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Are you checking out your DVR options, yet remain unsure about whether a subscription-based DVR service is right for you? Essentially, it depends on what sort of circus tricks you want your television to perform for you. Digital video recording has become... more

I recently found this link, a HOW TO for using the USB ports on the newer DirecTV Units with MythTV. I am NOT the owner of this article and have sent an email to the owner, Jeff Simpson, to let him know I was sharing this info with this site. Overview... more

You’ve read the news stories about grandmothers being arrested for illegal downloads of songs (those Glenn Miller songs are evil!), or twelve year olds charged with copyright violations for downloading the latest Harry Potter movie.   Copyright and... more

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Call in the band and strike up the fanfare; there’s finally a high definition TiVo that doesn’t cost as much as one month's rent! In fact, at $299, you could call TiVo's newest addition, the TiVo HD DVR, affordable! If all you needed to hear was HD TiVo and... more

Editor's Note:  In the digital world, the rights of the citizen are often cast aside in favor of the almighty buck. As consumers, we not only have the power to fight back, we have an obligation to ourselves and to each other to do so. The power is not only... more

Editorial note: Corporations are inserting their DRM (digital rights management) technology onto CDs, DVDs, and secretly onto our hard drives. Consumers are often prevented from controlling, duping, or even routinely transferring songs and movies they've... more

If someone asked me to describe in one sentence what AppleTV is, I’d say, “It’s an iPod for your TV.”  And believe it or not, it’s really that simple.   The unit’s a sleek machine, less than half the size of a standard DVD player, and has the familiar Apple... more

Isn't it time you took full advantage of all the features your Tivo has to offer? If you're still using a phone line to connect your Tivo, unfortunately most of Tivo's coolest new features won't be available to you. Most of them require a network connection... more

You know how Great Aunt Emily regales you for hours and hours and hours with photos and cute stories of her grandchild, Precious Poopsie Woopsie Darling, over Thanksgiving turkey? Or how about your girlfriend who e-mails album after album of her Charming... more

Best Buy. It’s almost a household name these days, especially if you’re a gadget junkie. They're ubiquitous, easy to find, and they’re open late. But they're also huge, and you don't always have time to browse for hours at a stretch. With Father's Day... more

The idea to build my own home theater box came to me one day as I hooked my new DLP HDTV up to the huge stack of components piled next to it. My stack had an audio amplifier, an aging Series 1 TiVo, an HD cable box, a DVD player, another DVD player with... more


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FLATennaPHOENIX, AZ – August 20, 2014 – Channel Master, the nation’s leading manufacturer of broadcast reception products since... more

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PR release PHOENIX, AZ – July 9, 2014

Furthering its TV Freedom™ initiative for consumers, Channel Master announced today the launch of a new DVR+ model that includes a 1TB... more

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I recently decided to give the Squeezebox Server on my MediaSmart EX495.  If you are not familiar with any of the Squeezebox products, they are worth looking at if you'd like to have a device that can connect to your stereo and your network, and play your audio files from a centralized file repository.  Squeeze products... more

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So, today I decided it was time to add a few drives to my EX495, just to see how it easy it was, expand the capacity, and more importantly, ensure that I had some redundancy in the case of a drive failure.  

After doing a bit or reading, I came to the realization that the MediaSmart Server does not use... more

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As I mentioned in my 2nd article (Part 2 of Setting IUp my MediaSmart EX495), one other aspect of getting rid of the "network critical" warning on my Home Server Console dashboard was to enable remote access.  As I said before,

Enabling the Web Services was easy enough.  It was a bit of a magical experience,... more

Sling Media Announces New Slingbox M1 and SlingTV

Press release: 07/15/2014 - The following is the press release from Slng Media. We will be posting more pictures and information shortly.


New Slingbox M1 and SlingTV Will Delight Mobile and Home Entertainment Users with New Features Including Discovery and Navigation Enhancements, Cloud-Based Social Media Personalization, and Ease of Setup and Use

FOSTER CITY, CALIF.July 16, 2014