Netflix Offers Million Dollar Bounty

If you’ve got some free time and programming skills, Netflix has a job for you… www.netflixprize.com. Reuters says: Online DVD rental company Netflix Inc on Sunday announced that it would pay $1 million to the first person to develop software to improve the accuracy of Netflix’s movie recommendation system by 10 percent. Netflix’s Web-based recommendation … Read more

Deal O’ The Day: $139 Slingbox

Over on the TCF, I spotted a Slingbox for $139 Buy.com deal. This is the lowest price I’ve ever seen — which may or may not have to do with the rumored introduction of new boxes later this week. Don’t tell the authorities, but Mom (1,000 miles away) has been “watching TV” on her laptop … Read more

Newsflash: Mom Orders TiVo!

OK, so the headline isn’t entirely accurate… More like: “Mom tires of resisting, Dave orders TiVo for her.” When visiting last month, I failed to convince her she needed a DVR. Well being somewhat manipulative, I might have accidentally changed her homepage to ZNF. Between the numerous questions I answered and the new fall season, … Read more

Stop Paying Too Much For Cables

Stop it! Seriously. It sickens me when friends and family tell me how much they’re paying for cables at retail. Best Buy, Circuit City, and even Radio Shack are sticking it to consumers with profit margins that must exceed 80%. Obviously we can’t stop buying cables, but we can be more choosy in who we … Read more

Deal Of The Day: Harmony 880 for $100

Everybody’s favorite universal remote is on sale for $150 off! Dell is offering the Harmony 880 for a low $100… until midnight. The retail price is $250 but this deal includes an instant $120 off, a $30 mail in rebate, and free delivery. UPDATE: If you have a smaller budget or don’t need a color … Read more

TiVo S2 80HR Fire Sale

Get a new 80 hour Series 2 for free after rebates! If you already have service, a second unit runs only $6.95/mo. I think it’s safe to say this model is heading out… not surprising given digital tuner regulation going into effect next year. Buy.com Best Buy Circuit City CompUSA

Thousands Of Free TiVos For Father’s Day

In honor of Father’s Day (and publicity), TiVo has partnered with Minor League Baseball and will be giving away up to 1,000 S2 units (via voucher) per market. Agree to a year of service, get a single tuner TiVo free. Add 30 bucks and upgrade to a dual-tuning model. Additional promotions (TiVo raffles) seem to … Read more