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TiVo software update 20.3.8 has started rolling out to Premiere, Roamio and Mini boxes, including these notable enhancements:

  • new transparency options for Closed Captions
  • support for new apps (some of which may start appearing next week)
  • support for “low battery” message for new RF remotes
  • fixed an issue where the grid Guide didn’t keep its place after scheduling a recording
  • now will retry tuning requests after a Tuning Adapter fails to respond
  • improved some issues related to transferring shows between Series4 and Series5 DVRs

While this doesn’t ship with the prime billing that the Fall Update did, it’s rather significant in a few ways. Continue Reading…

Shortly after TiVo co-founder Jim Barton resigned from the DVR maker in 2012, he reunited with his former DVR compatriot Michael Ramsay to found InVisioneer. While the Kleiner-backed company is somewhat shrouded in secrecy, descriptions from their recruitment efforts provide some insight (1, 2):

InVisioneer is building a product that sits at the nexus of exciting trends in video, mobile, and social.

We’re building a compelling new way to discover and play media that will become an integral part of people’s lives.

Scouring the web for clues has turned up a variety of intriguing LinkedIn profiles and other social mentions, including an early survey and what appears to be a test Twitter account… with one very familiar follower. Of course, given the headline and imagery above, you’ve already discerned that InVisioneer sent some hardware through the FCC in the form of a Qplay TV Adapter. Continue Reading…

We were quite surprised when the big, Fall Update hit TiVo Premiere units without without an updated Netflix app… as we had solid intel indicating a HTML5 redesign was underway. We suppose Netflix’s broader TV UI refresh and technical issues may have something to do with the delay. But, given TiVo VP Margret Schmidt’s tweet (shown above), it looks like we’re mere days or weeks away from software version 20.3.8 that includes a Netflix app on par with the experience currently available on TiVo Roamio and Mini hardware. In addition to DIAL capabilities and a quicker, modernized interface, we’re also hoping this iteration of Netflix doesn’t lock up and/or crash the app or DVR as the current one does. Guess we’ll find out shortly!

(Thanks Dan!)

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Originally scoped out last summer via FCC docs, it seems safe to assume that the Echostar-produced Channel Master OTA DVR nears release given web store references uncovered by AVS Forum members.

While the July government filing referred to a pair of units, at this point we only see reference to a single fee-free $250 dual-tuning model – alternately referred to as the CM-7500 and DVR+… that may require external storage for DVR capabilities given the 500GB ($70), 1TB ($95) & 3TB ($125) Seagate hard drive accessories (in addition to a $40 wireless option). Sadly, the product page (which has been pulled), didn’t include glamour shots or detail on which over-the-top Internet services might be included. Continue Reading…

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Lo and behold, the TiVo-powered RCN2Go video portal appears to have soft launched for RCN cable customers. While details remain sparse, RCN TiVo subscribers now have access to an “exclusive preview” that features “hundreds of shows” — and, ultimately, all RCN subscribers will receive access at a later date, albeit without TiVo-specific DVR management capabilities. Unlike many mobile offerings, RCN2GO is not limited to one’s home network and you can conceivably “watch anywhere” … assuming you have a laptop or computer available as this feature set isn’t (yet?) integrated into TiVo’s mobile apps. For more details on TiVo’s TV Everywhere offering (to cable providers) and an exclusive video sneak peek of the portal in action, head on over to our earlier coverage.

After three years of radio silence, will Cox On Demand finally arrive on TiVo? According to one TiVo Community forum member, Cox Communications employees in his region have been distributed memos that communicate on demand services will be deployed to Rhode Island region TiVo units in early to mid-December. While TiVo’s implementation thus far hasn’t been much to write home about and Comcast’s equivalent Xfinity roll out has been paused (or completed, depending who you ask), content is king and on demand services are extremely valuable to many as a catch up service and to keep the kiddies perpetually entertained. Some technical trivia, if it does indeed pan out, this particular Cox region runs Motorola hardware (versus their Cisco markets).

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As we gear up for 2014, TiVo’s plans have begun to crystalize. First, based on pre-show outreach from Olson, it appears Android streaming is a lock for a January CES announcement – although supported devices and a specific release date remain foggy. Further, and as you can see from these exclusive pics, TiVo remains on track to deliver the Opera TV App Store in the next month or three. Continue Reading…