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Intel talks set-top box for 2013: traditional TV’s last gasp

Intel talks set-top box for 2013: traditional TV’s last gasp

This week there's a bit of an insider tip floating about speaking on Intel's very first HDTV set-top box, on that'll be offered at retail for web-streamed live TV. This device is said to be working with web connectivity that needs no television package plan, therefor aiming to do the traditional TV industry a blow that could be their last. In other words, Cablevision, Comcast, Charter Communications, and Time Warner Cable beware.

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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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Roku looks outside the box as funds are pushed towards TV integration

Roku looks outside the box as funds are pushed towards TV integration

Roku is a high-selling little set top box that brings a variety of content platforms, such as Netflix and Vudu, to its users' televisions, giving them smart TV-like functionality sans actually being a smart TV. On April 10, Roku announced that it had sold 5 million players, and now the company's CEO has spoken with The Hollywood Reporter, sharing his vision of the company's future.

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Microsoft reportedly developing set-top box

Microsoft reportedly developing set-top box

Microsoft is in the process of developing a set-top box, according to sources who spoke with The Wall Street Journal. The device is said to be "simple" and made to stream video and similar other functions, perhaps similar to the Roku set-top box. While there are said to be prototypes already in creation, there's no info on whether the set-top box will ever hit shelves.

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Amazon TV set-top box rumored to be in the works

Amazon TV set-top box rumored to be in the works

Amazon has been investing a lot of its resources into the TV business. Just a few days ago, it launched 14 new original series, with their pilot episodes being available for free for any user. Now it looks like Amazon will be diving even deeper into the TV business by releasing a TV set-top box in the future. According to Business Week's sources, Amazon will be introducing its very own set-top box come this fall.

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Intel Media VP of Engineering retires shortly before product launch

Intel Media VP of Engineering retires shortly before product launch

Intel Media's Vice President of Engineering, Jim Baldwin, recently left his position at Intel Media, just months before the company is set to debut its Web TV service. An Intel Media spokesperson told GigaOM that "Baldwin left Intel Media to pursue opportunities outside the company.", however GigaOM discovered through Baldwin's Linkedin page that he has retired. Losing a key player shortly before its product is set to launch is sure to be unsettling for Intel Media.

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Apple confirms Wi-Fi issue on some third gen Apple TVs

Apple confirms Wi-Fi issue on some third gen Apple TVs

Apple has officially confirmed that a small number of its third-generation Apple TV set-top boxes are having an issue with Wi-Fi. The Wi-Fi issue affecting units lead to the Apple TV being unable to locate a network, unable to join the network, or the device may drop connectivity or only have an intermittent connection. Apple is promising to remedy the situation for affected owners.

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Roku hits 5 million players shipped milestone

Roku hits 5 million players shipped milestone

Roku, the nifty streaming video device that brings a variety of easily-accessible content to your television, just reached its newest milestone: the shipment of its 5 millionth device in the United States. The massively popular device is used to stream what has amounted to billions of hours of TV shows and movies, among other content. As part of its celebration, the company has released an infograph on the evolution of streamed television.

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