Frontier Communications has officially acquired all Verizon and Verizon Fios wireline assets in Arizona, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, South Carolina, Washington, West Virginia and Wisconsin. They’ve also acquired several of Verizon’s exchanges in California, including those bordering Arizona, Nevada, and Oregon. Customers in those regions have been told they would get the same level of service that they’ve been paying for, but as it turns out, it’s simply not true. We did some digging, and we’ve found that Frontier customers have completely lost access to the following services, with no Frontier equivalent being offered:
- Verizon TV Central
- Online TV Listings
- Remote DVR Access Online
- FiOS Mobile Remote
- FiOS TV Online
- HBO Go access
- Epix Online access
We are going to try and get word from Frontier as it pertains to the feature loss experienced by customers in the acquisition, since it seems like there’s a lot lost. Service level has decreased, but prices are certainly remaining the same.
The HP TouchSmart 600-1055 is an attempt at bringing together computing and entertainment in a way that hasn’t really been done before. Incorporating the 64-bit flavor of Windows 7 Home Premium with a 1080p high definition display, HDTV playback, and integrated Blu-ray player, you begin to see the potential and possibilities that you have at your fingertips with the TouchSmart 600. Oh, right, and it also has a multi-touch capable LCD touch display, and a bunch of apps optimized for touch interaction. So, does it live up to the challenge of meeting your every need as your entertainment hub? Join us after the break as we find out. Oh, and we are giving one of these bad boys away as well. Here are the details on how you can win the HP TouchSmart 600!
Alright, we just hit you with the image of the new TiVo Premiere interface, and now the AP has come through again, letting an image of the actual TiVo Premiere box hit their site a bit early, alongside an image of the TiVo Wireless-N adapter. With the image, they also give the following details:
A TiVo Premiere box, foreground, is displayed with an HD television, Monday, March 1, 2010, in New York. TiVo Premiere combines access to cable programming, movies, web videos, and music all in one box.
TiVo already does all that with the Series3 and TiVo HD, but we are guessing that they are gonna be a bit more app-centric now, kind of like what we see with Boxee.
TiVo is currently conducting a press event, and we should be hearing some news coming out of it in under an hour. However, you can leave it up to the Associated Press to leak whatever is going down, since they think they are pretty much untouchable. Case in point, the leaked image above of the new TiVo interface. Basically, it looks like a revamped and retuned Swivel Search. Now, we aren’t sure if this will be exclusive to the TiVo Premiere, or if it will be deployed to the TiVo HD and/or Series3. Either way, there you have it. We should have more details within the hour!
We’ve got another five days before TiVo makes their big announcement, but it appears that the TiVo Premiere leaks aren’t dying down between now and then. In fact, the Premiere DVR has shown up in Best Buy systems noting availability on March 27th for $299, with a Premiere XL version selling for $499 on the same date. From the looks of things, the Premiere will rock a 320GB hard drive, while the XL will have a full 1TB.
That’s all we have to go on for now, but this is certainly not enough to live up to the hype that TiVo is building around this announcement, what with their whole “Inventing the DVR was just a warmup” stance. We’ll see in a few days.
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Okay, TiVo, you are setting up your March 2 NYC announcement to be a pretty big deal when you use the words “Inventing the DVR was just a warmup” to get people to pay attention. That said, you’ve got our attention. We definitely know TiVo has something going on, what with the whole TiVo Premiere accidental leak a couple of months ago, and how their CES presence was pretty much relegated to invite-only status. So, what do we think will happen?
We are expecting the new TiVo Premiere box will launch, alongside a newly revamped menu system that will also be pushed out to TiVo Series3 and TiVo HD boxes (kind of like the new Xbox Experience dashboard refresh) that will be in full HD. We also expect that the interface might be made to be a bit more modular, to support apps, widgets, and all of that Internet-y goodness that people are into these days. We’ll know for sure on the 2nd of March, 6PM EST.
HDMI 1.4 is the next big thing, namely because it brings with it support for 3D television as well as the Audio Return Channel, and Onkyo seems to be leading the charge with getting it rolled into their products and into the hands of the public. In fact, Onkyo just announced that their 2010 receivers, scheduled to start shipping this spring, will support HDMI 1.4. That’s just in time for some of that 3D TV and Blu-ray content to appear.
“We are very supportive of the new standard,” said Onkyo’s marketing manager Paul Wasek, “because of the added capabilities and the simplification of system connections.”
We are fans of Onkyo, and we are definitely looking forward to getting our hands on the new receiver line.
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Looks like TiVo has run out of TiVo HD units, if their online store is any indication, which has us wondering if the newer TiVo Premiere is about to make it’s debut. We originally mentioned the TiVo Premiere when a customer accidentally received a manual for the device packed in with a TiVo HD purchase. You’d think that if TiVo was already printing instructions on how to use the device, it had to be near-ready to ship, and this was just over a month ago.
In the meantime, if you want a TiVo, go for the TiVo XL instead.
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After reporting on the existence of the Sonos S5, we were immediately excited to get our hands on a unit to see how it stacked up against the rest of the lineup. If you’ve followed us for any length of time, you know that we at Gear Live are huge Sonos fans, so it makes sense that our unit arrived as soon as they were available, and we had it set up within minutes. Literally.
The S5 is the easiest way to get up and running with Sonos. We had it unboxed, plugged in, and playing music in under five minutes, controlling it with an iPhone. The price is right too, something we’ve previously criticized Sonos about. The entry level into Sonos used to be $999, but with the S5 that drops down to $399. Put this one on your Christmas list, folks. We’ve snapped a bunch of images of the S5, which you can find in our Sonos S5 unboxing gallery.
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Gallery: Sonos S5 unboxing gallery
We are kicking off our 2009 Holiday Gift Guide with the Roku HD-XR player. Why? Well, we think that it’s the perfect time to introduce someone to the new hotness that is TV, delivered over the web, and right into the living room. Sure, Netflix has come to the Xbox 360, but if you want streaming access to the Netflix service and don’t own a game console, this is your cheapest barrier to entry. The HD-XR model also gives you access to the Amazon Unbox catalogue, as well as the entire MLB game service as well, if you are subscribed.
Definitely a great gift for movie buffs, the Roku HD-XR player is able to stream over 12,000 movies and television shows from the Netflix Watch Instantly catalogue, and over 45,000 from Amazon Video on Demand. It connects to your home network through an ethernet port, or over Wi-Fi, connecting at up to 802.11n if you have it. There’s also a USB port on back, which Roku says is for future use. Our guess is that they’ll be allowing the device to read from an external USB drive, which would be stellar.
The actual device is tiny, so it takes up barely any space, and setup takes just a couple of minutes - very simple. Of course, a Netflix subscription is required, but once you have that, everything else is a piece of cake.
Honorable Mention: If you want all the features of the Roku HD-XR, but don’t need the USB port or 802.11n wireless speeds, you can grab the Roku HD Player for $99!
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