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TiVo OnePass: finding all the episodes you need

TiVo OnePass: finding all the episodes you need

We've seen a lot of product announcements over the week, but among TiVo's own CES 2015 revelations is one that does not involve hardware at all: TiVo OnePass. The new feature for certain TiVo DVRs is targeted at the binge-watchers among us -- those who consume shows several episodes at a time, and who hate having to hunt down that one wayward mid-season episode halfway through their binge-watching festivities. OnePass will be arriving to applicable TiVo users some time next month.

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Netflix reveals plans for early 2015, TV recommendations

Netflix reveals plans for early 2015, TV recommendations

Last year, Netflix introduced a lot of content alongside promises of even bigger things to come in 2015. The new year is here, and with it are additional details about what we can expect in the near future from the content streaming service, including both new premieres and favorite shows that'll be back with new episodes very soon. In addition, the company has also announced its new "Netflix Recommended TV" program to help its customers select their next television model.

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Sony 4K Smart TVs hit Android TV hard this year

Sony 4K Smart TVs hit Android TV hard this year

Sony is indeed taking the lead in the Android TV push. In fact, all its 4K Smart TVs unveiled here at CES 2015, and some of its HD line, runs Android TV to deliver apps and games in addition to live TV broadcast and video streaming. But Google's TV platform isn't the only highlight of this latest batch of 4K Smart TVs. Also making its debut is Sony's new 4K Processor X1 that promises to deliver the best image quality, no matter the original resolution of the content.

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Here’s how Tizen on Samsung’s SUHD Smart TVs works

Here’s how Tizen on Samsung’s SUHD Smart TVs works

Samsung may have invented some new branding for its top-tier TVs, but we're more interested in how Tizen has found its way into the sets as Sammy's smart TV OS of choice. The company has been flirting with the open-source platform for the past few years, predominantly focusing on its potential on the wrist as an OS for smartwatches and wearables, but for the 2015 SUHD TV range it's being repurposed as a catch-up platform for live, on-demand, and streaming content that plays particularly nicely with smartphones and tablets. We stopped by to see how it all worked.

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Samsung SUHD TV one-ups Ultra HD with uber-colors

Samsung SUHD TV one-ups Ultra HD with uber-colors

What comes after Ultra HD when you're trying to sell people new TVs? If you're Samsung, the answer is SUHD, when the added "S" somewhat nebulous in its abbreviating but kept for the firm's most high-end models. It's not just a name and some sleek beveled edges, however, with Samsung turning to nanocrystal semiconductors to improve picture quality, contrast, brightness, and color, even running at the same 4K resolution as last year's sets. Meanwhile, under the hood of each SUHD is a new Smart TV platform powered by Tizen.

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VR TV Episodes headed to Samsung Milk VR

VR TV Episodes headed to Samsung  Milk VR

Tim Baxter walked onstage today at Samsung's CES 2015 presentation to suggest they'd be bringing another year of full coverage for smart devices for all areas of your life. Live Smarter, said Baxter, with Samsung TVs, working with Curved UHD TV, 800 Retail Experience Zones, and massive amounts of content. Samsung, he said, has 60% of the UHD market share in the United States. Half of their UDH TV sales are curved TVs, he said, and "this is what market leaders do" - working in the UHD market where market growth was projected at 4x through the year 2015 - according to Samsung, that is.

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Sling TV brings cable channels to cord cutters for $20/month

Sling TV brings cable channels to cord cutters for $20/month

What is Sling TV? It’s not the Sling you might be thinking of for media consumption, but it’s close. While the Sling Player lets you broadcast content just about anywhere you like, Sling TV lets you subscribe to cable without having to go through a legacy Cable TV provider. It’s Internet cable, and comes courtesy of Dish. Maybe best of all, it only runs $20/month. For that spend, you get access to a variety of popular cable TV channels, including ESPN.

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Panasonic C6850 4K TV comes with Firefox OS UPDATE: Eyes-on

Panasonic C6850 4K TV comes with Firefox OS UPDATE: Eyes-on

President of Panasonic Consumer Electronics Julie Bauer stepped on stage at the Panasonic keynote at CES 2015 to speak about the future in HDTVs - as well as their wide variety of products from their various hardware groups. She showed off how they'd been pushing products in locations in which they'd be used. They're sponsoring the New York City Triathlon, for example. It all comes down to the experience - and with the Panasonic C6850 TV, a 4K experience will be what's coming to your living room.

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Sharp rolls in Android TV-based sets, pixel-splitting monster

Sharp rolls in Android TV-based sets, pixel-splitting monster

Sharp is not ready to be left out of the TV craze, and have announced a new set that will come in three massive sizes. The Sharp UE30 will arrive to your home or office (and possibly stadium) in 60, 70 and 80-inch screen sizes. The 4K capable TVs also have Sharp’s upscaling tech that fits SD and HD content into a roomy 4K box. The Sharp TVs are also Android TV-ready, and use the platform to integrate apps and services.

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LG announces new TVs, content partnerships at CES

LG announces new TVs, content partnerships at CES

After making a big entrance last year with TVs, LG is back at it this year at CES, too. While introducing seven new OLED TVs, LG is also announcing some new content partnerships for their WebOS TV software. Perhaps the most intriguing partnership is with GoPro, where new LG OLED TV owners “can stream GoPro videos on-demand today, including stunning content shot on the HERO4 Black, the most advanced GoPro camera ever”. LG also says 4K content is coming to that channel via a future update.

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