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Vizio Co-Star LT Stream Player makes any TV a smart TV

Vizio Co-Star LT Stream Player makes any TV a smart TV

Vizio has become one of the most popular TV manufacturers in America thanks in large part to its nice technology at reasonable prices. Vizio has announced a new streaming media player called the Co-Star LT Stream Player that promises to bring the companies connected smart TV experience to any HDTV. The stream player is able to merge live and streaming entertainment into a single TV watching experience.

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Amazon reportedly to launch set top box by the holiday season

Amazon reportedly to launch set top box by the holiday season

Earlier today, word surfaced that Amazon has a device in the works called the Amazon Firetube, something said to be similar to the Google Chromecast. Following this, the Wall Street Journal is now reporting that Amazon has plans to launch a set top box in time for the upcoming holidays, something said to be codenamed "Cinnamon" with functionality akin to that of the Amazon Firetube.

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Amazon Firetube trademark likely aimed at TV box Second Screen companion

Amazon Firetube trademark likely aimed at TV box Second Screen companion

There's a collection of Amazon products on the way nearing the end of the year here in 2013, it would seem, with the winner for Most Likely to Appear First going to a trademark filing by the name of Amazon Firetube. This name will quite likely go to a product that'll take cues from Google's Chromecast, allowing quick and easy display mirroring from the Amazon Kindle Fire series - or the possible upcoming smartphone series - for your big-screen TV. The trademark filing, found by an intrepid tipster speaking with 9to5Google's Seth Weintraub, has appeared in both the United States and in Canada all at once.

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Apple TV grows with Vevo, Weather Channel, Smithsonian, Disney

Apple TV grows with Vevo, Weather Channel, Smithsonian, Disney

This week the folks at Apple have pushed a new set of channels to their television companion device Apple TV. These channels include Vevo - a channel that works with massive amounts of music videos, and the Weather Channel for starters. Also up for grabs this week are Disney and the Smithsonian Channel. Disney comes in the form of two new apps, one for the Disney Channel, the other for Disney XD.

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Roku updates iOS app with video streaming feature

Roku updates iOS app with video streaming feature

Roku has been busy with the updates lately, having released Redbox Instant in its channel store earlier this month, and now rolling out an update for its iOS app. With the mobile update comes a new feature for Play on Roku, which was first seen back in late 2012: video streaming. There's no mention of the feature coming to Android.

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Roku players and Streaming Stick gain Redbox Instant support

Roku players and Streaming Stick gain Redbox Instant support

Shortly after it was revealed that Redbox Instant will be coming to Chromecast, Roku has announced that the service is now available on most of its devices including the Streaming Stick. For those unfamiliar, Redbox Instant is the Netflix-esque video streaming service that accompanies the red DVD-dispensing boxes found in many stores.

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Chromecast: a tiny computer that connects your TV to your phone, tablet, and laptop

Chromecast: a tiny computer that connects your TV to your phone, tablet, and laptop

It would appear that Google is good and ready to enter the smart TV market from a Chrome angle this week with a device called Chromecast. This little beast is made to plug into your television's standard HDMI port, connect to the web, and obey your every Chromebook and/or Android device's command. Sound easy enough?

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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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