Microsoft calls Xbox 360 update the “Future of TV”

Microsoft this week will roll out a firmware update for the Xbox 360 Video game console which the company is calling the “Future of TV.”

According to the software giant, the updated firmware will usher in a “new era in entertainment” giving Xbox owners “A single box that ties together all the content you want, made easily accessible through a universal, natural, voice-directed search.”

New Playstation 3 firmware supports PS Vita

Sony this week is releasing new firmware (Version 4.0) for its Playstation 3 video game console which will enable the device to act as a content management server the Playstation Vita.

The PlayStation Vita, also known as “PSVita” or “PSV,” is the upcoming handheld game console from Sony which is set to be released in Japan and parts of Asia on December 17, 2011 and in Europe and North America on February 22, 2012.

Sonos firmware update adds support for Kindle Fire

Sonos, makers of wireless music systems for the home, announced today the release of Sonos System Software 3.6 along with a new Sonos Android Controller app which supports Android tablets and the Kindle Fire.

In addition to taking advantage of the tablet’s larger screen size, new features of the app include alarms, music library management and Twitter support.

Interview: Shaw Direct says recent firmware update a success

At the beginning of September, Shaw Direct introduced new firmware for the company’s flagship HD (model HDDSR 605) and HD PVR (model HDPVR 630) satellite receivers.

Since that time, the Digital Home forum has been flooded with complaints from HDDSR 605 and HDPVR 630 owners who say the new firmware has significantly slowed down the speed of the user interface, spontaneous resets, lost recordings, and missed recordings.

Firmware updates for Shaw Whole Home PVR coming this week

Shaw Cable has announced the first firmware update for its Whole Home PVR system was deployed this morning in Vancouver and will be rolled out nationally on Thursday.

Released this past summer, the Shaw Gateway is a digital set top box which connects to the coaxial cable coming into the home and then acts as a server or central hub to one or more portals throughout the home.

Problems with new Shaw Direct firmware leaves some customers fuming

Over the last week Shaw Direct has been quietly and slowly rolling out new firmware – version 06.22 – for the company’s HDDSR 605 and HDPVR 630 direct-to-home satellite receivers.

The update began with a select group of Shaw Direct customers last week, however, it has only been in the last few days that the majority of Digital Home readers received the new firmware.

Updated EastLink PVR firmware lets users add additional storage

Years after it was made available to consumers on many cable and satellite systems across Canada, Eastlink has updated its PVR firmware so customers with eSATA capable PVRs can add an external hard drive for additional program storage.

Sonos upgrades firmware; releases Android App

Sonos, makers of wireless music systems for the home, announced this week the release of Sonos System Software 3.4 along with a new Sonos Controller for Android application and an updated iOS app.

In addition to support for the new Android app, the new firmware adds several new features for iOS users including support for iOS multitasking support and support for Apple Airplay when the Sonos system is connected to an Apple Airport Express.

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