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Samsung Smart TVs to showcase new Tizen UI at CES 2017

Samsung Smart TVs to showcase new Tizen UI at CES 2017

Samsung hedged its bets on the Tizen operating system instead of Android for its smartwatches and smart TVs, and that investment might finally be paying off. A leaked video of what is allegedly Samsung's next best thing for Smart TVs shows what the next iteration of Tizen will bring. In a nutshell, it offers users a quick and seamless way to jump into the content and apps you want, rather than wrestling with the user interface instead.

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Sling AirTV still alive, sports Fisher Price look

Sling AirTV still alive, sports Fisher Price look

Despite the popularity of video streaming services, the TV entertainment industry is still torn between Internet streaming and traditional local over the air TV. Sling TV tried to propose an answer in its AirTV combined set-top box and antenna setup. After months of silence, that box might finally be ready to go live, but Sling might have changed the game just a bit. Now it seems that AirTV will funnel OTA TV directly to the TV. Plus, the box now sports a new design that would call to mind more a kid's toy than something that fits with your serious-looking entertainment system.

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Touchjet WAVE is here to turn any TV into an Android tablet

Touchjet WAVE is here to turn any TV into an Android tablet

Don’t have a fancy shmancy smart TV? Want to interact with the screen in a way a Chromecast doesn’t allow? Fancy yourself holding a hi-tech, collaborative, interactive meeting in front of your flat screen? If you said yes to any two of three questions, then you might want to take a look into Touchjet’s newest creation, the Touchjet WAVE. After a highly successful Indiegogo run that saw it raise 6x its funding goal, the contraption has finally landed in the market for anyone to buy to turn their flat screen TV into an Android counterpart of the Microsoft Surface Hub.

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‘Glare,’ a space drama from J.J. Abrams, is heading to HBO

‘Glare,’ a space drama from J.J. Abrams, is heading to HBO

J.J. Abrams has teamed up with HBO to create a new show called ‘Glare,’ a series composed of hour-long episodes described as a ‘space drama.’ This drama will center around a topic that is on everyone’s minds, and that may in fact be in humanity’s near future: humans establishing colonies on a planet other than Earth. We’ll have to guess which planet that may be, though, as HBO hasn’t revealed any other details about the show at this time.

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DirecTV NOW vs Sling TV vs PlayStation Vue: Streaming Showdown

DirecTV NOW vs Sling TV vs PlayStation Vue: Streaming Showdown

The brave new world of live television is upon us, and it comes in three forms: PlayStation Vue, Sling TV, and DirecTV NOW. Having multiple products to choose from is never a bad thing, but it does require more leg work. Which service has the features you can't live without? Is there some hard-to-find fine print you should know about? Does the service you're leaning toward offer the best value for your money? We've answered all those questions and more.

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Amazon Prime adds HBO and Cinemax subscription options

Amazon Prime adds HBO and Cinemax subscription options

Amazon has announced that its Prime customers can now subscribe to Cinemax and HBO as add-on video subscriptions to flesh out the Prime Video library. The HBO subscription option is the most expensive of the two at $14.99/month, the same price you’d pay if you sign up for HBO NOW directly. The subscription options are part of Amazon Channels, which already offered Starz, Showtime, Sundance Now, and a bunch more.

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Netflix offline viewing mode launches for all subscribers

Netflix offline viewing mode launches for all subscribers

At long last, Netflix has launched a new download feature that allows for offline viewing. Whispers of such a feature have been making the rounds for quite some time, and when we last heard from Netflix, it sounded like an offline mode would only be made available to those living in regions with poor internet connectivity. It turns out that isn't the case, with offline mode launching for all subscribers today.

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Hulu’s live TV streaming service will merge the best of both worlds

Hulu’s live TV streaming service will merge the best of both worlds

Hulu is working on a live television streaming service, something we've known for a while, and it'll be offering it long after a few competitors have launched their own similar products: Sling TV, PlayStation Vue, and starting tomorrow, DirecTV NOW. Though it's moving more slowly, Hulu may also be best poised to dominate the live streaming television market, as it is in the unique position to offer the best of both worlds.

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Five things you should know about DirecTV NOW

Five things you should know about DirecTV NOW

AT&T has officially unveiled its own live streaming television service: DirecTV NOW. The anticipated TV service is set to take on Dish Network's Sling TV and Sony's PlayStation Vue when it goes live on November 30, but it may not be adequate enough to replace those services at launch. There are a few things you should know about DirecTV NOW before making the switch, including details about DVR, channel lineup, and more.

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DirecTV NOW unveiled: $35/month, mobile access, HBO add-on and more

DirecTV NOW unveiled: $35/month, mobile access, HBO add-on and more

AT&T has introduced DirecTV NOW, a “completely new platform” that enables subscribers to stream live television over the Internet. The service allows users to stream up to two streams at once, and while it doesn’t support 4K (for now, at least), it does target most of the features users want, with the pricing starting at $35/month for at least 60 channels. DirecTV NOW offers nearly all the big networks, including Viacom, Turner, AMC channels, and more.

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Sling TV’s new cloud DVR solves its biggest problem

Sling TV’s new cloud DVR solves its biggest problem

Sling TV has addressed its biggest problem with the unveiling of a new cloud DVR feature, the same type of DVR offered by competitor PlayStation Vue. The news comes shortly after Sony dropped Viacom channels from its own service -- the same channels still offered by Sling TV -- making it a prime opportunity for parent company Dish Network to poach some of Sony's now-disgruntled customers. The new feature's announcement also slips in just ahead DirecTV NOW's launch.

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DISH Network is giving out free HopperGO DVRs

DISH Network is giving out free HopperGO DVRs

This week the folks at DISH have made clear their intent with this holiday season, giving a bunch of HopperGO devices away to roll in the new users. To make this happen, users are asked to call a phone number and mention a code right after signing up for a Flex Pack. Users might also want to sign up for "any other base programming package" - these also work just as well, so says DISH.

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