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Fire TV Stick Lite kicks smart TV down to $30

Fire TV Stick Lite kicks smart TV down to $30

It's difficult to deny the value proposition that is the Amazon Fire TV Stick Lite. It's a smart TV stick that plugs in to your television via an HDMI port to deliver smart TV content. That includes access to free video apps like YouTube, and subscription video apps like Netflix, Disney+, Hulu, and Prime Video.

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Android TV Android 11 update to bring speed, gamepad improvements

Android TV Android 11 update to bring speed, gamepad improvements

Even compared to Android Auto, Android's TV incarnation hasn't exactly been getting much attention, especially from Google itself. The past months, however, have been particularly interesting, especially with rumors around Google's first Android TV dongle. As if heralding the arrival of that "Sabrina" device, Google has now announced the Android 11 update for Android TV, promising to bring a handful of improvements that will hopefully prepare the platform for the future.

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LG smart TVs are getting an Amazon Music app

LG smart TVs are getting an Amazon Music app

Although its mobile business has definitely seen better days, LG remains one of the big names in the TV and display markets. It is also one of the few in that market that develops and uses its own smart TV platform rather than adopting something like Android TV. While that has the benefit of giving LG more control over the experience, it also means it has less access to some of the apps and services consumers might expect are already there. Case in point, it's only now that Amazon Music is coming to the TV but at least it will be coming even to four-year-old products.

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Today’s worst TV show idea is: RoboCop without RoboCop

Today’s worst TV show idea is: RoboCop without RoboCop

There's a TV series in the making right now that involves characters from the RoboCop movie franchise. RoboCop, the 1987 movie directed by Paul Verhoeven, the movie that had two sequels: RoboCop 2 and RoboCop 3, the movie that had one reboot: RoboCop (2014). Now there's an idea in the mix for a TV series that'd be a prequel to RoboCop... so... no RoboCop.

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LG 2018 TVs will no longer get promised AirPlay 2, HomeKit support

LG 2018 TVs will no longer get promised AirPlay 2, HomeKit support

Most consumer electronics come with a two-year warranty, some even just one, and those often apply to software updates for smart devices. That's true for smartphones, which consumers seem to change just as often, but most probably expect larger and more expensive products like smart TVs to get updates and at least promised features beyond that time frame. That is most likely why owners of LG's 2018 TVs are irked by the company's sudden and silent U-turn in rolling out AirPlay 2 and HomeKit support that it promised months back.

Despite being mostly an Android and partly a webOS house, LG was particularly proud that it was the first to add support for this exclusive Apple features on its TVs last year. AirPlay 2 would have allowed owners of Apple devices to stream their content to their TVs while a HomeKit app would let them control their connected smart home devices from their couches.

While such new features are often promised to current-gen and future TV models, LG promised in April that it will bring those same premium goodies to its 2018 TV lineup. Excited 2018 LG TV owners were then surprised by the revelation that LG apparently no longer has plans to do that.

https://twitter.com/LGUK/status/1298586491543859200

It isn't unusual for a company to renege on promised features but often those do inform affected users of changes beforehand. That or they put a footnote that the feature may or may not be implemented as promised to keep consumers from putting faith in those promises.

The 2018 LG TVs are barely two years old and, even then, would still be eligible for such updates. LG already has a souring reputation for updates on Android, which it does not control, it certainly doesn't need to gain the same rep for webOS, which it mostly does.

NVIDIA SHIELD TV update is 25th in 5 years

NVIDIA SHIELD TV update is 25th in 5 years

Today we're taking a peek at the smart TV, Android TV device called NVIDIA SHIELD TV and its latest update. This update is the 25th update to the device since its launch in May of 2015. This is a device that's been praised for updates long after competitors have abandoned their devices - it's one of the longest-lasting Android devices ever made.

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Xiaomi Mi TV LUX has a Transparent Edition you thought you never wanted

Xiaomi Mi TV LUX has a Transparent Edition you thought you never wanted

One of the most used tropes when it comes to sci-fi gadgets has been the use of transparent phones, tablets, and even screens. It actually isn't science fiction anymore and transparent displays do exist, just not in wide use because of technical and economic reasons. As if trying to prove that it doesn't have to be so, Xiaomi just launched a special edition of its Mi TV LUX OLED that will make you wish the wall behind it had more character.

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Raised by Wolves trailer shows big Ridley Scott potential for HBO MAX

Raised by Wolves trailer shows big Ridley Scott potential for HBO MAX

The first major trailer was released today for the HBO MAX series Raised By Wolves. Raised By Wolves is a science fiction series about human children and their two android caretakers. The androids are "tasked with raising human children on a mysterious new planet after the Earth was destroyed by a great war."

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Plex “free” Live TV launched for your phone and television

Plex “free” Live TV launched for your phone and television

Today the folks at Plex launched a system* where users of all sorts can watch live TV stations for free. Of course "free" isn't entirely free when it includes advertisements, and this system most certainly includes advertisements. But Plex appears ready to roll with a surprisingly appealing proposal for the masses nonetheless. Users around the world can now watch free Live TV on Plex.

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Beavis and Butt-Head return, with potential for Daria, King of the Hill

Beavis and Butt-Head return, with potential for Daria, King of the Hill

Beavis and Butt-Head creator Mike Judge signed a deal with Comedy Central to bring the show back for at least two seasons of episodes. In a release this morning, Comedy Central said they'd "announced an expansive deal" with Judge "to reimagine MTV's seminal, Gen-X defining "Beavis and Butt-Head," as well as additional spin-offs and specials."

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Android TV 2020 “stick” leaked: Finally, it’s just this simple

Android TV 2020 “stick” leaked: Finally, it’s just this simple

A leak today showed the next major Google product running the smart TV system Android TV. Included are a single Android TV dongle and an Android TV remote. Together, these would allow Android TV to be run on any modern TV just so long as the user had wireless internet access. It's likely this device package will launch inside the month of July, 2020.

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2020 Samsung Smart TVs get Samsung Health to help you stay fit at home

2020 Samsung Smart TVs get Samsung Health to help you stay fit at home

Four years ago, the world suddenly saw a boost in outdoor activity, especially walking, thanks to Pokemon GO. This year, the COVID-19 coronavirus abruptly put a stop to that and many active people suddenly found themselves forced to live a more sedentary lifestyle. Of course, the really active people would have found ways to stay on top of things despite staying at home. Those still looking for inspiration, motivation, or new ways to stay fit, Samsung's Health platform on its latest Smart TVs could offer some guidance.

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