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DISH Network is giving out free HopperGO DVRs

DISH Network is giving out free HopperGO DVRs

This week the folks at DISH have made clear their intent with this holiday season, giving a bunch of HopperGO devices away to roll in the new users. To make this happen, users are asked to call a phone number and mention a code right after signing up for a Flex Pack. Users might also want to sign up for "any other base programming package" - these also work just as well, so says DISH.

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LeEco Le Pro3, Le S3, Super4 X, uMax85 now selling in the US

LeEco Le Pro3, Le S3, Super4 X, uMax85 now selling in the US

Just two weeks ago, Chinese entertainment giant LeEco made a formal grab for the US market by unveiling not one but four products and one concept car. Those ranged from your expected smartphones to smart TVs to even a smart, self-driving car. LeEco definitely didn’t waste time and has finally made those four consumer products available for purchase in the US via its LeMall e-commerce site. Now Android users will have even more choices for their next smartphone or even smart TV purchase. Provided they’re willing to explore relatively new brands.

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LG webOS Smart TVs gain online payment support

LG webOS Smart TVs gain online payment support

Back in the days, TVs became the hub of the house. These days, each family member usually carry their own mini-hubs in the form of smartphones and tablets. Trying to reclaim their territory, TV makers have made TVs smarter so that they could do anything their owners want. Including shopping, at least for digital goods. To that end, LG has announced its partnership with Paymentwall to bring the ability to make online purchases on a host of its Smart TVs, powered by its custom webOS 3.0 platform.

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Google’s big Android TV announcement “leaked” by Xiaomi

Google’s big Android TV announcement “leaked” by Xiaomi

While we've been seeing Google's next piece of hardware in the Android TV market for weeks and months, it's only today - less than a day before Google's big event - that the device has been "leaked." Of course that "leak," as it's being called on Twitter and live blogs aplenty, wasn't actually a leak at all. It was revealed by Xiaomi itself. This Xiaomi Mi Box was shown to the world (again) today by former Google exec and current Global VP of Xiaomi, Hugo Barra.

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Hitachi will offer HD and 4K Roku smart TVs this fall

Hitachi will offer HD and 4K Roku smart TVs this fall

Hitachi is onboard to make Roku smart TVs, the company has announced. This upcoming fall, Hitachi will offer a line of Roku TVs with both HD and Ultra HD 4K resolution, all of them with various sized displays and Roku’s own OS. The televisions, as with the TCL and Hisense versions that have been available for a while, will give users access to Roku’s streaming channels while eliminating the need to have a separate set-top-box or Roku Streaming Stick.

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Apple TV updated with iPhone remote, Siri upgrade, YouTube search

Apple TV updated with iPhone remote, Siri upgrade, YouTube search

The smart TV platform Apple TV has had a kick in the pants this morning as Apple prepares WWDC 2016 for the next generation in TV-based apps. The first big update is in an app for the iPhone - a remote control with the ability to interact with touch, to move through programs, and generally play content in all the ways the Siri remote can - and more. There's motion controls for games and Siri control as well.

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Philips 6000 Series 4K TVs adopting Google Cast

Philips 6000 Series 4K TVs adopting Google Cast

This week the folks at Philips have revealed that their next-generation 6000 Series 4K TVs will be adopting smartphone casting abilities via Google. Also known as "Google Cast", this technology allows the owner of an Android smartphone, Android tablet, or desktop (or laptop) computer with Chrome web browser to send media to their television over a Wi-Fi connection. This content is then played independent of the original device or controlled by the original device, dependent on the application used to do the casting.

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Nexus Player is dead – what’s next for Android TV?

Nexus Player is dead – what’s next for Android TV?

This week the folks at Google have ended their tenure with the first "Nexus" Android TV product, Nexus Player. They've taken the device down from the Google Store online and retailers - retailers we've seen, anyway - haven't had the device available for quite some time. Now comes the age of the 3rd-party manufactured Android TV products. Wait, you might be saying. Wait - didn't NVIDIA already make an Android TV device? Yes. Yes they did. They made the NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV, a device that eclipsed any efforts any other manufacturer had or had planned on in the past year.

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Polaroid 4K UHD LED smart TVs unveiled with Google Cast

Polaroid 4K UHD LED smart TVs unveiled with Google Cast

Polaroid has announced plans to enter the smart TV market with a new line of 4K Ultra HD LED offerings. The company announced a new partnership with Google in recent days at the latter's I/O event; because of that partnership, these new TVs will feature Google Cast technology, allowing owners to cast content from their preferred gadget to the television. The company has five TVs planned for this 4K line.

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Samsung may be next to bring TV to the web

Samsung may be next to bring TV to the web

Samsung Electronics has been reported to be speaking with one or more "entertainment companies" about selling an online TV service. This would be another competitor for the likes of HBO Go, Netflix, and Hulu - though we're not yet completely convinced that the company would take the time to create such a service without already having the content bank to back it up. Word from Bloomberg is that their sources suggest "the plans are still in the early stages, and Samsung may ultimately decide not to pursue the concept" - which generally means they probably wont.

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SHIELD Android TV updates with exclusive Netflix HDR, YouTube 4K60

SHIELD Android TV updates with exclusive Netflix HDR, YouTube 4K60

Today NVIDIA has announced a collection of new apps for the SHIELD Android TV like VUDU and updates to apps enabling 4K60 content on YouTube and HDR on Netflix. Exclusive content for NVIDIA SHIELD includes GameStream HDR as well - this being a newly bright and colorful version of GameStream for this device enabled by the newest graphics processors shown by NVIDIA just this past week. A set of new games is coming to the console as well.

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Xiaomi Nexus coming to Google IO?

Xiaomi Nexus coming to Google IO?

This morning former Google head and current Global VP for Xiaomi, Hugo Barra, announced that these two companies would come together this week. He suggested that he was "beyond thrilled to share that Xiaomi will be part of Google I/O." Barra went on to show the picture you see later in this article (in gray and orange), along with a note "a sneak peek of what you'll see from Mi at #io16." A company like Xiaomi could potentially, and very realistically, be bringing just about anything - but they'll probably be bringing an Android TV box.

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