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Dish promises 7 days without ad-skipping for Fox content

Dish promises 7 days without ad-skipping for Fox content

When TiVo and the other first DVRs hit the scene, people ate them up. Finally, for the first time, you could watch shows and movies when you wanted to. Sure, you could setup a VCR to record something at a specific time, but that was more hassle than it was worth. The other big feature was being able to quickly and easily skip commercials. Unfortunately, skipping commercials is getting harder and harder, as Dish Network is finding out.

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TiVO BOLT comes with 4K support and a stylish but weird box

TiVO BOLT comes with 4K support and a stylish but weird box

Before there were video streaming set-top boxes, there were DVRs. And when it came to DVRs, perhaps no name is rings louder than industry veteran TiVO. Now competing in an age of Apple TVs and Rokus, TiVO is brining out its newest DVR, the BOLT. Souped up and dressed up, the TiVO BOLT takes the same convenience of easy access and speed viewing you'd find in today's streaming services and applies them to both traditional cable as well as video on demand content, giving you the freedom to watch your videos when and how you want them.

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Xbox One DVR to launch in US, UK, and Canada

Xbox One DVR to launch in US, UK, and Canada

Microsoft announced last week that the Xbox One DVR would initially land in three countries at launch. Those three countries are the US, Canada, and the UK. The announcement was made at the Gamescom conference in Cologne. The launch is set for an unspecified time next year with more details coming closer to launch.

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Xbox One: DVR in 2016, backwards compatibility in November

Xbox One: DVR in 2016, backwards compatibility in November

As Microsoft has already kicked off its Xbox One announcements at the Gamescom 2015 event in Germany, the company is starting out with some big announcements about hardware functionality. While the backwards compatibility update first announced at E3 now has a release date in November, the biggest excitement is about the new DVR functionality coming in 2016. The feature will enable the recording of live over-the-air TV, with no subscription fees.

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TiVo’s iOS app to now support AirPlay streaming to Apple TV

TiVo’s iOS app to now support AirPlay streaming to Apple TV

TiVo is finally giving iOS users the option of using the AirPlay mirroring feature to stream content to an Apple TV. Before now, the TiVo iOS app could be used to watch recorded content, but there was no way to then beam it to a TV screen. Now, any content that can be watched on the iOS app can be streamed to an Apple TV on the same WiFi network. This new capability comes via an app update that should be hitting the iOS App Store anytime now.

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Comcast’s new screen sharing feature makes tech support easier

Comcast’s new screen sharing feature makes tech support easier

If you call customer support, some companies will make things easier on both you and the tech support personnel by doing a screen sharing session — basically giving the tech support person remote access to the customer’s computer so they can more quickly perform the actions needed themselves. Comcast, which has not faired well when it comes to customer service ratings, has decided to take the same route, but rather than remote access on computers it is launching a shared screen feature for one of its DVRs.

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Plex and TiVo team to bring personal photos, music, and streaming to your DVR

Plex and TiVo team to bring personal photos, music, and streaming to your DVR

Plex and TiVo have announced this week that their products will start to work together soon. The products are the TiVo DVR and the Plex media server that give people an easy way to stream photos, music, and video to devices on their home network like the Roku set top box or Chromecast devices. Plex is able to pull content not only from its local HDD, but from the web as well.

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Super Bowl Ads only: Dish Reverse AutoHop to the rescue

Super Bowl Ads only: Dish Reverse AutoHop to the rescue

Oh thank goodness the Dish team have come to their senses, turning their advertising-skipping feature "AutoHop" on its head for the Super Bowl. Instead of skipping the advertisements, Dish suggests you may want to skip the football. With Reverse AutoHop, the Hopper DVR device will allow you to watch the entire Super Bowl without all those tiresome, boring minutes of sports. Now you can just watch Kim Kardashian's T-Mobile USA ad instead - or the one with the rabbits. Or the one with the guy - the ad about the stuff!

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Windows 10 Xbox One desktop app demoed with Steam

Windows 10 Xbox One desktop app demoed with Steam

Phil Spencer, Microsoft's head of Xbox and gaming chief stepped onstage today to speak about the Windows 10 Xbox app. This app includes several columns, each with information about your Xbox One experience. You'll see Recently Played games, your Activity Feed, and Friends included. On the far right of the screen, you'll find your user icon and connections to Messages, Notifications, "My Games", Achievements, Game DVR, Editorial content, and the Xbox store. Below that, you'll find basic Settings and a Connection option.

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Dish Hopper update lets users restart a live show

Dish Hopper update lets users restart a live show

Dish Network has announced the arrival of a software update for its Hopper DVR, which it says has wrapped up after rolling out nationwide over the past week. With the software update comes three new features, the most exciting of which allows users to restart (some) live shows from the beginning if they happen to catch it after it started. The update also feeds binge-watching addictions, and brings a vastly simplified way to turn on closed captioning.

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