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Amazon reportedly drops plans for TV streaming service

Earlier this week, rumors about an ad-supported video service from Amazon began to circulate. Amazon selectively denied that rumor, but a new report from Reuters claims that Amazon was working on a YouTube TV-like service until very recently.

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TV Show Favs gets a material design makeover in v4.0 [APK Download]

Keeping track of what you're watching on TV is an absolute nightmare at the moment; there are just too many great series and not enough time. As with most problems we face these days, there's an app for that. TV Show Favs is a powerful tool that helps you track and manage the viewing of your favorite shows, with all sorts of useful features such as calendar integration and reminder notifications. The devs will probably be the first to admit it hasn't always been the prettiest app (Holo everywhere), but that changes with the latest update.

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Sony's Android TVs now support the Google Assistant

If you're lucky enough to own a recent Sony 4K HDR set with Android TV, you now have access to the Google Assistant. As well as using it to explore video content and get information, you'll also be able to control your smart home devices, just as you can with the Assistant on your phone or a Google Home product.

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The YouTube TV app for Android TV is now live [APK Download]

Google launched YouTube TV earlier this year, but it leaned heavily on Chromecast support to get the stream onto other screens. It seemed odd there wouldn't at least be an app for Android TV, but now there is. The app is live in the Play Store, just a few days after Google announced its impending arrival.

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You can now ask Google Home to play news videos on your TV

The Google Home doesn't have a display of its own, but it's becoming very good at controlling other screens around your house. You can start playback of content from Google Photos, YouTube, and others with a simple voice command, turning the Home into a voice-controlled TV remote. Google has now added the ability to easily watch news videos on your TV using Assistant commands.

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AMC's new VR apps will immerse you in The Walking Dead and Into the Badlands

Every fan of The Walking Dead has surely imagined what it would be like to encounter a walker in real life. Similarly, if you watch Into the Badlands, you'd probably love to get up close with the flight scenes. Thanks to two new VR apps from TV network AMC, you'll be able to watch both shows as part of a new immersive experience.

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You can now turn on and off your Chromecast-connected TV with a Google Home command

It's the little things you guys. Sometimes, you're sitting in the living room and you just want to turn on your TV without reaching for that remote. Sure, you can ask Home to play something on your Chromecast, which will automatically turn the TV on, but then it'll start playing something while maybe you just wanted to see those pretty backdrops. And forget about turning the TV off, that just didn't work.

Until yesterday that is. Google published a new support document that explains that you can now turn on and off the TV with Google Home. You'll need to have a Chromecast connected to your TV and for the TV to support HDMI-CEC with CEC turned on (basically this is what allows the TV to turn on automatically through an HDMI command).

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Disney merges its TV apps into 'DisneyNOW'

In the past, Disney has had one app for each of its TV networks - Disney Channel, Disney Junior, and Disney XD. That means three apps you have to manage, and (at least) three times you have to enter your cable credentials to get access to all available content. Now the company is consolidating all three into the new 'DisneyNOW' app.

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Your next cable box could run Android TV

You may not have heard of Arris International, but it's one of the world's largest set-top box manufacturers. Cable/satellite/TV operators will contract Arris to manufacture their proprietary set-top boxes, which they then sell to their customers. Today, Arris announced that it would begin offering new Android TV-based solutions to operators.

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Latest Vudu update adds multiple features, including a watch list, swag shop, and video zooming [APK Download]

Movie and TV streaming app Vudu has become a popular option on Android in recent years. Its last big update added a nifty service that allows you to digitize your old discs for a small fee, and implementing parental controls was another important recent improvement. The latest update, to version 5.3.165.52141, brings more useful features that you might expect from a streaming app of its kind.

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