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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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DirecTV NOW gets 25 local CBS channels, Showtime, The CW and more

DirecTV NOW gets 25 local CBS channels, Showtime, The CW and more

DirecTV NOW just announced a major expansion involving CBS Networks. Among other things, DirecTV is rolling out 25 local CBS stations to its NOW subscribers, enabling those users to watch their local CBS affiliate station over the Internet. In addition to the local stations, this new expansion will bring SHOWTIME, The CW, CBS Sports, and more. The nation's biggest cities will most benefit from this particular expansion.

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FX streaming service inbound: $6 a month, but with a big catch

FX streaming service inbound: $6 a month, but with a big catch

Once upon a time, you were forced to pay for big, expensive cable packages if you wanted access to all your favorite channels. Times are changing, though; streaming alternatives like Hulu are a hot item, but the next transition in home entertainment is already happening. Now more than ever, you can sign up for on-demand streaming access to your favorite networks, and FX will soon be counted among them.

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Game of Thrones episode 4 recap and analysis: The Spoils of War

Game of Thrones episode 4 recap and analysis: The Spoils of War

The episodes in Game of Thrones season 7 have all been excellent so far, but none have been quite as good as what we saw last night with episode 4, “The Spoils of War.” After Daenerys's armies and ships were utterly devastated over the past two episodes, this week we get to see her take matters into her own hands. What resulted was possibly one of the coolest sequences of the series thus far.

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Game of Thrones episode 4 leaked: Beware of spoilers

Game of Thrones episode 4 leaked: Beware of spoilers

Just a warning to you Game of Thrones fan out there: the fourth episode of season 7 has leaked online. This is the episode that's coming up in just a couple of days, on Sunday, August 6. Of course, we had a feeling this might happen, as earlier in the week, hackers made off with more than 1.5TB of data from HBO's servers.

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Plex DVR exits beta alongside new live TV time shift feature

Plex DVR exits beta alongside new live TV time shift feature

Plex recently launched some key features for cord-cutters, making its software an attractive option for those who don't want cable but do have an over-the-air TV antenna. The company first introduced the DVR feature, though as a beta, that allows users with a Plex Pass to record their favorite shows from their OTA antenna. That feature has now exited beta, and it has been joined by a vital feature that improves the TV-watching experience: time shifting content.

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The number of American homes without a TV is growing

The number of American homes without a TV is growing

The number of homes in the U.S. that don't have at least one television is growing, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. According to a study it published earlier this year, which looked at television trends in the US from 1997 to 2015, US households experienced a sudden decrease in TV ownership between 2009 and 2015, the reasons for which likely have a lot to do with mobile phones and tablets.

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ABC’s classic TGIF sitcoms are heading to Hulu

ABC’s classic TGIF sitcoms are heading to Hulu

Hulu, as part of its efforts to acquire vast numbers of movies and TV shows, has announced a new big milestone for the company: it just got the rights to offer up ABC's 'classic' TGIF sitcoms spanning the 1990s. Hulu has nabbed exclusive streaming video on-demand rights for these shows via a new deal with Warner Bros. Shows will include Family Matters, Full House and more.

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Game of Thrones season 7, episode 3 review and analysis – “The Queen’s Justice”

Game of Thrones season 7, episode 3 review and analysis – “The Queen’s Justice”

In last week's Game of Thrones episode, one side drew first blood in the war for the Iron Throne. We saw that conflict escalate on multiple fronts this week, with plenty of tense moments and disturbing revelations to go along with them. What resulted was unquestionably the best episode of this admittedly young season thus far.

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Sling TV gets pay-per-view: UFC 214 is kicking things off

Sling TV gets pay-per-view: UFC 214 is kicking things off

Sling TV has announced the arrival of pay-per-view on the service, giving subscribers the opportunity to watch events in the same way they would with traditional television services. The very first pay-per-view event to arrive on the service will be UFC 214: Cormier vs Jones 2. This will just be the start of the events, though, something the company says will help it become 'a true cable replacement.'

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Game of Thrones season 7, episode 2 recap and analysis: Stormborn

Game of Thrones season 7, episode 2 recap and analysis: Stormborn

After last week's premiere of Game of Thrones season 7, audiences certainly came back hungry for more. The first episode of the season was a bit heavy on exposition, but it's clear now that it was merely setting up for an action-packed season. Who were the winners and who were the losers in this week's episode?

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Marvel at SDCC: the biggest trailers and news

Marvel at SDCC: the biggest trailers and news

It just wouldn't be the San Diego Comic-Con without Marvel there to make a bunch of announcements about its ongoing movie and TV series. This year, that means trailers and news about the extended Marvel Cinematic Universe and the various franchises tying-in with the Avengers, as well as the various superhero TV series Marvel has going. We've already covered the new Defenders trailer, but here we'll run down everything else Marvel revealed.

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