The TiVo Bolt narrative is coalescing…

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We’ve seen the trademark filings. And we’ve seen the CableLabs certification. Now, by way of Google (above) pointing to TiVo’s own website (below), we can divine that the TiVo Bolt “Unified Entertainment System” will be a Roamio replacement. At least to start with. We know for certain there will be two cable-capable models and at least one over-the-air model – aka “Bolt Aereo” or “Aereo Edition” if TiVo’s page links are any indication.

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Industry sources suggest this is primarily a substantive design refresh as they continue to rebrand. Indeed, these curved white set-tops are certainly unique (and won’t stack well). So, if you were anxiously awaiting TiVo 4k, I imagine we’re still tracking for 2016.

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(Reuters) – Nvidia Corp said it was recalling some of its Shield 8-inch tablets in the United States as the battery in these devices can overheat, posing a fire hazard. The chipmaker has received four reports of batteries overheating due to thermal runaway, including reports of damage to flooring.

The Android-based tablet, which has a price tag of $300-$400, is targeted at gaming enthusiasts and comes equipped with batteries that are made to last longer. Nvidia, better known for its graphics chips, said it would replace Shield tablets with battery types that test Y01 it sold in the United States since the product’s launch in July 2014. Nvidia has asked owners to use the tablet only to initiate a replacement process on the company’s website and to back up data. Continue Reading…

TOKYO (Reuters) – Sharp Corp on Friday said it would exit the TV set business in the Americas and consider more steps to shore up its finances, after reporting a deeper-than-expected quarterly loss on weak sales of smartphone displays. The Japanese electronics maker said it would sell its TV manufacturing plant in Mexico and license its brand in the Americas to China’s Hisense Group. In a separate statement, Hisense said it would pay $23.7 million for the business.

A woman holding her umbrella walks past an advertisement poster for Sharp Corp's Aquos outside an electronics shop in Tokyo, Japan, July 31, 2015. REUTERS/Yuya Shino

A woman holding her umbrella walks past an advertisement poster for Sharp Corp’s Aquos outside an electronics shop in Tokyo, Japan, July 31, 2015. REUTERS/Yuya Shino

Osaka-based Sharp was once a highly profitable manufacturer of premium TVs and a favoured screen supplier to Apple Inc, but has struggled to innovate enough to fend off Asian rivals. But, in May, the company sought $1.9 billion in its second major bank-led financing in three years. In return, it promised to cut 5,000 jobs, or 10 percent of staff.

“Sharp has not been able to fully adapt to the intensifying market competition, which led to significantly lower profits compared to the initial projections for the previous fiscal year, and has been suffering from poor earnings performance,” Sharp said in a statement explaining the TV business sale. Continue Reading…

With no fanfare, Dropbox has arrived in the Roku channel store. And the video playback possibilities are highly intriguing.

Dropbox is a simple way to store and share your files. And now you can bring all the photos and videos in your Dropbox straight to your TV.

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(Reuters) – Apple Inc will launch the next generation of its Apple TV set-top box in September, with a new remote and support for Siri voice control, online publisher BuzzFeed reported on Thursday.

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The new Apple TV will have a slimmer chassis, a “drastically improved” remote with touch-pad input, increased on-board storage and an operating system that will support Siri, BuzzFeed said, citing sources familiar with the matter. The device will be launched with its own App Store and a software development kit for app developers, the website said. Continue Reading…

(Reuters) – T-Mobile US Inc’s quarterly revenue rose about 14 percent as aggressive pricing helped the company win more customers.

People pass by a T-Mobile store in the Brooklyn borough of New York June 4, 2015.   REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

People pass by a T-Mobile store in the Brooklyn borough of New York June 4, 2015. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

However, net income of the No.4 U.S. wireless carrier by revenue fell to $361 million, or 42 cents per share, in the second quarter ended June 30 from $391 million, or 48 cents per share, a year earlier.

Revenue rose to $8.18 billion from $7.19 billion.

T-Mobile said this month that it added a net 2.1 million customers in the second quarter, up from 1.5 million a year earlier.

(Reporting by Lehar Maan in Bengaluru; Editing by Kirti Pandey)

Picking up Aereo’s assets back was one of TiVo’s more inspired marketing moves. But I wonder if it’s being squandered…

Since the deal closed, TiVo has sent out several waves of email campaigns to Aereo castaways… that may not be resonating, as TiVo, in its current form, isn’t much of an Aereo replacement.

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Harnessing Portlandia to tug on those cord cutting heart-strings, TiVo ratchets up the rhetoric today as they move into aereo.com with an impassioned 237 word plea. Some highlights: Continue Reading…