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Samsung Smart TVs now lets you pay for apps, subscriptions directly

Samsung Smart TVs now lets you pay for apps, subscriptions directly

Remember the days when TVs were used just for watching? Those days, are, of course, long gone and TVs have become almost like giant versions of our smartphones. But, somewhat like older TVs, not everything that you see on the screen can be yours. At least not immediately. But unlike the old days where you had to pick up the phone or go to a website, these days you won't even have to leave the screen or the touch. You can do everything directly on the TV. That is, if you have a Samsung Smart TV.

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Google Assistant update takes SHIELD TV out a whole new door

Google Assistant update takes SHIELD TV out a whole new door

Today NVIDIA SHIELD's latest update brought with it Google Assistant in full effect. The results are much like we saw and experienced earlier this year at CES 2017. This means "OK Google" Google Assistant support - along with NVIDIA's implementation of the full-on latest version of Google's vision of the ideal smart TV environment using Android. This is also the "first-ever hands-free access to an Assistant for TV" - so says NVIDIA.

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Comcast app gets rid of Xfinity cable box for LG smart TV owners

Comcast app gets rid of Xfinity cable box for LG smart TV owners

Comcast and LG have teamed up to make life easier for Xfinity TV subscribers who have one of the newest LG smart TVs. In the near future, those customers will be able to access their Xfinity TV cable service through the smart TVs directly using Comcast's Xfinity Partner app. The app will be supported by LG's 2017 and 2018 smart TVs running webOS.

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Westinghouse 4K Amazon Fire TV Review: Great for anyone, especially cord-cutters

Westinghouse 4K Amazon Fire TV Review: Great for anyone, especially cord-cutters

Roku got a jump on the budget smart TV market, but Amazon's own platform is ready to battle for top spot. The company first introduced its media box product in the form of the Fire TV and then the Fire Stick, and now that same system has been built into select televisions to bring the same features (and more!) without the actual dongle or box. Chief among these televisions is Westinghouse's new 4K lineup.

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SHIELD TV re-branded to battle Apple TV (with price cut too!)

SHIELD TV re-branded to battle Apple TV (with price cut too!)

This week the folks at NVIDIA have done a bit of clever re-branding to make their war with Apple TV more visible. To do this, they're now calling the NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV something else - they're calling it just SHIELD TV. NVIDIA is also kicking the price down a bit by switching what's available in the box, aiming for $179 - that's approximately $21 cheaper than the previous least costly edition of this device.

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Toshiba’s Star Wars TV is… interesting

Toshiba’s Star Wars TV is… interesting

Toshiba made a Star Wars television that's 24-inches diagonally and designed with a Star Wars pattern. They've gone above-and-beyond when it comes to hyping this less-than-fantastic design, suggesting that "this model draws viewers into the space odyssey action, submerging them into an X-wing mission every time their eyes meet the TV." Toshiba would certainly have been better served in making the exterior aesthetic of this television set more subtle, focusing instead on the other tiny details that aren't quite so eye-searing.

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TCL’s 50″ and 65″ P-Series 4K Roku TVs have been cancelled

TCL’s 50″ and 65″ P-Series 4K Roku TVs have been cancelled

Chinese company TCL introduced a bunch of TVs in May including the 4K-toting P-Series lineup. That product line was supposed to launch in the near future in 50-inch, 55-inch and 65-inch sizes, but the company has changed its plans. If you were hoping to get a relatively cheap 4K Roku smart TV, you still can, but only in one size due to TCL's recent decision to cancel a couple models.

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Today’s Apple TV 4K leak is bonkers

Today’s Apple TV 4K leak is bonkers

A collection of pictures "leaked" over the past 24-48 hours in what was instantly called a next-gen Apple TV deluge. Whether this supposed 4K Apple TV is real is irrelevant - what is relevant is the crowd reaction. The idea of being given the opportunity to purchase something so massive from Apple seems to have some fans flipping and flopping just like a flounder - and it's been this way for a while.

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Samsung Smart TVs can now Shazam what’s playing on screen

Samsung Smart TVs can now Shazam what’s playing on screen

We’ve all been there. We hear a catchy or familiar tune playing on TV but, for the life of us, can’t name it. Even if the magic of Google, it’s not that easy to remember that song, much less discover it for the first time. That is the somewhat niche market that Shazam serves. Now that ability is available on your Tizen-powered Samsung Smart TV, ready to name that tune for your and even stream music based on that newly discovered song.

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Steam Link app now available for Samsung Smart TVs

Steam Link app now available for Samsung Smart TVs

Steam users who happen to own a recent Samsung Smart TV are in luck, as they no longer need to drop $50 on the physical Steam Link box in order to play PC games on their television. Following a beta test back in early July, the official Steam Link app can now be downloaded from the Smart Hub store on Samsung Smart TVs, allowing users to play games from a PC in another room, minus the pre-release bugs.

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Vizio SmartCast TV Amazon Video app arrives alongside revamped UI

Vizio SmartCast TV Amazon Video app arrives alongside revamped UI

Vizio is changing the way its smart TVs work, shedding the tablet and casting requirement to bring apps directly onto the television's display. It's a welcomed change that finally makes the company's smart TVs more akin to what you get from companies like Samsung. Coming alongside this revamped television interface is the launch of an Amazon Video app for SmartCast TV, bringing the arguably vital movie and TV app to Vizio's product lineup.

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YouTube Kids app arrives on some LG, Sony, and Samsung smart TVs

YouTube Kids app arrives on some LG, Sony, and Samsung smart TVs

YouTube's service for children, aptly named YouTube Kids, has arrived on some smart TVs, the company has announced. YouTube Kids has already been available on tablets and smartphones, and thanks to this latest app, kids can now watch their favorite streaming content on smart TVs from Sony, LG, and Samsung. The app will be launched for the televisions in 26 countries.

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