It's really hard living in the US, where it seems like we don't get approximately .5% of all the cool new electronics and services that other countries enjoy. It's a real penance having to stare at the goodies that get released elsewhere but not here, and the only thing we can do about it is flee to the comments section and complain to everyone. Case in point: this neat portable TV antenna from D-Link, which connects to an Android phone's Micro-USB port and lets users watch free over-the-air television.
The DSM-T100 antenna is currently slated for a release in Australia, but since it uses the DVB-T standard, it could also be used in most of Europe and Asia (but not China, Japan, or Korea) and parts of Africa as well. Read More
Sling TV is best known for its set-top boxes that can beam your TV signal across the internet to other devices. The Dish subsidiary is set to embark on a new endeavor this year. Sling TV is set to offer a live TV streaming service that doesn't require a separate cable or satellite subscription. For $20 per month, you get a dozen streaming channels with more available as add-ons.
AT&T U-Verse customers can use the Android companion app to watch live channels on a phone or tablet, turn their handset into a TV remote, and manage DVR. The user interface hasn't looked particularly holo over the last several years, but after the latest updates, it now looks kind of ready for KitKat just in time for everything else to go material. Hey, at least it's something.
If you've used U-Verse on a tablet before, then this interface probably won't look particularly new. While AT&T has provided fresh screenshots on both Play Store pages, the tablet UI has looked this way since over the summer. Read More
DIRECTV has added the ability for its customers to stream thirteen additional channels to their Android devices. The Play Store page doesn't contain an extensive list of which ones are new, but it does mention MSNBC, Ovation, QVC, and Showtime Showcase. All of these are available inside the home, with only QVC accessible outside of the home as well.
These additions bring DIRECTV's full list of channels with live streaming support up to 110. Of them, 51 are still streamable once you step out of the house. To see if your favorite channel has made the list, all you need to do is check. Read More
I love Jeopardy. If it wasn't for football and Agents of SHIELD, Jeopardy would be the only reason I have an over-the-air antenna hooked up to my TV. Apparently someone at Google feels the same way, because at least one viewer started seeing information about the quiz show's answers as they appear on television. The Google Now card live updated with the show as clues were chosen and then answered (in the form of a question).
Long-time Jeopardy fans know that this is a big deal. A full game of Jeopardy can have as many as 61 questions, usually presented and answered in less than thirty seconds each, after which the game rapidly moves on. Read More
Showtime Anytime, the cable network's Android app, has just received an update that adds Chromecast support. Essentially, the only change you will see in the app is that cast button, which lets you send your current screen and video streams to the television. By definition, TV series belong on the TV, don't they? So now you can enjoy Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan's riveting performances in Masters Of Sex on the biggest screen in the house. There are many more shows there too, including Dexter, but we all know the series went downhill after the end of the fourth season.
As a gentle reminder, you'll need a Showtime subscription to be able to access the app, and hence the Chromecasting feature. Read More
We've all been there. You see something on TV - be it a sports game, comedy show, or a cultish HBO series, and you think: "I have to show this to <PERSON>!" And then you open up your phone and are like "omg you have to watch <THING>, it's insane!" Then you get a reply "link?" and you don't have a link because seriously how do you link to a TV, this is not a magical utopia world where cable companies want you to be able to do things like that, especially as they happen.
But what if there was an app that let you open up a list of currently broadcasting programs on television, pick the show you're watching, and then scroll through the timecodes to the 15 or 30 second clip you just have to send <PERSON.> And what if it were that easy: you copy a link to your clipboard and you get a URL where that clip exists on the web - instantly. Read More
When Google launched the Nexus Player, it was listed with a lengthy 3-4 week shipping window, but it seems that Mountain View has gotten its ducks in a row sooner than that. We've gotten multiple tips that Nexus Players and controllers are on their way to buyers.
Roku started making cheap, effective streaming set-top boxes long before Google TV, Chromecast, Fire TV, Android TV, and Amazon's "I can't believe it's not Chromecast." But before today, users who were smack dab in the middle of Google's universe found a notable hole in Roku's otherwise wide array of content partners: the Play Store's selection of movies and TV shows. In a surprising move on Google's part, a new Play Movies channel has been added to the Roku lineup. You can check it out on any Roku device right now.
This seems kind of odd, since Google is in the middle of launching Android TV, not to mention the ongoing success of Chromecast, both of which directly compete with Roku's various set-top boxes. Read More
Google's apps, alongside Facebook's, remain the only Android apps to reach over 500 million users. Some of the tech giant's offerings, such as Gmail and YouTube, have even managed more than a billion downloads.
Now Play Movies & TV has become the company's latest app to join the former category. On Google Play, it resides in the 500,000,000 - 1,000,000,000 range.
This is a significant achievement for Play Movies, a brand that has only really been around since the Android Market turned into the Play Store not much more than a couple of years ago. While the service has expanded into many countries, TV shows are only available in a handful. Read More