Smart TV

Fire TV gets Alexa control for Hulu, CBS, NBC, Showtime, and PlayStation Vue

Fire TV gets Alexa control for Hulu, CBS, NBC, Showtime, and PlayStation Vue

Alexa just got support for several video apps on Amazon Fire TV, including Sony's PlayStation Vue, Hulu, CBS, NBC, Showtime, and Bravo. With this support, Fire TV owners can ask Alexa to do things on their behalf, no Echo device necessary. If you have a newer Fire TV device that includes the Alexa Voice Remote, you can do all of this just by pressing the microphone button on that remote control.

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Philips Roku smart TVs arrive with 40″ budget model

Philips Roku smart TVs arrive with 40″ budget model

In the market for a smart TV? Philips has launched the first of what will eventually be a lineup of smart TVs running Roku's platform. This smart TV joins the Roku models available from RCA and TCL, giving buyers on a budget another choice in which television they get. The move puts more competition on Amazon, which itself is getting in on the smart TV market via the arrival of some Westinghouse models packing its Fire TV platform.

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Samsung SeeColors Smart TV app helps the color blind see better

Samsung SeeColors Smart TV app helps the color blind see better

We in the tech world, especially the mobile industry, often obsess about pixel resolutions, color gamuts, and, lately, screen aspect and screen-to-body ratios. But like many of today’s technologies, they are designed to cater to the able-bodied majority. Technology, however, should be accessible, even and especially for those with physical handicaps. Samsung always boasts of having a wealth of expertise and technologies related to color, displays, and visual technology, so it’s probably high-time that i brought its SeeColors to its QLED Smart TVs to help the color blind see colors better.

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YouTube TV arrives on some Samsung, LG smart TVs

YouTube TV arrives on some Samsung, LG smart TVs

YouTube TV is the streaming giant’s latest attempt to be the one-stop shop for all forms of moving pictures, and sometimes video-less music as well. But despite its name, YouTube TV actually isn’t directly available yet on, well, actual TVs. Sure, it’s found on devices you can connect to TVs, but as far as standalone TVs are concerned, not so much. That changes now that YouTube has announced that YouTube TV is now available on Samsung Smart TVs as well as LG smart TVs. Well, at least some of them.

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Comcast Xfinity TV app will support Sony Android TVs in 2018

Comcast Xfinity TV app will support Sony Android TVs in 2018

Comcast's Xfinity TV customers with certain Sony Android TVs will soon be able to access the content directly through the television using the Xfinity TV Partner app. The new support will be arriving early next year to Sony Android TVs, marking the latest expansion of the Xfinity TV Partner Program. Through it, the service provider is bringing its Xfinity TV service to various smart televisions.

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Sling TV launches Samsung Smart TV app for 2016 models

Sling TV launches Samsung Smart TV app for 2016 models

Sling TV has announced that it is the first OTT service to arrive on Samsung smart TVs, giving owners of certain models the ability to watch the service directly on the television set, no third-party device necessary. Sling TV, of course, is a live and on-demand television service that delivers content over the Internet rather than through a cable or satellite box. The app is already widely available on a variety of other devices.

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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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