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Netflix courts cable companies to give viewers “frictionless” access

Netflix courts cable companies to give viewers “frictionless” access

Netflix last week publicly reaffirmed its steadfast desire to partner with U.S. cable companies to bundle streaming Netflix programming as an app in set-top boxes like TiVo, but so far the industry in this country has not embraced Netflix's advances. For cable companies, the streaming video service's 27 million American subscribers represent competition, not a new market or an opportunity to add value.

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Sony BRAVIA Smart Stick revealed: no Chromecast competitor

Sony BRAVIA Smart Stick revealed: no Chromecast competitor

Though at first this little dongle seemed (in preview mode) to be a cool competitor for the Google Chromecast - it was revealed the same week, after all - here in its official show-off from Sony, it's become apparent that the BRAVIA Smart Stick wont work with just any television. Here we're to understand that this device will plug in to a full-sized HDMI port [CORRECTION: MHL plug for BRAVIA televisions 2013 and older, only] and act as a Google TV device - that means Android App support straight from the Google Play app store. This Sony BRAVIA Smart Stick also works with voice search support and a QWERTY keyboard courtesy of a paired remote control.

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Apple TV grows with Vevo, Weather Channel, Smithsonian, Disney

Apple TV grows with Vevo, Weather Channel, Smithsonian, Disney

This week the folks at Apple have pushed a new set of channels to their television companion device Apple TV. These channels include Vevo - a channel that works with massive amounts of music videos, and the Weather Channel for starters. Also up for grabs this week are Disney and the Smithsonian Channel. Disney comes in the form of two new apps, one for the Disney Channel, the other for Disney XD.

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Apple TV plans tip towards apps while full-fledged iTV still and end-goal

Apple TV plans tip towards apps while full-fledged iTV still and end-goal

While we've seen the Apple device known as Apple TV existing and updating steadily over the past several years, it's still the full television set - screen and all - that hold sway over talks on where the company is going. Word today from sources speaking with Quartz suggests that Apple is not going to focus on bringing a standard cable TV experience to the public if and when they create what's still commonly referred to as "iTV", but an app-focused hardware and software combination.

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Bang & Olufsen BeoVision 12-65 New Generation TV pushed as full-room entertainment system

Bang & Olufsen BeoVision 12-65 New Generation TV pushed as full-room entertainment system

With the release of the Bang & Olufsen BeoVision 12 New Generation system, the company suggests that one 65-inch plasma television is never enough - not in and of itself. Instead Bang & Olufsen deliver a full home theater setup - effectively - with an all-digital video platform above a motorized floor stand and a set of speakers that'll bring full 7.1 surround sound to your living room. This is not your uncle's big-screen TV made for football Sunday - it's part of a whole new class.

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LG retro TV delivers 1080p HD and physical channel dials

LG retro TV delivers 1080p HD and physical channel dials

If you're in the mood this week for a lovely bit of nostalgia, LG is ready to bring the heat in full begone-era fashion with a retro set with physical dials. This is the LG 32LN630R, and beyond the bits and pieces that make it looks very much like a time-traveling set from the 1950s, the company keeps up with the times: 32-inches of 1080p IPS-based display.

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VIZIO Internet Apps Plus and Wi-Fi Direct Smart Remote bank on web for future-proofing

VIZIO Internet Apps Plus and Wi-Fi Direct Smart Remote bank on web for future-proofing

The folks at VIZIO have made their next-generation television apps platform public this week in an environment they call VIZIO Internet Apps Plus. This program allows the full VIZIO M-Series Razor LED smart TV collection to enter the future-ready app age with HTML 5 app support, a full-fledged app launcher, and the ability to control apps with mobile devices.

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Dell Project Ophelia aims for Chromecast market with Android HDMI stick

Dell Project Ophelia aims for Chromecast market with Android HDMI stick

Hold both Dell's Project Ophelia and Google's Chromecast in one hand and you might think they're made for the same purpose. Both of them connect with full-sized HDMI, both work with Google's software inside, and both are being delivered inside 2013. This dell device isn't just made for video, though, and we've seen it before - this week it's being delivered to product testers on its way to its final hardware iteration.

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Google TV is not dead: Chromecast will co-exist

Google TV is not dead: Chromecast will co-exist

Do not worry that your Google TV will be losing support now that Chromecast has been introduced - on the contrary. This week none other than Google's Sundar Pichai spoke up in an interview confirming and denying several points on Chromecast specifically, making clear the idea that Google TV and Chromecast will exist as separate entities. In fact, Pichai, explained, Google TV will continue to expand as "full-fledged Android for television", complete with Chromecast support.

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