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What Do a Keyboard, Range Extender and 'Free' TV Have in Common? Absolutely Nothing!

Michael L. Berman | Posted 12.30.2014 | Technology
Michael L. Berman

We in Jocgeekland have been playing with a few items that have absolutely nothing in common, other than their appeal to those of us that salivate over...

Top 10 Unknown Gadget Pionerds

Stewart Wolpin | Posted 10.05.2014 | Technology
Stewart Wolpin

Unlike famous and successful independent inventors such as Thomas Edison and Alexander Graham Bell, most the folks who invented the gadgets and technologies that enable our 21st-century lives perform in relative obscurity.

Clearing the Aereo

Jim Monroe | Posted 06.23.2014 | Media
Jim Monroe

Big media tries to ease its headaches through big lawsuits, but that strategy has backfired. A couple of suits, against Sony's Betamax and Cablevision's network DVR, resulted in landmark decisions against media companies and in favor of viewers.

One-screen Guy in a Two-screen World

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.04.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

I came to a realization on Monday morning, after the Oscars: I don't think I have what it takes to be part of the two-screen world. Which, increasingly, is what we seem to be living in.

A Cord-Cutter's Lament

Jim Monroe | Posted 04.27.2014 | Media
Jim Monroe

The Olympics reminded me there is something broadcast does perfectly: the viewer experience. In every respect--from turning on the TV to choosing and watching a show to adjusting the volume--the ease of broadcast has streaming beat, hands down.

Your DVR's Suicide Note

Oren Mendez | Posted 03.15.2014 | Comedy
Oren Mendez

Dear owner, By the time you read this, I will already be gone. I'm sorry you had to find me like this, lying in your full bathtub, electrocuted. My wires probably tangled in each other, my circuits burned to a crisp. But believe me, this is much better than the life I've led with you.

Historic Agreement to Slash Energy Use by Set-Top Boxes Will Save $1 Billion Annually

Noah Horowitz | Posted 02.22.2014 | Green
Noah Horowitz

The agreement caps a year of negotiations between the pay-TV industry and efficiency advocates and is great news because it will save three power plants' worth of electricity -- and 5 million metric tons of carbon pollution that contributes to climate change -- every year by 2017.

How To Break Into the Glamorous World of Commercial Acting

Jolie Jenkins | Posted 02.05.2014 | Comedy
Jolie Jenkins

Don't start daydreaming yet about buying that new house, deep in the Valley. You'll have to go to a few (hundred) pesky auditions first.

Why Your DVR Cuts Off The Last Minutes Of TV Shows

Slate | Posted 08.24.2013 | Technology

Our digital recorders cut off the last minutes of sporting events and our favorite shows. That doesn’t happen in Europe....

The Human Face of Big Data: An Interview with Rick Smolan

Phil Simon | Posted 06.16.2013 | Books
Phil Simon

Big Data is nothing less than fascinating, as many books on the subject evince. There are so many applications, so many facets of our lives that will ...

There Are Too Damn Many Movies

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.18.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Here's the most important thing: The majority of them aren't worth seeing or reviewing. There used to be filters for this kind of thing. They were called film festivals.

CBS Overrules Best-of-Product Choice by Its CNET Unit, Citing Litigation: A Case of Censorship?

Paul Raeburn | Posted 03.17.2013 | Media
Paul Raeburn

Last week, about 40 members of the editorial staff met at the CES trade show in Las Vegas to select the website's official Best of CES product.

You Don't Have to Chuck Your DVR in the Bin If You Are Addicted to the Social TV

Sreedhar Pillai | Posted 03.10.2013 | Media
Sreedhar Pillai

Here is a relatively obscure snippet of news, which could have made the corporate honchos of the leading makers of DVR like TiVo, Motorola, RCA, Sony,...

A DVR That Watches YOU?

The Huffington Post | Katherine Bindley | Posted 12.07.2012 | Technology

Watching television tends to be a private affair between you and those on the couch in your living room, but Verizon is looking to change that by crea...

Have A DVR? You're Definitely Not Alone

AP | PETER SVENSSON | Posted 11.30.2012 | Technology

NEW YORK -- A new survey finds that digital video recorders are now in more than half of all U.S. homes that subscribe to cable or satellite TV servic...

The TV Industry's New Rorschach Test

Tony Cardinale | Posted 12.09.2012 | TV
Tony Cardinale

The first week of the broadcast season was its lowest-rated in history, while on cable Here Comes Honey Boo Boo drew nearly three million viewers. Oh, how the TV landscape is changing!

TV Networks Hate This New Anti-Commercial DVR Feature

AP | DAVID BAUDER | Posted 07.22.2012 | Technology

NEW YORK (AP) — The maker of a new DVR that lets consumers zap away broadcast TV commercials at the touch of a button suggested Tuesday that the net...

How Fast-Forward Is Ruining TV

Salon | Posted 04.25.2012 | Technology
Read More: Dvr, Technology News

In the late ‘90s, when the name brand precursor of the DVR, the TiVo, was being designed, its creators made sure that the machine’s fast-forward f...

The 8 Most Important Things to Happen to TV in the Past 5 Years

Evan Shapiro | Posted 05.08.2012 | TV
Evan Shapiro

In just the past five years, we've seen the emergence of true streaming television, the arrival of the iPad and ascendancy of Snooki. TV is like the weather in Florida -- wait a minute and it will change.

The Future of 'Television'

John Backus | Posted 02.01.2012 | Technology
John Backus

My prediction: You will be able to buy television by the channel. You will be able to watch it live, or watch it from the cloud using live streaming for any channel any program any time slot over the last 30 days.

Lucas Kavner

Are We Measuring TV Ratings All Wrong? | Lucas Kavner | Posted 10.16.2011 | Home

When it aired on television from 2003 to 2006, "Arrested Development" was a ratings disaster. The beloved Fox comedy's second season averaged out at a...

A New Brave Soul Attempts to Bring Your TV to You: Bon Chance, Bamboom

Art Brodsky | Posted 06.16.2011 | Technology
Art Brodsky

Here we go again. People who aren't "broadcasters" are messing around with the broadcast signal, all to make it more convenient to "watch TV." You know what that means -- lawsuits.

Why I Stopped Shooting Televisions

Dave Pell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Dave Pell

But the more I see the growing number of screens and the behaviors of those who stare at them, the more I think the future may be less about compartmentalization and more about total immersion.

The Most DVR'ed Show EVER

Washington Post | Lisa De Moraes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

CBS's premiere of its reconstituted cop show "Hawaii Five-O" -- starring Alex (Third Time's a Charm) O'Loughlin -- is officially the most DVR'd show o...

Choice and the Changing Face of Media

David Helfenbein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
David Helfenbein

Could you sit through an hour-long radio news program today? I could. But only if it came with either (a) a DVR or (b) an online summary.