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Cox to offer VOD on Tivo Devices

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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.

Charter to Merge with Brighthouse and TWC

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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.


Edit: Deal is official, signed at $55-56 billion...

Good Deal on Tivo Roamio OTA

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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.

Media Center is Dead

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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.


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.

Silicon Dust HDHomeRun Kickstarter

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Considering how Media center is now dead, this might be the only PC based option for TWC subscribers. If you donate $100 over your current level, you get 5 years of EPG data. Looks pretty cool, and you can use an Android TV box, and use a standard Q-NAP, Windows, MyCloud, and hopefully Synology. Would love it, if FreeNAS was supported as well.

We've migrated over to XenForo!

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As you all know, there was a notification, saying that we would migrate over to this new software on April 24, and so we did. This new software is very powerful in many ways, and will get better over time. Change can be a bad thing for some of you, so I have tried to make it so that it would have some level of familiarity. I still have some minor tweaks to do, but the site is live and up and running.

The biggest new features are the resource manager and the Gallery. You can now post photos of your own Home Theater setups, photos in general, or even your favorite Youtube videos. The other is a Resource Manager that could be used for Articles, or even the ability to put some of the archived content. Archive link is coming soon, and this software has been a learning experience, as everything is so different.

Biggest change of them all is the new responsive theme. This new theme responds and automatically format to your devices screen, so that there is no need for a mobile theme or...