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Moonbase Alpha | Flickr
Lots and lots of shots of "Space: 1999" interiors. <3
space-1999  space  futurism  1970s  tv  retro  scifi 
10 weeks ago by jm
Smart TV hack embeds attack code into broadcast signal—no access required | Ars Technica
Awesome.
The proof-of-concept exploit uses a low-cost transmitter to embed malicious commands into a rogue [DVB-T] signal. That signal is then broadcast to nearby devices. It worked against two fully updated TV models made by Samsung. By exploiting two known security flaws in the Web browsers running in the background, the attack was able to gain highly privileged root access to the TVs. By revising the attack to target similar browser bugs found in other sets, the technique would likely work on a much wider range of TVs.
dvb-t  tv  security  exploits  samsung  smart-tvs  broadcast 
11 weeks ago by jm
What Vizio was doing behind the TV screen | Federal Trade Commission
This is awful:
Starting in 2014, Vizio made TVs that automatically tracked what consumers were watching and transmitted that data back to its servers. Vizio even retrofitted older models by installing its tracking software remotely. All of this, the FTC and AG allege, was done without clearly telling consumers or getting their consent.

What did Vizio know about what was going on in the privacy of consumers’ homes? On a second-by-second basis, Vizio collected a selection of pixels on the screen that it matched to a database of TV, movie, and commercial content. What’s more, Vizio identified viewing data from cable or broadband service providers, set-top boxes, streaming devices, DVD players, and over-the-air broadcasts. Add it all up and Vizio captured as many as 100 billion data points each day from millions of TVs.

Vizio then turned that mountain of data into cash by selling consumers’ viewing histories to advertisers and others. And let’s be clear: We’re not talking about summary information about national viewing trends. According to the complaint, Vizio got personal. The company provided consumers’ IP addresses to data aggregators, who then matched the address with an individual consumer or household. Vizio’s contracts with third parties prohibited the re-identification of consumers and households by name, but allowed a host of other personal details – for example, sex, age, income, marital status, household size, education, and home ownership.  And Vizio permitted these companies to track and target its consumers across devices.

That’s what Vizio was up to behind the screen, but what was the company telling consumers? Not much, according to the complaint.

Vizio put its tracking functionality behind a setting called “Smart Interactivity.”  But the FTC and New Jersey AG say that the generic way the company described that feature – for example, “enables program offers and suggestions” – didn’t give consumers the necessary heads-up to know that Vizio was tracking their TV’s every flicker. (Oh, and the “Smart Interactivity” feature didn’t even provide the promised “program offers and suggestions.”)
privacy  ftc  surveillance  tv  vizio  ads  advertising  smart-tvs 
february 2017 by jm
TV detector vans may have been a con all along
This is shaking my world view -- although I find it more plausible that (as responses to https://www.theguardian.com/notesandqueries/query/0,5753,-22440,00.html claim) they _did_ work until about 10-20 years ago, by detecting RF emissions from the local oscillator inside the TV.

Ross Anderson, at https://www.cl.cam.ac.uk/~rja14/Papers/SE-15.pdf , notes:

During [..] World War II, radio engineering saw advances in radar, passive direction
finding, and low-probability-of-intercept techniques, which I’ll discuss in the next
chapter. By the 1960s, the stray RF leaking from the local oscillator signals in domestic
television sets was being targeted by direction-finding equipment in “TV detector
vans,” in Britain, where TV owners must pay an annual license fee that is supposed to
support public broadcast services. Its use has since expanded to satellite and cable TV
operators, who use detector vans to find pirate decoders. Some people in the computer
security community were also aware that information could leak from cross-coupling
and stray RF (see, for example, [259, 791]).
rf  radio  tv  bbc  tv-licenses  tv-license-detector-vans  security  emissions  tempest 
august 2016 by jm
NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV Pro
'Best Plex Media Server' -- this looks pretty superb for EUR240 or thereabouts
media-servers  plex  video  home  tv  toget  nvidia  shield  android 
july 2016 by jm
Netflix Global Search
handy -- search Netflix in all regions, then show where the show/movie is available. Probably going to be less handy from now on now that Netflix is blocking region-spoofing
movies  video  netflix  films  tv  world 
january 2016 by jm
Streaming will soon pass traditional TV - Tech Insider
the percentage of people who say they stream video from services like Netflix, YouTube, and Hulu each day has increased dramatically over the last five years, from about 30% in 2010 to more than 50% this year. During the same period, the percentage of people who say they watch traditional TV [...] has dropped by about 10%. When the beige line surpasses the purple line [looks like 2016], it will mean that more people are streaming each day than are watching traditional TV. 
streaming  hulu  netflix  tv  television  video  youtube 
september 2015 by jm
Samsung's smart TVs are inserting unwanted ads into users' own movies
Amazingly shitty. Never buying a Samsung TV if this is what they think is acceptable
advertising  tv  samsung  smart-tvs  iot  horrible  ads 
february 2015 by jm
BBC uses RIPA terrorism laws to catch TV licence fee dodgers in Northern Ireland
Give them the power, they'll use that power.

'A document obtained under Freedom of Information legislation confirms the BBC's use of RIPA in Northern Ireland. It states: "The BBC may, in certain circumstances, authorise under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 and Regulation of Investigatory Powers (British Broadcasting Corporation) Order 2001 the lawful use of detection equipment to detect unlicensed use of television receivers... the BBC has used detection authorised under this legislation in Northern Ireland."'
ripa  privacy  bbc  tv  license-fee  uk  northern-ireland  law  scope-creep 
january 2015 by jm
Amiko Alien2 / Enigma Discussion Thread - boards.ie
Enigma is a Linux based alternative to the default Spark operating system on these boxes. Enigma is a more customisable OS and provides the ability to add plugins which can accomplish many tasks enabling users to have a box which might look and perform like a Sky box, giving a 7 day EPG and an alternative to series link.


Looks like a pretty solid hacker community...
alien2  tv  enigma  dvr  freeview  saorview  pvr 
january 2015 by jm
castnow
Marcus Ramberg says: 'If you have a chromecast and you’re not using castnow, I don’t know what is wrong with you.'
chromecast  castnow  media  movies  tv  video 
november 2014 by jm
Screen time: Steve Jobs was a low tech parent
“This is rule No. 1: There are no screens in the bedroom. Period. Ever.”
screen-time  kids  children  tv  mobile  technology  life  rules  parenting 
september 2014 by jm
The Game on Google Glass
'A tribute to the addictive Ktarian Game featured in Season 5, Episode 6 of Star Trek, The Next Generation.'
star-trek  google-glass  the-game  games  glass  google  tv 
june 2014 by jm
We interrupt this program to warn the Emergency Alert System is hackable | Ars Technica
Private SSH key included in a firmware update. Oh dear:
The US Emergency Alert System, which interrupts live TV and radio broadcasts with information about national emergencies in progress, is vulnerable to attacks that allow hackers to remotely disseminate bogus reports and tamper with gear, security researchers warned. The remote takeover vulnerability affects the DASDEC-I and DASDEC-II application servers made by a company called Digital Alert Systems. It stems from the a recent firmware update that mistakenly included the private secure shell (SSH) key, according to an advisory published Monday by researchers from security firm IOActive. Administrators use such keys to remotely log in to a server to gain unfettered "root" access. The publication of the key makes it trivial for hackers to gain unauthorized access on Digital Alert System appliances that run default settings on older firmware. "An attacker who gains control of one or more DASDEC systems can disrupt these stations' ability to transmit and could disseminate false emergency information over a large geographic area," the IOActive advisory warned. "In addition, depending on the configuration of this and other devices, these messages could be forwarded and mirrored by other DASDEC systems."
ssh  security  fail  emergency  alert  warning  tv  radio 
july 2013 by jm
Just how bad are RTE’s finances?
A sobering examination by NAMAwinelake into the quagmire of Ireland's publicly-funded national broadcaster:
It seems that RTE has become a disaster zone, with libels and incompetence overseen by incapable management, and this is reflected in that organisation’s financial results. RTE still employs nearly 2,000 people and supports jobs and industry across independent producers and suppliers; it is a major business. But the time has come to call a halt to delusional management that is sinking the organization deeper into a quagmire which will ultimately need to be bailed out by the State. And Noel Curran is fobbing us off with flying a kite about a reduction in 65-year old Pat Kenny’s salary from €630,000 to €570,000?!
rte  namawinelake  public  funding  finances  money  mismanagement  ireland  incompetence  tv  news 
april 2013 by jm
Film4 Presents A Season Of Studio Ghibli Classics
hooray! Plenty of dubs, too, which is handy when you have little kids like mine ;)
studio-ghibli  film4  movies  anime  animation  to-watch  tv 
march 2013 by jm
BBC Test Card image (1080p HD version)
via colinwh. The de-facto standard HTPC desktop background
htpc  desktops  hd  1080p  bbc  test-card  tv  scary-clowns 
march 2013 by jm
UnoDNS
'Watch Netflix USA, Hulu, Pandora, BBC iPlayer, and more in [sic] anywhere you live!' -- seems to use similar techniques to tunlr.net, looks like it works for my Netflix
netflix  dns  tv  tunnelling  drm  networking  spotify  hulu 
february 2013 by jm
CES: Worse Products Through Software
'The companies out there that know how to make decent software have been steadily eating their way into and through markets previously dominated by the hardware guys. Apple with music players, TiVo with video recording, even Microsoft with its decade-old Xbox Live service, which continues to embarrass the far weaker offerings from Sony and Nintendo. (And, yes, iOS is embarrassing all three console makers.)'

See also Mat Honan's article at http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2012/12/internet-tv-sucks/ : 'Smart TVs are just too complicated. They have terrible user interfaces that differ wildly from device to device. It’s not always clear what content is even available — for example, after more than two years on the market, you still can’t watch Hulu Plus on your Google TV. [...] They give us too many options for apps most people will never use, and they do so at the expense of making it simple to find the shows and movies we want to watch, no matter where they are, be it online or on the air. As NPD puts it in the conclusion to its report, “OEMs and retailers need to focus less on new innovation in this space and more on simplification of the user experience and messaging if they want to drive additional, and new, behaviors on the TV.” Which is a more polite way of saying, clean up your horrible interface, Samsung.'

(via Craig)
via:craig  design  ui  tv  hardware  television  sony  ces  software 
january 2013 by jm
xbmc-vodie
'XBMC Plugin for browsing and watching RTE Player streams, TV3 streams and TG4 streams (Ireland only), An Lár TV and Magnet WebTV' (via John Looney)
xbmc  plugins  rte  tv3  tg4  ireland  magnet  television  tv  flash  video 
september 2011 by jm
Motorola Made XBMC Remote Now Available for Presale - Tested
oooh nice! Might go for one of these for my XBMC box. only thing is, I quite like the feature of being able to lock the remote from the kids, when the "remote" is an iPhone...
remote-controls  tv  xbmc  set-top-box  ui  from delicious
april 2011 by jm
Coding Horror: Revisiting the Home Theater PC
Jeff Atwood pimps the latest HTPC SBC with onboard GPU, to support 1080p painlessly. comments are good too (via Nelson)
htpc  hardware  tv  home  1080p  from delicious
march 2011 by jm
Ireland’s new coalition on media, IT & IP law | Lex Ferenda
'some first thoughts on how the just-published coalition agreement (Fine Gael and Labour) in Ireland proposes to deal with issues of interest to cyberlaw and media law.'
lex-ferenda  law  ireland  ip  content  internet  fair-use  copyright  tv  from delicious
march 2011 by jm
GreenPois0n jailbreak goes untethered for Apple TV
the $99 set-top box now can run XBMC without having to be re-tethered anytime you needed to power it off
apple  tv  set-top-box  greenpois0n  jailbreaking  ios  xbmc  from delicious
february 2011 by jm
tvrenamer.pl
Another TV file-renaming script. looks a little fragile/hacky at a glance though
tv  downloading  torrents  boxee  xbmc  from delicious
january 2011 by jm
Boxee TV Show Download Automation
organise downloaded TV shows into the directory format Boxee (and by extension, XBMC) wants; some votes for Sickbeard here
tv  torrents  downloading  boxee  xbmc  automation  from delicious
january 2011 by jm
Boxee Box issues feedback and response
'Using Boxee to play local files? having issues? Here's what were going to do about it.' It's amazing to see this level of responsiveness from an appliance vendor!
appliances  boxee  set-top-box  tv  video  home  customer-service  from delicious
november 2010 by jm
Conall's Blog » DIY Multimedia Centre
good data on a reasonably-priced 1080p setup. I'm struggling through this right now, particularly on attempting to reuse an old laptop which can't play 720p output reliably, let alone 1080p. But EUR799 for a new Mac Mini seems steep
1080p  720p  hdmi  display  tv  hardware  home  from delicious
october 2010 by jm
FlexGet
torrent automation from RSS feeds; will work nicely with Transmission
bittorrent  automation  boxee  linux  python  rss  torrents  tv  flexget  from delicious
july 2010 by jm
Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-1900 Hybrid TV (1179) - dabs.com
Back looking at these again, as Padraig noted the SundTek drivers are closed source; at least pvrusb2 is OSS
hauppauge  drivers  hardware  linux  tv  tuners  os  from delicious
june 2010 by jm
SundTek MythTV analog setup
'Analog TV is working again with MythTV which comes with the final Ubuntu 10.04 release' -- MythTV support is officially tested by SundTek support staff! I think we have a clear winner
sundtek  tv  usb  hardware  linux  mythtv  from delicious
june 2010 by jm
Sundtek MediaTV Pro (TV Cards) - Ubuntu Linux Hardware Compatibility List
'I can recommend that USB device, I never had a device which has such an easy installation under linux.'
sundtek  tv  usb  hardware  linux  mythtv  from delicious
june 2010 by jm
SundTek Media TV Pro Linux install docs
official, and pretty voluminous. looks good
sundtek  tv  usb  hardware  linux  mythtv  from delicious
june 2010 by jm
Hauppauge WinTV HVR 1900 Hybrid Analogue and Digital USB TV Tuner
seems to be a safe option for MythTV analog TV and DVB-T support on this side of the pond
tv  hauppauge  linux  mythtv  ireland  tuner  from delicious
june 2010 by jm
Amazon.com: Western Digital WD TV Live Network-ready HD Media Player
$99, 10-watt, fanless device to stream HD1080p video, in pretty much any format, from a network server to your TV. crazy. quite competitive with the Acer Aspire Revo; downside: less open
tv  wd  wd-tv-live  hdtv  hd  video  set-top-box  home  from delicious
may 2010 by jm
Dutch forum thread on splitting analog signals from a UPC Thomson DCI-6221 DVR
I'm trying to figure out how I can rebuild a MythTV box with new UPC equipment. this claims that you can split the cable before it enters the Cisco cablemodem, and get analog TV off the basic cable that way. hmm
analog  tv  upc  mythtv  dci6221  mediabox  cable-tv  from delicious
may 2010 by jm
the world’s largest DVR
SnapStream's 100TB rack which records 50 analog TV channels simultaneously
snapstream  video  tv  storage  hardware  analog  television  from delicious
may 2010 by jm
BenQ W600 projector
600 euros all-in for an entry-level DLP home cinema projector capable of 720p HD. tempted, but stil a bit pricey
shopping  tv  video  projectors  home  cinema  dlp  hdtv  from delicious
april 2010 by jm
Internet access is Britons' top priority
'Britons will choose to cut back on almost anything other than food before economising on electronic communications services. Crucially, we will even cut spending on their mobile phone and TV package before foregoing Internet access'
internet  broadband  uk  ofcom  research  recession  cutbacks  spending  consumer  mobile  tv  linx 
august 2009 by jm

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