The extent to which Aereo brings the live television and DVR universe to the public this week has extended to reach Android. Android devices are now part of the family of machines able to partake in the Aereo subscription model, allowing users to work with internet, using TV signals broadcast over the air and seen by users in their home or around town. The Android app that allows this all to happen will be available from the Google Play app store starting on the 22nd of October - at that time a public beta will be released for Android phones and tablets running Android 4.2 Jelly Bean or higher.
DISH and Control4 have teamed up to integrate the Hopper HD DRV into the Control4 home automation system, spreading control of the digital video recorder across any in-wall touchscreen, remote, tablet, or smartphone used in the home. Building on DISH's API, which the company launched back in July, the integration means that those living in a Control4-enabled smart home will be able to manage setting and playing back their recordings from third-party devices, as well as have EPG information fed into the system and displayed on other screens.
Major television networks have been fighting DISH Network and the company's Hopper whole home DVR system since it launched. The Hopper whole home DVR system had some very interesting technology that allowed viewers to skip commercials during prime time shows and view live and recorded content outside of the home on smart devices. One of the first networks to step up and try to block some of this technology was Fox.
This week the folks at TiVo Inc. introduced a transition point for the digital video recording universe, that being the movement of TiVo Roamio DVR technologies to a cloud-based system. With this new TiVo Network PVR, users will be able to extend the digital video recording experience they've known - or perhaps have not yet experienced at all - to low-cost IP clients and consumer provided devices. This includes tablets, smartphones, and more - and it means TiVo Network PVR may be deliverable without high-cost TV boxes of the past.
TiVo has announced its latest line of DVRs, the TiVo Roamio, Roamio Plus, and Roamio Pro. All three devices bring to the table a slew of new features and functionality, among them being improvements to the software. This DVR expansion has been a long time coming, with its last major DVR series having been launched a couple of years ago.
Using Microsoft's built-in Game DVR, the Xbox One has been revealed this week to be recording clips of gameplay at 720p and 30 frames per second. This is regardless of if the game itself is outputting at a higher resolution. This information comes at a bit of a surprise to some - especially those looking to record at full resolution - but is explained in short this morning by Marc Whitten, Chief Xbox One Platform Architect.
Today an app has been released by DISH that will bring social networking to the Hopper Whole-Home HD DVR machine, integrating Twitter and Facebook into the mix. This app is what DISH calls the "first set-top box application capable of providing contextually-relevant social feeds." Of course this isn't the only way you can chat through Twitter or see your Facebook updates on your TV, but it certainly is a unique bit of integration.
Back in October of 2012, Boxee unveiled its Boxee TV set-top box. When it originally launched the big feature was the ability to watch live TV in high definition from ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, and other networks and cloud-based DVR functionality. The box was designed to work with unencrypted basic cable connections and featured dual tuners allowing you to watch one show on according the other.
Aereo, the would-be cable-disrupting streaming TV service that puts a PVR in the cloud, has been holding clandestine talks with AT&T, Dish Network, and others in an attempt to significantly broaden its availability, insiders claim. Currently available only in NYC, and stung with legal challenges from angry content owners and broadcasters, Aereo has been hunting new distribution methods such as direct-to-phone, sources tell the WSJ, though any eventual deal hangs in part of whether the start-up's service can continue.