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September 3, 2011 by

The decline and fall of TiVo and Media Center

The DVR is an endangered species. TiVo, the company that defined the category a decade ago, is on the ropes, and Microsoft has all but declared Media Center a legacy app. A comparison of the two technologies explains why.

July 16, 2011 by

Best Buy to introduce Insignia HDTV with TiVo UI, but no DVR

In the continuing saga of TiVo and its quest to find new markets for its technology, it looks like Best Buy is going to include the company's UI on a couple of upcoming Insignia HDTVs, though ironically those sets will not include DVRs. (You won't be charged a TiVo monthly subscription, however.

December 13, 2010 by

Comcast testing out new set-top box to compete with Google TV

Broadcast networks might not like Google's version of "connected TV," but they might tolerate Comcast's version, which is currently being tested under the code-name "Xcalibur." According to the Wall Street Journal, the cable giant's new set-top box, which combines the usual DVR features with Web features, is being tried out by Comcast customers in August, Georgia.

January 7, 2010 by

CES 2010: Sling Media unleashes load of new hardware, but Dish Network is only taker so far

Trying to avoid the same fate as TiVo, which has mostly lost out to cable and satellite providers' own DVR offerings, Sling Media has unloaded a whole mess of new hardware that takes advantage of its place-shifting Sling technology in the hopes that those same providers will join forces with the company instead of trying to come up with their own solutions to showing content from a set-top box remotely (whether in another room or across the globe).

December 5, 2009 by

Is CableCard dead? FCC weighs alternatives.

In theory, CableCards don't seem like a bad idea: Instead of using a set-top box provided by your cable company, you can slide a small card into a device like a PC or TiVo and use that to control your programming options. The first cards were hobbled by their inability to communicate in both directions—able to transmit to the device but not to send signals back from it—which made features like on-demand viewing unavailable.

November 10, 2009 by

Moxi introduces three-tuner HD DVR, reduces prices on dual-tuner version

TiVo isn't the only company trying to entice people to choose its DVR solution over one you can get bundled with your cable or satellite programming. Moxi is going the extra step with the latest version of its HD DVR, unleashing a new model that incorporate three HD tuners instead of the dual-tuner setup introduced earlier this year (and at which TiVo's HD DVR also maxes out).

November 7, 2009 by

TiVo readying 802.11n Wi-Fi adapter?

It's been a tough slog for TiVo, whose once-innovative DVR ecosystem has been co-opted by cable companies' own DVR services. (Though some offer the TiVo interface for an additional charge.


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