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TiVo, the manufacturer of TV set-top boxes, has agreed to be acquired by another company that is also quite big in the digital video recorder business. Rovi will be paying $1.1 billion, made up of approximately $277 million in cash and the remainder paid in stock, to acquire the DVR producer, with the deal apparently being seen as a way for Rovi to significantly increase its patent catalog by including TiVo's collection to the pile.
TiVo is taking a major step towards catering for future television-viewing needs, by unveiling a new set-top box with an unusual crooked design. The Bolt DVR is able to play back 4K content on an Ultra HD-resolution television, with it being capable of streaming 4K from online services such as Netflix and YouTube at 60fps, as well as the usual TV recording capabilities the company is known for including in its set-top boxes.
Customers affected by the shutdown and bankruptcy of streaming live TV service Aereo are being offered assistance by Tivo, in the form of a small discount until the end of the month. The set-top box company is providing the TiVo Roamio OTA for use with HD antennas as well as the TiVo Stream for no upfront cost, with a monthly subscription of $20 for two years.
TiVo is making it easier for owners of the Roamio and Premiere models of DVR to access their recorded content and live TV on desktops and notebooks. Revealed as TiVo Online, the service effectively provides the same features as the set-top boxes already do, with the ability to not only set their TiVo boxes to record TV shows in the DVR function, but also to watch the recording through a web browser, without the aid of apps or other software.
Just one day after TiVo launched its high-capacity device, details of an update to the other end of the DVR range have leaked. According to a filing at the FCC, the company is preparing to launch a revision of the TiVo Mini, launched last year, and though it may include some form of wireless connectivity, it is possible it won't use a standard Wi-Fi connection.
In a world where consumers are witnessing the shrinking size of technology, TiVo decided to offer up a product that goes in the opposite direction. Today, the company unveiled the TiVo Mega, a massive entry into the digital video recorder (DVR) market that gives some users a way to record more than 26,000 hours of television in a single unit.
Customers of Atlantic Broadband, Grande Communications, and RCN will be seeing the Netflix app on their cable set-top boxes in the near future. The Washington Post reports the three cable companies will add the Netflix app to TiVo boxes they have supplied to approximately 500,000 customers from April 28th, and will allow them to watch the streaming video service without switching away from the cable box to another device.
Google has announced that it has begun rolling out a Chrome 35 beta for Android users today. Featuring improved Chromecast support, users can now send some video clips from the browser to a Chromecast-equipped TV. Additionally, Chrome now offers full-screen videos and improved support for multi-window devices. The update is available through Google Play.
A significant part of TiVo's hardware design team has been laid off, though the company warns that it is still committed to producing hardware. Vice president of corporate communications Steve Wymer confirmed the layoffs, but was quick to speak against reports of an exit from devices, claiming "It's not right to say that TiVo's out of the hardware business."
TiVo is testing a new feature that will allow users to interact with live television programming, according to a new report. ZatzNotFunny noted on Saturday that version 20.3.8 of TiVo's software provides a framework that allows users to vote on contestants performances on the television show "The Voice." The feature is still classified as an "experiment" by "TiVo Labs," and it is only available to a select group of recruited TiVo owners. Whether the DVR company will roll the feature out on a wider scale is as yet unknown.
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US tech giants to candidates: support TPP
Tech giants including Apple, Facebook, Amazon and Uber are among thirteen major US corporations who have written an open letter to Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton urging them to support the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) deal, reports Reuters. Although not yet made public, the letter also asks the candidates to make it easier for the companies to hire tech workers from overseas. Both are not happy with the TPP deal, although Trump is sterner in his opposition to any kind of trade deals between countries. Trump has not rejected outright the idea of importing high-tech talent from overseas, while Clinton has already voiced her support for the idea. http://reut.rs/1Wb0Zwq
Apple mandates June 1 app IPv6 support
Apple has set the deadline for IPv6 support for App Store-supplied software. On June 1, apps thast use a custom networking stack and that are submitted to the app store must support IPv6-only networks. The rule, announced last year as coming soon, will only affect a small portion of submitted applications that do not use the NSURLSession and CFNetwork APIs. http://apple.co/24yBTIY
YouTube Unplugged OTT service coming 2017?
As part of the continuing YouTube evolution, the video streaming service is reportedly considering a paid subscription service that would provide users "over the top" cable TV service. According to sources familiar with the matter, the service has been in the works since 2012, has already made changes to accommodate the live video feeds, and could debut the offering as soon as 2017. http://bloom.bg/1rvx8BW
Kohls Apple Pay integration with loyalty program
Kohl's customers are now able to pay for their purchases with Kohl's Charge and simultaneously earn loyalty program Yes2You Rewards in conjunction with Apple Pay. The service is currently available in approximately 250 Kohl's stores and is expected to be in all Kohl's stores nationwide later this month, making Kohl's the first retailer to deliver a one-tap checkout that integrates both its private credit card as a form of payment and a loyalty program with Apple Pay. http://yhoo.it/21wEUI6
AirMap iOS app for drone operators
Provider of airspace information and services for unmanned aircraft AirMap announced today the release of the AirMap app for iOS and Apple Watch. Operators can now access low-altitude airspace advisories, create flights, file digital flight notices to over 80 airports, and manage unmanned aircraft. Building on the success of AirMap's Digital Notice and Awareness System (D-NAS), the AirMap app brings to iOS devices a fully integrated airspace management solution for recreational and commercial drone operators. The app is free. http://apple.co/21wCadD
BlackBerry video calling available on iOS
BlackBerry has made its video calling feature available to Android and iOS users. The company reports limited availability of the new cross-platform feature for now, citing "because this is the first time we're launching BBM Video calling, and we want to monitor performance, gather feedback, and iron out any kinks that may arise before we roll it out globally." http://blck.by/1ruu4pC
Apple loses iPhone brand exclusivity in China
Apple has lost its exclusive rights to the 'iPhone' brand in China, the Beijing Municipal High People's Court has ruled. According to Quartz, Chinese company Xintong Tiandi is now free to continue selling its non-smartphone "IPHONE" branded products, which include smartphone cases, among other leather goods. The Chinese court ruled that Xintong Tiandi, which registered the "IPHONE" trademark in 2007, could continue to use the trademark because Apple did not start selling the iPhone in China until 2009. Apple also could not prove that Xintong Tiandi's ongoing use of the trademark would cause Apple material harm. The latest ruling by the Chinese government follows its recent decision to shut down the iTunes Movies and iBooks Store. http://bit.ly/1SNhRmB