Microsoft Built a Cable Box Killer. Then They Killed It.

Last month, Microsoft confirmed that Windows Media Center would not be included in Windows 10. It was not a surprise, because almost no one uses Windows Media Center (it was only available as a paid add-on in Windows 8). But it is a shame, because Windows Media Center might be the best DVR software out there. And it… » 6/05/15 2:45pm 6/05/15 2:45pm

You Can Record a Ridiculous 8 Shows at a Time with Dish's New DVR

Dish's Hopper, long the king of DVRs, just zoomed even farther ahead: it's introducing a new SuperJoey, an improved version of their client receivers to its main DVR the Hopper. The improvements? It'll be possible to record 8 shows at once. That's insane. DISH has also introduced a Wireless Joey along with the ability… » 1/06/14 2:02pm 1/06/14 2:02pm

The Secret Method to Skip Commercials with One Button on Your DVR

DVRs have made all our lives better, that's a verifiable fact. But fast forwarding through our DVRs is an inexact science, sometimes we skip too far and have to slowly rewind with awkward button combinations. Other times we're too fearful of faster forwarding that we cut it off with too much left to go. No worries.… » 10/03/13 7:23pm 10/03/13 7:23pm

Boxee TV: This Media Streamer Is Now a Cloud DVR

Boxee's origins were humble: once a free-to-download media center app for computers and Apple TVs, the software evolved into a full-blown media streaming box for home theaters, and a powerful one at that (if ultimately flawed). But it was still sequestered from the main TV experience. With Boxee TV, we get one step… » 10/16/12 10:00am 10/16/12 10:00am

How To Stop Spoilers from Ruining TV for Everybody

In the previous century, when everyone watched TV shows at the exact same time, we didn't have to worry about ruining suspenseful plots. You either saw it or didn't. But thanks to technology, we live in a dangerous time. Equally devoted fans of a show might be live-watchers—always up to the latest episode—or they… » 9/28/12 4:15pm 9/28/12 4:15pm