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YouTube TV app revamped ahead of Android TV

YouTube TV app revamped ahead of Android TV

Android TV may be in the pipeline, but YouTube isn't letting the grass grow under its metaphorical feet, with an update to the streaming app to improve usability on TVs and consoles. Already headed to the Xbox One, and set to appear on other consoles, smart TVs, and set-top boxes, the new YouTube app aims to streamline content discovery.

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Denon’s HEOS Sonos-rival now plays nice with existing speakers

Denon’s HEOS Sonos-rival now plays nice with existing speakers

Denon's HEOS streaming home audio range is getting two new pieces, with the multi room system adding new ways to easily hook up existing speakers. The HEOS Link and HEOS Amp join Denon's Sonos rival, for those who already have their choice of receiver speakers but still want to add wireless streaming to them.

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LG’s latest Curved OLED TV tries to push tech mass-market

LG’s latest Curved OLED TV tries to push tech mass-market

Curved OLED TVs may be the future of home entertainment, but traditionally they've hardly been affordable, something LG seems keen to change with its latest set. Headed out to stores this month, the 55EC9300 not only comes in at 55-inches of Full HD in a set that's only 4.5mm at its thinnest, it's also LG's cheapest curved OLED, at $3,499.

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DISH Anywhere tablet app revamp streamlines streaming

DISH Anywhere tablet app revamp streamlines streaming

DISH Anywhere has gained a much-needed update, with Hopper with Sling users now able to remotely view content from their home entertainment setup, whether it's live, previously recorded, or on-demand. The new version of the app, which will initially be available for iOS and Android tablets - including Amazon's Kindle Fire range - also gets a UI refresh.

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Xbox One Digital TV Tuner brings Europeans free-to-air shows

Xbox One Digital TV Tuner brings Europeans free-to-air shows

Xbox One owners in Europe will soon be able to add a digital TV tuner to their console, controlling their viewing by voice and enjoying free-to-air content. The new Xbox One Digital TV Tuner is a compact adapter that plugs into one of the Xbox One's USB ports and then to a regular TV antenna, while a companion update to the OneGuide and the OneGuide on Xbox SmartGlass app brings control to both the TV and to your phone or tablet.

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Flappy Bird hatches for Fire TV as Amazon details apps incoming

Flappy Bird hatches for Fire TV as Amazon details apps incoming

Amazon has coaxed Flappy Bird out of retirement as it tries to feather the nest for Fire TV games, one of a number of new apps the company has confirmed are incoming for the streaming set-top box. Launching as Flappy Birds Family, as we reported last week, the game is a free download and features a number of new elements versus the addictive smartphone original.

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Elon Musk to guest star in The Simpsons

Elon Musk to guest star in The Simpsons

Tesla and SpaceX founder Elon Musk may have got an electric car company and - quite literally - rockets off the ground, but his biggest achievement is still in store: a guest appearance on The Simpsons. The billionaire inventor will be appearing as himself (in cartoon form, anyway) in one episode in upcoming Season 26 of the hit show, in which he'll pit his vast fortune against that of Mr Burns.

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Apple TV adds FOX NOW, CNBC and more

Apple TV adds FOX NOW, CNBC and more

Apple TV has gained a jolt of new content this morning, with an update for the set-top box bringing four new sources including FOX NOW. Joining the ranks of Netflix, Hulu Plus, and of course Apple's own iTunes content, the content additions include CNBC for both real-time news streaming and on-demand clips, though you'll need to have a cable or satellite subscription in order to sign in.

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The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies trailer is here

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies trailer is here

There's nothing like Lord of the Rings to get fantasy fans drooling, and so the first trailer for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies was always going to set the Comic-Con audience a flutter. Happily Warner Bros. isn't limiting it just to those who strapped on their cosplay and went to San Diego, and now you can see the whole trailer yourself after the cut.

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Chromecast turns one with 400m casting milestone

Chromecast turns one with 400m casting milestone

Google is marking the first anniversary of its Chromecast streaming dongle with some usage stats, as well as revealing a few teasing tidbits from the roadmap for the media stick. Chromecast users have hit the cast button over 400 million times in the past twelve months, Google says, despite recent reports that use of the dongle has declined.

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Sharknado 2 gets custom hue “light soundtracks”

Sharknado 2 gets custom hue “light soundtracks”

You might think that sharks getting caught up in tornados wouldn't need any more drama in your living room, but Sharknado 2: The Second One will actually be the first TV event to get its own Philips hue-based "light soundtrack". Added as part of the Syfy Sync app, the so-called light track will automatically recognize different scenes in the movie and adjust the lighting colors of the hue bulbs in your living room to suit. However, you don't have to wait for Sharknado 2 to try it out.

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Apple’s 8th iTunes Festival detailed: 30 days of free music

Apple’s 8th iTunes Festival detailed: 30 days of free music

Apple has announced its eighth iTunes Festival, its month-long music festival that will see artists like Pharrell Williams, Blondie, and Calvin Harris perform at London's Roundhouse venue come September. The concerts - which will see more than sixty acts take to the stage through the course of the month - will be attended by ticket winners, though Apple will also be streaming them for those who can't make it in person.

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