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CBS signs deal with Google for YouTube’s streaming TV service

CBS signs deal with Google for YouTube’s streaming TV service

YouTube Unplugged, Google's subscription-based live television service, has been rumored for several months now, but it appears to have signed its first major content partner in a new deal with the CBS network. The YouTube-branded streaming video service is expected to launch in early 2017, offering users access to several TV channels for a set price between $25 and $40 per month.

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Google Fiber TV Box gets Google Cast support

Google Fiber TV Box gets Google Cast support

Google has announced that its Fiber TV Box is getting Google Cast, the tech that most people are familiar with via Chromecast. Google Cast has already made its way into some smart TVs, among other devices; the inclusion in Google’s own Fiber TV box isn’t at all surprising and certainly welcomed. With it, owners will be able to cast content from their mobile device to their TV without a separate casting dongle.

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Philips 6000 Series 4K TVs adopting Google Cast

Philips 6000 Series 4K TVs adopting Google Cast

This week the folks at Philips have revealed that their next-generation 6000 Series 4K TVs will be adopting smartphone casting abilities via Google. Also known as "Google Cast", this technology allows the owner of an Android smartphone, Android tablet, or desktop (or laptop) computer with Chrome web browser to send media to their television over a Wi-Fi connection. This content is then played independent of the original device or controlled by the original device, dependent on the application used to do the casting.

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Polaroid 4K UHD LED smart TVs unveiled with Google Cast

Polaroid 4K UHD LED smart TVs unveiled with Google Cast

Polaroid has announced plans to enter the smart TV market with a new line of 4K Ultra HD LED offerings. The company announced a new partnership with Google in recent days at the latter's I/O event; because of that partnership, these new TVs will feature Google Cast technology, allowing owners to cast content from their preferred gadget to the television. The company has five TVs planned for this 4K line.

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Samsung may be next to bring TV to the web

Samsung may be next to bring TV to the web

Samsung Electronics has been reported to be speaking with one or more "entertainment companies" about selling an online TV service. This would be another competitor for the likes of HBO Go, Netflix, and Hulu - though we're not yet completely convinced that the company would take the time to create such a service without already having the content bank to back it up. Word from Bloomberg is that their sources suggest "the plans are still in the early stages, and Samsung may ultimately decide not to pursue the concept" - which generally means they probably wont.

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Xiaomi Nexus coming to Google IO?

Xiaomi Nexus coming to Google IO?

This morning former Google head and current Global VP for Xiaomi, Hugo Barra, announced that these two companies would come together this week. He suggested that he was "beyond thrilled to share that Xiaomi will be part of Google I/O." Barra went on to show the picture you see later in this article (in gray and orange), along with a note "a sneak peek of what you'll see from Mi at #io16." A company like Xiaomi could potentially, and very realistically, be bringing just about anything - but they'll probably be bringing an Android TV box.

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Google teams with VIZIO SmartCast P-Series TVs to Cast

Google teams with VIZIO SmartCast P-Series TVs to Cast

This week the folks at VIZIO have announced that they've teamed up with Google to bring Google Cast capabilities to their newest line of TV sets. This is the first time that Google Cast has been integrated directly in to a monitor, and is the first time that any company has released a TV set with its own Android tablet in the box. Each of these VIZIO SmartCast televisions will come with its own tablet capable of running all the Android apps you've got on your phone right now, as well as the VIZIO SmartCast app to control the TV.

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Google, Vizio to give non-smart TVs Chromecast powers

Google, Vizio to give non-smart TVs Chromecast powers

Despite the growing number of app-empowered smart TVs in the latest generation of living room entertainment electronics, not everyone might be keen on giving their TV that much brain power. There are, of course, ways to bridge the gap between the plain and the smart but those, including the wallet-friendly Chromecast, require additional purchases. It seems that Google wants to change the living room arrangement again and this time it's working with TV maker Vizio to produce regular, but perhaps 4K, TVs that only have one difference: they practically have Chromecast built in.

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Google Play Movies & TV heading to LG smart TVs this month

Google Play Movies & TV heading to LG smart TVs this month

LG Smart TV owners will soon be able to watch content from Google Play Movies and TV, it has been announced. The service will be available to users in more than 100 countries around the globe, working with LG’s webOS smart TV system, as well as the old NetCast 4.0 and 4.5 platforms. Google’s movies and television content include everything spanning from indie releases to new shows and long-standing classics. The support will be coming to LG Smart TVs later this month.

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Amazon Fling takes on Google casting: share media with Fire TV

Amazon Fling takes on Google casting: share media with Fire TV

Amazon has introduced its own competitor to Google casting, a new feature called Amazon Fling and the related Amazon Fling SDK that allows developers to add a flinging option to their apps for Fire TV. The Amazon Fling SDK was introduced today, and with it developers can design their apps to "fling" videos, images, and audio from their smartphone to their television. The functionality can be added to existing Android and iOS apps. On the user's end of things, flinging content is as simple as tapping a button.

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Freebox mini 4K brings Android TV international

Freebox mini 4K brings Android TV international

This week the Freebox mini 4K has been revealed with Android TV. This is a device that's not much of a looker on the outside - it's meant to be hidden to the side or below your TV - but inside, a fully-functional 4K TV box resides. This device is the start of something big - it's not ready for the USA yet, but it could be soon. For now you'll be renting this device for 29.99 Euro a month - that includes internet, as well.

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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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