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Google Play Movies & TV on some smart TVs is shutting down

Google Play Movies & TV on some smart TVs is shutting down

Google is notorious for having a handful of overlapping and sometimes redundant messaging platforms but it seems to be a trait shared by almost all of the company's digital content services. Until just last year, YouTube Music and Play Music competed for attention and subscriptions and Google also had multiple news and magazine apps. It has recently also been trying to consolidate its videos and movies catalog and it is Google Play Movies & TV that will be getting the short end of the stick, especially on some smart TV brands.

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Netflix Gundam movie gets official: Here’s what we know

Netflix Gundam movie gets official: Here’s what we know

A live-action Gundam movie is coming to Netflix, with the Legendary Pictures and Sunrise tapping Jordan Vogt-Roberts to produce and direct the hotly-anticipated movie. Responsible for "Kong: Skull Island" and "The Kings of Summer," Vogt-Roberts will work with scriptwriter and executive producer Brian J. Vaughan, best known for "Y: The Last Man" and "Ex Machina."

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Sony BRAVIA XR A80J 65-inch OLED TV gets price and release details

Sony BRAVIA XR A80J 65-inch OLED TV gets price and release details

Another of Sony's 2021 BRAVIA TVs has arrived, packing the company's latest Cognitive Processor XR for AI-powered image processing and upscaling, along with a 65-inch OLED panel. Announced at CES 2021 back in January, the Sony BRAVIA XR A80J 4K HDR OLED TV may not be the company's biggest model in its line-up this year, but that doesn't mean it's any less appealing.

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Apple TV with FaceTime camera and Siri speaker reportedly in the works

Apple TV with FaceTime camera and Siri speaker reportedly in the works

A new Apple TV that would double as a FaceTime video calling camera and a smart speaker is reportedly in the works, potentially giving the company's home entertainment and smart home offering a significant boost. The current Apple TV 4K is generally considered to be long-overdue a replacement, having been initially released all the way back in 2017.

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Comcast Xfinity Flex gets support for Discovery+ streaming service

Comcast Xfinity Flex gets support for Discovery+ streaming service

Xfinity Flex, Comcast's 4K set-top box, now supports Discovery+, the standalone streaming service from Discovery Network. In addition, the company says that Comcast will soon roll out support for the streaming service on its X1 platform, making it directly accessible to Xfinity TV subscribers.

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Sonos Sound Swap is Roam’s secret weapon: Here’s how to use it

Sonos Sound Swap is Roam’s secret weapon: Here’s how to use it

Sonos Roam isn't just the company's most affordable connected speaker so far, it also introduces a new feature to make managing music playback easier. Sound Swap allows you to bypass the app when you're in a hurry to get going, flipping music from a traditional Sonos speaker over to your Sonos Roam so you can head elsewhere in the house or outside.

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New Sonos and IKEA Symfonisk speaker teased [Update: Art Speaker too]

New Sonos and IKEA Symfonisk speaker teased [Update: Art Speaker too]

Sonos Roam reviews may have dropped this morning, but the new portable speaker isn't the only thing the company is getting excited about, with the prospect of a new IKEA Symfonisk launch in the pipeline. The collaboration between Sonos and IKEA broke cover back in 2019, with two initial products tapping the multi-room audio tech of one company and the low pricing strategy of the other.

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Sony’s Bravia X90J 2021 LED TV arrives with promise of human-like processing

Sony’s Bravia X90J 2021 LED TV arrives with promise of human-like processing

Sony has launched its new 2021 Bravia TV range, confirming pricing and adding the Cognitive Processor XR to its LED sets for the first time. Previously exclusive to the company's OLED models, the new AI processor promises to be more nuanced with how it delivers things like upscaling and video enhancement.

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Sonos Roam Review – A portable speaker to get you hooked

Sonos Roam Review – A portable speaker to get you hooked

Sonos needs a gateway for new users, and the Sonos Roam is its answer. What looks like a regular Bluetooth speaker actually hides double the functionality: a portable speaker when you're on the go, a full-fledged Sonos speaker around the house, and all wrapped up in a ruggedized housing and the company's lowest price for a new speaker so far.

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Apple TV with long-awaited feature seen in tvOS 14.5 beta

Apple TV with long-awaited feature seen in tvOS 14.5 beta

Although it has been investing heavily in its digital content services, like the Apple TV app and Apple TV+ streaming subscription, the Apple TV hardware itself hasn't exactly seen much action in the past years. The current 5th generation box, which launched nearly four years ago, only added 4K 2160p support and not much else. A refresh is definitely long-overdue and might finally be coming soon. A new feature spotted in the latest beta for tvOS 14.5 hints at this upgrade which, in turn, also means a major hardware upgrade as well.

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Samsung TV Plus expands to 10 more countries

Samsung TV Plus expands to 10 more countries

It doesn't exactly have a premium subscription offering nor original video content under its name but that hasn't stopped Samsung from rolling out its own streaming service. Of course, Samsung TV Plus basically just collects shows, news, and content streamed by others but, at least for those with access to the service, the no-subscription free content is enough of an incentive. It does require that the streaming service be available in your country, not to mention your Smart TV, and Samsung just announced a big expansion to make sure that is the case.

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Xiaomi Mi Smart Projector 2 pairs Android TV with super-simple setup

Xiaomi Mi Smart Projector 2 pairs Android TV with super-simple setup

Xiaomi's Mi 11 Ultra flagship Android phone isn't the only Google-powered product the company has today, with a new Mi Smart Projector 2 Pro combining reasonably portable projection with the Google Assistant. The nondescript gray and white box looks more like an oversized smart speaker than a traditional projector, and indeed that's because it's one of those too.

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