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Xiaomi TV photos suggest low-cost smartphone-connected sets appearing soon

Xiaomi TV photos suggest low-cost smartphone-connected sets appearing soon

There's a 47-inch television sitting in a factory somewhere in China that's about to be revealed to the mainland, and if it succeeds with its smartphone-connected plan of action, the United States may very well be next on its list of places to visit. What we're seeing here is a set of photos taken on a factory floor in China courtesy of microblogger "Only_Engage", the first of which was spotted by Engadget last week, of a television created by the China-based brand Xiaomi. This machine has not yet been officially announced by the company - a company that's been relatively successful thus far in creating low-cost Android devices and an Android-based set-top box for televisions of all kinds.

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Kingnovel K-R42-1 Android TV box appears to continue Google TV split

Kingnovel K-R42-1 Android TV box appears to continue Google TV split

This week the folks at Kingnovel have released a device by the name of K-R42-1, a so-called "Android TV box" made to utilize the mobile operating system on your big-screen television machine. What's odd about this machine - and similar television boxes running Android - is the fact that Google makes their own "Google TV" platform that also works with Android at its base. The differences between this machine's Android and Google TV's Android are slight.

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Hulu Plus living room experience update hits Samsung and Roku first, Wii second

Hulu Plus living room experience update hits Samsung and Roku first, Wii second

The Hulu Plus living room experience has had a user interface update today, bringing Hulu's Seattle-born vision for non-desktop streaming video to various devices. This update has brought on a new vision for the streaming video platform, now working with in-app Hulu Plus signup, Hulu Kids - an extension of the Hulu Kids child-friendly selection of programs available to web-based users, and simplified controls all-around.

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Fan TV aims for set-top future with all-touch interface

Fan TV aims for set-top future with all-touch interface

The company that's bringing Fan TV to the market is not a new one. It's not necessarily an old one, either: still considered a "startup" as they released their "Fanhattan" app back in 2011, they've since moved this streaming video environment to the web and now - surprise - to the television as well. While the machine itself does not yet have a price point or a release date as such, co-founder of Fanhattan Gilles BianRosa spoke up this afternoon: they mean to take over.

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VIZIO M-Series Razor LED Smart TVs line up to cover bulk of 2013

VIZIO M-Series Razor LED Smart TVs line up to cover bulk of 2013

This week VIZIO has shown that they're still very much in the business of making televisions with their M-Series Razor LED Smart TV line for 2013. These televisions come in sizes from 30 all the way up to 80 inches and feature technologies like Smart Dimming and VIZIO Internet Apps Plus for high quality picture both locally and via the web. These machines come with what VIZIO notes is an "ultra-thin bezel" for a "near-borderless" TV experience.

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DISH Hopper Social app brings Twitter chat and Facebook updates to HD DVR

DISH Hopper Social app brings Twitter chat and Facebook updates to HD DVR

Today an app has been released by DISH that will bring social networking to the Hopper Whole-Home HD DVR machine, integrating Twitter and Facebook into the mix. This app is what DISH calls the "first set-top box application capable of providing contextually-relevant social feeds." Of course this isn't the only way you can chat through Twitter or see your Facebook updates on your TV, but it certainly is a unique bit of integration.

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Seiku’s 4K 50-inch TV hits shelves at a low $1,299

Seiku’s 4K 50-inch TV hits shelves at a low $1,299

The steady upward trot of technology has brought us to the trailhead of 4K TVs, which brings ultra-high-definition video to your living or media room, but not without a price tag to match. Such is not the case with Seiku's 50-inch 4K TV, which is now available for a price tag you'd expect to find on regular HDTVs: $1,299. We've got a run down of its specifications after the jump.

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LG and NCAA records the NCAA Final Four in 4K Ultra HD for the first time

LG and NCAA records the NCAA Final Four in 4K Ultra HD for the first time

LG, CBS Sports, Turner Sports, and the NCAA all worked together to record the NCAA Men's Basketball Final Four championship in 4K Ultra HD resolution. This is the first time that a major U.S. sporting event has ever been recorded in 4K, and it's a start of more 4K programming to come. James Fishler, Senior VP of marketing for LG Electronics USA, stated, "After being the first to market with Ultra HD TVs, it only seems fitting that we'd be a part of the first major U.S. sporting event produced in 4k."

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