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Universally Easy Remote

Tuesday, December 30th, 2008

Harmony OneAs you keep adding technology to your living room, the cache of remotes also seems to grow, exponentially. After watching several friends and relatives struggle with numerous poorly designed remotes, I decided to search for the best universal remote. This “magical” remote had to be as easy to use as the TiVo remote (one of the best designed products ever), simple to setup, rechargeable, backlit and it had to work with every device I could think of. 

I created a list of new and old devices, everything from an old Panasonic tape deck to the latest incarnations of TiVo, to the Apple TV and RoKu boxes. Only the Harmony remotes fit this bill. Setup was very “Mac Like”, we just connect the remote to an iMac (it also works with Windows PCs) and the software guided us through the setup process. It asked which equipment we had, what activities we needed the remote for and a few other easy to answer questions. When done it uploaded the setup to out Harmony remote, and we were ready to go.

Using the remote couldn’t have been easier. To watch a Netflix movie, I just pushed the touchscreen selection that read “Watch Netflix.” The remote then turned on the TV, switched to the proper input on the TV, turned on the stereo and changed inputs, then it woke the RoKu box up. All with just one button press. It was equally easy to start watching the TiVo or listen to the radio, again, all with just one button push.

One everything was switched on and properly setup, I didn’t need several different remotes to control everything. Even the TiVo was easily, and familiarly controlled with this remote. Volume, channels, picture size etc, all controlled with this one remote. In fact, when you are done, just press one button and the Harmony remote will shut everything off for you.

There are several versions of the Harmony remotes available, take a look at the various features to find one that meets your needs. Although if you just want to get one ASAP, I would suggest the Harmony One.


[$99-$499 via Amazon.com]

Netflix & TiVo NOW!

Monday, December 8th, 2008

The planets must be aligning, AppleTV has Hulu and now TiVo® has Netflix. TiVo® Announced today, that subscribers to both Netflix and TiVo® Series3, TiVo HD, or TiVo HD XL can now access thousands of movies and TV episodes instantly streamed from Netflix directly to their TVs.

The service is being offered at no additional charge to customers who subscribe to both services. Just login to Netflix and start adding some of the over 12,000 movies and TV episodes to your Netflix instant Queue, and then watch them on TV with just a click of the TiVo remote.

Convert Any Video File

Wednesday, November 26th, 2008

Now that VisualHub has ceased development, we needed a solution to convert all of our video files to various different formats. For example, converting the files to work with your TiVo, AppleTV or iPhone. Up until now, HandBrake has always just ripped your DVDs into MPEG video files for playing back on an iPod or archiving on your network. But now in version 0.9.3 release it will take any video file as an input source, no longer just DVDs.

Keep in ind that it no longer decoded DVDs, but that isn’t really an issue if you have VLC installed on your Mac. Handbreak will just use VLC’s DVD decoder.

Download: [Handbrake and VLC]

TiVo on the iPhone

Tuesday, November 25th, 2008

While you have always been able to control your TiVo with a Jailboken iPhone, TiVo has just made available a web application for everyone else. Just visit M.tivo.com on your iPhone and you will be able to browse, search, discover, and record television shows on the go. 

The TiVo Mobile web site was built in conjunction with mobile application development agency, Mobui Corporation. More information on Mobui Corporation can be found at mobui.com.

Give up all hope: Tivo Pizza

Thursday, November 20th, 2008

Okay, you are already sitting in front of the TV watching your TiVo, rather than getting up and exercising. So why not just forgo even the little bit of calorie burning by getting up and making a phone call. That’s what TiVo and Dominos Pizza are hoping you will do. Broadband-connected TiVo users will be able to order pizza, cheesy bread or any of the other artery-clogging menu items from your local Dominos Pizza. In fact, you don’t even need to get up and call them when 30 minutes has passed, as you can track the progress right on your TiVo. It is available now for free, the service that is, not the pizza. For more information see TiVo’s Press Release.

[via TiVo Press Release]

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