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Neuros Technology has released the beta of what could become the next generation of DVRs called the Neuros OSD. The Neuros OSD (Open Source Device) is an open-source Linux set-top box that allows you to watch and listen to your media where and when you... more

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Reviewed by Shawn Conaway, Gizmos for Geeks Who says you can't take it with you? The Archos AV700E PocketDISH lets you take your favorite movies and TV shows anywhere at anytime. The PocketDISH is a portable DVR designed for recording content from the... more

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Overview The Slicer is a tool designed to allow your modified TiVo to accept and install a software update without overwriting existing telnet/ftp or serial bash access. This eliminates the need to remove an upgraded drive for the reinstallation of critical... more

Introduction First of all, buy a Slingbox, plug it in, and forget about this guide completely. However if you're like me and like doing this for yourself and also regularly upgrade your computer hardware so that you have some decent hardware lying around,... more

I just got back from a weeklong vacation out of town and am pleased to report that the promise of placeshifting TV is true! If you haven't heard of placeshifting, then I suggest you head over to the Sling Media or Sling Community site catch up on what is... more

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Is your DVR feeling lonely? Write a personals ad for your DVR and you could win a free Slingbox, the ultimate date for your DVR! The Slingbox is a groundbreaking piece of hardwired ingenuity that will literally transform the way you watch television. The... more

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In the late 1990's, an unknown company called TiVo started a revolution that forever changed how consumers would watch and consume television. Their new device, now known as a DVR, allowed consumers to easily "timeshift" their shows by recording them to a... more

Do you only have one computer at home, but you would still like to connect to your TiVo? Contrary to what you may have heard, there is no need for a router (or even a high-speed internet connection) to do so. This article assumes you have the following: A... more

Related Articles from TechLiving TiVoCast Brings Web Video to Televisions Home Entertainment Dreams The Right Price: Sensible Solutions The advent of the digital video recorder (DVR) has been a source of great consternation for traditional... more

From Issue #3, Page #68 -Submitted by TechLiving by Chris Arndt Related Articles from TechLiving Lite-On Launches HDD DVD Recorder TiVo vs. Echostar: Fight! TiVo Lets Guru Be Your Guide DVRs, VCRs, and DVDs—oh my! About 10 years ago,... more

From Issue #5, Page #86 -Submitted by TechLiving Related Articles from TechLiving TiVo to Offer Web Videos Seagate Unveils 750-GB Hard Drive Create a Custom Lexus With TiVo No service fees, no small storage limits, and endless possibilities—how... more


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FLATennaPHOENIX, AZ – August 20, 2014 – Channel Master, the nation’s leading manufacturer of broadcast reception products since... more

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PR release PHOENIX, AZ – July 9, 2014

Furthering its TV Freedom™ initiative for consumers, Channel Master announced today the launch of a new DVR+ model that includes a 1TB... more

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I recently decided to give the Squeezebox Server on my MediaSmart EX495.  If you are not familiar with any of the Squeezebox products, they are worth looking at if you'd like to have a device that can connect to your stereo and your network, and play your audio files from a centralized file repository.  Squeeze products... more

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So, today I decided it was time to add a few drives to my EX495, just to see how it easy it was, expand the capacity, and more importantly, ensure that I had some redundancy in the case of a drive failure.  

After doing a bit or reading, I came to the realization that the MediaSmart Server does not use... more

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As I mentioned in my 2nd article (Part 2 of Setting IUp my MediaSmart EX495), one other aspect of getting rid of the "network critical" warning on my Home Server Console dashboard was to enable remote access.  As I said before,

Enabling the Web Services was easy enough.  It was a bit of a magical experience,... more

Setting Up My MediaSmart EX495 (part 2 of 2)

To recap my experience from Part 1, I had some difficulties getting rid of the NETWORK CRITICAL message once I'd gotten my MediaSmart booted up and on the network.  Turned out to be relatively easy to deal with once I'd figured out the correct order to do things in, but it was not intuitive.  Hopefully, the previous article was helpful.

Picking up where I left off...

Once my red, NETWORK CRITICAL messages finally went away, I still received a couple of warnings (the first related to the lack of antivirus software, which I immediately installed, but had not quite figured out how to activate, and the second related to not having web services enabled).