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New Chromecast device leak hints at cheaper Google TV option

New Chromecast device leak hints at cheaper Google TV option

With Google juggling so many platforms, it's not easy to keep track of them, much less figure out which one will eventually get axed. This is even more uncertain on the entertainment and multimedia side, where Google has already retired a few services and platforms in the past years. Even the old Chromecast is not safe, with the advent of the Android-powered Google TV. Now it seems that Google might also be shifting away from the Chromecast's standard design, depending on which rumor you're willing to give credence to.

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What is HDMI 2.1a and how is it different from HDMI 2.1?

What is HDMI 2.1a and how is it different from HDMI 2.1?

Technology is always evolving and that includes the tech we use to connect our streaming players to our televisions. HDMI has become a staple in homes that play video games or watch TV. As this tech evolves, though, it has become more and more confusing. In fact, the most recent update to HDMI 2.1a has created even more confusion. What exactly is HDMI 2.1a and how is it different from the previously released HDMI 2.1?

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Netflix price increase arrives: What that means for existing subscribers

Netflix price increase arrives: What that means for existing subscribers

As of January 14, Netflix in the United States now costs at least one dollar more for each of the three plans offered, meaning the company's 4K customers are now paying $20/month for the service. The company has also increased its plan prices in Canada.

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Samsung Freestyle is an odd portable projector with wireless casting

Samsung Freestyle is an odd portable projector with wireless casting

One of Samsung's biggest displays of CES 2022 is also one of its most portable, but that's because the Freestyle is a compact projector rather than a traditional TV. Intended to go with you, rather than stay set up in your movie room at home, the Freestyle can create an image up to 100-inches and even screw into a regular lamp socket for maximum flexibility.

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2022 LG OLED TV lineup includes massive 97″ 8K model

2022 LG OLED TV lineup includes massive 97″ 8K model

LG has debuted its OLED TV lineup for 2022 with a number of improvements and new features. The Korean company continues to offer its OLED TVs in two product lines: the high-end G2 series and the more affordable C2 series. LG has expanded the number of screen sizes, including a monstrous new 97-inch G2 8K model at one end of the spectrum and a new smaller 42-inch 4K C2 model at the other end.

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Sony Bravia Cam watches you watching TV

Sony Bravia Cam watches you watching TV

Sony wants your TV to watch you as much as you watch your TV, with the new Bravia Cam promising more than just video calls from its perch above your screen. While the camera will be capable of working with Google TV video apps running on the TVs themselves, it'll also help optimize picture and audio quality depending on who's watching and where they're sitting or standing, plus give you or your kids an optional scolding should you be too close.

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Sony’s 2022 TV flagships offer QD-OLED and 8K Mini LED

Sony’s 2022 TV flagships offer QD-OLED and 8K Mini LED

Sony has revealed its new flagship TVs for 2022, and there's a big decision to be made between QD-OLED and Mini LED. On the one hand, the A95K 4K Master Series is Sony's first QD-OLED TV, promising levels of picture quality even higher than we've already come to expect from OLED.

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Samsung’s greener TV remote charges from your WiFi (but NFTs could spoil things)

Samsung’s greener TV remote charges from your WiFi (but NFTs could spoil things)

Samsung already ousted battery replacements from its Eco Remote, adding a solar panel last year, and now it's upgrading the 2022 model with the ability to harvest energy from radio waves in the home. The 2022 Samsung Eco Remote can still be charged up by leaving it in direct light, but it'll also use RF energy from a WiFi router or other wireless source, too.

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Samsung 2022 TV lineup: The Frame, MicroLED & Neo QLED 8K upgrades

Samsung 2022 TV lineup: The Frame, MicroLED & Neo QLED 8K upgrades

CES is known for its big TV debuts, and Samsung is bringing plenty to this year's show including a new version of its The Frame, an upgrade to its huge, modular MicroLED system, and up to 8K Neo QLED models. As well as the TV sets themselves, there's also a broader focus on what you might be watching - and how - with new AI-powered image processing and more.

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LG wants these TVs to disappear when not in use

LG wants these TVs to disappear when not in use

Long gone are the days when TVs were mere entertainment appliances, large boxes that were permanently set against the living room wall. Some homes these days don't even have TVs, eschewing their gigantic frames in favor of projectors or even mobile devices. There are still a good number of people who prefer a dedicated screen for watching or playing, and there is a good number among those that would like these TVs to also look good. And what better way to do that than by making them look like designer products, which is what LG's new Lifestyle TVs are trying to pose as.

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TCL pulls Google TVs from sale over software performance issues

TCL pulls Google TVs from sale over software performance issues

TCL launched its new 5-Series and 6-Series smart television models back in August, all of them made notable by the inclusion of Google TV. These lines, which include 50- to 75-inch models, are sold through Best Buy in the US, joining the similar TCL models running Roku OS. Unfortunately, early buyers were hit with a number of software problems, prompting TCL to pull these models from sale.

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Toshiba M550KU 4K Smart TV gets Amazon’s flagship Fire TV Omni tech

Toshiba M550KU 4K Smart TV gets Amazon’s flagship Fire TV Omni tech

Toshiba has revealed its latest flagship TV, and if you liked the sound of Amazon's deep Alexa and Fire TV integration on the Amazon Omni, but prefer a more recognizable brand, this could be the 4K set you've been waiting for. Packing the same functionality as the Omni, the Toshiba M550KU LED 4K UHD Smart TV with Fire TV has a long name and a longer list of features.

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