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As a part of the new board software, we invite you to check out the media Gallery at http://www.sandiegohdtv.org/community/media/ . This Gallery allows you to upload your own images and even Youtube or embedded online videos as a gallery. You can use it to show off your HT and/or AV setups, or post pictures of yourself or whatever. Feel free to use it and enjoy it. If there is any feedback on the new board, please post it http://www.sandiegohdtv.org/community/forums/new-board-feedback.41/
http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/2015/sep/10/google-fiber-ultra-high-speed-san-diego/

This might be very big, now that Google wanta to have fiber here. I would definitely embrace google fiber in San Diego, but the city of San diego might make it a bit hard for them to install it. I would definitely ditch time warner for this service.
http://www.sandiegohdtv.org/cgi-bin/discus/discus.cgi

Archives are now back, but they have never really been deleted, I just have forgotten to put in the link for them, thats all. However, if you do find that they have a wealth of information, that is still relevant, you can put that into the Resources link at http://sandiegohdtv.org/community/resources/ and there are some categories, and you can make resources, so you can put such information there. Also, it does allow for comments, and if anything is broken, feel free to comment or put it in the feedback forums, especially new board feedback (incase you have not really gotten the feel for this new software.)
http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/2015/07/02/tech-five-att/29608815/

Looks like the DOJ has approved the DirecTV-AT&T merger. All this merger has to go through is the FCC, and that could happen anyday; however, FCC can impose conditions that the DOJ did not put in, as the FCC might want to make sure AT&T is responding to the needs of Americans and not shareholders.

Edit: Looks like it is tentatively approved, but it is likely to be approved. If this merger goes through, then I could see Charter-TWC likely being approved.
Trying out a new Blog/website based article layout for front page articles/threads. I am trying one thread out to see if it will work. If the new layout is not good, then I can try to change it back to a forum layout.
http://www.dslreports.com/shownews/ATT-Might-Agree-to-Neutrality-to-Get-DirecTV-Deal-Approval-134058

Looks like AT&T and DirecTV are close to getting their merger completed, albeit with a few conditions. One of which is fast 25/3 broadband, and possibly offer an internet only tier, for those who do not want TV and Phone. I have a feeling this merger will likely be approved, despite AT&T and Directv having more subscribers than Comcast. AT&T and DirecTV do not really compete with each other, except TV. Of course, AT&T can always use their legal power to sue the FCC, saying that the regulations are unconstitutional, later once approved.
http://zatznotfunny.com/2015-05/tivo-cox-on-demand/

Looks like Cox is going to offer VOD on TiVo premiere and Roamio devices; however, this is not going to be like the Comcast integration where it is QAM VOD over an IP bridge. Instead, this will be an IP based stream using Verimatrix DRM. Good to see that Cox is offering VOD, and something did come out of that deal. This is similar to the VOD offered on the Contour App as well.
http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/05/25/us-twc-m-a-charter-communi-idUSKBN0OA15L20150525

Looks like Charter will merge with TWC and acquire Brighthouse as well. It is kind of funny that they are acquiring Brighthouse as Brighthouse has a complicated relationship with TWC. Charter is reported to offer TWC $195/share for a $55 billion offer. Brighthouse relies on Time Warner for their programming contracts, and they use the same cable boxes and infrastructure as Time warner. Even use the same program guide and tablet/smartphone app as well as their live TV VOD website for PC and Macs. I think Altice would be an interesting operator, but they are open to others, and Charter really wants to go in for the kill (TWC and Brighthouse), so that is probably why. I think TWC is not really interested in running a cable company.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/05/26/us-twc-m-a-charter-communi-idUSKBN0OA15L20150526

Edit: Deal is official, signed at $55-56 billion at $195.71/share. Charter will buy brighthouse alongside merging with TWC, and Malone will buy $5 billion in New Charter stock to help finance along with other forms of financing to get this deal done. However, some people still say that the $55 billion deal is the correct one. Also, the Newhouse family which owns Brighthouse would also get a stake in the company.
https://www.tivo.com/roamioota2176

If you are looking for a relatively affordable OTA DVR with no monthly fees, then this is not such a bad deal. Not as good as the $300 deal but like that deal, this includes lifetime service, so no monthly fees. Not sure when this will expire, but I think if you compare this to the DVR+, and add the wifi and the 1TB HDD, then this is a steal. Comes with 4 tuners, but you can add a bigger drive, should you need more space.
http://www.theverge.com/2015/5/2/8536141/microsoft-windows-media-center-killed-off

Looks like Media Center is dead with Windows 10. Those with Windows 7 and 8.1 can still use it, but there is no guarantee when or if guide data gets discontinued, as per Media Center TOS, Microsoft can remove it at any time, which includes taking out before Windows 7 or 8.1 hit EOL. I am sure those who still want to use Media center once the data has been removed can use a 3rd party source. Media Center is also the only HTPC app that can be used by Time Warner as they unfairly copy flag everything but locals in an attempt to make you use their DVR or to stop TiVo's old Multiroom transfer protocol.

http://www.sandiegohdtv.org/community/threads/silicon-dust-hdhomerun-kickstarter.489/

Here is an option you can use instead of using Media Center for Protected content. It is said to be quite a nice product, and can use non WMC extenders as well.