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Samsung's smart TVs 'wide open' to exploits

Samsung's Smart TV has a vulnerability which allows remote attackers to swipe data, according to security researchers. Malta-based security start-up ReVuln claims to have discovered a zero-day vulnerability affecting Smart TV, in particularly a Samsung TV LED 3D. Smart TV can be used to browse the internet, use social …
John Leyden, 12 Dec 2012
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TVonics seeks Brits to beta test BBC iPlayer over Wi-Fi

UK DVR maker TVonics is looking for "a small amount" of folk who own its DTR-HV250 set-top box to test its implementation of BBC iPlayer. The DVR lacks an Ethernet port, so TVonics is looking for owners with a Wi-Fi network at home. Presumably, it'll supply a USB Wi-Fi dongle to clip into the DTR-HV250's rear-facing USB port …
Tony Smith, 8 Sep 2011
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TVOnics to add BBC iPlayer to DVRs

TVOnics will add BBC iPlayer to its Freeview HD set-top boxes on Friday. TVOnics DTR-Z500HD TVOnics DTR-Z500HD The 26 August update will be delivered through the manufacturer's website. Just download it it a USB stick, plug that into the DVR. In addition to the BBC catch-up service - accessed through the red button on the …
Tony Smith, 22 Aug 2011
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Virgin Tweets a sorry for TiVo series link snafu

Virgin Media left serial linkers hanging this weekend after a glitch centred on its highly promoted TiVo-based DVR borked the box's ability to auto-record entire series of programmes. The bug struck on Saturday, but by yesterday evening a workaround had been devised by users posting on Virgin's forum. Not that forcing the box …
Tony Smith, 25 Jul 2011
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Virgin gives early adopters benefit of recent price cut

In a rare moment of magnanimity - for the consumer electronics boz - Virgin Media is apparently compensating early adopters for a subsequent price cut. When it began offering its 1TB hard drive-equipped, TiVo-based set-top box, Virgin charged punters £150 for the unit. Now, both existing Virgin customers and new ones pay £100 …
Hard Reg, 7 Jul 2011
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Virgin teases with TiVo iPad app snap

Virgin Media has revealed it's working on an iPad app that'll tap into its TiVo-designed DVR, Media TV. As proof, it 'leaked' this snap: Virgin Media TiVo app It also invited hacks and bloggers to "speculate as you wish" based on the "few things in the image that may pique your interest". All we can see is a spotlights …
Tony Smith, 29 Jun 2011
Popcorn Hour PopBox

PopBox 3D set-top media player

Review Now that playing digital files from USB keys, or streaming them over a network, is a feature built into many TVs and almost every new gadget that plugs into one, it's inevitable that standalone players will become cheaper. The PopBox sits at the bottom of Syabas Technology’s Popcorn Hour range of media players. Popcorn Hour …
Ian Calcutt, 28 Jun 2011
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BBC Freesat tech switch zaps HD channels from 'old' boxes

The BBC has annoyed some early Freesat supporters by switching the technology used to broadcast its HD channels over the free-to-air satellite service. Today, the Corporation shifted BBC One HD and BBC HD from DVB-S to DVB-S2. If your Freesat box supports the latter - and many recent ones do - the worst you'll experience is an …
Hard Reg, 7 Jun 2011

Digital Stream DPS-1000 BBC iPlayer set-top box

Review It won't be long before all HDTVs incorporate BBC iPlayer, video-on-demand services like Lovefilm and Blinkbox, and the playback of content stored on USB- or local network-connected drives. Digital Stream DPS-1000 Digital Stream's DPS-1000: iPlayer inside Heck, most sets from major brands released in the last year or two …
Tony Smith, 24 May 2011
TVOnics DTR-Z500HD

TVonics DTR-Z500HD Freeview HD DVR

Review Back in October 2010, Reg Hardware looked at TVonics’ first Freeview HD recorder, the curiously styled DTR-HD500. The DTR-Z500HD is a more conventional 'shoe box' shape, though much smaller than many of the others I’ve looked at, but it once again packs in a good spec. TVonics DTR-HD500 DTR-Z500HD: a more sober design than …
Nigel Whitfield, 30 Apr 2011
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YouView mandates Linux, HD content encryption

YouView has posted the technical specifications set-top box and TV makers will need to follow in order to support the would-be standard IPTV platform. The specs will please punters who favour the Linux operating system - it's the mandated OS for YouView-compatible devices - but will annoy anyone who hopes to shift recorded HD …
Tony Smith, 15 Apr 2011
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Virgin preps step-down Tivo box

Virgin Media will release a lower-capacity version of its Tivo-based cable box next month. The current model, which the company has been teasing its £30.50-a-month XL TV subscribers with, packs in a 1TB hard drive and three separate tuners. Virgin Media TiVo box The new version has three tuners too, but only 500GB of …
Tony Smith, 12 Apr 2011
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Samsung unwraps first DVR

Samsung has introduced its first DVR, a set-top box capable of grabbing and recording Freesat HD programmes. The SMT-S7800 contains a 500GB hard drive - good to hold 120 hours of HD content, or 250 hours of standard-definition material, Samsung said - and two tuners for watching one show while recording another. Samsung SMT- …
Hard Reg, 23 Mar 2011
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Virgin turns on third Tivo tuner

Virgin Media has begun pushing out an firmware update that will activate the third tuner built into its new, Tivo-branded set-top box. Most DVRs have two tuners, allowing you to record one channel while watching another. Virgin's box will now let you record three shows at once - assuming, of course, you can find something …
Hard Reg, 17 Mar 2011
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TVonics intros 'durable' DVR

UK DVR specialist TVonics has introduced its second Freeview HD recorder, this one with a rather more discreet design than the company's first such offering. The "physically durable" metal-cased DTR-Z500HD follows the oblong TVonics design of old making it rather better at slotting into your AV stack than last year's huge DTR- …
Tony Smith, 11 Mar 2011
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Virgin tempts Brits with fee-free TiVo

Virgin Media has offered 1000 customers one of the first of its new TiVo boxes and a free annual subscription to the PVR service to go with it - possibly even free usage for life. Punters today started to receive special Charlie and the Chocolate Factory-style tickets in the post, each encouraging them to register online by 24 …
Tony Smith, 16 Feb 2011
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TiVo calls time on ageing set-tops

Long-time UK TiVo owners are up in arms because the company is to effectively stop their boxes from working to the full. TiVo has announced that from the start of June, its old PVRs will no longer operate beyond playback of TV programmes that have already been recorded at the point. TiVo insisted that the boxes "may" be able …
Tony Smith, 15 Feb 2011
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Humax adds BBC iPlayer to Freeview HD DVR

Set-top box specialist Humax will this weekend begin adding its TV Portal IPTV interface to its HDR-Fox T2 Freeview HD DVR. The Humax TV Portal will initial provide access to BBC iPlayer, Flickr and Wiki@TV, but Humax said it will be adding Sky Player for BSkyB customers in "a matter of weeks". Humax TV Portal Despite its …
Tony Smith, 4 Feb 2011

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