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April 24, 2014

TiVo and Amazon to let you buy stuff from the comfort of your couch

Amazon and TiVo are teaming up to make short work of the infomercial. Well, that's not exactly how the companies are promoting the new "Product Purchase" feature. TiVo customers will be able to order items from Amazon using their TV, TiVo, and remote control. No web browser or computer necessary. And no need to place your order in the next 15 minutes to get a free bonus gift. Users will see...

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PVR add-on for PS3 to begin European rollout in September

If you were hoping to get your hands on a Sony PlayTV add-on for the Playstation3 this summer, it looks like you might have to wait just a bit longer. Sony's Davide Reeves says the accessory will be available in the UK on September 10th and will roll out to other European markets by December. The PlayTV is a €99 box that you can add to Sony's video game console to turn it into a personal...

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Microsoft ships Windows Media Center TV Pack update - to OEMs only

As reported last week, Microsoft has been working on an update for Windows Media Center that adds support for international users and removes the restriction on the number of TV tuners you can use. The update, which has often been referred to by its codename, Fiji, has been veiled in secrecy. Now it looks like there's good news and bad news. The good news is that Fiji has shipped. A Microsoft...

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Amazon to launch video streaming service

Amazon is rolling out a new video service today that will either replace or compliment the Amazon Unbox video download store. While Unbox customers have to wait for a video to download before they can begin watching, Amazon Video on Demand will let you begin watching as soon as you've placed an order. The New York Times reports that Amazon is launching the service for a limited number of...

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TiVo rolls out software update, adds YouTube support

TiVo has started sending out new system software to Series3 users who signed up for priority updates. The general TiVo using population should get the TiVo 9.4 software soon. And thet means support for: YouTube video playback The ability to play or delete an entire folder (in other words, you can watch programs in order without hitting a button on your remote) Jump forward by 24 hours...

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Microsoft adds Netflix, NBC, Universal videos to Xbox Live Marketplace

Microsoft has announced plans to expand the internet video content available to Xbox Live users. Probably the most exciting new feature (although also the most predictable) is a partnership with Netflix that will let Netflix customers stream video using an Xbox 360 starting this fall. Netflix currently lets users stream selected content using a web browser or a dedicated set top box developed by...

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Australian TiVo commercial is attractive, unoriginal

TiVo launched an advertising campaign in Australia recently to promote the release of the first TiVo set top boxes in that country. And at first glance, the ad looks pretty cool and creative. At least until that little light bulb goes off in your head. You know, the one that says "haven't I seen this ad before?" As Gizmodo Australia points out, you probably have. Because it's practically...

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Could the Netflix Player by Roku be used as a MythTV frontend?

Roku, the company behind the $99 box that lets you stream Netflix movies over the internet to your TV has released the source code for the set top box. And the hacking has already begun. Some folks have already reported they can access the box via telnet. MythTV News raises an interesting question: Could the Netflix Player be a cheap frontend for the Linux-based MythTV media suite? MythTV's...

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Kodak wants in on your living room

Kodak, like pretty much every other electronics company out there, has its sites set on your living room. The company has announced a new Theatre HD Player which is designed to hang out by your television sit and connect to the internet for easy access to the online Kodak Gallery. The $300 Theatre HD Player will also be able to handle video from sites like YouTube, audio from RadioTime, and...

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TiVo offers refurb TiVo HD for $180

When TiVo launched the Series3 video recorder, the first model capable of recording HDTV, the unit received a lot of rave reviews -- and a lot of complaints about the high $800 price tag. A while later, TiVo released the TiVo HD which is basically a stripped down model that sells for just $300. But if even that seems like too much money for you, TiVo's got a heck of a deal going on right now....

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