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Roku SoundBridge music streamer in action

Roku SoundBridge music streamer in action

Saturday is a day for putting ones feet up on a small, raised stool, supping from a glass of slightly warmed cinnamon milk and listening to the latest in Czech talk-radio; Roku have obviously known this for years, which is why they're taking advantage of that wireless network you've set up (you have got one, haven't you?) to stream music around your house with the SoundBridge.  Starting with the essentials of an alarm clock (in fact an atomic one, so you need never set the time) and remote control, Roku have added a clear display, presets to your favourite playlists and radio stations and a full stereo speaker pair with subwoofer.  There's even a SD/MMC card slot for loading music direct.  Hottech TV like the SoundBridge so much that they've made a video about it; check it out below.

Hottech TV [thanks to H.D. for the tip]

CuBoxTV entertainment cube offers XBMC

CuBoxTV entertainment cube offers XBMC

Set-top boxes are a common gadget at this point, with the most notable ones being devices like the Roku and Chromecast. Other lesser-known options are available, however, often requiring a few tech skills to get everything setup but offering more user freedom in return. The new CuBoxTV is one such item, offering users the XBMC platform alongside a tiny cube-shaped design with a variety of connectivity options and media support. CuBoxTV comes from SolidRun, which has put the device up for pre-order.

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Report: Amazon bringing ad-supported video service next year

Report: Amazon bringing ad-supported video service next year

Unless you have Amazon Prime, seeing their “Instant Video” app on your Roku or other streaming device is just one big tease. Unless you sign up for the $99/year quick-shipping Prime option, Instant Video is useless. Though we’ve heard this kind of rumor before, it’s back, and from a new source. It seems Amazon may be prepping an ad-supported Instant Video layer, which would make their service free or very low-cost to use for those without Prime. The new video streaming offering is said to be part of an “overhaul” at Amazon’s media branch.

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JVC Diamond Series 85-inch 4K TV said to have “most precise” colors

JVC Diamond Series 85-inch 4K TV said to have “most precise” colors

JVC's biggest 4K-resolution TV has been unveiled, and with it comes a big claim: the most precise color reproduction available. Whether that is true is yet to be see, as the television won't be launching until some time in January. When it does arrive, however, it'll do so with a price tag notably lower than other massive 85-inch models on the market at $7,999 USD. The television is JVC's new Diamond Series DM85UXR model, and with it comes more than a few notable features.

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Amazon Fire TV Stick now shipping, out of stock until 2015

Amazon Fire TV Stick now shipping, out of stock until 2015

Amazon’s Fire TV Stick wants to keep pace with the competition, just like big-brother Fire TV. On both fronts, Amazon’s TV ambitions are to keep up with rivals like Roku or Chromecast. All three offer their own take on the plug-and-play TV dongle, and those who purchased an Amazon Fire TV Stick will soon have theirs in-hand and on-TV. After what Amazon describes as their “most successful device launch ever”, the Fire TV Stick is now shipping.

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SkreensTV makes Back to the Future II multi-screen a reality

SkreensTV makes Back to the Future II multi-screen a reality

So you're in the mood to watch more than one TV program at once - you just use your television's "picture in picture" mode, right? Sure, unless you want more shows than two. Or perhaps you're in the mood to play a video game while you watch Netflix with a connected iPad through your Apple TV? What if you want to watch three things at once and browse the internet at the same time? There's SkreensTV for that - a device that will split your TV screen up into pieces.

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VUDU Spark streaming dongle spotted to take on Chromecast

VUDU Spark streaming dongle spotted to take on Chromecast

Walmart's VUDU streaming movie service looks set to get an HDMI dongle of its own, with the new hardware spotted passing through FCC testing ahead of its retail launch. Dubbed the VUDU Spark, the adapter follows in the well-worn footsteps of Google's Chromecast and Roku's Streaming Stick by hiding behind your TV in a spare HDMI port and connecting wirelessly to your router over WiFi. However, compared to some of the other set-top box solutions we've seen in recent months, Walmart's is looking a little one-dimensional.

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Nexus Player Review – Android TV’s awkward debut

Nexus Player Review – Android TV’s awkward debut

The living room has proved to be a challenge for Google. The company which has been so successful in dominating so many of the screens we interact with on a daily basis - our computers, phones, and tablets - has perversely struggled for that most traditional of displays, the humble TV. Google TV was flabby and confusing; the axe fell on the Nexus Q before it even went on sale. Only the Chromecast has had any measure of success, and yet just when we thought Google might have a strategy, along comes a different platform again, Android TV. Running first on the Nexus Player, but set to spread to smart TVs from numerous manufacturers, it’s Google’s fourth lounge reboot, but is it really necessary?

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TiVo adds Walmart’s VUDU video service

TiVo adds Walmart’s VUDU video service

Netflix and Hulu Plus might be the two best known video streaming services at the moment, but many competitors exist, not the least of which is Walmart's VUDU. Like some other services, VUDU allows its customers to rent and buy digital movies and TV shows, including things like flat-rate season bundles for entire series seasons. The service has long been available on many set top box devices, including various Roku models, and now it has finally arrived for those using TiVo.

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Amazon Fire TV Stick takes on Chromecast

Amazon Fire TV Stick takes on Chromecast

Amazon may have been a late entrant into the set-top box space, but that hasn't stopped it already pushing out a second model, with the Fire TV Stick taking a leaf out of Chromecast's playbook by slotting straight into a spare HDMI port behind your TV. Undercutting the original Fire TV box at $39 - though Prime members will, temporarily at least, get an even better deal than that - the stick promises 50-percent more power than Google's dongle as well as 1080p Full HD video and Dolby Digital Plus surround sound, together with three options for remote control.

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