Live TV

Jun 01 2017

News - Plex adds Live TV

If you have a Plex Pass you can now watch your OTA content live, anywhere you have Internet. You will, of course, need some local tuners, but it's not just HDHR devices now. There are actually quite a few, and you can even use some of the USB ones with the NVIDIA SHIELD!

Mar 01 2017

News - YouTube launches Live TV service

Network coverage is a bit light, but given sports coverage, support for six users, and unlimited DVR storage it might just work for $35/mon. Even if it's not quite up to your standard, I think we can all agree that the level of competition developing in this space is FANTASTIC. What I'd really like to see though, is a just sports pack. That's really the only thing that I want from "cable" anymore. Anyone else in the same boat?

Naturally it is just US, but ROW probably wasn't expecting anything here Smile.

Mar 14 2016

News - Sony Vue OTT Live TV streaming released nationwide

I'm not sure you can really call a $30/month (baseline) TV package "cord cutting". Since you've just switched your cable provider from a QAM to IP service. C-NET has a lot of detail, including that locals aren't included in many markets (really?). Looks interesting, but I'm not convinced unless the "Cloud DVR" really offers full DVR features, and the pricing - while good, isn't really ground breaking.

Jan 12 2015

News - DISH @ CES 2015

Dish Networks always puts on a good show at CES, and this year was no exception. There were dancing kangaroos, the CEO came in playing a drum, and there was plenty of loud music in the intro. Of course none of that would matter if it was all fluff, and Dish didn’t disappoint here either announcing the 4K Joey, a slick looking voice remote, slick “Carbon” UI, whole-house music via the Hopper & Joey, and a new Live TV service called Sling TV.

Dec 11 2012

News - QNAP Adds DVR and Live TV Streaming Capabilities to Turbo NAS Devices

If you live in a DVB-T region and are in the market for a new NAS, then QNAP would like to have a word with you. QNAP recently introduced a new feature, TV Station, to their Tubo NAS line-up that allows their NAS devices to serve as a DVR and to stream live TV to connected clients. TV Station is availble through QPKG, QNAP's add-on management system. The add-on's functionality is still fairly limited at this point, restricted as it is to USB DVB-T tuners and an over-the-air EPG, and only supporting streaming to browsers on Windows with the assistance of VLC, but it is still an interesting addition to QNAP's growing portfolio of media serving add-ons.

 QNAP TV Station

NAS specialist QNAP this week announced a brand new feature for its latest range of network attached storage servers. Add a USB DVB-T TV tuner, and your QNAP NAS will take on DVR responsibilities, streaming live and recorded TV to multiple clients arounf [sic] the home.

We Got Served

Oct 18 2012

News - Aereo Adds TV Streaming Support for Web Browsers

Aereo LogoAereo, the Barry Diller-backed service offering cloud-based live TV streaming and DVR services in New York by deploying thousands of dime-sized antennas to pick up OTA broadcasts for delivery to subscribers, has announced that the service now supports streaming to HTML5-capable web browsers. Streaming to web browsers had always been a part of the company's plan, but previously, Aereo subscribers had to tune in via an iOS app or a Roku channel. While Aereo will probably remain confined to New York for the foreseeable future, at least New Yorkers won't be confined to their apartments or their iPads while watching TV.

New York City-based Aereo, a startup that streams network TV over the Internet, has today expanded its list of supported devices beyond Apple devices and Roku to all major web browsers.


Jul 03 2012

News - Boxee and Comcast Reach Agreement, Developing System to Access Encrypted Basic Cable Channels

Boxee Live TV Screen

Back in February, Boxee and the Consumer Electronics Association announced that they were working together to convince the FCC not to overturn rules that required cable television service providers to offer basic tier channels unencrypted. The FCC had indicated that they were open to revisiting the rules regarding unencrypted cable channels as part of a required review of rules requiring service providers to offer both analog and digital transmissions. Cable television service providers, anticipating a relaxation of the rules requiring analog retransmission, were hoping to further streamline their digital offerings by turning on encryption for all tiers. Boxee, who had just recently released their Boxee Live TV add-on, was concerned that the move would shut them out as encryption would return cable television service to the days when every subscriber had to have a set top box all of the time.

In a filing with the FCC last week, Boxee and Comcast announced that they have come to an agreement and are working together to develop a system that would allow retail consumer electronics to access encrypted basic tier channels. Initially, the system would involve an ethernet-based digital transport adapter (E-DTA) that would sit between the set top box and the consumer electronics device. In the long term, their plan calls for a standard for an integrated E-DTA that would eliminate the need for a set top box or service provider supplied E-DTA. This does not appear to have any impact on the development of CableCard or AllVid, but would rather serve as a modern update on establishing cable-ready TVs and devices. Access for such devices would still be restricted to basic-tier channels. Although the agreement is only between Comcast and Boxee, the language does suggest that the two companies could offer the solution as an industry standard, however, without a timeline or specific details on which standards bodies would provide certification, it might be a good idea not to get one's hopes up until other companies or organizations start to weigh in on the concept.

Boxee users may soon be able to access encrypted basic cable channels, thanks to an agreement with Comcast.

In a June 27 filing with the Federal Communications Commission, the companies said they have resolved a dispute over access to Comcast's basic-cable tiers via devices like Boxee's Live TV dongle.

PC Magazine

May 28 2012

News - Cox Communications Updates iPad App with New UI

Cox TV Connect LogoCox Communications was a little slower bringing live TV streaming to the iPad than some of the other cable TV providers in the US, and the initial release of the app took a somewhat unusual approach to presenting TV listings that made it difficult to judge the relative start and stop times of programming on different channels. It would appear that someone directed their criticism to the right ears, because Cox has updated the app to version 1.1.0 and updated the UI to present programming in a more traditional EPG-style grid. Now if only the company could start integrating remote DVR programming control and maybe show Android tablets a little love as well.

 Cabler Cox Communications joined in on the live TV streaming to iPad craze by releasing its own Cox TV Connect app late last year, and recently updated it to version 1.1.0. 



May 22 2012

News - Comcast Shows Off New X1 UI

It's been several months since we last heard Comcast chatting up their new settop box UI. At the time, the new UI was codenamed Xcalibur and Comcast was hinting at the ways they were looking to integrate the app experience from mobile platforms with a revamped high-definition live TV and DVR interface. Evidently, things are about to get real. Comcast took to the Cable Show in Boston this week to not only show off the new interface, now called X1, but also demonstrate that the new UI is really just part of a complete software platform. X1 aims to combine traditional live TV services with streaming and on-demand video services, along with extended information apps for displaying things like weather and traffic and integrating other services such as Pandora and Facebook. I wouldn't count on seeing a Netflix app anytime soon, but it certainly appears that Comcast is hoping to leverage software to expand and enhance Comcast services more rapidly in the face of growing streaming media competition. Folks interested in home automation will also be interested in checking out Project Dayview, a dashboard for the TV or computing devices that consolidates information and tasks from all of a subscriber's Xfinity services, including remote DVR control and home security monitoring.

Comcast X1 Search

Comcast SVP Marcien Jenckes tells us that there are two parts to the rollout of X1. The first is geographical: it's coming to Boston on May 30th, then five to ten major markets before the end of the year. The goal is to get coverage in all of Comcast's market by mid-2013. The second part of the rollout is penetration into Comcast's customer base. At first, the platform will be limited to Xfinity Triple Play customers, i.e., voice, video, and broadband subscribers. But Jenckes says that they eventually want to shift all of their television customers over to the platform.

The Verge

Mar 05 2012

News - Broadcasters File Suit Against Aereo

Aereo, the fledgling service that looks to use tiny antennae to receive broadcast TV signals and then stream the video to subscribers over the Internet, hasn't even made its way out of the invite-only beta phase, and already it is the target of lawsuits. Two groups of broadcasters have filed separate federal lawsuits claiming that the service violates the Copyright Act. None of this comes as any surprise. Predictions of lawsuits were rife even as Aereo was being announced and Aereo's response to the lawsuits came quickly enough to suggest that Aereo's lawyers already had a pretty good idea of how they were going to respond to the inevitable. The courts have sent mixed signals about how to handle intermediaries in the video delivery process. Will the courts find that Aereo falls more on the side of Cablevision's remote DVR or on the side of Zedevia's streaming DVD players?

There have been questions about Aereo's legality from the start, and now it's getting a test. So far at least two groups of broadcasters have filed complaints against Aereo. The fundamental question at play? Can Aereo capture free TV from the air for you like a DVR and then post it to the internet so that you can watch it from your computer, your phone, or anywhere else, without violating copyright law.

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