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Why Do I Pay for Advertising Supported TV

Why Do I Pay for Advertising Supported TV

Did you know that on average during an hour long television show you are subjected to 22-24 minutes of ads? Now of course many of us have DVRs and we rarely watch TV live, allowing us to skip the ads. Still TV used to be free and the ads supported the network costs. In 10 years we will look back and reflect on how archaic TV was.

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Hulu Plus lands on TiVo Premiere DVRs

Hulu Plus lands on TiVo Premiere DVRs

If you are, a TiVo owner who has been waiting for Hulu Plus to come to your DVR, the wait is over. Hulu Plus on TiVo Premiere has landed with a subscription. The service launched as of today and to celebrate the service coming to TiVo, Hulu Plus is giving all new TiVo Premiere buyers six months of the service for free. The specific caveat on the free service is "on newly purchased TiVo Premiere DVRs." TiVo does say that a free trial is available to current TiVo Premiere customers as well.

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Wherefore Art Thou, TiVo?

Wherefore Art Thou, TiVo?

Early last year and late in 2009, tech fiends were debating the best product to come out in the first decade of the new millenium. My answer was decisive: TiVo. Not just the DVR in general, I mean, specifically, TiVo. I love TiVo. Tech friends, always quick to correct technical errors, would point out that TiVo actually appeared in 1999, but they did not have to tell me that. I owned one in 1999. I might have been TiVo’s best customer of all time. But this month I shut off my TiVo service and switched to something different.

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TiVo simplifies subs (by axing cheapest plans)

TiVo simplifies subs (by axing cheapest plans)

I have never used a TiVo DVR, but I have been enamored with some of the features that the TiVo offers that my DirecTV DVR lacks. The main reason I have never stepped into the TiVo world is that the service and hardware is just overpriced in my book. I'm not going to buy your DVR, pay you for monthly service and then pay the cable company for service too. That hardly makes sense to me and I bet lots of people are the same way.

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Toshiba 6-tuner Regza 3D ZG2 HDTVs and BZ-series Blu-ray DVRs revealed

Toshiba 6-tuner Regza 3D ZG2 HDTVs and BZ-series Blu-ray DVRs revealed

It's not just Toshiba's AT300 tablet which is fresh to the company's Regza range today. Toshiba also has a trio of Regza 3D HDTVs - the 55ZG2, 47ZG2 and 42ZG2 - along with three new Blu-ray DVRs - the RD-BZ810, RD-BZ710 and RD-BZ610 - each hitting Japan in late May.

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EchoStar SlingLoaded HDS-600RS hands-on [Video]

EchoStar SlingLoaded HDS-600RS hands-on [Video]

How smart can a set-top box get? If EchoStar are behind it then the answer is pretty darn smart indeed; the company's new DVR, the EchoStar SlingLoaded HDS-600RS, pulls together not only live TV recording and time-shifting but media shifting using Slingbox technology. Initially intended for the UK freesat+ system, the HDS-600RS promises to push live and recorded content to your iPad, laptop and smartphone whether you're at home or on the move. SlashGear caught up with the EchoStar team to find out more.

Video demo after the cut

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Tivo Third Tuner Live

Tivo Third Tuner Live

We have official word via the Tivo Community Forum that Tivo has activated Third Tuner. The update was included with a software upgrade and "various small fixes", according to Alex Green, Exective Director, Commercial, TV & Online at Tivo. Read on to find out more about the update.

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Another legal round for DISH and TIVO

Another legal round for DISH and TIVO

DISH Network has scored a victory in it's legal struggle against TIVO.  A judge has ruled that since the field is densely populated with DVRs competiting with TIVO, that DISH has a legal right to re-examine original decisions that now seem mute.  But does that really mean it's all over but the shouting?

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TiVo and Charter partner on cable/IPTV hybrid

TiVo and Charter partner on cable/IPTV hybrid

TiVo and Charter Communications have announced plans for a next-gen TV system, which will bundle traditional cable and IPTV services. On offer later in 2011, the system will begin with the TiVo Premiere DVR - including the companion iPad app - and then be followed with multi-room playback and non-DVR receivers.

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Eminent HD EM7195 twin-tuner DVR & network streamer revealed

Eminent HD EM7195 twin-tuner DVR & network streamer revealed

Eminent has outed its latest STB media player, the Eminent HD EM7195, a twin digital tuner model with USB 3.0 and network connectivity. Built around a pair of DVB-T Freeview tuners and Realtek's new RT1183 DD C+ chipset - reportedly allowing for faster UI and EPG navigation - the HD EM7195 can record two shows simultaneously as well as stream network content.

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Vulkano Blast debuts packing WebTV and mobile DVR

Vulkano Blast debuts packing WebTV and mobile DVR

I just mentioned that Vulkano had a new product coming soon for mobile devices that streams live TV to just about anything called the Vulkano Flow. Monsoon Multimedia also has a new Vulkano Blast device that it is talking up alongside the unveil of Flow.

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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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