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AppleTV (4th Generation) with tvOS

I am testing a new (4th generation, Oct 2015) AppleTV as a replacement for my 2nd generation AppleTV (Sep 2010). My initial impression is overwhelmingly positive! I am finally replacing the older AppleTVs entirely. I was an early adopter, got my first AppleTV (Silver, ran stripped version of Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger with FrontRow) […]

HBO Now finally launches!

I have been wishing to subscribe to HBO directly for years, and living without HBO entirely or visiting friends to see the excellent shows without paying for a hugely overpriced bundle of crap from a cable company… and finally HBO Now is available. It launched in Apple’s iTunes App stores earlier today (April 7th, 2015) […]

Hacking AppleTV for easier text entry

I just updated all my 2nd generation AppleTV’s and to save the current firmware blobs and then re-applied the Seas0nPass jail-break for v5.3 to install XBMC again. Each time I do this (roughly each time Apple offers new AppleTV software) I have to re-enter my AppleID and password through the painfully cumbersome TV remote and […]

UltraViolet, Vudu, Flixster

I am recently having a little fun playing with Vudu and Flixster interfaces into UltraViolet. The pleasant surprises this week are that the Vudu client is already built into both my LG 47LV5500-UA TV (Family Room) and my Panasonic DMP-BD85 Blu-Ray player (Basement Rec Room) – and that means we can play the few UltraViolet […]

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Sailor, Rich Man, Poor Man, Beggerman, Thief…

“Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy” was intense! Gary Oldman never fails to deliver, and neither does Benedict Cumberbatch nor Mark Strong. Excellent casting all around, especially of John Hurt. You have to like a mystery, for there is almost no sex and almost no action; but it is a very suspenseful thriller with stunning acting all […]

Egads, more than a month since my last post…

Clearly I have been a little overwhelmed by life lately, and that has been both good and bad… Trivial little updates and one liners are so easy on that mixed blessing/curse of Facebook that I am afraid I have neglected more thoughtful writing here. I will try to catch up a little for those who […]

UltraViolet Launches

We’ve launched… This is what has been taking up a lot of my spare time for a long time.

Netflix Price Hike, Analysis

Finally some real analysis of why Netflix has announced rate hikes. I am solidly in the long-tail camp, as all the “top-500” stuff is easy to get a variety of other ways; but Netflix is pretty much the only game in town for really old, really small budget, or really esoteric films. The Netflix Price […]

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Roku vs AppleTV advice

I am getting a lot of people asking me what my thoughts are on Roku vs AppleTV… which is interesting for a few reasons. Why does my opinion matter? Why now, as I am just beginning to analyze the options myself… coincidence? Anyway… the sad news is neither appears to be worth it right now. […]

Can’t Stop the Serenity 2010, Arlington

This is for all you Firefly and Serenity fans out there. Erci and I are definitely going to this year’s Can’t Stop the Serenity, probably only one of the two days. Location: Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse (South Arlington – 2903 Columbia Pike, Arlington VA) Friday night the 25th or Saturday the 26th… Friday Jun 25 […]