HDHomeRun Brings Live TV To Roku*

I’ve got some good news. And I’ve got some bad news. Let’s start with the positivity. After “years of requests” Silicon Dust has finally released a Roku HDHomeRun app! But, yeah, it’s most definitely a beta with disruptive overlays, reloading of channels, a tiny subset of typical HDHomeRun app functionality, and… some of you won’t … Read more

TiVo Scores The World Cup In 4K Thanks To Verizon

Verizon has lit up 4K FiOS Fox Sports programming, in something of a test, on channel 1498 and 1499. NASCAR was first to air on FS1 4K a few weeks back and now we’ve got a month of the World Cup. As far as I can tell, any FiOS package that includes Fox Sports and … Read more

Apple TV Makes It Personal

As Apple prepares to launch its streaming video service this fall, a number of Apple TV enhancements were unveiled at WWDC. Anyone who’s gritted their teeth at Netflix and Amazon autoplaying content probably won’t care for the refreshed Apple TV homescreen (which hopefully can be customized for a quieter experience) and the incoming Apple Music … Read more

Apple HomeKit Secure Video Announced

Apple has unleashed a ton of new functionality across their device lineup … that’s still being digested. Yet a significant HomeKit update merited WWDC keynote attention. Apple rightly points out that most of our connected video camera content is shipped across the Internet and entrusted to service providers, perhaps without sufficient privacy controls. As such, … Read more

Dave’s Apple WWDC Wishlist Scorecard

Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) is underway. And we’re collectively still sifting through so many software enhancements across multiple platforms. But down here in the weeds, my wishlist has remained consistent … although, perhaps misguided, as some believe I’m holding it wrong. Maybe I am. My WWDC wishlist scorecard iPad Desktop Browser ✔️iPad Mouse … Read more

New Ecobee & SmartSensors Detailed

If you’ve been following along, you know ecobee is working on a variety of new products. While the company will expand their reach into the smart home later this year with (at least) an indoor camera and contact sensor, an updated ecobee thermostat and sensor is expected any day now. And, thanks to Lowe’s, all … Read more

Alexa Sunrise/Sunset Triggers Have Arrived

Alexa Routines have become increasingly powerful and Amazon just upped the virtual hub ante with sunrise/sunset triggers. As shown in the video, we can use those ever shifting times to put a variety of smart home devices into action. In my case, I’m migrating three less elegant Hue lighting routines into two Alexa routines given … Read more

Comcast Retires TiVo Xfinity On Demand

Welp, it’s time to pour one out for the Xfinity On-Demand services that will be removed from all TiVo platforms come June 25th. Announcement of the functionality back in 2011 marked a seminal moment in DVR retail history, where the nation’s largest cable provider stepped up to the plate and collaborated with TiVo to right … Read more