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Did Megan Fox Have a 'Thumb Double' in her Super Bowl Ad?

by Danny Gallagher, posted Feb 12th 2010 7:25AM
The Internet has been buzzing over Megan Fox's bathtub ad for Motorola during the Super Bowl... about her thumb?!? (sigh) Oh Internet, will you never learn?

Apparently, rumors are growing that the makers of the commercial had a hand model serve for the bathing beauty (literally! Wocka, Wocka!) because of her condition, brachydactyly, better known as "clubbed thumb."

Asylum's Brett Smiley compared images from the commercial to Fox's actual hands and found some alarming differences. He also called the cell phone giant for an explanation and was met with a thousand variations of the phrase "It's part of our corporate policy not to comment on rumor or speculation."

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Motorola and Cisco show off SDV tuning adapters

by Brad Linder, posted May 19th 2008 10:25AM

TiVo SDV

Motorola and Cisco are showing off Switched Digital Video tuning adapters at the Cable Show. Basically Switched Digital Video is a next generation content delivery system that will allow cable networks to send you more high quality video. But current generation CableCARD equipped boxes like the TiVo HD can't handle SDV. That's where these tuning adapters come in.

EngadgetHD snapped a few photos of a Motorola adapter hanging out with a TiVo HD set top box if the press shot above isn't doing it for you. Cable companies should be able to get their hands on the boxes in July, and at some point down the road your local cable provider might make the box available to you.

TiVo has already modified its software to support the Motorola and Cisco boxes. But I'm assuming that the next generation TiVo set top box will included integrated support for SDV so you won't need an external box at all.

Update: EngadgetHD also has a "hands on" with a non-working prototype of the new Cisco box.

[via EngadgetHD and Zatz Not Funny]

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Comcast TiVo service expanding beyond New England this summer?

by Brad Linder, posted Mar 14th 2008 11:27AM
Comcast TiVo N/AWant to get your hands on TiVo's top notch PVR software, but don't want to give up video on demand and other services provided by your local cable company? So far your only choice is to move to the Boston area and sign up for Comcast with TiVo service. That's the only market where Comcast or any other cable company is currently offering a set top box with TiVo software.

But word on the street is that Comcast will be expanding its TiVo offering soon. EngadgetHD reports that a Portland, Oregon Comcast customer says two different Comcast cable installers told him that TiVo service would be an option soon, as in this summer.

Keep in mind, you don't get a TiVo box, just TiVo software on your regular Comcast box if you sign up for this service. And you get the privilege of paying $3 extra per month for that software. But if you're tired of staring at Comcast's generic program guide and menu system, $3 might seem like a small price to pay.

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Motorola launches mobile TV device

by Brad Linder, posted Jan 4th 2008 3:53PM
Motorola DH01Motorola has a long history of making cellphones, TV set top boxes, and other consumer electronics. Now it looks like the company is launching a product that sort of merges those two lines. The Mobile TV DH01 isn't a phone or a cable box, but it includes features of both.

The DH01 is a mobile device with a 4.3 inch QVGA screen that can tune into live digital TV broadcasts. It can also play back video from a SD/MMC card, and more impressively, it can record TV on a card, storing up to 90 minutes of video on a 256MB card.

The Mobilte TV DH01 can play H.264 and MPEG-4 video, AAC and MP3 audio, and can display JPG, GIF, and PNG images. The DVBH digital video standard is widely used in Europe and Asia, but not so much the US. So while Motorola will be showing off the DH01 at CES in Las Vegas, I wouldn't count on being able to pick one up in the US anytime soon.

[via Media Experiences 2 Go]

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Comcast customers (who don't work for Comcast) finally getting TiVo

by Brad Linder, posted Dec 19th 2007 11:02AM
Comcast TiVoComcast is finally beginning to offer people who don't actually work for Comcast (or presumably know someone who does) the chance to get TiVo software on their Comcast branded set top boxes. The cable provider and PVR maker have been collaborating since last year, and we've been hearing for months that Comcast was beginning to deploy TiVo software in New England. But up until now there wasn't any way for the average cable customer to call up Comcast and request the service.

Now several users are reporting that they've received emails from Comcast letting them know they can sign up. TiVo service will set you back an extra $2.95 per month on top of your regular cable/PVR rental bill.

Right now the service only appears to be available in select areas of Massachusetts. But you can sign up on Comcast's web page to get an email letting you know when service is available in your area.

[via TiVo Lovers and Zatz Not Funny]

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Video on Demand libraries double since 2005

by Brad Linder, posted Oct 17th 2007 1:00PM
VODIf you haven't noticed, there's been a trend developing over the last few years. More and more you can watch video content on your own schedule. But there's not one single technology making this possible.

You can watch stream last night's prime time TV shows from network web sites. You can download videos from Amazon or iTunes. And of course you can record shows on your PVR to watch later. But while PVRs are becoming more and more common, video on demand is growing at a similar rate -- and could possibly make the concept of a personal video recorder obsolete. After all, why bother recording all your favorite programs if you can watch them on-demand any time you want?

Mari Silbey at Connected Home 2 go reports that since 2005 the amount of VOD content available on Motorola boxes has more than doubled. That growth covers everything from TV and movies to local sporting events. There's a shrinking window of time between a movie's theatrical release and the date at which you can watch it on DVD or VOD. And there's a growing amount of interactive and local content.

Of course, if you like to archive shows so you can watch a whole season at once or burn copies to DVD, a PVR is still the way to go. But for many users, VOD could one day replace the PVR.

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Europeans love their online television

by Brad Linder, posted May 3rd 2007 11:30AM
BBC iPlayerA new study shows that 45% of European broadband customers use their high speed internet connections to watch television programs.

The BBC is taking advantage of this customer demand, forging ahead with plans to offer every program aired by the British network online with a new iPlayer service. At the same time, Internet TV platform Joost is moving closer to an official launch.

The survey of 2500 broadband customers was conducted by Motorola and shows that 35% of respondents want the ability to pause, rewind, or fast forward live television broadcasts.

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Set-top-box makers ramp up CableCard units

by Brad Linder, posted Apr 17th 2007 6:00PM
Motorola CableCard boxesCome July 1st, cable companies will no longer be able to ship cable boxes with built-in security. Motorola and Scientific Atlanta are ramping up production of CableCard boxes to meet the deadline.

Motorola has already begun shipping some boxes with HDTV tuners and PVR functionality.

The FCC rule doesn't require CableCard specifically, but that's the only technology currently available that meets the standards set by the FCC. Motorola and Scientific Atlanta are both working on boxes that use downloadable software for their security, but neither company will have a finished product available until next year at the earliest.

The upshot for PVR users who don't want to buy a new box from either company? Maybe the cable installation guy who comes to help configure your TiVo Series3 will finally know what to do with a CableCard soon.

[via Connected Home 2 Go]

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Motorola announces new HD PVR

by Brad Linder, posted Feb 3rd 2007 5:33PM

Motorola DCH 3416
Engadget snagged a photo of Motorola's forthcoming DCH3416 set-top-box. This little guy includes a 160GB hard drive, multistream CableCard support for recording two programs at once, or for picture in picture.

The DCH3416 also supports Motorola's new "follow me TV" platform, meaning you can watch shows recorded on one box on another box. It has HDMI, component, Firewire, SATA, USB 2.0 and ethernet jacks. Of course you won't be able to pick one of these up and plug it in, but it could be coming soon to a cable provider near you. Or not.

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Miami Ink artist makes phones cool

by Adam Finley, posted Aug 19th 2006 6:49PM
razrIf you're a fan of the TLC series Miami Ink, and especially tattoo artist Ami James, you might find this interesting. James has been picked by Motorola to etch cool "tattoos" onto their swanky RAZR phones. The new phones will be available by Christmas, so if you know somebody who loves tattoos and overpriced phones but doesn't actually want the tattoos on their body, this would probably be the perfect gift. RAZR's can sell for as much as $300 or even $600 for special models, but if you mail me your current mobile phone I'll draw a picture of Snoopy on it with a Sharpie for ten cents. Trust me, that's way cooler than whatever the hell James is doing.

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