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(Update: Sony denies) Official Apple TV app was available for some Sony Android TVs before being abruptly pulled hours later

With the launch of Apple TV+ looming (it's November 1st, for anyone keeping score), OEMs have been scrambling to get the Apple TV app greenlit for their hardware platforms. Earlier this week, we reported that select Amazon TV Fire Sticks received official supoprt, and for a brief moment today, Apple TV found its way to some Sony Android TVs — just to be renounced hours later.

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Nvidia Shield TV (2019) review: The best Android TV box for pretty much everyone

Nvidia's Shield TV has been Android nerds' streaming box of choice for going on half a decade, and for good reason: it's got ample power, plenty of features, and software that's always up to date. Now, the company has introduced two new versions with a bit of a twist. The base model, this tube-shaped guy right here, fills a role that's decidedly niche: a premium Android TV box (cylinder?) that does everything you'd want a streamer to do and nothing else, for a price that's high-end but not too high-end. I'm not sure how many people are looking for exactly that, but I'm confident anybody who is will be thrilled with this year's Shield TV.

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Sony shuttering PlayStation Vue in early 2020, leaving us with one less streaming option

After chugging along for four years, Sony is calling it quits and ending its Playstation Vue subscription service. The company cites the slow-changing and competitive Pay TV industry as its primary reason for the pullout, and it plans to focus on its core gaming business going forward. Subscribers will have access to the service until January 30, 2020.

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[Update: Fix rolling out] No, your TV's not misconfigured: Android TV is cutting off Chromecast text

Android TV boxes and TVs have Chromecast functionality built-in, which is very convenient since you don't have to plug yet another device in your television to cast content from your phone. There's currently just a minor problem with the integration that might drive you to think you've somehow misconfigured your TV. For a few days, some devices have been cutting off the Chromecast text on the bottom left corner of the Daydream screensaver.

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New Nvidia Shield TV and Shield TV Pro are official with Dolby Vision HDR and AI upscaling

To nobody's surprise, Nvidia's extensively-leaked new Shield lineup is now official. There are two devices: the tube-shaped "dongle" simply called the Shield TV and a higher-end model that more closely resembles prior models named the Shield TV Pro. Both are available now from Nvidia.

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New Nvidia Shield TV Pro and dongle available at Best Buy before release, here are the SKUs to ask for

The Nvidia Shield TV is one of the most beloved Android TV devices thanks to a capable processor and stellar software support and updates. Its successors, the Nvidia Shield TV Pro and a TV dongle simply named "Nvidia Shield TV," have already leaked substantially, and now they're available for purchase at Best Buy before their official release.

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There's an Nvidia Shield TV dongle, and it just completely leaked on Newegg

If you thought Nvidia's dormant Shield lineup was shaken up today with news of a Shield TV Pro being listed on Amazon for a hot second, prepare for an earthquake: as of time of writing, Newegg Canada is hosting a product page for another Shield TV item — this one's a dongle.

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This 55" 4K Android TV is just $215 at many Target locations

Getting your hands on a decent 4K TV shouldn't have to set you back a mortgage payment or two. Yes, they can be pricey, but if you keep your eye out for the right opportunity, you may find a killer deal, just like today's offer. For a limited time, Target has an Element 55" 4K Android TV for only $215 (50% off).

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[Update: Vudu fixed] Nvidia rolls out minor update to fix the Shield's 4K playback issues

Last month, a problem with 4K playback surfaced on Nvidia's Shield TV. The issue affected VUDU and a few other unnamed services, and only occurred when using their native apps but not when casting to the Shield. Nvidia is now rolling out an update that's supposed to fix those problems.

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Hulu pulls Android TV app from some DVR and cable boxes

A few months ago, Hulu finally revamped its Android TV app after it letting it languish for years, with the main new addition being support for Hulu Live TV. However, the company's renewed attention to the platform also seems to come with a downside: the app is being blocked on a handful of Android TV set-top boxes.

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