jon Childs in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 03:00 PM

http://www.engadget.com/2010/08/05/...7-media-center/

"Our perspective of success is based on the user interface experience, so while we previously reviewed both the TiVo Premiere and Windows 7 Media Center, we wanted to also tackle the task of directly comparing the two. Of course there are some obvious differences that might sway someone in one way or another, like TiVo's simpler out of the box setup or Media Center's 3rd party plug-in architecture, there are many other points of distinction to discover if you click on through and read about the less obvious user interface differences as well as a few other baked-in non-DVR features."

Engadget has an in-depth look at the latest Tivo Premier UI and Microsoft's Windows 7 Media Center. Both are deemed to be good products. The Tivo allows a better out-of-the-box experience (especially for non-techies), and Media Center is in general much more powerful and tweakable at the expense of simplicity. I have always been tempted to try to set up a Media Center PC, but the complexity and cost have been a little prohibitive. Also, for all its faults my Comcast DVR is included in my cable package and good enough for 98% of the stuff that I would like to do. The Media Center extender idea is nice, but at this point you really need to buy an Xbox360 to get this feature. I certainly don't see my wife buying into putting a video game system in the bedroom to get rid of a DVR which she can use without any problems. As a gadget junkie, I am willing to be talked into a Media Center if someone can give me a compelling reason!


Saturday, July 10, 2010

The Long Hard Road To Legal Content

Posted by Hooch Tan in "Digital Home News" @ 10:00 AM

http://adage.com/digitalnext/post.p...ticle_id=144849

"Basically, I spend a sizable chunk of money per month to access content and have a lot of screens on which I can consume it. If there is a person in the world who should be able to access the show through legal means it's me. Things are never that easy -- here is how my quest for Jack Donaghy inspiration unfolded:"

Big Media, as Keith Richman calls it, is still in the process of figuring online distribution out. How can that be? We have had technology to do this for years! If one reads his journey through frustration, you should be able to note that he tries to make use of several different technologies, all of which are capable of providing him with Fey and company. It also seems odd that his claim to having multiple different technologies is supposed to make his entertainment easier, where I find a mixed bag as much more difficult to manage. Still, the challenge with Big Media is that it is not one entity, but a lot of entities, all wanting some form of money or control for their contribution. Look at how long it is taking for WKRP in Cincinnati to come out on DVD in its entirety. A shakedown is in order, and there will eventually be a consolidation of media distribution channels, along with its own set of problems, and hopefully then, we will find getting what we want a bit easier.


Tuesday, May 11, 2010

TiVo Effect May Not Exist

Posted by Chris Gohlke in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 03:00 AM

http://www.highdefdigest.com/news/s...rtisements/4666

"The study shows that 95 percent of people still watch television live, though that number seems far too high. It also showed that people would skip commercials without the TiVo, by either changing the channel or doing something else around the house. Mela and his team set out to quantify the effect of DVRs, but were surprised when they came up with nothing. "We tried a vast array of methodological approaches to find a DVR effect," says Mela. "We just couldn’t."

I'd always suspected the real effect was minimal if it even existed. I thought it was presumptuous to assume that if you didn't skip the commercial, that you were watching it. I usually don't skip commercials, simply because it is a good time to step out of the room. How about you?

Tags: hardware, tivo

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Cablecard Replacement By 2012, Temporary Fix By This Fall

Posted by Jon Childs in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 12:00 PM

http://hd.engadget.com/2010/03/17/a...andaids-by-thi/

"The biggest news is that the FCC has asked the industry to come up with a residential IP gateway that is open and that will provide same abilities as your provider's equipment, and most importantly, it should enable the very same gear to work no matter what type of service you prefer, whether it be satellite, cable or fiber. But while the FCC has given the industry until December of 2012 to define and deploy these IP gateways before implementing an "appropriate enforcement mechanism," in the meantime the FCC wants to see the biggest issues with CableCARDs resolved by this Fall."

For all the Tivo and HTPC enthusiasts out there this is great news. The ability to replace your service, but still use the same equipment should be a great selling point for any hardware vendor trying to sell third party set top boxes. It is also good news that the FCC is trying to make current Cablecard offerings more competitive with the service supplied set top boxes. One of the FCC's list of fixes includes allowing software to use Cablecard based tuners without having to go through the full Cablelabs certification. This means you could buy your HTPC with a Cablelabs certified tuner and run whatever software you wanted on it. This is sure to please all those MythTV users out there.


Thursday, March 11, 2010

HP MediaSmart Home Servers Gets TiVo Add-in

Posted by Andy Dixon in "Digital Home Software" @ 06:00 PM

http://www.hp.com/united-states/cam...#/TivoExpander/

"For those enjoying media bliss thanks to a little MediaSmart box humming away somewhere in the corner, life just got a even more lovely. HP has announced a partnership with TiVo that allows MediaSmart users to install a Windows Home Server add-in, enabling the two devices to talk sweet nothings to each other. From within the WHS console you'll be able to suck recorded content from the TiVo onto the MediaSmart's expansive storage array and, from there, play it on any of your compatible devices (PC, Mac, Xbox, PS3, etc.). Or, when you start to miss those happy TiVo sounds, you can send that content back over to DVR to view from there. The WHS extension is available right now to MediaSmart owners, so get on with the downloading already."

HP have released a Windows Home Server add-in for their MediaSmart servers, that allows you to link your TiVo to your HP Windows Home Server and enables you to store and then playback your recorded content. This is another good example of just how flexible Windows Home Server is and how features can be added via the add-in functionality. So if you have TiVo and an HP WHS, check it out and let us know whether it's any good. I'd be interested to know if the add-in works on other servers and not just the HP ones.

Tags: software, tivo, whs

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Tivo Premiere Brings On-Demand Content Into The Mix

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 11:07 PM

If you're a Tivo fan, there's some really great stuff that has been announced tonight. Engadget has the live event coverage - though it was kind of boring and short compared to the other stuff they tend to cover - and they have the details on the new Tivo Premiere along with some images and a brief hands-on. This looks pretty impressive actually - it blends YouTube, Amazon Video on Demand, Netflix, and other content. I can't get too excited about it though until a cable provider in Canada decides to pick it up...


Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Tivo Opens Up to Blockbuster

Posted by Chris Gohlke in "Digital Home News" @ 04:00 AM

http://www.ehomeupgrade.com/2009/03...coming-to-tivo/

"Today both companies announced a partnership to provide Blockbuster’s OnDemand movies through TiVo in the coming months. The service will be available on Series2 and Series3 DVRs and will charge customers $3.99 to rent a DVD-quality new release movie on the set-top (rentals start at $1.99). TiVo owners will also be able to purchase movies to keep, like they’re able to do currently with the 2Wire MediaPoint box, for around $20 (with DRM protections)."

Assuming they have the catalog of new releases to back this up, it is somewhat compelling. In their loosing battle with Netflix, they seem to have picked up on an niche that Netflix does not serve, the occasional rental market. But assuming that Blockbuster has negotiated with the studios to stream new releases, I expect similar availability from Netflix at some point.

Tags: blockbuster, tivo

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