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DISH Prepping Slingbox-Powered ‘Hopper Go’

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Indeed – the latest, greatest Hopper includes Slingbox capabilities to catch your content around the house or beyond via smartphone, tablet, computer, or streaming box. So it’s quite curious to see the Slingbox-powered Hopper Go pass through the FCC today (under the Echostar banner). – Dave Zatz, Zatz Not Funny

Roku 4 FCC Filings Indicate An Update

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Roku, the current market leader in streaming media boxes may be close to launching an updated device for the fall. Dave Zats, Zatz Not Funny has been monitoring FCC fillings and discovered that Roku has filled new paperwork that indicates a new product and or update to the current line of products that will feature 4K video. Zats also cited the brief appearance of a 4K video channel in the UK Roku Channel store. – Ryan Michael Downey, The Streaming Advisor

Disney Movies Coming to Roku, Fire TV, and Xbox

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Disney Movies Anywhere can now be accessed through its new app for the Microsoft Xbox 360 and for Amazon’s Fire tablets, Fire TV and Fire TV Stick. Walt Disney Studios added that it would launch the app on video streaming-device maker Roku Inc and Google Inc’s Android TV on Sept. 15, coinciding with the DVD release of “Cinderella.” – Arathy S Nair, Reuters via Zatz Not Funny

TiVo Bolt Clears The FCC

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As TiVo Bolt nears release, the clues continue to trickle out. Most recent is an FCC filing that identifies three models. As two of those very same three DVR units appeared in a CableLabs certification report, it seems safe to speculate that we may be looking at two CableCARD models and one over-the-air “Aereo Edition” Bolt. – Dave Zatz, Zatz Not Funny

Silicon Dust To Launch HDHomeRun DVR Software

[U]nlike Tablo, HDHomeRun offers both over-the-air (OTA) and CableCARD tuners… making this a whole lot more versitile for those of us unwilling to cut the cord. Given the sunsetting of Windows Media Center and the hot mess that is Simple.TV (powered by SiliconDust), it’s not so surprising they would venture into software and services to round out their offerings. – Dave Zatz, Zatz Not Funny

Tablo adds FF/RW Preview With 2.1.24 Update

Tablo gave existing customers a nice little update with version 2.1.24. Previously, you had to blindly FF or RW using the Roku app and/or web player. With this enhancement, you’re now able to see a thumbnail preview while invoking these actions. It’s a small change yes, but something I find highly useful. – Adam Miarka, Zatz Not Funny
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Smart TVs, Dumber By The Moment

Sadly, to get the very best panels and processing these days, whatever new set one acquires will likely be saddled with an Internet platform. And no one abuses that connectivity and customer goodwill as effectively as Samsung. What they and Delivery Agent call a “Solution” the rest of us will call a “problem” … as David Chartier and the Boston Globe point to a newly introduced overlay that drops a (Dunkin’ Donuts) ad unit on top of a possibly related commercial. They presumably use metadata markers, as TiVo has, to determine when to hit you with an ad. But really the technical intricacies are secondary to the compromised user experience and disruption. – Dave Zatz, Zatz Not Funny 
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CES 2015: The secret to Sling TV’s success

Even as we applaud the slick implementation and savvy dealmaking of Sling TV, the parts of the existing TV biz it’s still tied into stand out as potential pitfalls. Even at $20 (before add-on packages or PPV movie rentals) it’s more expensive than other streaming services, and while it makes perfect sense for SportsCenter addicts to get their fix for a relatively low price, it might not appeal to all. As [Dave Zatz,Zatz Not Funny] pointed out on Twitter, some could toss a few bucks to a friend and use their WatchESPN login, while non sports fans will have to swallow the fact that a large part of their money is going to support the same channels that probably drove them away from cable in the first place. – Richard Lawler, Engadget 
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Bright House Lifts TiVo Streaming Restrictions

Via DSL Reports, we learn that their punitive CCI Byte restrictions have been lifted on everything other than premium movie channels, allowing TiVo, Ceton, and SiliconDust USA Inc. hardware owners to legitimately stream the cable content they pay for beyond Bright House’s formerly walled garden. And, come January, Bright House’s Tampa customers will similarly experience video liberation. – Dave Zatz,Zatz Not Funny
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