T-Mobile's TV service reportedly pushed back to 2019 because it wasn't 'disruptive' enough

It has been slightly more than a year since T-Mobile CEO John Legere announced the company was working on its own TV service, and he promised something ”disruptive.” Since then, some of the carrier’s plans have taken shape with the acquisition of Layer3 and a set top box that stopped by the FCC. However, Bloomberg reports that Tmo has delayed launching the service this year. It turns out streaming TV is pretty hard to get right. Read MoreT-Mobile’s TV service reportedly pushed back to 2019 because it wasn’t ‘disruptive’ enough was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

T-Mobile set-top box surfaces on FCC, 'Un-carrier' TV service can't be far behind

Late last year, T-Mobile announced its intentions to “uncarrier” television service, with its purchase of Layer3, an online TV provider. The first fruits of that acquisition have just reared their head at the FCC in the form of a new T-Mobile-branded set-top box.

FCC filings don’t include a whole lot of information, but we do know based on the data provided that it features 2.4/5GHz Wi-Fi and Bluetooth (BLE, based on the description included in one of the internal images). Read MoreT-Mobile set-top box surfaces on FCC, ‘Un-carrier’ TV service can’t be far behind was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

TV commercial is spreading unsolicited Christmas Cheer via Google Home devices

Today I noticed something odd when I returned home from my morning croissant and hot chocolate. There was Christmas music playing throughout my house on my Google Home speakers. Eager to find the source, I took to Twitter and quickly found out that I wasn’t alone:

So the Currys Christmas advert starts with “OK Google, play Christmas music”. Yeah, that’s not going to get annoying fast
— Rob Game (@RobGameUK) November 2, 2018

Well thank you @curryspcworld Your ad is now activating our @Google Home to play Christmas music! Not funny! It’s not even December! 😡
— Bradders! (@Bradders_71) November 2, 2018

Hey @curryspcworld, your TV ad just triggered my Google Home to start playing Christmas music quite loudly at 10PM. At least get in touch with Google to blacklist your ads like they do with their own.
— antsu (@4ntsu) November 2, 2018

This may just be an innocent attempt to spread some early Christmas cheer, but in a society where even the smallest of things can offend almost anyone, is this an invasion into our personal lives or even a blatant violation of our privacy.
As home smart assistants become increasingly popular, shall we surrender to the fact that it’s something we’ll have to deal with on a daily basis? I can’t help think it’s one of the most intrusive forms of advertising. I’ve already had to ask Google to stop playing the music 4 times today.
The offending TV commercial is included below. I expect we’ll see a few more of these as holiday commercials ramp up over the following weeks.  Have you been affected by unsolicited Christmas cheer?

Our new 2018 Christmas TV advert is here! The Magic of Christmas, upgraded.Shop the Magic of Christmas at Currys PC World here; https://t.co/eIH6rloIoF #ChristmasUpgraded pic.twitter.com/7Legg6Iy6O
— Currys PC World (@curryspcworld) November 1, 2018

Update: It looks like Google is on the case.

Hey Darren, we’re sorry for the trouble — we’re looking into it. If this happens again, you can file a feedback report with the keywords “Home Ad Triggered”. https://t.co/ocLD88nIQW
— Made by Google (@madebygoogle) November 3, 2018

 

Amazon's Fire TV Recast lets you watch and record over-the-air HDTV broadcasts

Amazon has various Fire TV boxes that stream video from the internet, but the Fire TV Recast is something new. This is a DVR tuner box for watching and saving video from OTA sources like Fox and NBC. However, the Recast doesn’t have anything to do with displaying the video. For that, you need another piece of hardware.

The $230 base model Fire TV Recast comes with 500GB of storage (enough for 75 hours) and two HDTV tuners. Read MoreAmazon’s Fire TV Recast lets you watch and record over-the-air HDTV broadcasts was written by the awesome team at Android Police.