Channels DVR review: This is a powerful DVR for cord-cutters, but it’s also an expensive one

In some ways, Channels DVR is tough to recommend. The subscription cost is much greater than other over-the-air DVR options, the hardware requirements are more stringent, and even some basic features—such as conflict resolution—are absent.Yet Channels DVR also has a few strengths to compensate for those weaknesses: Recording options are deeply customizable, video quality on Apple TV is superior to other cord-cutting DVRs, and you can easily skip through recorded commercial breaks with the press of a button. Channels also excels at some of the little things, including loading live channels quickly, stacking multiple tuners, and allowing series-based recordings for sports.To read this article in full, please click here …

HDHomeRun Premium TV could be the holy grail for antenna users

SiliconDust, the company behind the HDHomeRun line of networked TV tuners, has solved one of live TV streaming services’ biggest problems with its new Premium TV offering.For $35 per month, HDHomeRun Premium TV offers 45 live cable channels, including ESPN, HGTV, FX, AMC, and all three major cable news networks. While the package doesn’t include any local broadcast channels, you can add those yourself by connecting an antenna to an HDHomeRun tuner, which itself is required to access the service.What really sets Premium TV apart from other live streaming services is its DVR support, which lets you record over-the-air and cable programming onto a desktop PC or NAS box for an extra $35 per year. Unlike the cloud-based DVRs offered by other live TV services, HDHomeRun’s DVR doesn’t prevent you from skipping ads, block you from recording certain channels, or set limits on how long it’ll keep your recordings. You can even load the video files onto a Plex server or move them to your phone for offline viewing. The DVR is limited only by the size of your hard drive (hard drives, if you’re running a NAS box).To read this article in full, please click here …

In the wake of its IPO, Sonos VP says the company is ‘on a cadence of launching two products per year’

As Sonos stock changed hands on NASDAQ Thursday, during its first day as a public company, I spoke with the company’s vice president of product management, Chris Kallai, about where the company is headed. Kallai oversees the entire product development process at the speaker manufacturer, working in conjunction with its software engineers and lead designers, as well as Sonos Sound Experience Leader and record producer Giles Martin (son of the late George Martin, the famed Beatles producer).We eased into the interview with a question about Sonos’ latest product, the Sonos Beam. “It really hit our goals that we were trying to develop,” Kallai said. He was especially pleased about the level of user enthusiasm for the new product. “Everyone got the three-speakers-in-one angle,” he said. “It’s a voice assistant, it’s an awesome soundbar for your TV, and it’s a great music speaker.”To read this article in full, please click here …

Como Audio Amico review: This wireless music-streaming speaker can go where you go

Amico means “friend” in Italian; also “little buddy.” The term is often applied to puppies, but I found it appropriate for this well-crafted speaker from Como Audio that’s been trailing me in and around the house for the last few weeks.Whether running on battery or AC power, the Amico happily ran on a long radio-frequency leash, with an operating range of more than 100 feet from my Xfi Advanced Gateway Wi-Fi router, and 30-plus feet from my Android and iOS smartphones and tablets via Bluetooth (with NFC and aptX codec support, no less). As an internet-connected music device, the Amico cavorts literally thousands of miles away from its content buddies to entertain and make time fly. It can also stream from DLNA servers (e.g., a NAS box) on your local network.To read this article in full, please click here …


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