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A smaller, cheaper HomePod is the do-over Apple needs

A smaller, cheaper HomePod is the do-over Apple needs

For a company loathe to admit it may have made a mistake, you can imagine Apple is pretty eager to redeem the HomePod name. The Siri-powered smart speaker was meant to be Cupertino's retort to Amazon's Echo and Google's Home, not to mention a new foundation in the smart home. Problem is, things didn't turn out quite that way.

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HBO gives older Apple TV owners a short reprieve

HBO gives older Apple TV owners a short reprieve

HBO will no longer axe support for certain older Apple TV models for its HBO GO and HBO NOW apps at the end of the month, though the reprieve is only temporary. The streaming provider gave some customers an unpleasant surprise earlier this month, when it announced that it was retiring support for Apple's older set-top boxes.

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LG 2020 NanoCell lineup brings 8K and 4K LCD TV to the US

LG 2020 NanoCell lineup brings 8K and 4K LCD TV to the US

It may sound a bit wrong or inappropriate but recent events may have been the break that the home entertainment and consumer electronics markets have direly needed for the past years. Streaming subscriptions and product sales have gone up as people prepare to get locked up inside their homes for days even weeks. It is, of course, an opportune time for companies like LG to launch new products, like a dozen new NanoCell LCD TVs following LG's rollout of its OLED TV lineup last month.

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HBO GO and HBO NOW are losing older Apple TV support

HBO GO and HBO NOW are losing older Apple TV support

If you're watching HBO GO or HBO NOW on your Apple TV, it might be time to consider an upgrade, as the streaming services confirm that support for some hardware is being phased out. The news comes only days after HBO announced it would be releasing dozens of TV shows and movies for free streaming during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Vizio SmartCast TVs get early access to 30 free streaming channels

Vizio SmartCast TVs get early access to 30 free streaming channels

Home entertainment company Vizio has launched 30 free streaming channels on its SmartCast TVs, the company has announced, giving quarantined customers some additional entertainment. The new content is available as of April 7; it spans a variety of genres, including news, comedy, entertainment, sports, music, and lifestyle.

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The Roku Channel is now in the UK just in time for binging

The Roku Channel is now in the UK just in time for binging

Video streaming services are on the rise, especially with everyone forced to keep themselves distracted from the urge to go out. Services have expanded their content selection and even their free trial periods but Roku is making an even bigger leap almost literally. It has just crossed the gigantic pond known as the Atlantic and is bringing its catalog of free content to those stuck inside their houses in the UK.

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If Quibi can’t succeed in a pandemic, we’re not sure when it could

If Quibi can’t succeed in a pandemic, we’re not sure when it could

Quibi has arrived, and the depths of a pandemic are either the very best or the absolute worst timing for launching a mobile-first streaming video service. Arriving after months of hype, Quibi doesn't just focus on smartphones but positively ignores other ways of watching, with video designed to be comfortably watched in vertical orientation and shorter episodes.

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Plex Live TV update adds channel previews, new player, bug fixes

Plex Live TV update adds channel previews, new player, bug fixes

Plex has just pushed out a number of improvements and new features to its Live TV offering, which enables users to access and manage over-the-air television channels. In addition to some bug fixes that are described as 'quality of life improvements,' the company has also added some key features like a guide preview, the updated video player, and more.

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Roku OS 9.3 revealed with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant support

Roku OS 9.3 revealed with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant support

Popular home entertainment company Roku has announced its latest Roku OS update, bringing the software to version 9.3. With this, users get access to new and enhanced features, the most notable being 'Works with' support for Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. As well, Roku has updated its 'Roku Voice' feature with better control for users, plus performance has been improved and more.

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Amazon’s Fire TV Live feature gets Sling TV free news integration

Amazon’s Fire TV Live feature gets Sling TV free news integration

Earlier this month, Sling TV launched a new free tier called 'Stay in & SLING' targeted at people who don't subscribe to the service, but who are currently stuck at home and seeking new streaming services to watch. The service offers a variety of free channels and on-demand content, including news content and a bunch of older and lesser-known series. Some of that content is now integrated with Fire TV's 'Live' tab.

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Xiaomi Mi TV 4S 65″ is a 4K smart TV worth getting jealous over

Xiaomi Mi TV 4S 65″ is a 4K smart TV worth getting jealous over

Xiaomi's new Mi 10 series of smartphones may have made a splash today with their unexpectedly affordable 5G, but the company also had a much bigger screen to show off. The Xiaomi Mi TV 4S 65" is the latest expansion in the Chinese manufacturer's scheme to take over the smart home, complete with Android and some slick specs.

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Philips Hue Play HDMI Sync Box Review: Light Entertainment

Philips Hue Play HDMI Sync Box Review: Light Entertainment

TV is a welcome distraction these days, and with more movies skipping the theater and making their debut on streaming platforms, making your media room more engaging seems like a good idea. The Philips Hue Play HDMI Sync Box may have an awkward name but the idea is simple: using the color-changing lights already a hit with smart home fans, expand what's happening on-screen beyond the bezels of your TV.

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