Jul 03 2007

News - More Details On Upcoming Moxi DVRs

Dave Zatz has some info on the upcoming boxes coming from Moxi, with a pretty nice interface & cool features, including Cable Card & Multi-Room DVR. No mention on price or ETA though.

{joomsay link= [Zatz Not Funny]}Both units feature an integrated DVD/CD drive. Regular readers know I shy away from additional boxes, so this appeals to me (though maybe Blu-ray or HD-DVD drives are needed these days). The Moxi units will rip your CDs to the hard drive, plus pull album info and art from the net (Ethernet, no WiFi). Additionally, networked units will also playback MP3s and display digital images from a PC. One feature that looked pretty cool is a ticker, like those on ESPN or CNN, that runs across the bottom of the screen displaying current info such as news and weather. Storage can be expanded by adding an eSATA drive.{/joomsay}




Jul 02 2007

News - Set-top shakeup is in the cards

Long time coming, but it's good to see nothing got in the way. Hopefully this will open up SOME sort of competition...or at least encourage cable techs to actually know anything they're doing with Cable Cards.

{joomsay link= [ZDNet]}So how will consumers be affected? The truth is there is very little benefit to this switch for consumers, some industry experts say. Most people won't even notice if a CableCard has been inserted into their set-top box, because the card itself provides no additional features or functions. What's more, the rule applies only to new set-top boxes.{/joomsay}

Jul 02 2007

News - Is Netflix still working on Yet Another Box?

This really makes perfect sense, but I'm not sure how it will differentiate itself from the current STB offerings that do integrate TiVo. And wouldn't this be competing with their own partners? Maybe this is the joy of everyone having to use CableCard now. Who knows, this is all rumors.

{joomsay link= [TiVo Lovers]}Now Engadget is reporting that Netflix has been conducting focus groups with two new STBs. The STBs act as clients for their streaming ‘Watch Now’ service. One is a $50 box with basic connections, the other is $100 with HDMI and component to handle HD content, both connect to Ethernet or WiFi to stream the content.{/joomsay} 

Jun 07 2007

News - Rent or Own? The New Cable-TV Dilemma

Some interesting stuff I'm curious to see how it pans out. What are you guys gonna do, buy or continue to rent? I'm sure plenty of old DirecTV users are content with renting cable boxes. I remember several friends that just had old DirecTV dishes & boxes chillin in their garage, so curious to see. Maybe this will help more people convert to cable card?

{joomsay link= [Wall Street Journal]} Beginning July 1, the Federal Communications Commission has ordered cable companies to supply only set-top boxes that can accept a so-called cablecard that slides into the set-top box and determines a customer's level of access to cable service. The change is meant to give consumers nationwide the option of buying their own set-top boxes -- or TVs that can use the cablecard -- rather than renting one.{/joomsay}

May 31 2007

News - TiVo prepping a "mass appeal" HD DVR priced below Series 3

Now that TiVo finally got a quarterly profit for the first time ever, it appears they're going the aggressive route to keep things flowing. It's funny they have looked back and decided that $799 price point for a DVR *might* have been a tad excessive. At least they're going to try to remedy that now...well, at least that's what people are speculating.

{joomsay link= [ArsTechnica]}If we gaze into our crystal ball, we see a fourth quarter "Series 3 Lite" coming with a reduced feature set. To get the cost down significantly, TiVo will likely have to eliminate the ability to record two shows at once, and some of the other niceties like the OLED display and external SATA may also be cut. Or, TiVo could keep dual tuners but cut the OTA (over the air) tuners. This is just speculation, of course, but something significant will have to be chopped to bring that price down below $399, which is where we suspect TiVo is aiming.{/joomsay} 

May 29 2007

News - TiVo Coming to Australia

Sure there's that super popular Australian Media Center forum, but I guess TiVo users have been having to use hacks and workarounds to get them to work. Good to hear they finally will be able to use them without tweaks. And you thought US Laws were rough!

{joomsay link= [TV Squad]}TiVo's partnered with Seven Media to bring Tivo service to Australian customers. The companies plan to design a platform that will enable TiVo boxes and software to work with over the air digital television in Australia. The platform will be available for use throughout the country.{/joomsay} 

May 28 2007

News - Michael Gartenberg: DVR Request

Michael G., an avid DVR user, has a pretty simple request. Let's have the ability to record an entire season of an episode. While there is no direct selection method currently, it certainly is easier on a Media Center PC that designates shows new vs reruns. By recording all new shows you should be able to do this. The couple of cable DVRs I have used are not at all well suited for this type of activity, and I have no idea about TiVo.

{joomsay link= [Michael Gartenberg]}What I want is to be able to start recording a series and tell the DVR to record every episode of a given season and then to sort them, not on the day they were recorded on the DVR but rather, on the day they were broadcast. The guide would be smart enough to fill in episodes as they are shown, no matter when they are shown. All this info is readily available (I can even see in most DVR guides the original broadcast date but can't sort on it.){/joomsay}


May 24 2007

News - Verizon Launches FiOS TV 2.0

Dave Zatz has got some cool screenshots of the new Verizon FiOS updates. This is some pretty cool stuff you should seriously consider if you're in the supported areas. Hopefully it succeeds so that they'll expand, and then grow interest from other companies as well.




{joomsay link= [Zatz Not Funny]}Originally announced at CES, I've been given word that Verizon's FiOS TV Interactive Media Guide ~aka FiOS TV 2.0~ is rolling. The new GUI has just launched in Fort Wayne, IN and will be deployed to existing FiOS TV customers as a software update on existing hardware over the summer. To the best of everyone's knowledge the interface was produced in-house.{/joomsay}

May 24 2007

News - My TiVo Story

I think this is a good article because of the temptation to just go with your cable co's DVR. Sure it's cheaper, but there's a reason TiVo costs a premium. This article gives a nice write up of what it's like to switch from the dark side.

{joomsay link=,1558,2135640,00.asp?kc=ETRSS02129TX1K0000532 [ExtremeTech]} All I would need is a pair of CableCARDs from Comcast and I could ditch that awful cable box. Without the CableCARDs, the TiVo works fine with analog cable, but I don't get digital channels, and that means no hi-def. So I call Comcast customer support, wait on hold for 15 minutes, and tell the nice customer service lady that I have digital cable now, and I'm going to turn in my box and get a TiVo Series 3.{/joomsay}

May 15 2007

News - Beyonwiz DP-S1 Dual HD Tuner PVR / DVD Player / Media Streamer Launches in Australia

Well, unfortunately if you're not in Australia this is kind of pointless, but I think it's good to see what companies are coming up with to compete with each other. Multifunction devices like this always concern me, as I feel a lot of times they make compromises. But then again, for $ this that much more powerful than an HTPC?



{joomsay link= [EHomeUpgrade]}The Beyonwiz DP-S1 is an amazing do-it-all unit that offers a 200GB dual HD tuner PVR (compatible with IceTV's programming guide of Australia), an upconverting DVD player, and support for media streaming over a home network, from an external USB drive, or flash-based memory card. {/joomsay} 


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