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TiVo Roamio OTA DVR detailed for cord-cutters (with a catch)

TiVo Roamio OTA DVR detailed for cord-cutters (with a catch)

TiVo has revealed details on the new Roamio OTA, a set-top box and DVR for those who want time-shifting and recording but don't have cable or satellite service. Based on the existing Roamio, the $50 box hooks up to a regular HD antenna and packs four tuners for recording free over-the-air TV, though TiVo itself will levy a charge.

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DISH Super Joey lands for 8-channel recording

DISH Super Joey lands for 8-channel recording

DISH has launched its Super Joey add-on to Hopper, allowing users to record up to eight shows simultaneously. Announced back at CES 2014, Super Joey throws a further two network tuners in with the Hopper HD DVR's three native tuners which, thanks to some clever channel juggling, can record from eight channels depending on the content you're looking to keep.

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TiVo reportedly decimates hardware team in favor of cloud future [Updated]

TiVo reportedly decimates hardware team in favor of cloud future [Updated]

TiVo has laid off the majority of its hardware team as it exits the DVR business and focuses instead on software licensing, sources say, including pushing TV recordings to the cloud rather than a box under your TV. Only two engineers have been retained, insiders told Wired, to deal with legacy support and future third-party hardware running TiVo software.

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DISH Hopper gets Control4 integration for smart home

DISH Hopper gets Control4 integration for smart home

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.

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TiVo Network PVR brings DVR to the cloud: goodbye high-end hardware

TiVo Network PVR brings DVR to the cloud: goodbye high-end hardware

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.

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Why Does My DVR Suck?

Why Does My DVR Suck?

I remember a time – not long ago in the grand scheme of things – when I had to record my favorite television shows with a VCR. I’d pop in a new tape, set what time I wanted the recording to begin, and barring a power outage, it’d record my show without any trouble. It wasn’t exactly a perfect solution for show recording, but it worked. And at that time, I was happy.

Soon, DVRs entered the marketplace and everything changed. My cable company provided me with a DVR, allowing me to record a show at a given time. Best of all, it was recorded on a hard drive, so I didn’t need to worry about using my tapes. The transition was incredible, and it was something that I thought could never get better.

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Synology NAS become quad-tuner DVRs with remote placeshifting

Synology NAS become quad-tuner DVRs with remote placeshifting

Synology's network-attached storage devices have been turned into quad-tuner DVRs with streaming to computers, tablets, and smartphones thanks to a new DVBLink add-on. The app - when paired with up to four USB TV tuners - can be used to record TV and stream live broadcasts via DLNA, to XBMC devices, or to iOS, Android, and Windows Phone handsets with full remote control.

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Sky+ adds 2TB HD box plus on-demand TV and iPad “second screen” app

Sky+ adds 2TB HD box plus on-demand TV and iPad “second screen” app

Sky has launched a new 2TB Sky+ HD PVR, as well as an updated Sky+ iPad app that turns the Apple tablet into a second screen for social networking, remote control, and more. Powered by zeebox, the new Sky app will offer Twitter and show information for whatever program is currently playing, such as actor biographies, soundtrack listings, and more.

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GeeXboX 3.0 lands with XBMC 11 integration

GeeXboX 3.0 lands with XBMC 11 integration

After nearly a year of waiting, GeeXboX 3.0 has arrived with XMBC 11 integration in tow. The developers announced the latest build today, revealing that it also includes PVR functionality, which means that you can watch and record live TV using GeeXboX 3.0. That feature will definitely be appreciated, as will the fact that the developers of GeeXboX have made this latest version compatible with a number of different ARM systems, in addition to the typical x86 32 and 64-bit systems the program typically supports.

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Sony nasne delayed PS3 PVR ships August 30

Sony nasne delayed PS3 PVR ships August 30

Sony has confirmed its rearranged launch plans for the nasne networked media recorder, having been forced to postpone sales last month after hard-drive faults were discovered in the first batch. The PS3-lookalike PVR will arrive in Japanese store shelves on August 30, alongside the similarly-delayed PS3 update and a new VAIO TV with nasne app for Sony laptops.

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Sony nasne PVR delayed after hard-drive damage

Sony nasne PVR delayed after hard-drive damage

Sony has confirmed that its nasne networked PVR has been delayed, blaming unexpected damage to internal components and a shortfall in quality inspections at the factory. nasne, which can stream live TV and recorded content from its integrated tuners and 500GB hard-drive to the PS3 and other hardware, was expected to go on sale this Thursday in Japan, but Sony now says there will be a postponement of unspecified length.

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PS3 nasne update boosts console’s media credentials

PS3 nasne update boosts console’s media credentials

Sony has announced an incoming media-centric update to the PlayStation 3, bringing the console up to speed for the new nasne networked recorder and NAS. Revealed back in April, nasne will hit Japanese shelves on July 19 along with system software update v1.5, allowing the PS3 to stream live and recorded content from the STB to their console, and introducing smartphone browser support for remote control. However, Sony will also begin collaboration with other companies on open DLNA support.

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