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Microsoft reportedly plotting set-top box alongside next-gen Xbox

Microsoft reportedly plotting set-top box alongside next-gen Xbox

It's pretty obvious that Microsoft and Sony have started work on their next generation gaming consoles, but Microsoft might have more than just the next Xbox up its sleeve. According to a new report from The Verge, Microsoft is planning to launch a set-top box of its own at some point next year. By making such a device and launching some kind of Xbox TV service alongside its next-gen console, it could potentially allow Microsoft to get its products in more living rooms than ever before, so it's pretty easy to see the appeal of such a strategy.

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Leaked Boxee TV gets integrated HDTV antenna and DVR

Leaked Boxee TV gets integrated HDTV antenna and DVR

An interesting new set-top box from Boxee has leaked today called the Boxee TV. According to the source who leaked the photographs, the set top box combines an over the air HDTV antenna and DVR functionality allowing users to record programs using free HD broadcasts in the area. The device is also tipped to feature support for web apps.

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Google looking to sell Motorola’s set-top box unit

Google looking to sell Motorola’s set-top box unit

Google bought a lot of stuff when it purchased Motorola Mobility, but it turns out that the company isn't interested in some of it. Bloomberg reports that Google is looking to sell off Motorola's Home Business unit, which sells set-top boxes to cable providers. Google doesn't want anything to do with set-top boxes, it seems, as the company has reportedly hired Barclays Plc to handle the sale.

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TiVo Premiere 4 offers quad tuners, 500GB for $249.99

TiVo Premiere 4 offers quad tuners, 500GB for $249.99

Perhaps you’re not quite ready to cut the cord just yet, ever reliant on multiple tuners to get your television fix. The latest set-top box from TiVo should go a long way to helping you watch and archive everything, today introducing the Premiere 4. The box shares similarities between the Premiere XL4 that was announced earlier this year, with a shared design, quad-tuners, and the same connection ports.

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YouView launching in the UK this month

YouView launching in the UK this month

The UK is getting a new way to watch television today with the introduction of the YouView set top box, which offers on-demand content from the likes of the BBC, ITV, and Channel 4 in addition to standard Freeview content. Lord Sugar unveiled the box today in London, saying that it offers an easy to use interface while combing live TV with on-demand internet content.

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D-Link MovieNite Plus DSM-312 Streaming Box breaks cover

D-Link MovieNite Plus DSM-312 Streaming Box breaks cover

D-Link has announced a new media streaming box to be used in your living room called the MovieNite Plus DSM-312. This isn't to be confused with the DSM-310 MovieNite streaming box that debuted back in April for about $60. The new box supports the streaming of all sorts of media, including movies and music. It supports up to 1080p HD resolution.

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Android 4.0 Google TV gets AirPlay-like movie streaming

Android 4.0 Google TV gets AirPlay-like movie streaming

Google TV may be getting a second chance with new set-top boxes based on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Logitech and Intel may have ditched Google TV after the first version failed to gain adoption, but now Google TV boxes are emerging with Marvell's ARM processors along with some new features that integrate the boxes more with Android smartphones and tablets.

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Logitech runs out of Revue Google TV units, plans Harmony remote update

Logitech runs out of Revue Google TV units, plans Harmony remote update

Logitech reported its fiscal Q3 2012 earnings today and revealed that it has officially sold out of the discontinued Logitech Revue box, closing its doors on Google TV. The company may return in the future, but is certainly calling it quits for now, taking a massive $90 million loss on the failed Google TV initiative.

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Samsung Smart TVs to get DIRECTV without the set-top box

Samsung Smart TVs to get DIRECTV without the set-top box

New 2012 Samsung Smart TV owners will be able to access DIRECTV services without the need for an additional set-top box. Samsung has revealed that it will be enabling support for DIRECTV on its entire new lineup of Smart TVs and promises a seamless user experience that offers the same interface that customers are used to with the DIRECTV DVR set-top box.

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Roku intros its official iPhone remote control app

Roku intros its official iPhone remote control app

Now there's a new way to control and navigate your Roku set-top box. Roku has released its official remote control app for your iPhone that goes beyond what the Apple Remote app does for the Apple TV. It offers not only traditional remote control capabilities but also provides a visual browser, letting you flip through channels directly on the iPhone without having to look up at your TV.

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Apple is tops in the connected set-top box market

Apple is tops in the connected set-top box market

The internet connected set-top box market isn't exactly the hottest market in the tech world right now, but it is doing decently. There have been some notable failures in this market such as the Logitech Revue set-top box that was discontinued with no replacement coming after interest in the device wasn't there. Much of the issue with that product was the price for the capability offered. According to Strategy Analytics, the clear leader in the connected set-top box market is Apple.

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DirecTV to bring back TiVo DVRs on December 8

DirecTV to bring back TiVo DVRs on December 8

The long delayed DirecTV TiVo DVR may finally be arriving as soon as this week. Following DirecTV and TiVo's reconciliation in 2008, talks began of TiVo returning to DirecTV's set-top box in 2009, but that has yet to materialize until now. According to a forum post by a member that appears to be an employee or otherwise associated with DirecTV, the new TiVo-toting DVR is set to arrive on December 8. It will initially be released only in select markets.

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