The Kinect is an IR blaster.
You had me at "standalone podcast app"
DLNA doesn't support encrypted content, so either you have to hook the computer up to the TV, or use something like WiDi.
Luckily no one does by anything but Nokia anymore! But certainly they've been a big big part of the excellent 2013 for Windows Phone.
I love this show too, even though it's so ridiculously scripted that I have a hard time calling it reality TV anymore.
I think it was last season there was a plug for the Lumia 920 and...