Ama­zon’s New Fire TV

Sound & Vision - - THIS JUST IN... - By Mark Fleis­chmann

Philo

is the name of a sports-free skinny stream­ing bun­dle that will fea­ture pro­gram­ming from Vi­a­com, AMC, A+E, Scripps, and Dis­cov­ery for less than $20 a month.

It’s named af­ter Philo Farnsworth, in­ven­tor of tele­vi­sion...

Com­cast Is Up­ping

the cost of its Broad­cast TV and Re­gional Sports Net­work ser­vices by $3.50 to $14.50 a month. These very charges have at­tracted a class-ac­tion con­sumer law­suit claim­ing Com­cast “se­cretly and re­peat­edly” in­creased them and em­ploy­ees “ex­plic­itly lie” by call­ing them gov­ern­ment-re­lated fees and taxes...

In­te­gra Added Dolby Vi­sion

to seven 2016-vin­tage sur­round prod­ucts in­clud­ing the DRX-R1, -7, -5, -4, -3, and -2 re­ceivers and the DRC-R1 pre/pro. It has also up­dated such models as the THX Ul­tra–cer­ti­fied DRC-R1.1 pre/ pro and THX Se­lect–cer­ti­fied DRX-R1.1 and DRX-7.1 AVRs, all with At­mos, DTS:X, and UHD HDBaseT...

Broad­cast-Only TV Homes

have risen by 41 per­cent to 15.8 mil­lion over the past five years, says a study by Nielsen and broad­caster ION Me­dia. They have a me­dian age of 34.5, ver­sus 39.6 in to­tal TV house­holds...

Cord Cut­ting Is Ram­pant

among new pay-TV sub­scribers, with a quar­ter of them likely to can­cel within six months, a TiVo study finds. With stream­ing op­tions pro­lif­er­at­ing, they may view pay-TV as an “an­ti­quated ser­vice”...

On­line View­ing

is the only kind a quar­ter of view­ers un­der 35 are in­ter­ested in, says an Adobe Dig­i­tal In­sight study. An­other 30 per­cent say they ex­pect to cut the cord within two years...

Di­recTV Now

added stream­ing of CBS and CW lo­cal chan­nels in a dozen mar­kets in­clud­ing Detroit, Philadel­phia, and San Fran­cisco, rais­ing the ros­ter of lo­cal chan­nels to 155. You can also get Show­time for an­other $8 a month...

Dish Brought Net­flix

to the Hop­per 3 DVR in 2016. Now Net­flix also works on up to six 4K Joey boxes, mak­ing Dish the first payTV out­fit to make the pop­u­lar stream­ing ser­vice multi-room...

Roku’s Stream­ing Stick+

($70) has UHD, HDR, and four times the range of pre­vi­ous models. Save, if you must, with the merely HD Ex­press+ ($40) and Ex­press ($30)...

Net­flix HDR Sup­port

now reaches iPhone 8, iPhone X, and iPad Pro de­vices and in­cludes Dolby Vi­sion HDR. An­droid users were al­ready get­ting it on the LG G6, Sam­sung Galaxy Note 8, and Sony Xpe­ria ZX Premium...

The Fire HD 10

is Ama­zon’s first tablet to fea­ture the Alexa voice plat­form. It boasts a 1080p dis­play and Dolby At­mos speak­ers, start­ing at $149 for 32 GB and $189 for 64 GB...

A Roku Smart Speaker

may be in the works. The com­pany is re­cruit­ing ex­perts on au­dio, voice recog­ni­tion, and a “voice user in­ter­face de­signer,” re­ports Va­ri­ety...

Bose Added Google As­sis­tant

to its Qui­etCom­fort 35 II noise-can­cel­ing head­phones ($349). Just press the handy Ac­tion but­ton on the left earcup...

Yamaha Mu­sicCast

now in­te­grates with the RTI and URC home con­trol plat­forms. That will en­able it to work from in-wall and table­top touch­screens along with light­ing and other func­tions...

Pi­o­neer Added Dolby Vi­sion

to the 2016-vin­tage Elite SC-LX901, -801, -701, -501, VSX-LX301, and -101; and the non-Elite VSX-1131 and -831. 2017 models have it on board...

T-Mo­bile’s Data Throt­tling

thresh­old has risen from 32 to 50 GB per month. That com­pares fa­vor­ably with Sprint (23 GB), AT&T, and Ver­i­zon (both 22 GB)...

The Hol­i­day Shop­ping Sea­son

was over in Septem­ber for 8.3 per­cent of for­ward­think­ing shop­pers, said the an­nual sur­vey of best­black­fri­day.com. Last year the fig­ure was 9.6 per­cent...

Har­man In­ter­na­tional

laid off 650 U.S. and Euro­pean em­ploy­ees in the wake of its ac­qui­si­tion by Sam­sung. Au­dio­philes fer­vently hope the bud­get­cut­ting ax will spare the leg­endary re­search and test­ing fa­cil­ity in Northridge, Cal­i­for­nia, which has done so much to ex­pand the science of au­dio...

is a cube-shaped don­gle that brings Ul­tra HD to a mid­dling price point of $70. Does it speak Alexa? Of course!...

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