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No Hulu Plus or Netflix for Cable TiVo DVRs

No Hulu Plus or Netflix for Cable TiVo DVRs

Another stumbling block on the path to all-content multimedia enlightenment in a single STB has presented itself, with rights holders taking umbrage with TiVo DVRs supplied by cable companies. According to Suddenlink - though the limitation also stands for Cox and RCN - rights holders aren't willing to see streaming and VOD content on the same cable-powered device; that means that, while Hulu Plus is expected to launch on TiVo STBs soon, it will only be available for those bought at retail, not supplied by cable companies

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Panasonic VIERA TH-L42G3 HDTV records Full HD video to SDXC

Panasonic VIERA TH-L42G3 HDTV records Full HD video to SDXC

Panasonic Japan has outed a new HDTV, and if you've ever wished for an easy way to archive live TV without messing with a DVR then this could be the VIERA you've been waiting for. The Panasonic VIERA TH-L42G3 is a 42-inch set with an IPS LED-backlit Full HD display, but the clever stuff is in the SD card reader in the side. Rather than just allowing you to play back media, as with memory card slots on other HDTVs, this one lets you record it.

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Why I can’t wait to get rid of my DVR

Why I can’t wait to get rid of my DVR

Recently, my day was over and I wanted to relax, so I took to the couch, picked up the remote, and turned on the television. Based on what time it was, I thought I’d catch the end of one of the shows I watch each week and then get to another program after that. I thought it would be a slow, relaxing night.

And then the fun began.

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TiVo Online Season Pass Manager: handling multiple DVRs gets easier

TiVo Online Season Pass Manager: handling multiple DVRs gets easier

TiVo has launched an Online Season Pass Manager, which will allow subscribers to transfer season pass subscriptions between their various TiVo boxes, as well as adding new passes and deleting old ones.  Billed as a direct request from TiVo's customers - and we can't really blame them - the new manager builds on the old system (which would allow Season Passes to be set up online) with more flexibility for multi-TiVo households and for those upgrading from an old TiVo box.

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Vulkano place-shifting DVR hits preorder

Vulkano place-shifting DVR hits preorder

Monsoon Multimedia are taking preorders for their Vulkano set-top box, which the company reckons can replace not only your TiVo but your Slingbox and Roku too.  Basically a place-shifting streamer with optional DVR functionality and various smartphone clients for remote use over 3G/WiFi, the Vulkano also promises to keep pace with new STBs; the company has said they'll be releasing updates to add Google TV compatibility, among other things.

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Sky planning dish-free IPTV Sky+ service

Sky planning dish-free IPTV Sky+ service

It used to be straightforward: satellite TV, like that from Sky, comes via a satellite dish, and cable comes via cable.  Now, according to some leaked documents from Sky UK, it seems things might not be quite so clean-cut anymore.  TrustedReviews have heard that Sky UK are ramping up to offer their Sky+ service "through a new set top box supplied by Sky connected to your Freeview aerial and broadband connection", that would use IPTV distribution rather than the traditional dish.

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TiVo Wireless N Network Adapter helps Premiere cut the cord

TiVo Wireless N Network Adapter helps Premiere cut the cord

TiVo have outed their latest peripheral for the newest TiVo Premiere, and if you've been regularly tripping over a stretch of ethernet cable running between your router and the DVR then the TiVo Wireless N Network Adapter should save your knees.  Backward compatible with WiFi b/g, the 802.11n adapter is all about speed: whether that be faster video-on-demand downloads, transferring HD files between multiple TiVo units, or speedier exporting to portable devices.

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Toshiba REGZA HDTVs with integrated HDD or USB storage outed

Toshiba REGZA HDTVs with integrated HDD or USB storage outed

Toshiba Japan have updated their REGZA HDTV range, with select models supporting USB hard-drives or coming with 500GB of storage built-in.  The Toshiba REGZA R1 series - made up of 32-, 37- and 42-inch sets - and REGZA H1 series - made up of 32- and 37-inch sets - each have a USB port and Full HD resolution (bar on the 32-inch models, which get 720p support).  Meanwhile there's also the entry level Toshiba REGZA A1 series, with 19-, 22- and 26-inch models all offering 720p HD resolution.

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