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YouTube TV joins main video app on some Vizio SmartCast TVs

YouTube TV joins main video app on some Vizio SmartCast TVs

Only weeks after Google merged its main YouTube and YouTube TV apps on Roku, the company is back with a similar update for the latest Vizio smart TVs. Assuming you have a supported model, you'll be able to access YouTube TV from within the regular YouTube app, eliminating the need to install and toggle between two different products.

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2022 VIZIO smart TVs boast with pro-gaming chops, voice remote

2022 VIZIO smart TVs boast with pro-gaming chops, voice remote

It's still 2021 but VIZIO is getting a head start by announcing its 2022 TV Collection that will be available this year. Confusing TV market conventions aside, VIZIO is stepping up its game this year almost literally by designing its collection to cater to one of the most lucrative markets in recent months. The gaming market has experienced a surge in the past few months, especially with the launch of new consoles and the 2022 VIZIO TV lineup is ready to meet the demands and expectations of discerning gamers.

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Google TV user profiles might finally be arriving soon

Google TV user profiles might finally be arriving soon

Google TV, which launched with the newly redesigned Chromecast, is supposed to offer an upgraded Android TV experience even while being based on Android TV underneath. That said, it ironically lacked some features that Android TV has long had. Google did eventually address one of those when it rolled out Kid Profiles to put parents at ease. Still missing, however, is support for multiple grownup profiles, something that may finally be coming soon to Google TV, or at least hopefully soon.

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Amazon will buy MGM for $8.45 billion in huge content grab: Bond and more

Amazon will buy MGM for $8.45 billion in huge content grab: Bond and more

Amazon is spending $8.45 billion on buying MGM, a huge media acquisition that will give the online retailer not only a vast back-catalog of titles but a wide range of franchises including James Bond and more. The deal is Amazon's most significant step into content creation so far, as it competes with Netflix, Apple, and others in generating homegrown movies and TV shows to set its streaming service apart.

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Apple TV 4K 2021 iFixit teardown reveals an unexpected problem

Apple TV 4K 2021 iFixit teardown reveals an unexpected problem

Apple isn't exactly known for making its products repair-friendly, at least not by unauthorized third-party service providers. There are, however, times when it does seem to diverge from that path and throw technicians and enthusiasts a bone. The Apple TV has been one of its more repairable devices and it doesn't seem to have changed this year. Unfortunately, iFixit's teardown does reveal one wart in that image and it isn't the Apple TV 4K 2021 at all.

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Sony’s 2021 portable speakers aren’t just for party animals now

Sony’s 2021 portable speakers aren’t just for party animals now

Sony's portable speaker range is getting a 2021 upgrade, with the XB13, XP500, XP700, and XG500 adding bolder sound, more flexibility, and fast charging support to make sure you're spending less time without a soundtrack. The pandemic may have kept us at home, Sony says, but that actually drove sales of speakers: as a result, these four new models aim to be more genre-agnostic rather than focusing on bass-heavy EDM.

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This Apple TV update is both bittersweet and exciting

This Apple TV update is both bittersweet and exciting

Apple may have discontinued the full-sized HomePod, but that only means its latest Apple TV feature for using the smart speakers for home entertainment is all the more bittersweet. The newest update builds on Apple TV's support for using one or two HomePod as the stereo speakers for your entertainment system.

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Bang & Olufsen Beosound Explore let you take your music to the trails

Bang & Olufsen Beosound Explore let you take your music to the trails

Bang & Olufsen has introduced a new wireless audio product called the Beosound Explore. The Explore is a rugged speaker created for adventurous types who want to take music with them on the go. The speaker was developed to be lightweight and waterproof with long battery life.

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HBO Max with Ads offers cheaper streaming from June

HBO Max with Ads offers cheaper streaming from June

HBO Max is adding a new, cheaper subscription option, though you'll need to put up with adverts during your streaming. The $9.99 per month tier, dubbed HBO Max with Ads, will launch alongside rather than replacing the existing ad-free HBO Max option, which is priced at $14.99 per month.

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Syng Cell Alpha sees ex-HomePod designer let loose in spatial audio

Syng Cell Alpha sees ex-HomePod designer let loose in spatial audio

If you insist on your home speaker system being as eye-catching as it's loud, good news: the Syng Cell Alpha has arrived, and what's billed as "the world's first Triphonic speaker" looks like little else in audio. Handiwork of former Apple designer Christopher Stringer - who worked on the HomePod, among other things - the startup's first model aims to get an edge on spatial audio as surround sound music gains traction.

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XGIMI Horizon Pro 4K Projector Review – Smart Entertainment

XGIMI Horizon Pro 4K Projector Review – Smart Entertainment

COVID-19 countermeasures last year has seen a surge in purchases of consumer electronics and home entertainment products, from laptops to gaming console to large TVs. Not everyone, however, might have the luxury of a large living room or large area to set up such a TV or, perhaps, they value flexibility and portability just as much as picture quality. Fortunately, consumers today don't have to make a choice between the two and opt for something like the new XGIMI Horizon Pro 4K Projector that adds just a pinch of smartness to take away the drudgery of having to set up and position the projector perfectly every time you move it around.

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Friends: The Reunion finally gets a premiere date for HBO Max

Friends: The Reunion finally gets a premiere date for HBO Max

Friends is unquestionably one of the most popular sitcoms in the world, and in the lead up to the launch of HBO Max, the fact that the streaming service would be home to a Friends reunion was one of its major selling points. Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic had other plans, ultimately causing production delays for the reunion and making the Friends faithful wait through lockdown. Now, we finally have a premiere date for Friends: The Reunion - as it's officially called - and it's happening in just a couple of weeks.

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