Ap­ple TV 4K

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

TiVo’s Vox

brand­ing iden­ti­fies voice con­trol in its Bolt DVR and Mini client. “Show me movies with Scar­lett Jo­hans­son.” See our re­view on page 64...

Sam­sung-Owned Har­man

has joined WiSA, the Wire­less Speaker and Au­dio As­so­ci­a­tion. That sug­gests that WiSA-com­pli­ant wire­less speak­ers from Har­man brands may be on the way...

Toshiba Sold Its TV

busi­ness to China’s Hisense. The $113 mil­lion deal in­cludes pro­duc­tion, R&D, and a 40-year brand li­cense...

Au­dioCon­trol Added Dolby Vi­sion

passthrough to its prod­ucts. That in­cludes the Con­cert AVR-7 and AVR-9 re­ceivers and Mae­stro M5 and M9 pre/pros...

Denon and Marantz AVRs

have been up­dated with DTS Vir­tual:X. This pro­vides sim­u­lated sur­round ef­fects from en­coded or le­gacy sources. See our re­view of the Denon AVR-X3400H on page 36...

Sony’s 2017 An­droid TVs

now have Google As­sis­tant. The mic is built into the re­mote con­trol...

Fu­nai-Made Philips TVs

are the lat­est to add Roku as a fea­ture. Roku TVs and play­ers are be­ing pack­aged with a free month of DirecTV Now with new sub­scrip­tion...

“Alexa, Talk to Best Buy”

is the open­ing line of a con­ver­sa­tion you can now have with your Ama­zon Echo speaker. You can or­der a spe­cific item or choose from a cu­rated list of rec­om­men­da­tions...

Sonos One’s Spo­tify

pre­sen­ta­tion has a new fea­ture: Alexa voice con­trol. We re­view the One on page 58...

Stolen Ca­ble TV

ser­vice is in 6.5 per­cent of U.S. homes, ac­cord­ing to Sand­vine. Most do it with boxes or hard­ware de­signed to ac­cess pi­rated video streams...

Pay-TV Subs Dropped

be­low the 80 per­cent mark for the first time since the early 2000s, re­ports the Le­icht­man Re­search Group. Two-thirds of non­sub­scribers are for­mer sub­scribers...

TV Ad­ver­tis­ing

is “likely to shrink mean­ing­fully” in the next decade, ac­cord­ing to Bar­clays an­a­lyst Kan­nan Venkatesh­war, es­pe­cially on ca­ble and lo­cal TV. Ca­ble net­works, he says, are ob­so­lete...

Mil­len­ni­als Spear­head

on­line view­ing, with those 18 to 25 watch­ing over seven hours per week, ac­cord­ing to a sur­vey by Lime­light Net­works. Those over 60 watch less than four hours...

Stream­ers Stream

more than ever, says Lime­light. They’re up to 5.75 hours per week, a 34 per­cent in­crease from a year ago...

Ama­zon’s Video Stream­ing

ser­vice, with bun­dled broad­cast and ca­ble chan­nels, is not to be. The com­pany couldn’t fig­ure out how to make money at it...

Stream­ing Dis­ap­points

sports fans, who com­plain of buffer­ing prob­lems, de­lays, poor pic­ture qual­ity, and loss of ser­vice, re­ports Phenix. They may be­come the last bas­tion of pay-TV and broad­cast­ing...

MSG GO

stream­ing and VOD via free app is now in­cluded in the price of MSG Net­works on DirecTV. MSG pre­vi­ously struck a sim­i­lar deal with Ver­i­zon...

Dish’s UHD Col­lege Foot­ball

is part of a larger plan to of­fer col­lege bas­ket­ball, Ma­jor League Baseball, and NASCAR in Ul­tra HD. Hop­per 3 own­ers can find it on chan­nel 540...

Face­book’s Watch

is get­ting NFL game re­caps and high­lights from all reg­u­lar sea­son games.

That will in­clude the Su­per Bowl...

Com­cast Xfin­ity In­stant TV

has moved into na­tion­wide beta with an $18/month skinny bun­dle boast­ing lo­cal af­fil­i­ates, VOD, cloud DVR, and pre­mium add-ons. In other Com­cast news, the ca­ble op now de­liv­ers Ul­tra HD to its X1 set-top boxes...

AT&T and TiVo

have signed an agree­ment to ex­tend the for­mer’s use of the lat­ter’s tech­nol­ogy through 2025, al­low­ing TiVo magic to grace DirecTV, U-verse telco TV, and DirecTV Now stream­ing. With Com­cast, TiVo is still ne­go­ti­at­ing—and lit­i­gat­ing for patent in­fringe­ment...

DirecTV Now’s

Just Right pack­age de­liv­ers 85 per­cent of the “core chan­nels” view­ers want, says a study by TiVo’s Data Science Team. By that reck­on­ing, it is the king of skinny bun­dles...

FX+,

al­ready launched on Com­cast, has now come to Cox. It in­cludes in-sea­son FX se­ries for $5.99/month...

What Hap­pened to Spike?

It’s been re­branded as the Para­mount Net­work. Vi­a­com would like to see it break into gen­eral en­ter­tain­ment like ri­vals TNT, FX, and AMC...

TV Panel Ship­ments

hit a new high in 2017, to­tal­ing 23 mil­lion units in Au­gust, says Wit­sView. Strong sales in China buoyed op­ti­mism...

Har­man and Hisense

have jointly launched Hisense Laser TV, a DLP laser pro­jec­tor. It in­cludes a 100-inch Screen In­no­va­tions screen, 2.1-chan­nel sound sys­tem, and NTSC/ATSC tuner for $9,999. Our re­view is pend­ing...

now switches dis­play set­tings to match na­tive frame rate and dy­namic range. It was en­abled via update...

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