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Microsoft discontinues Skype app for smart TVs

Microsoft discontinues Skype app for smart TVs

Video calling has become a ubiquitous form of communication these days, with a myriad of apps and services on the desktop, tablets, and most notably smartphones. Microsoft's Skype is already one of the dominant options, with a popular service working well across a number of platforms. It turns out the living room television never caught on as a useful way to make video calls, so Skype has said that it's ending support for its smart TV apps this June.

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GameFly and LG team to stream cloud-based console games to TVs

GameFly and LG team to stream cloud-based console games to TVs

LG has announced that it has teamed up with GameFly for a new game streaming service that will shoot console quality video games to owners of some of its webOS enabled Smart TVs. The streaming will happen via a special GameFly app that will launch in late April in the US. With the app installed, LG Smart TV owners will be able to access premium console gaming content on the LG OLED and LCD/LED TVs running webOS.

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Panasonic Smart UHD TV DX series sticks to Firefox OS

Panasonic Smart UHD TV DX series sticks to Firefox OS

Firefox OS might be defunct on smartphones, but Mozilla is still trying to push its Web-based platform to other devices instead. Luckily for it, at least one major brand has decided to invest in it by making Firefox OS the OS for its smart TVs. Panasonic has just announced its latest 2016 batch of 4K Pro UHD LED VIERA TV, specifically its brand new DX series. Along with the latest and upcoming Firefox OS versions, the smart TVs also feature Panasonic's new Studio Master HCX+ chipset to deliver HDR performance.

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Sony launches new 4K HDR UHD TVs with Android TV inside

Sony launches new 4K HDR UHD TVs with Android TV inside

With MWC 2016 looming over the horizon, most of our eyes are naturally set on smartphones and tablets. But the line that divides devices is steadily thinning with smartphone platforms bleeding into TVs and TV display technologies finding their way into smartphones. It seems totally appropriate, then, that Sony is kicking off the pre-sale period of its latest Android TV powered 4K HDR Ultra HD Smart TVs the week before MWC, promising to deliver superb color quality and the convenience of a mobile platform on a large screen.

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tvOS 9.2 will fix the new Apple TV’s big frustration

tvOS 9.2 will fix the new Apple TV’s big frustration

Apple is addressing one of the latest Apple TV's biggest headaches, with a beta of the newest version of tvOS for the set-top box previewing an extra Siri feature. Currently available to beta testers and registered developers, tvOS 9.2 beta 3 includes a number of hotly-anticipated features like homescreen folder support, but it's one simple usability fix that is likely to interest users the most.

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Opera TV 2.0 is browser maker’s second shot at smart TVs

Opera TV 2.0 is browser maker’s second shot at smart TVs

Yes, you read that right. Opera, the Finnish company whose main claim to fame has been its mobile web browsers, has a smart TV platform. In fact, it is now launching in version "two point oh". Opera is attempting to leave a mark in the over-the-top (OTT) market, where rival Mozilla's Firefox is also making a move, which is already starting to become a wee bit crowded. And Opera's spiel to OEMs and app developers? An HTML5-based application platform that offers a huge monetization opportunity through Opera's own ad platform and, perhaps more importantly, billing support.

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Sony BRAVIA XD93 binds 4K, HDR, Android TV together

Sony BRAVIA XD93 binds 4K, HDR, Android TV together

Move over 4K TVs, there's a new kid on the block. Well, half a kid really. While the rest of the entertainment and consumer electronics industry is still catching up with 4K resolutions, Sony and pals are already pushing for the next step forward: 4K HDR. Combining high resolution and high dynamic range promises to deliver not just pixel perfect images but color perfect ones too. And Sony's new batch of Android TV powered BRAVIA TVs, led by the XD93, are more than ready to start that revolution.

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Samsung’s new Smart Hub, Control remote is all about unity

Samsung’s new Smart Hub, Control remote is all about unity

A tech savvy homeowner would probably 2 to 3 sources of video content attached to their smart TVs. Plus one more if she or he happens to be a gamer as well. Surfing between these different sources and controlling these different devices can be an exercise not only in patience but also in memory and finger calisthenics. But we live in a modern world where the problem of too many devices can be solved by yet another device or app. Which is why Samsung is coming to the rescue with the new Smart Hub interface and Smart Control remote for its smart TVs to have one platform, or device, to rule them all.

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Samsung 2016 Smart TVs get PlayStation Now game streaming

Samsung 2016 Smart TVs get PlayStation Now game streaming

Following the earlier news that Samsung will be improving its 2016 smart TV lineup with GAIA security and smart home connectivity, it seems gaming will be another category they look to excel in. The South Korean manufacturer has announced that it will be showcasing new smart TVs featuring PlayStation Now support at CES 2016 next week, allowing users to stream console-quality games directly to their television.

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Samsung 2016 Smart TVs will have new GAIA security solution

Samsung 2016 Smart TVs will have new GAIA security solution

It seems that for 2016, Samsung will be putting a lot of focus on its smart TV platform. After announcing that all its 2016 smart TV lineup will be IoT friendly, and that its SUHD TVs can even become smart home hubs, it is now revealing how it plans to safeguard all the private information that will be passing through those TVs. Samsung has just introduced GAIA, a three-layered security solution it has built on top of its Tizen-based smart TV platform that promises the same encapsulation and isolation methods it uses with its KNOX Android security framework.

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Samsung 2016 Smart TVs will be friendly with smart appliances

Samsung 2016 Smart TVs will be friendly with smart appliances

Your house may be getting smarter, but it might also have a lot of tiny, sometimes conflicting brains. That is part of the problem of the Internet of Things, with little islands of independent devices that connect to the Internet and your smartphone but not to each other. Next year, however, Samsung has a solution for that, the one appliance that almost every modern home has: a TV. It's 2016 line up of smart TVs will not only be IoT friendly, some can even be IoT hubs themselves.

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LG will show off new webOS 3.0 for smart TVs at CES 2016

LG will show off new webOS 3.0 for smart TVs at CES 2016

webOS started out life as an open source descendant of the now defunct Palm OS, initially geared to become a mobile platform to stand tall and proud beside the likes of Android and iOS. After changing hands from Palm to HP and finally to LG, the platform has been retrofitted to simply become a smart TV OS. The latest iteration of that platform, webOS 3.0, will be the bridge between users and LG's 2016 lineup of smart TVs and LG will be singing its praises come CES 2016, which takes place at Las Vegas in just a few weeks.

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