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New Apple TV to hit Apple Stores this Friday too

New Apple TV to hit Apple Stores this Friday too

Apple broke the news on Monday that the new, 4th generation Apple TV was available for pre-order on its website, and deliveries could be expected as early as Friday, October 30th. Unfortunately, Apple declined to mention when streaming video fans would be able to get their hands on the set-top box in stores. Well, according to several Apple Store retail employees who spoke to 9to5Mac, eager buys will be able to pick one up in person on Friday as well.

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New Apple TV hits online store, starts shipping October 30

New Apple TV hits online store, starts shipping October 30

Apple's newest Apple TV (the 4th generation, for those keeping count), has just become available for ordering from the online Apple store, with first orders scheduled to begin shipping on October 30th (that's this Friday!). Both configurations are listed, the 32GB and 64GB models, each coming with the new touchpad-enabled Siri Remote. First announced in September alongside the iPhone 6s, the new Apple TV introduces a host of new capabilities, including the option to download and run apps and games.

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Roku 4 is now official: 4 is for 4K

Roku 4 is now official: 4 is for 4K

With Apple's new Apple TV, the pressure is on long-time players in the set-top box market to start gearing up for tougher competition. One of the oldest in the field is Roku, who is now revealing its play with the new Roku 4 player. As leaked before, the box, which is now really more of a box than a palm-sized trinket, does support 4K video playback. However, that is not the only trick that this new dog knows, a set that includes an upgrade to the Roku OS software as well.

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Roku 4 appears in leaked photo

Roku 4 appears in leaked photo

Signs that the Roku 4 is nearing are everywhere, and the anticipation has sent some hunting for an image of the device. We've seen what appears to be the next-gen Roku appear at at the FCC, and now someone has managed to locate an image of the device on Roku's own website. The link has since been pulled, but a copy of the image remains, showing a device that eschews the common product design for one that is wider and thinner.

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New Roku model turns up in FCC filing

New Roku model turns up in FCC filing

It less than a week ago when a rumor surfaced about a new Roku 4 streaming set-top box model was in the works, featuring a flagship feature of 4K video support. Now, new FCC filing has been discovered, once again by Zatz Not Funny, that seems to give the idea much more credibility. The listing for the new Roku features a designation number of "4400X," and if this truly is the company next streaming video player, it's expected to be announced as early as October.

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Amazon Prime Video, Fire TV, Fire TV Stick land in Japan October 28

Amazon Prime Video, Fire TV, Fire TV Stick land in Japan October 28

While Amazon said last month that its Prime Video streaming service would be debuting in Japan sometime in September, the company has now officially announced its arrival a month later than expected, but alongside Fire TV hardware as well. Both the Fire TV and Fire TV Stick will begin shipping in Japan on October 28, only the fourth nation after the US, Germany, and the UK to see the devices. Meanwhile Prime Video is being released in Japan starting today.

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Roku 4 tipped with 4K support

Roku 4 tipped with 4K support

While the news about upcoming streaming video set-top boxes have been dominated by the new Apple TV and Amazon Fire TV, there are rumblings that Roku is nearing the launch of an updated model. The Roku 3 made its debut bake in 2013, and while it's still a decent choice today, the draw of 4K video support is starting to attract viewers. Known tipster Dave Zatz of Zatz Not Funny says leaked information has hinted the upcoming release of the Roku 4.

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Roku gets Dropbox channel

Roku gets Dropbox channel

We’re not sure why you’d want to, but it is now possible to access your Dropbox account on your TV through your Roku. The most obvious use for this is pulling up photos to show off on the big screen, though you could also pull up those (short only) vacation videos. The Dropbox Channel is now available on the Roku channel store for those with the maker’s set top boxes, streaming stick, and smart TVs. It is listed specifically as a "Photo App".

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New Apple TV release tipped for iPhone 6s event

New Apple TV release tipped for iPhone 6s event

The next Apple TV device has been tipped for reveal this September 2015, set to be revealed alongside the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. The single event - normally reserved for iPhone devices only - will also demonstrate how the Apple TV will interact with the iPhone collection, bringing the whole Apple Smart Home into focus with an Apple TV-centered HomeKit collection of devices. The reveal of this new Apple TV was contentiously planned - read: rumored - to take place at this year's WWDC 2015, Apple's developer conference, but was then said to be pushed back by the same sources that spoke rumors in the first place.

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Apple TV tipped for September, but without TV service

Apple TV tipped for September, but without TV service

This year's WWDC has come and gone and still no sign of the expected, or hoped, refresh of the Apple TV. Well, there's still September and this time it's sure to be announced. Or at least that's what sources familiar with the matter are now saying. But while Apple TV might indeed be the hero of Apple's Fall event, with the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus only taking second stage, it may not arrive the way most are expect. That is, it may not arrive with Apple TV, The Service.

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Kodi, formerly XBMC, makes its biggest release yet

Kodi, formerly XBMC, makes its biggest release yet

Although it shed off its high-profile name last year, which probably doesn't help its publicity, Kodi, the media center formerly knowns as XBMC, hasn't stopped being the favorite solution of homebrew media centers. And with version 15.0 "Isengard", it has gotten even better, with new features that, honestly speaking, you would have expected to have been there already in this day and age. And for the Android faithful, Kodi brings the gift of its first ever official stable release for the platform, which includes support for 4K resolutions.

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Android TV, like Google TV, still too ahead of its time

Android TV, like Google TV, still too ahead of its time

Name five devices that run on Google's Android TV operating system. If you managed to do that without hurriedly running to a Google search, you are a rare breed. Ask the average user, even someone who is a longtime Android user, and you will probably get a blank stare.

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