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You may not have to pony up for a streaming video service (or any service, for that matter) to get 4K video on your TV in the future. GatesAir, LG and Zenith have started field-testing Futurecast, a system that promises to drag over-the-air TV into the modern era. Thanks to HEVC video compression...

July 12th 2015 at 10:40pm 0 Comments
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TiVo made no bones about wanting to scoop up Aereo's former cord-cutter TV business, and that apparently includes many of its viewers. The DVR provider has launched a promo for ex-Aereo customers that gives you a Roamio OTA box, a TiVo Stream and two years of service for no money down and $20 per...

July 6th 2015 at 5:21pm 0 Comments
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Over the past few weeks, General Motors has focused on bringing Android Auto and Apple CarPlay support to its vehicles. While this functionality is great for drivers, the company's current infotainment ecosystem still relies on being updated at dealerships -- which can be a hassle to some people....

June 25th 2015 at 1:26pm 0 Comments
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Pardon me while I say something that might not be entirely popular: Software updates are pretty awesome. Maybe not so much for game consoles, but, I digress because the Curiosity rover recently received a patch that improved the autofocus of its "ChemCam" telescope. Over the air. On Mars. Before t...

May 23rd 2015 at 11:08pm 0 Comments
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Turns out TiVo snapped up Aereo's trademarks and customer lists for a reason: it's planning to make its own version that won't have broadcasters lining up to sue. According to Multichannel, the company wants to offer their customers low-cost bundle subscriptions to streaming services and specific...

May 14th 2015 at 4:46am 0 Comments
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Now that Microsoft has announced it's through with Windows Media Center, what options do you have left to build your own machine for recording, organizing and watching TV? A new one ready to enter the scene is SiliconDust's HDHomeRun DVR, which recently launched on Kickstarter and is scheduled to...

May 7th 2015 at 7:25pm 0 Comments
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Last year Microsoft added a feature to European Xbox Ones that brought broadcast TV directly to the box, and now it's starting to roll out the same thing in the US and Canada. Currently available for users in the Preview Program, it combines with a TV tuner from Hauppauge (BYO antenna -- the tuner...

April 8th 2015 at 9:23am 0 Comments
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A US bankruptcy judge has declared that Aereo can sell off its technology to the highest bidder, but with a few large exceptions, according to Reuters. First off, the broadcasters who forced the streaming service off the air and into Chapter 11 can oppose any sale they don't like. They'll also be...

December 27th 2014 at 11:57am 0 Comments
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Just because you cut the cable cord, doesn't mean you can't enjoy live TV. Devices like the Tablo DVR can help you snag free over-the-air (OTA) HD content, record it and watch it on any of your connected devices. The company has even provided us with two cord-cutting packages for two lucky Engadge...

November 4th 2014 at 11:00am 0 Comments
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With a new Supreme Court ruling on the books, things are looking awfully grim for Aereo and all those tiny, cloud-friendly antennas it controls. That's why CEO Chet Kanojia has temporarily turned off the television streaming service, and that's why he's asking for help. The beleaguered startup sen...

July 1st 2014 at 10:48am 0 Comments
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It only makes sense that putting a TV online theoretically exposes it to hackers, but it's now clear that those hacks don't have to go through conventional internet pipelines. A team of Columbia University researchers has published details of a vulnerability in an interactive TV standard (HbbTV) t...

June 8th 2014 at 6:08pm 0 Comments
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Heads up, cord-cutters: those of you who own Chromecasts and live where streaming startup Aereo operates can now use both to bring live TV to your, well, TV. All it takes (besides the prerequisite hardware and Aereo subscription) is the newly updated Android app -- once that's in place, you'll be...

June 5th 2014 at 3:28pm 0 Comments