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Roku announces updated search and set top boxes

Roku announces updated search and set top boxes

Roku has announced that some changes have been made to both its software and hardware. The updated software makes it easier for users of Roku set top boxes to find content that they want to watch. Roku has added the ability for consumers to view filmographies, availability, and pricing options they might not have known about before.

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NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV revealed: 5 years in the making

NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV revealed: 5 years in the making

Today NVIDIA has revealed their newest addition to the SHIELD family - an Android TV device called "SHIELD." This device is just called SHIELD. It essentially takes on the name of what's now (and has been since the Tablet) called the SHIELD Portable. That makes three devices - SHIELD, SHIELD Portable, and SHIELD Tablet. Together they make one big happy family for gaming in all sorts of different places. This solution is made to sit in the living room next to your TV rather than fit in your backpack or provide picture on its own.

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Xiaomi outs Hi-Fi Mi Headphones, more cramped Mi Box mini

Xiaomi outs Hi-Fi Mi Headphones, more cramped Mi Box mini

Today, Xiaomi not only debuted its super high end Mi Note phablet. It also revealed two new products that flaunted the companies manufacturing and engineering muscles. The Mi Headphones is designed withs superior audio quality in mind and goes quite nicely with the Mi Note's Hi-Fi audio promise. On the other hand, the Mi Box Mini probably doesn't deserve to be called a set-top box anymore. Not because it doesn't fulfill its purpose but because it's hard to qualify it under that category because of its ridiculously small size.

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CuBoxTV entertainment cube offers XBMC

CuBoxTV entertainment cube offers XBMC

Set-top boxes are a common gadget at this point, with the most notable ones being devices like the Roku and Chromecast. Other lesser-known options are available, however, often requiring a few tech skills to get everything setup but offering more user freedom in return. The new CuBoxTV is one such item, offering users the XBMC platform alongside a tiny cube-shaped design with a variety of connectivity options and media support. CuBoxTV comes from SolidRun, which has put the device up for pre-order.

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Tronsmart’s latest Android box boasts octa core processor

Tronsmart’s latest Android box boasts octa core processor

If you're looking for something a bit more powerful than a Chromecast or similar device, Tronsmart has rolled out the red carpet for a new Android set-top box that boasts, among other things, an octa core processor. Because it runs Android, users can use apps on their television from the Google Play Store, never mind how tricky it might be controlling them using the included remote. The box is called the Tronsmart Draco AW80 Meta, and it is available now through certain online retailers.

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Tronsmart Orion R28 Android TV Box supports 4K

Tronsmart Orion R28 Android TV Box supports 4K

If your set-top box isn't quite router-like enough for you, there's the antenna-toting Orion R28 from Tronsmart, an Android TV Box that is now available for pre-order. Two models are available currently, with a third one being in the pipeline, all of them offering Android 4.4.

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VidOn Box set-top box offers XBMC, Android

VidOn Box set-top box offers XBMC, Android

The latest set-top box to surface is the VidOn Box from a company by the same name, a small router-like entertainment device that runs XMBC (now called Kodi). Unlike some similar boxes, however, it comes with a unique software subscription bundled into the overall price that tosses in some extra features.

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Freakbox set-top box runs Android 4.4, is up for pre-order

Freakbox set-top box runs Android 4.4, is up for pre-order

Roku is perhaps the best-known set-top entertainment box, and its popularity spurred other companies to offer their own similar devices. The Freakbox is similar to them, but in its own way -- it's a limited edition device that offers Android 4.4, and will eventually support Linux, launching at the budget-friendly price of about $100 USD.

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Sony FMP-X5 4K media player adds 4K streaming to Bravia UHD TVs

Sony FMP-X5 4K media player adds 4K streaming to Bravia UHD TVs

Sony has been working on getting more 4K resolution TVs onto the market under its Bravia brand for a long time. While some of its more recent 4K TVs came out of the box with support for 4K video streaming in HEVC H.265 standard, some of the older 4k sets from Sony didn't. To remedy that issue, Sony has announced a new 4K media streaming box.

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Gripes of a Cable Cutter (and why Internet TV will solve them)

Gripes of a Cable Cutter (and why Internet TV will solve them)

Cable-cutting -- the act of cancelling your cable or satellite subscription to join the ranks of occasionally holier-than-thou set-top-boxers -- is a slowly growing change to how many get their daily entertainment fix. Benefits abound for cutting the cable, and you've likely heard the tropes by now: lower cost, better access to content in the moment, and the reality that cable-cutting better fits with many viewers' schedules (if you're time-shifting all your shows around your work schedule, there's little point in keeping a traditional cable subscription, after all).

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Roku 3 owners score search on mobile

Roku 3 owners score search on mobile

Roku 3 device owners who utilized the mobile app will soon have access to search on mobile, according to an announcement on the company's blog today. The same feature will then roll out to mobile users of older Roku players "in the coming weeks".

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Amazon Fire TV sold out: low supply, high demand, or both

Amazon Fire TV sold out: low supply, high demand, or both

It would appear that the biggest competitor to Google’s Chromecast has "pulled a Chromecast" and sold out no more than a week after being put on sale. Here we’re seeing the $99 USD Amazon Fire TV sold out through Amazon itself, heading to an "in stock" note for April 18th, one week from today.

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