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Vizio WatchFree+ free streaming adds new channels, curated content

Vizio WatchFree+ free streaming adds new channels, curated content

There is no shortage of video streaming services to choose from these days, most of which have two things in common. They require a monthly subscription, and they have a "plus" appended to their names. TV maker Vizio, however, is following only one of those trends. It has recently announced that it is upgrading its WatchFree free streaming video service into "WatchFree+" without asking for anything in return. Except at least for your data that it uses to personalize the recommendations it makes to viewers.

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JBL L75ms Hi-Fi system pairs modern features with a classy retro design

JBL L75ms Hi-Fi system pairs modern features with a classy retro design

Later this year, JBL will launch its new L75ms Music System designed for audiophiles who are dedicated to high-resolution audio. JBL describes this new system as a "modern re-imagining of the traditional Hi-Fi system," one that pairs a retro aesthetic with modern acoustic tech for both wireless and wired music playback.

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Google TV for Android gets more Chromecast-style features

Google TV for Android gets more Chromecast-style features

Google TV for Android is getting a new look, with improvements to the UI along with the recommendation system. The update - which is rolling out in the US this week - adds new 16:9 widescreen movie and show posters, along with Rotten Tomatoes scores.

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TCL 8K 6 Series TV pricing is here, and we can’t quite believe it

TCL 8K 6 Series TV pricing is here, and we can’t quite believe it

TCL has priced up its 8K TVs, and if you assumed the step up from 4K would break the bank then you might be in for a pleasant surprise. The company announced its 8K 6 Series sets back at CES 2021 in January, but has now bucked the big TV trends by kicking off pricing at just $2,199.99.

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Netflix reportedly working on a new Pokemon series with a big surprise

Netflix reportedly working on a new Pokemon series with a big surprise

For almost as long as there have been Pokemon video games, there's been a Pokemon TV show. In fact, the Pokemon anime series debuted in the United States a few weeks before the first Pokemon games launched here, so as far as we Americans are concerned, the Pokemon TV show even predates the games. There have been quite a few Pokemon spin-offs and miniseries throughout the years, but now it sounds like Netflix is going to give us our biggest one yet.

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Sony is taking a geeky gamble that soundbars aren’t enough any more

Sony is taking a geeky gamble that soundbars aren’t enough any more

It's fair to say that soundbars upended the home theater market. While their early iterations may have struggled to match the audio performance of a room full of individual speakers, advances in hardware and processing algorithms have made it possible to have effective surround sound from a single source in the room. Suddenly, you didn't need a big amp and seven or more different boxes - all trailing wires - to get that pseudo-theater effect.

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Sony HT-A9 and HT-A7000 take two very different routes to home theater

Sony HT-A9 and HT-A7000 take two very different routes to home theater

Sony is looking to upend home theater audio, with a new HT-A7000 soundbar along with the more unusual Sony HT-A9 home theater system. While the HT-A7000 replaces the old HT-ST5000 with a familiar form-factor and niceties like Dolby Atmos, the HT-A9 takes a different route, with four speakers that use smart auto-optimization so that you can place them anywhere in the room.

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Android TV update adds new ways to cut through content overload

Android TV update adds new ways to cut through content overload

Android TV is getting an update, with Google adding new watchlist, recommendation, and other changes to make it easier to find new content to watch. The new features are rolling out this week, and aim to cut through the choice overload of streaming and live platforms.

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IKEA Symfonisk Picture Frame Review: Art is in the ear of the beholder

IKEA Symfonisk Picture Frame Review: Art is in the ear of the beholder

For a while it seemed like IKEA and Sonos' Symfonisk collaboration had stalled, but the new Symfonisk Picture Frame is a reminder that, much like artwork, unusual tech can take time to create. Packaging a connected Sonos speaker into a piece of wall art, it bypasses the traditional aesthetic associated with home audio for something that - depending on your decor - will either be more or less surreptitious than anything else from Sonos' line-up.

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AirPlay 2 and HomeKit arrive on 2020 Toshiba and Insignia 4K Fire TVs

AirPlay 2 and HomeKit arrive on 2020 Toshiba and Insignia 4K Fire TVs

Amazon's Fire TV platform was launched in response to Google's Chromecast. Its first device was an HDMI dongle, but it quickly outgrew that form, expanding to a more traditional set-top box and eventually to actual TVs. Smart TVs powered by Fire TV are still far and few in between, but now they're getting two of the most coveted features for any smart TV: Apple AirPlay 2 and HomeKit support.

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LG SIGNATURE OLED R rollable TV goes on sale at $100,000

LG SIGNATURE OLED R rollable TV goes on sale at $100,000

LG's rolling OLED TV is up for sale, but if you want to put a piece of tech magic in your living room you need to brace yourself for a seriously eye-watering price tag. Revealed last year, the LG SIGNATURE OLED R has a 65-inch display that rolls up into its base when not needed, but you'll have to find a whopping $100,000 in order to buy one.

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LG webOS TV brings Amazon Alexa to third party TVs

LG webOS TV brings Amazon Alexa to third party TVs

It's not easy to determine which smart TV platform is really leading the market. Smart TV sales don't exactly correlate to the popularity or quality of the software that runs on them. Despite having been a close Google partner back when it still made smartphones, LG has opted to pave its own path with a proprietary spin of webOS made especially for TVs. It has opened up that platform to more TV makers and is now giving its own competitors one of its exclusive features, the ability to speak to Amazon's Alexa, even without an Alexa-powered speaker.

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