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Archive | December 23, 2010

ESPN3 for Xbox 360 to work with Time Warner and Brighthouse ISPs

If you are like me and have Time Warner as ISP you noticed that ESPN 3 client for XBOX 360 doesn’t work for you. Same if you are using Brighthouse.

Fortunately, it looks like the situation will soon change for the better although no time frame is given. The only problem is, you will need Roadrunner AND Time Warner TV subscription to make ESPN 3 XBOX 360 work, which is a bummer, at least in my case. Same restriction applies for Brighthouse and is a part of the deal that was signed with Disney/ESPN earlier this year. The deal intends to prevent viewers from “cutting the cable” and just using Internet and ESPN3.com. Not that we ever thought about doing this, did we?

Time Warner and Brighthouse are the only two ISPs who have the agreement with Disney/ESPN that stipulates a cable/video subscription to get ESPN3.com access. Shame on them!

Rovi buys Sonic for $720 million in cash and stock, goes after Netflix?

Rovi Corp announced today that it bought Sonic for the nice sum of $720 million, both stock and cash. For those that don’t know, Rovi is the new name for Macrovision Corp and provides guidance technology, copy protection and media management technology for digital entertainment devices and services.

Sonic provides the back-end for video streaming for companies like Blockbuster and Best Buy and their clients, Roxio is embedded in many popular media streamers boxes and Blu-ray players currently on the market. Sonic is  holding the rights to stream over 10,000 different titles at this point and plans to have its client deployed on more than 30 million devices in the upcoming year.

With the new purchase, Rovi tries to push itself into the digital streaming market, especially with the previous acquisition of DivX for $300 million. One cannot stop wondering if Rovi in its new incarnation has any intentions to go after Netflix and establish itself as a major streaming house.

Tweet and get $5 Amazon Video on Demand Credit

If you got a shiny new media streamer and want to test it, or just want to watch a free movie on your PC,  Amazon gives you $5 credit for their Amazon Video on Demand service for free, just by tweeting once! Check Amazon’s website for instructions, it just takes a minute. Screenshot below:

You can get another $5 credit for Amazon Video on Demand by buying John Wayne-Ultimate Collection 25 Movies also from Amazon, currently on sale for $5 making it practically free.

How to root Nook Color 1.0.1 using Auto-Nooter 2.12.25 and higher

If you rooted your Nook Color and you got Barnes and Noble’s mandatory update and you are now at version 1.0.1, or you never rooted it but want to do it now, there is an easier way right now using Auto-Nooter, thanks to the developers from XDADevelopers where all the credit should go. Again, this method only works if you upgraded to Nook firmware version 1.0.1. To check your version, Navigate to Settings->Device Info->About Your NOOKcolor->Software version.

If you are still at the version 1.0.0. you can read our original How to root Nook Color article or you can update to 1.0.1 (recommended).

Update: If you own a Nook Touch, we just posted our Nook Touch rooting tutorial.

Now assuming that you are at version 1.0.1, let’s see what Auto-Nooter can do for you:

Auto-Nooter is a script designed to automate a number of steps for the Nook Color rooting process that makes everything faster and easier. The script will also install several utilities like Softkeys 2.0.2 and Android market. Below is the detailed list:

  • Installs su and Superuser.apk
  • Installs Busybox
  • Installs Softkeys 2.0.2
  • Installs NookColor Tools (To Enable Non-Market Installs)
  • Installs Calendar and Calculator.
  • Installs Android Market, Gmail, Youtube
  • Enable Multi-touch for Android Apps
  • Enables Live Wallpapers
  • Enables Android Market and Gmail.
  • App Auto Install (Open up NooterFiles from sdcard drop in /data/app)

If you do not have yet Nook Color firmware 1.0.1, you can manually download it from B&N website or just wait until it happens automatically.

Nook Color 1.0.1 rooting Prerequisites:

  • Your device should be registered, ideally using a GMAIL address. If you used a GMAIL address to register your device, that is the e-mail address to be used for this process.
  • Have a microSD card ready to use, at least 128MB large. I used a 4GB card without any issues.
  • You need to link your GMAIL account to your YouTube account. The process is using Android YouTube application to create a GMAIL account in your Nook Color
  • Download WinImage (if you are using Windows) or dd (if you are using Linux). For instructions about how to use WinImage to copy the image on the microSD card, read our original article about how to root Nook Color (steps 3 to 10)

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