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T-Mobile Mini set-top box appears at FCC ahead of TV service launch

T-Mobile Mini set-top box appears at FCC ahead of TV service launch

T-Mobile is working on a TV service that it plans to launch before the end of the year, at least based on comments it made back in January. The Uncarrier previously acquired Layer3 TV, helping position it to launch its own service, and now newly surfaced FCC documents indicate something big is underway.

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Comcast set-top box for cord cutters may double as smart home hub

Comcast set-top box for cord cutters may double as smart home hub

Comcast is developing products to target its cord-cutting customers, according to a new report. The alleged platform is intended for customers who only have a broadband Internet subscription, though it'll be an uphill battle against established competitors like Roku and Netflix. Comcast's alleged products will include a set-top box.

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ESPN+ streaming sports service arrives on Roku devices

ESPN+ streaming sports service arrives on Roku devices

Sports fans recently got access to a new service that provides games and more for a low monthly fee, cable not required. Called ESPN+, the service offers access to the network's original content, such as 30 for 30, as well as some live games from major leagues and access to events. As of today, the streaming sports platform is now available through Roku devices.

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Firefox is now on Amazon Fire TV, can play YouTube

Firefox is now on Amazon Fire TV, can play YouTube

The back and forth between Google and Amazon has become both entertaining and also frustrating for consumers. It is the common folk who get caught in between the clash of the titans and, at least for Amazon Echo Show and Fire TV users, that meant being deprived of the time-wasting joys of YouTube. While peace negotiations are supposedly on the way, hope comes from a new, outside source. Mozilla has just announced that the Firefox web browser is now available on Amazon’s Fire TV platform and, yes, it can play web videos, including YouTube.

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Amazon starts Apple TV sales after two year standoff

Amazon starts Apple TV sales after two year standoff

Amazon has begun selling the Apple TV again, ending a two year standoff between the retailer and Apple, though supplies of the set-top box are already constrained. The two companies found themselves at loggerheads in late 2015, when Amazon announced it would be pulling the Apple TV from its virtual shelves. Ironically, the reason it gave to justify the decision was quickly thrown into disarray.

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Nexus Player surprisingly gets Google Assistant in November update

Nexus Player surprisingly gets Google Assistant in November update

Google, while generous with its updates, follows a more or less strict timetable for its Nexus devices. Nexus phones and tablets are guaranteed two years’ worth of updates, including major Android version, nothing more but sometimes less. The odd exception seems to be the Nexus Player Android TV puck, which unexpectedly got Android Oreo in September, a year after it reached its end of life. Adding to the pleasant surprise is the addition of Google Assistant, which sneaked into the device via the November security update.

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New DISH Hopper voice remote goes beyond mere voice control

New DISH Hopper voice remote goes beyond mere voice control

If manufacturers and tech companies are to have their say, everything will be controlled by voice in the not so distant future. And not just simple voice commands, mind, but smart voice recognition backed by natural language processing and machine learning. But as easy as simply uttering your command may be, there are still some things done faster with a single press of a button. That’s why DISH’s second gen voice remote for Hopper DVRs brings the best of both worlds together for the ultimate user experience convenience.

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TiVo BOLT VOX brings 4K, 4 or 6 tuners, up to 3TB space

TiVo BOLT VOX brings 4K, 4 or 6 tuners, up to 3TB space

This week the folks at TiVo revealed a pair of new devices, both the TiVo BOLT VOX and the Mini VOX. These devices work with TiVo's first voice control remote - aptly called TiVo VOX Remote - and include "built-in personalized recommendations and intelligent predictions." Plus there's 4K to look forward to.

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TiVo BOLT VOX with voice remote control is now on Amazon

TiVo BOLT VOX with voice remote control is now on Amazon

TiVo can perhaps be considered the granddaddy of modern-day DVRs and set-top boxes, but it has been shoved to the sidelines by numerous rivals, including those from big names in the tech industry. Not one to go down without a fight, the company was rumored to be working on not just a more modern box but also a remote control with voice support. Those are no longer rumors now that the TiVo BOLT VOX has appeared, disappeared, and now reappeared on Amazon, ahead of whatever announcement TiVo may have in store.

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NVIDIA’s cheapest SHIELD TV brings 4K HDR fight to Apple TV

NVIDIA’s cheapest SHIELD TV brings 4K HDR fight to Apple TV

NVIDIA's most affordable SHIELD TV is now shipping, with the entry-level set-top box promising 4K HDR content support and gaming despite its lower price. Announced last month, the SHIELD TV 16GB lacks the dedicated gamepad controller that comes bundled with its more expensive siblings. However, it still could be the best option for those looking for a fairly platform-agnostic way to get streaming shows and movies on their TV.

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ARRIS UHD HDR Android TV could be your next cable box

ARRIS UHD HDR Android TV could be your next cable box

Android might be big in the smartphone, and maybe even smartwatch, market, but it has not exactly taken other markets by storm. Despite an almost perfect fit, Android TV is still in a niche that’s growing smaller and smaller. The tides, however, might be changing and Android TV might soon be in every house. Or at least every house with a set-top box from cable, telco, and other operators. All thanks to ARRIS’ new range of UHD HDR set-top boxes with Android TV inside.

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TiVo voice remote launch nears, drops by FCC

TiVo voice remote launch nears, drops by FCC

Voice is becoming a major form of communication, not between humans but between man and machine. From personal assistants on your phone to smart speakers in your house to the smart TV in your living room. OK, you don’t actually speak to your TV directly. You do so via a handy dandy remote control. Not one to buck the trend, TiVo, the granddaddy of DVR and streaming set-top boxes, will have a voice-enabled remote control soon. How soon? FCC-soon, by the looks of it.

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