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DreamScreen brings DIY backlighting to any TV

DreamScreen brings DIY backlighting to any TV

For a bunch of years now, Philips has made some of its TVs with a feature called Ambilight. This feature used colored LEDs on the back of the TV to backlight the wall or surface behind the TV to match the image seen on the screen. That means if your screen was green, the wall behind the TV glowed green as well.

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LG G6 revealed with 4K OLED display

LG G6 revealed with 4K OLED display

This week LG revealed the first look at their ultra-premium series of products by the name of LG Signature, and within this collection, the LG G6. The LG G6 is one of two 2016 4K OLED TVs the company is showing off with Dolby Vision inside and a picture-on-glass design. The LG G6 works with an extremely slim 2.57-mm OLED panel up front, attached to the glass sheet that sits in front of it. LG says that this attachment is being done here for the first time, made possible by OLED's "revolutionary" self-lighting technology, requiring (therefore) no backlight.

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Game of Thrones’ Jon Snow appears in teaser poster

Game of Thrones’ Jon Snow appears in teaser poster

An official HBO teaser poster for Game of Thrones has appeared this morning, courtesy of the network itself. In the poster you'll find a battered and bloody Jon Snow, a character whom received the short end of the stick at the tail end of the last season. Now before you go any further, know this: we're about to drop some SPOILERS. So unless you're the sort of person who likes to be spoiled - or unless you like pain - turn back now!

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LEGO Star Wars: Droid Tales Interview Part I: Thank The Maker!

LEGO Star Wars: Droid Tales Interview Part I: Thank The Maker!

This month we've had the opportunity to speak with Michael Price, the writer behind the animated movie mini-series "LEGO Star Wars: Droid Tales." In this series of 5 features, our favorite golden droid C-3PO retells the entire first 6 episodes of Star Wars film history. Our Q&A session with Price starts with a question of intent and audience. Who was this super entertaining mini-series combination of Star Wars and LEGO originally aimed at? Who was the original intended audience, and who might eventually end up enjoying it?

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Razer Forge TV isn’t dead: OUYA integration incoming

Razer Forge TV isn’t dead: OUYA integration incoming

The Android TV device Razer Forge TV has been getting some work done in the games department - so says Razer. They suggest that their purchase of the gaming system/company Ouya has allowed them to begin "doubling-down on Android gaming in the living room." As such, we'll expect that the current disappearance of available stock in the Google Store of this gaming TV bundle is just temporary. Once it returns to general sale, we'll more than likely see an upgraded collection of games available for the entire Android TV universe, as well.

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New Star Trek TV show launching on CBS and All Access

New Star Trek TV show launching on CBS and All Access

This morning CBS announced that an all-new (not reruns) Star Trek TV series will be launching in January of 2017. That's a long ways off. But it will have Alex Kurtzman, Co-Writer and Producer of the Blockbuster Films "Star Trek" and "Star Trek Into Darkness" as Executive Producer, so that'll be neat. This TV show is thus far just called "Star Trek", but may have a different name by the time it launches. We're crossing our fingers for a whole new era with callbacks - rather than the oddity that was Enterprise.

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Samsung TVs in Europe allegedly game efficiency testing [Updated]

Samsung TVs in Europe allegedly game efficiency testing [Updated]

With all the drama about VW gaming efficiency tests in the US for its diesel cars, it looks like a crack down on manufacturers trying to skirt testing might happen across multiple markets. Samsung is allegedly using a defeat device on some of the TVs it sells in Europe to defeat official efficiency testing. Independent lab tests have found that some of the Samsung offerings available in Europe use less energy in official testing that they do in the real world.

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Samsung Serif TV is inspired by font design

Samsung Serif TV is inspired by font design

Curved displays notwithstanding, the physical design of televisions hasn't really changed, except to get thinner and thinner. They are simply rectangle screens with a minimal border frame. Well, Samsung has come up with something different, and it's inspired font design: the Serif TV, as in a serif typeface, or one with those little ligatures on the letters. The TV is the result of a collaboration with French designers Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, and is said to have originated from the capital letter "I" in a serif font.

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Sony bringing HDR to more 2015 4K TVs

Sony bringing HDR to more 2015 4K TVs

Today Sony announced that they'll be bringing High Dynamic Range support to "more" of their 4K Ultra HD television sets. Two models already have support for this feature, while three more are set to earn an update in the near future. This update brings Sony's HDR to content that supports it - Amazon Video is one example. With this feature, users see a higher dynamic range of color, luminosity, brightness - for a more distinctive viewing experience. More detail, more color, more intensity.

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NVIDIA SHIELD released to Google Store for Android TV battle

NVIDIA SHIELD released to Google Store for Android TV battle

The online Google Store's Android TV collection expands with NVIDIA SHIELD, a device built primarily for gaming but made for full living-room entertainment with Android apps of all sorts. Working with Android TV, this device also has Chromecast functionality, allowing mobile devices to "cast" content wirelessly. This is the same device we reviewed earlier this year, calling it "the best Android TV experience yet." Have a peek at our full NVIDIA SHIELD Review to learn all there is to know about this high-powered TV-controlling machine.

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Sesame Street gets “exclusive” with HBO

Sesame Street gets “exclusive” with HBO

Sesame Street is about to break standards for television shows that've been on for 45 seasons. Not that a lot of shows have been on for that long, of course. But here the Sesame Street show is prepared not to go off and fade away, but to grow. Signing a deal with HBO, Sesame Workshop has promised five seasons to HBO with "almost twice as much new content as previous seasons." This content will be "exclusive" to HBO for nine months after each episode is aired, after which PBS will be allowed to show reruns for free.

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Android TV just became a whole lot more search-friendly

Android TV just became a whole lot more search-friendly

This week Google sent up an update to Android TV devices that made TV Apps entirely searchable. With this update, users are able to search by voice with their Android TV remote, saying only the title of the program, series, or movie. Once asked, Google will respond with a list of results from within apps of all sorts. Google also made clear this week that EPIX would be the next big release for Android TV, complete with searchable content from the home Android TV search right out the gate.

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