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TiVo on Xbox One and Fire TV possible after Adobe ousted

TiVo on Xbox One and Fire TV possible after Adobe ousted

TiVo has quietly ousted Adobe from its DVRs, with the freshly-released Summer Update switching away from Flash and Air for the UI, and opening the door to one day running TiVo services on Amazon Fire TV, Xbox One, and other platforms. The new software, for the TiVo Roamio, Premiere, and Mini models, promises a significant boost in interface navigation speed, having been recreated in Haxe.

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Netflix user on Verizon? Your buffering days may soon be over

Netflix user on Verizon? Your buffering days may soon be over

If you're a Verizon internet customer and you've been getting increasingly frustrated with Netflix buffering, a fix may be at hand, with a new deal with the on-demand video service that it says should prevent the glitches and pauses that even high-speed FiOS customers have been complaining of. Still, even as the collaborative fixes go into play, Verizon can't help but throw the blame for the persistent issues onto Netflix itself.

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Samsung puts plasma TV out of its misery: Death this year

Samsung puts plasma TV out of its misery: Death this year

Lower the flags to half-mast: Samsung will stop producing plasma panels for TVs by the end of November, the company's display arm has confirmed, as interest in the screen type dwindles in the face of LCD and OLED. The decision follows in the footsteps of Panasonic, which opted to cut its own plasma production in 2013.

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Aereo calls for #ProtectMyAntenna protest

Aereo calls for #ProtectMyAntenna protest

Aereo may have faced a huge set-back in the US Supreme Court and been forced to shut down services over the weekend, but the TV-challenging upstart isn't taking it lying down, turning to users to form a citizen campaign to try to rescue the technology. In a message to customers today, Aereo CEO Chet Kanojia laid out the next stage of his plan to save cloud-based antennas, though it won't be an easy journey.

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Fire TV pushes Prime to fore post-Android TV unveil

Fire TV pushes Prime to fore post-Android TV unveil

Amazon has quietly updated its Fire TV set-top box to push its Prime video content as well as bring streaming music to the platform, raising its game in the aftermath of Google announcing Android TV. A revamp over the weekend added Amazon Cloudplayer to the supported services for Fire TV, as well as answering a common complaint by making it easier to find Prime movie and TV content that's free to watch for Prime subscribers.

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Android TV hands-on: Google TV reborn (and better)

Android TV hands-on: Google TV reborn (and better)

It's fair to say that Google TV wasn't exactly a triumph in the living room. Google's first attempt to dominate home entertainment turned out to be far too complicated and under-supported, and with hardware partners jumping ship, the project stalled. Now, Android TV has arrived to take a second shot at the domestic big-screen, and first impressions are surprisingly positive.

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Chromecast Backdrop gives your TV a personalized screensaver

Chromecast Backdrop gives your TV a personalized screensaver

Google's Chromecast streaming dongle is getting a new app for its downtime, with Backdrop turning the TV into a personalized screensaver. Kicking in whenever the Chromecast is idle, Backdrop curates a customized mixture of photos, famous artwork, and more.

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Android TV: Google aims for living room (again)

Android TV: Google aims for living room (again)

Google is rebooting its ambitions in the living room, launching Android TV. "In some ways, the TV space is not much different to the mobile space in 2006," Google pointed out, with smart TVs all having different interfaces, different sets of apps, and no cohesive ways for developers to create one app for all platforms. Android TV aims to change all that.

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LG webOS TV opens arms to devs (and hopes for some app love)

LG webOS TV opens arms to devs (and hopes for some app love)

The smart TV scene may be increasingly the preserve of affordable set-top boxes like Chromecast and Fire TV, but LG isn't giving up on its webOS plans, pushing out the tools it hopes will encourage developers to get onboard. Freshly released, the webOS TV SDK will allow developers to cook up apps for LG's sets, test them on a TV emulator, and then package them up for distribution to the new app store.

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Apple TV adds ABC News and more in streaming shore-up

Apple TV adds ABC News and more in streaming shore-up

Apple TV has seen another update, bringing ABC News as well as several other new or updated sources to the set-top box. Although ABC already had its Watch ABC app for Apple TV as of December last year, the new app does not require a cable account in order to use it, with live and on-demand content served up for free.

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Samsung Ultra HD TV range expands with curved sets & more

Samsung Ultra HD TV range expands with curved sets & more

Samsung has boosted its Ultra HD TV range, including a pair of curved sets and a sizable 85-inch model for those with big living rooms. The new 85-inch HU8550 Series TV is the largest in its product line - though not the largest UHD TV Samsung actually offers, which is a whopping 110-inches - while the HU7250 Series brings curved UHD to a $2,200 price point, with what the company claims is a broader "sweet spot" for viewers.

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Dolby brings Atmos surround sound to your living room

Dolby brings Atmos surround sound to your living room

Dolby has brought its fancy new surround technology first to the cinemas and then to mobile devices. Now the audio experts are bringing Atmos back to a bigger screen again, but this time, the kind that fits in your living room. You heard that right, pun unintended. Dolby is bringing Atmos to your home so that you can enjoy all the audio goodness that the technology has to offer, right from the comfort of your couch.

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