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Things Apple TV could learn from Chromecast

September 26, 2013
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I think I’ve mentioned it before, but my wife watches a lot of TV. She does not, however, particularly like watching “TV” on her computer or iPad etc. She wants to watch TV on a TV. One day, she saw something about Chromecast and so she went online and bought one. Usually I research and…

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Introduction to GlideTV What’s On Service

September 15, 2010
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Introduction to GlideTV What’s On Service

When I first wrote about the Glide TV Navigator five months ago, I didn’t realize I’d get involved with the company and help them develop and release their “What’s On” service. But that’s where we are today and therefore, a disclaimer is in order. I worked on this project and am therefore biased. As a…

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Glide TV “Navigator” looks really slick

April 8, 2010
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Glide TV “Navigator” looks really slick

I ran into Chris Painter a few months back at a local SF East Bay New Tech Meetup event. I know Chris from his Sony days.  I found out at the time that Chris now has started a new venture, Glide.TV and their first product looks really cool.  It’s called the “Navigator” and it’s a…

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Why I Can’t Break Up With Cable/Sat TV (yet) but it’s still doomed

January 3, 2010
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Why I Can’t Break Up With Cable/Sat TV (yet) but it’s still doomed

There are a lot of monthly bills I really don’t like paying, where I know I’m not really getting my money’s worth. My iPhone bill is in that category ($30/mo for data alone!) But today, I’m going to talk about the Cable bill and, in my case, the DirecTV Satellite TV bill – yes, I…

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Diversion: SF Giants 2009 HDTV games

May 15, 2009
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I put a schedule like this together for 2008 and I’ve seen a number of hits looking for a 2009 version. Sorry for the delay folks, but here it is. Once again, I combined data from the SF Giants site “broadcast schedule” and the Comcast Sports Net Bay Area site “Giants schedule” to produce a…

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Speaking of U-Verse

October 13, 2008
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Om Malik notes a Lazard Capital Market analyst report suggesting that AT&T is having trouble signing up the 1 million “triple-play” U-verse subscribers that it promised by the end of this year. However, we are increasingly concerned by the possibility of AT&T missing its annual projection of 1M subs, and believe that unit expectations will…

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Roku Netflix Player

May 29, 2008
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Roku Netflix Player

Well, I was going to get one of these, but now I see that it doesn’t have an interface for searching and selecting movies. You have to first log into your Netflix account and add the movie to your queue using your computer. The Roku Netflix Player only allows you to browse titles in your…

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Sluggish sales for Blu-Ray DVD

May 24, 2008
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Even now that the Hi-def DVD format wars are over and Blue-Ray has won, sales of the new DVD players are still sluggish. Previously, the slow sales were blamed on the assumption that consumers were waiting to see which format would dominate (survive). Now, the “experts” are finding new excuses and believe the interest will…

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DirecTV reports strong Q4, but many long time customers ticked off

March 30, 2008
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Last month, DirectTV reported that their profits had risen to $1 billion for the quarter ending 2007 and they reported 275,000 net subscriber additions in the US. At the same time, there is a growing wave of customer dissatisfaction. Take, for example I was scheduled for a free upgrade. I was told that my account…

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DirecTV – all good things must come to an end

December 19, 2007
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Until recently, DirecTV is one service I was mostly happy with. How many services can you say that about? Cell phone? Landline? Cable TV? Internet? When News Corp acquired DirecTV, I was worried and rightly so, it turned out; but when News Corp sold off their stake last year, I was optimistic again. I’ve been…

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