BLUOS Is Stream­ing

Ama­zon Mu­sic on Blue­sound and NAD au­dio prod­ucts. You’ll need the lat­est soft­ware up­date for BLUOS de­vices (2.14.2) and the lat­est BLUOS app (2.14.0 or higher)...

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Sam­sung May Use LG LCD

pan­els in fu­ture TV mod­els, re­ports the Korea Her­ald. Sam­sung has been seek­ing a new sup­plier to re­place Sharp, which bowed out af­ter be­ing ac­quired by Fox­conn...

LG and Merid­ian

are team­ing up on the de­sign of LG au­dio prod­ucts. They’ll in­clude sound­bars and wireless speak­ers (see this month’s New Gear)...

Sony’s An­droid Smart TVS

will run Com­cast’s Xfin­ity TV Part­ner app in 2018. Watch live, on de­mand, and cloud DVR ma­te­rial via the X1 pro­gram guide...

Vizio’s Smart­cast

TV plat­form now has a work­ing NBC app. Just the thing to catch that SNL skit they’re talk­ing about at the wa­ter cooler...

Chan­nel Mas­ter’s

Stream+ com­bines over-the-air TV re­cep­tion with sup­port for all apps in the Google Play store ex­cept Net­flix and Ama­zon Video. It in­cludes two tuners, voice search, Dolby Dig­i­tal (and DD Plus), Wi-fi, Eth­er­net, and a USB port (ver­sion 3.0, for fu­ture ap­pli­ca­tions)...

Hulu’s New Live TV

ser­vice and user in­ter­face are now run­ning on the open-source Tizen OS, used in Sam­sung’s 2017 smart TVS and other prod­ucts, plus An­droid, IOS, fourth-gen Apple TV, Ama­zon Fire TV, Nin­tendo Switch, Roku, and Xbox One. Sam­sung TV own­ers can up­grade ser­vice to in­clude en­hanced cloud DVR...

HDR10+ Is Now Stream­ing

from Ama­zon Prime Video on Sam­sung pre­mium smart TV mod­els. This is the stream­ing de­but of HDR10+...

Net­flix May Ex­pand HDR

sup­port some­day, an ex­ec­u­tive told Techradar. It al­ready sup­ports the widely used HDR10 and is mulling over HDR10+ and Dolby Vi­sion, though not for the near fu­ture...

Hdr-en­hanced TVS

will grow from the cur­rent 12.2 mil­lion sets in homes to 47.9 mil­lion by 2021, says an IHS Markit fore­cast. How­ever, only 23 per­cent of UHDTVS ship­ping this year of­fer “the full HDR ex­pe­ri­ence,” an an­a­lyst adds, cit­ing the cost of back­lights as an ob­sta­cle...

Chrome for An­droid

is get­ting HDR sup­port. LG, Sam­sung, and Sony make Hdr-com­pat­i­ble An­droid smart­phones...

Ca­ble Broad­band

is lev­el­ing off, with growth slow­ing by 17.2 per­cent this year for Com­cast, and 17.9 per­cent for Char­ter/ Spec­trum. Telco broad­band providers like AT&T and Ver­i­zon are start­ing to eat the ca­ble op­er­a­tors’ lunch...

Ver­i­zon Will Launch 5G

wireless broad­band ser­vice in Sacramento, Cal­i­for­nia and four other undis­closed mar­kets. It has tested “pre-com­mer­cial” gi­ga­bit ser­vice in the mil­lime­ter wave spec­trum in 11 mar­kets...

Ver­i­zon Added Net­flix

to some of its FIOS TV set-top boxes. Com­cast and the Dish Net­work pre­vi­ously have done the same...

Directv Now

passed the one mil­lion sub­scriber mark. The At&t-owned streamer plans to roll out cloud DVR, UHD sup­port, more VOD ti­tles, in­di­vid­ual pro­files, and a new user in­ter­face...

Com­cast Has Added iheartradio

to its X1 set-top boxes, of­fer­ing ac­cess to tra­di­tional ra­dio stations around the world. Search for stations with the X1 voice re­mote...

Com­cast Pulled Re­mote DVR

sched­ul­ing from its Stream app af­ter the In­ter­na­tional Trade Com­mis­sion ruled that the fea­ture vi­o­lated two Tivo patents. You can still use Stream to down­load and play con­tent...

PAY-TV Op­er­a­tors Will Lose

26 per­cent of their sub­scribers by 2030, fore­casts the Dif­fu­sion Group. House­hold pen­e­tra­tion will drop from 85 per­cent to 79 per­cent of U.S. homes...

Voxx In­ter­na­tional,

owner of Klip­sch, has ex­panded its mem­ber­ship in the Wireless Speaker and Au­dio As­so­ci­a­tion (WISA) to in­clude its Acous­tic Re­search, En­ergy, Heco, Jamo, Mag­nat, and RCA brands. That may mean more Wisa-com­pli­ant wireless prod­ucts are on the way...

A New Board for NAD

mod­u­lar two-chan­nel prod­ucts adds three HDMI-INS and one out. The MDC HDM-2 sup­ports UHD in­clud­ing HDR10, 24/192 au­dio res­o­lu­tion, and sells for $299...

Key Dig­i­tal Has Added Sonos

to the stream­lined in­te­gra­tion prod­ucts in its Com­pass Con­trol Pro pro­gram. Bidi­rec­tional driv­ers af­ford con­trol of EQ, au­dio, play­back, queue, and brows­ing along with now-play­ing info...

Voice Search

is used by only half of those who have ac­cess to it, says a Tivo study. Of those us­ing it, 46.5 per­cent do so with satel­lite TV, 28.7 per­cent with Ama­zon Fire TV, 19.6 per­cent with Apple TV, and 17.2 per­cent with a game con­sole...

Cine­mark’s Movie Club

gives you one 2D film ticket per month at any of 350 theaters for $8.99/month. You can also bring a friend at that price, en­joy a 20 per­cent dis­count on snacks, and roll over un­used tick­ets to the fol­low­ing month...

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