Smart TV

How iTunes content and AirPlay 2 came to Samsung TVs

How iTunes content and AirPlay 2 came to Samsung TVs

The folks behind the latest round of Samsung Smart TVs seem to have reached an agreement with Apple to bring a whole lot of content to their sets this Spring. News this morning is that Samsung Smart TVs will launch iTunes Movies and TV Shows starting in Spring of 2019. They'll also be bringing support for AirPlay 2 starting at around the same time.

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LG 2019 TVs boast new smarts with Amazon Alexa

LG 2019 TVs boast new smarts with Amazon Alexa

Everything is becoming smarter these days. Not only that, they’re also becoming voice controlled. The latter feature is especially useful in cases where physical controls are inconvenient. And one of the most inconvenient control device is the TV remote, with its limited but confusing arrays of buttons. Which is why this year, LG is doubling its smart TVs’ intelligence with a fresh new ThinQ AI that supports both Google Assistant as well as the rivaling Amazon Alexa.

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Samsung Smart TVs will control PCs, tablets with Remote Access in 2019

Samsung Smart TVs will control PCs, tablets with Remote Access in 2019

Samsung seems to be getting an early jump on announcing some of its upcoming tech and features ahead of January's CES 2019 event. This week the company shared that its new smart TV models will include a feature called Remote Access that allows users to not only share the display from PCs, smartphones, and tablets, but actually control those devices as well.

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Samsung Remote Access lets you use PCs, phones from Smart TVs

Samsung Remote Access lets you use PCs, phones from Smart TVs

Samsung has always had a bit of a “Not Invented Here” syndrome, especially for features and services that would have made it beholden to anyone other than itself. If its Tizen-based smartphone succeeded, it might have even dropped Android. While that’s practically impossible now, Samsung continues to “innovate” on technologies of its own making, like the Bixby smart assistant. Its latest is Remote Access for Smart TVs, which almost sounds like Chromecast technology but with an admittedly more interesting twist.

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Samsung The Frame 2019 and Serif bring QLED to high-end furniture TV

Samsung The Frame 2019 and Serif bring QLED to high-end furniture TV

If there's one thing Samsung dominates at every year at CES, it's massive, super expensive television sets. This year is no exception - not when The Frame is in town. Today The Frame 2019 was teased with a few details that make us want to appreciate art with a panel of light the likes of which would cost us both arms and both legs, all at once! This is all thanks to The Frame television family's biggest draw: the Samsung Art Store.

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Xiaomi Mi Box S bringing Android TV to US buyers for $60

Xiaomi Mi Box S bringing Android TV to US buyers for $60

The smart TV streaming content box Mi Box was refreshed this week with the Mi Box S. This device comes from Xiaomi and delivers the newest in new Android TV software - Android TV 8.1. This box looks a lot like what we saw earlier this year with the Xiaomi Mi Box 4 and 4c, but here we've got a new remote and the newest version of Android TV, and most importantly for us, it'll be released internationally - available to the USA in the process.

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Smart TV Kit is Google’s next Home Mini, Chromecast bundle

Smart TV Kit is Google’s next Home Mini, Chromecast bundle

With just a week left before Google's big hardware event of the year, all the leaks and even official teasers are falling into place. Unless there is actually no notch on the Pixel 3 XL, there might be nothing to surprise us when the actual reveals come. Especially thanks to leaks like this that leave no stone unturned, even product bundles that seem to offer nothing new until you take a closer look.

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Caavo Control Center is a universal remote do-all media system

Caavo Control Center is a universal remote do-all media system

This week the folks at Caavo revealed a device that'll control ALL your stuff. Not your smart home stuff - this isn't about lights or sensors or anything - this is for your TV and your varied media-output devices. Caavo can connect your TV to your Amazon Fire TV (or better yet NVIDIA SHIELD TV) or Apple TV, set-top boxes of many sorts, gaming consoles like Xbox One and PlayStation 4, and whatever other oddities you've got delivering signal via HDMI.

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Vizio P Series Review

Vizio P Series Review

What do you really need in a modern TV these days? Picture quality is, of course, a given, with terms like “4K”, “HDR”, “FALD”, and “Quantum Dots” being thrown around in marketing spiels and materials. With increasingly connected homes, Internet connection for streaming is almost expected as well. Maybe even some smart home control, too. And beyond being just functional, these “smart” TVs are expected to look just as nice as any decoration in your living room. In all but one of those, Vizio’s 2018 P Series promises to check all those dots. And so we take it for a spin to see, no pun intended, if it can deliver.

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Amazon Fire TV Recast is the new DVR to beat

Amazon Fire TV Recast is the new DVR to beat

Today Amazon tapped into the DVR business with Amazon Fire TV Recast. This is a device that connects to an antenna on one end and broadcasts TV networks through Amazon Fire TV devices on the other. It's simple, and it's about to do some real damage to companies like TiVo and Dish, quite likely.

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OnePlus TV is the company’s next big thing, coming next year

OnePlus TV is the company’s next big thing, coming next year

OnePlus’ success was nothing short of a miracle. In an overly saturated smartphone market dominated by Samsung and Apple, a no-name startup dared to challenge the status quo with a premium smartphone at half the price. The company has grown a lot since then but, aside from a short drone stint and wireless earbuds, it hasn’t grown out of its mobile roots. Founder Pete Lau, however, thinks now is the right time to brings its magic to another saturated, and some may say dying, market: TVs.

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JBL Link Bar pre-order starts for Android TV soundbar

JBL Link Bar pre-order starts for Android TV soundbar

Neither Google Assistant nor Android TV is exactly new. You’d see one or the other in this or that new smart product. In fact, Google Assistant is pretty much part and parcel of the Android TV experience. But what about a non-TV Android TV with Google Assistant device? Well, that’s the rather unconventional proposition that the JBL Link Bar made with the first ever Google Assistant-enabled Android TV soundbar. With pre-orders now starting, it’s finally time to see whether people will actually buy that idea.

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