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Toshiba’s Fire TV Edition hands on: Alexa-smart TV ships today

Toshiba’s Fire TV Edition hands on: Alexa-smart TV ships today

If the Fire TV Cube caught your eye, but your TV itself is due an upgrade, Amazon and Toshiba are hoping their new smart TV collaboration will fit the bill. The Toshiba 4K Ultra HD Smart TV Fire TV Edition may not have an elegant name as it begins shipping today, but as I discovered with an early play, it does a surprisingly smooth job of integrating Amazon's set-top box at an affordable price.

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NVIDIA SHIELD TV users get Oreo and V7.0 update

NVIDIA SHIELD TV users get Oreo and V7.0 update

An extreme rarity in the world of small devices is NVIDIA's continued attention to their SHIELD Android TV device. Here in May of 2018, NVIDIA's releasing an update to the newest version of Google's Android TV OS, with their SHIELD Experience Version 7.0 right on top. The NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV was first released in May of 2015.

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Why LG TV’s Google Assistant in 2018 is a big deal

Why LG TV’s Google Assistant in 2018 is a big deal

A bunch of new LG ThinQ TVs were announced this week at Google IO 2018. This isn't the first we've heard of this connection - it's just that now, it's for realz. It's a strange thing, announcing once back at CES 2018 that LG and Google had plans to do this, then again, now, when Google and LG confirmed that, yes, they are indeed going to push that Google Assistant to the LG TVs that are otherwise branded LG OLED TV AI ThinQ.

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TCL 4K HDR Roku 2018 TVs are suspiciously cheap

TCL 4K HDR Roku 2018 TVs are suspiciously cheap

TCL makes TVs that are inexpensive and smart, working with Roku TV tech inside. Today we're taking a peek at the prices of the 2018 collection of Roku TV-embedded TCL televisions. Two different models are out on pre-order right this minute - but you might just want to wait until they're in stores before you actually drop some cash.

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Amazon Fire TVs aren’t a Best Buy for everyone

Amazon Fire TVs aren’t a Best Buy for everyone

Best Buy and Amazon announced a partnership today for the former to sell the latter's televisions in-store. In physical, brick and mortar Best Buy stores, Amazon will sell their Amazon Fire TV smart television sets. But if what I've experienced with Fire TV devices over the past several years remains true, I recommend you steer clear of the whole lineup.

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Hulu Live TV gets LG webOS, Samsung Tizen smart TV support

Hulu Live TV gets LG webOS, Samsung Tizen smart TV support

Hulu has expanded device support for its new app, the one containing access to both its on-demand content and its live television channels. The app started arriving several months ago for other platforms and is now available for all of the most commonly used streaming devices. This time around, the company has launched Live TV support for certain LG smart TVs, eliminating the need to use a separate streaming stick or set-top box.

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Samsung teases 2018 QLED TV lineup reveal

Samsung teases 2018 QLED TV lineup reveal

Samsung was one of the first TV manufacturers to launch a line of QLED televisions, starting with their debut in early 2017 (seen above). But the Korean electronics giant notably withheld revealing the new 2018 lineup from this year's CES event in January, instead waiting until March. The company has now announced that it will be holding its own "first look" event in New York on Wednesday, March 7th, where it will unveil its newest QLED, or quantum dot LED, TVs.

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BeoVision Eclipse Wood Edition: $16k worth of luxury television

BeoVision Eclipse Wood Edition: $16k worth of luxury television

I could just as easily say the BeoVision Eclipse Wood Edition is a work of art - but that's not nearly so important at the moment. What we've got here is Bang & Olufsen sound and design combined with LG Electronics OLED TV panel tech and software (with webOS and 4K processing.) The 65-inch version of this wild adventure in television hardware is a cool $16k - not something you're going to find at your everyday department store.

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Samsung Bixby coming to TVs, washing machines, appliances

Samsung Bixby coming to TVs, washing machines, appliances

Samsung is never one to make a U-turn on something new product or feature it has put out, no matter how useless or derided it may have become. It took years for it to finally sunset S Voice, for example, or slim down and rename TouchWiz. Of course, persistence may also pay off in giving something new and imperfect a chance to grow and potentially become better. Samsung is taking that chance with its AI assistant Bixby, which it will be pushing to anyone who buys a Smart TV or smart washing from the company this year.

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Verizon ships Netflix on Fios TV for free… sort of

Verizon ships Netflix on Fios TV for free… sort of

Verizon customers using Fios Internet and TV service were given access to Netflix this week. Specifically those users with Multi-Room DVR Enhanced for Premium service - they were given said access, and were given said access with a single year free with the streaming service. Unlike most smart TV platforms, Verizon Fios users will find Netflix on a TV channel - in this case, that's channel 838.

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2018 TCL 4K HDR Roku TVs get Dolby Vision, Roku Assistant, contrast zones

2018 TCL 4K HDR Roku TVs get Dolby Vision, Roku Assistant, contrast zones

As expected, TCL has unveiled a bunch of new Roku-based products at CES 2018, not the least of which is the new TCL Roku Smart Soundbar that Roku recently teased in its own announcement. The new lineup includes refreshed Roku smart TVs for the 2018 year, including models that pack Dolby Vision HDR support and the new iPQ Engine. The TVs span two different series: the 6-Series and the 5-Series.

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Samsung The Wall 146-inch TV, 8K AI tech take viewing to the next level

Samsung The Wall 146-inch TV, 8K AI tech take viewing to the next level

You’ll probably want to remodel your living room to make room for Samsung’s latest, greatest, and biggest TV. At CES 2018, the consumer electronics giant revealed two rather big advancements in its TV line up. And by big, we mean that literally in many ways. “The Wall” is pretty much literally a wall-sized TV spanning 146 inches diagonally and is still marketed as “modular”, while Samsung’s new AI-powered upscaling technology promises to enlarge content of any resolution to near-perfect 8K quality.

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