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(The Atlantic Wire)   What passes for "editorial independence" these days: Cnet forced by its parent company, CBS, to rescind a "best of" tech award to Dish Network's "The Hopper" DVR, because CBS is suing Dish Network over the device's ability to skip commercials   (theatlanticwire.com) divider line 73
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2013-01-11 03:33:55 PM  
How does Consumer Reports rate the reliability of brand new cars?
 
2013-01-11 03:44:42 PM  

Millennium: ZeroCorpse: Don't worry guys. Soon everything will be owned by Disney, Warner Bros., and Sony, and all this unpleasant dissent will be quashed.

The obvious solution is to nationalize the media, amirite?


My solution was to stop paying for cable and do other stuff instead.

/still own a TV, not a hipster
//just use it for DVDs and games and such as
 
2013-01-11 03:52:24 PM  
CNet still reviews stuff? I thought they were just an aggregator for on-line advertising.
 
2013-01-11 03:54:05 PM  
TiVo and a XBMC box take care of everything.

Stuff gets repeated enough that it doesn't matter if I can only record two shows. I have episodes from Sunday I haven't watched yet.
 
2013-01-11 04:06:31 PM  

Uranus Is Huge!: moothemagiccow: Uranus Is Huge!: 2 terabytes of storage, up to 6 shows recorded at once. Nice GUI.

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
Someone thinks there are six things worth watching on tv at the same time
hahahahahahhahaha
You're lucky if you can find one

It's not all rereuns of BJ and the Bear and Jersey Shore. I do, however, find you much more hip and edgy after that post. Please, tell me about your favorite bands.


This was the last album I liked: http://greatdeceivers.bandcamp.com/album/seasons-in-reverse

I like the newest Fountains of Wayne record. That's about it. I think the Minus the Bear single was crap so I didn't check out the whole record.

Right now I'm on Petra Haden Sings the Who Sell Out. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WNJp6_UsIsg
 
2013-01-11 04:34:58 PM  

moothemagiccow: Uranus Is Huge!: 2 terabytes of storage, up to 6 shows recorded at once. Nice GUI.

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
Someone thinks there are six things worth watching on tv at the same time
hahahahahahhahaha
You're lucky if you can find one


HBO and Showtime both schedule their best shows on Sunday evening. Walking Dead and American Dad are both in that time slot as well.
 
2013-01-11 04:48:42 PM  

Galloping Galoshes: King Something: BumpInTheNight: Pop quiz, hotshot. There's a brilliant product winning your contest. If the product wins your parent company will lose money, if you stop it from winning no one will take that contest seriously ever again. What do you do? What do you do?

Fix the cable?

Is your computer plugged in?


have you tried turning it off and on again?

media.hideyourarms.com
 
2013-01-11 04:52:22 PM  
Having worked for Viacom and now working for Dish as an installer, I'm getting a kick.

I'm waiting to install my own Dish setup (which I get for free) for the new hoppers that are going to have built in WiFi and slingbox.

/Viacom sucks
//Actually enjoy working for dish.
///so far...
 
2013-01-11 05:08:50 PM  
ThatBillmanGuy:
/Viacom sucks
//Actually enjoy working for dish.
///so far...

I work for DISH too, and it has been tolerable. But, I have been here less than a year, and the turn around is epically high...so, we'll see!
 
2013-01-11 05:11:16 PM  

wholedamnshow: moothemagiccow: Uranus Is Huge!: 2 terabytes of storage, up to 6 shows recorded at once. Nice GUI.

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
Someone thinks there are six things worth watching on tv at the same time
hahahahahahhahaha
You're lucky if you can find one

HBO and Showtime both schedule their best shows on Sunday evening. Walking Dead and American Dad are both in that time slot as well.


This. Upgraded to a quad-tuner Tivo after having to deal with the Walking Dead/Boardwalk Empire/Dexter pileup Sunday night at 9 PM. Also, if you don't have an extra tuner available, shows will often get clipped if their timing is off and something else is coming on. This has become a huge issue as more sitcoms like Parks and Rec or Community will run a short scene during the closing credits to keep you from changing the channel, and if you haven't set up the show to run over a minute or two, you might miss the punch line of the gag.

TiVo has stagnated a bit, but they still have a nice DVR with some great web/tablet functionality. I love that if you upgrade Tivos, you can use the web site to copy your season passes from the old Tivo to the new one in a few clicks. The tablet and phone apps for Android and iOS are pretty nice as well. I just wish they'd be a little more reasonable on the Lifetime subscription pricing.
 
2013-01-11 05:25:12 PM  
Wait...Cnet's reviews aren't written by its advertisers??
 
2013-01-11 05:38:25 PM  

RedPhoenix122: To be fair, it's not as if CNet is relevant anymore.


I use it for download.com, but is now likely to go to filehippo
 
2013-01-11 05:42:57 PM  

wholedamnshow: moothemagiccow: Uranus Is Huge!: 2 terabytes of storage, up to 6 shows recorded at once. Nice GUI.

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
Someone thinks there are six things worth watching on tv at the same time
hahahahahahhahaha
You're lucky if you can find one

HBO and Showtime both schedule their best shows on Sunday evening. Walking Dead and American Dad are both in that time slot as well.


Haha those were the exact examples I was thinking of. Just wanted to say nice job on naming the only reasons I turn on the TV on Sunday night.
 
2013-01-11 06:13:43 PM  

BumpInTheNight: Pop quiz, hotshot. There's a brilliant product winning your contest. If the product wins your parent company will lose money, if you stop it from winning no one will take that contest seriously ever again. What do you do? What do you do?


I don't see how a Hopper win would cost CBS money.  This was a dumb PR move.
 
2013-01-11 07:17:03 PM  

MindStalker:

BTW has anyone here used the hopper? Does it have a good interface. //Still sorely miss my old TiVo.


I had to get Dish when I moved out of the city and had to give up TiVo, which I'd had from the first one a little before that.

I still miss a lot of the TiVo features, but the Hopper is the best non-TiVo DVR I've seen (Time Warner, Direct TV). Then again, my needs are modest.
 
2013-01-11 08:44:45 PM  
Matthew Ingram thinks a much darker outcome might be on the horizon for CBS and CNET if they aren't careful -- a complete loss of reader confidence in news and reviews:

"Presumably, when someone goes to the CNET site looking for information about set-top boxes or video-streaming hardware, they want the most complete information they can find. If they know that certain products aren't going to be reviewed because CBS doesn't like them for some reason, that's going to color their impressions of the site's thoroughness in doing its reviews - and it might also make them wonder about what else is being left out."

24.media.tumblr.com
 
2013-01-11 09:22:28 PM  
While working for ABC radio in Chicago, I happened to be in the on-air booth minutes after a well-known Chicago radio personality was killed in a mid-air plane collision. The gent (whose name I don't actually remember) worked for WGN or WBBM or something that wasn't an ABC station.

The news guy read his neutral and factually report and the broadcast stayed on that subject for MAYBE 10 minutes when the booth got a call from operations in IIRC Houston, informing him that, while he could continue to report, he was no longer allowed to mention the call letters of the station the guy worked for.

That was the moment I realized that there's no way in hell I'd trust information from conglomerate-owned media again.
 
2013-01-11 10:33:11 PM  

Magorn: I bought an '89 prizm because I had been assured "it's the same car except fo the badges".  It wasn't.  Not in any way, shape,or form.  From the annoying little shiat (like no trunk release latch inside the car) to the cheap-ass stuff (no rear window de-froster) to the serious,performance ralted stuff (no sway bars for example)


That's odd, because my '91 Prizm did have a trunk release latch and rear-window defroster. (Wouldn't know about the sway bars because I was a dumb kid at the time.)

Maybe Chevy/Geo put a little more effort into the details after a couple model years of complaints from former Corolla owners?
 
2013-01-11 11:38:14 PM  
So for the rest of you following at home: CNet (cent) has been phoning it in for years now and just recently they voluntarily admitted to just how biased they are vs their corporate overlords. In other words: Cent is bullshiat, don't even bother looking at them to review anything, they are corporate whores.
 
2013-01-12 06:46:29 AM  

adrift1827: Maybe CNET was still ok for very early adopters who might then be the first reviewer on Amazon or other online retailer. It's also mildly interesting in its ability to give an initial look at features of a pre-release new product or category of products, but whether they rate it 1/10 or 10/10 has made very little difference to me in a dozen or more years. Really, it's not just CNET, it's Wired or PopSci or any other company that pays its people to test out products and write reviews. Unless its something that I can't yet hop over to Amazon and buy (and read reviews on) then the review is pretty much useless.


There's always a few early adopters with very deep pockets that will buy a product because it looks interesting to them and then write a blog post about it.

And those are the best, because they're in your shoes. They're people who were willing to buy the product and are using it in real life, rather than someone being given the thing by a company and just looking at its features for a few hours. In the real world, what can, on first impression be a great feature can later be seen to be a gimmick, and vice versa.
 
2013-01-12 10:23:53 PM  

wholedamnshow: Showtime
American Dad


HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAH
 
2013-01-12 10:25:31 PM  

likefunbutnot: While working for ABC radio in Chicago, I happened to be in the on-air booth minutes after a well-known Chicago radio personality was killed in a mid-air plane collision. The gent (whose name I don't actually remember) worked for WGN or WBBM or something that wasn't an ABC station.

The news guy read his neutral and factually report and the broadcast stayed on that subject for MAYBE 10 minutes when the booth got a call from operations in IIRC Houston, informing him that, while he could continue to report, he was no longer allowed to mention the call letters of the station the guy worked for.

That was the moment I realized that there's no way in hell I'd trust information from conglomerate-owned media again.


I'll say. Call letters are farking useless when you're trying to tune in to that channel.
 
2013-01-13 12:18:52 AM  
I was at gamespot during gerstmann gate. /popcorn
 
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