Google Play Movies has generally been late to the party when it comes to adopting newer video and audio standards. Its massive content catalog lacked support for UHD and HDR-enabled content for the longest time, and HDR10+ support was eventually announced a few months back. As it attempts to catch up with its rivals quickly, Google is now adding Dolby’s proprietary dynamic Vision standard for HDR content, but only for a pair of movies. Read More
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. Read More
The cat is out of the bag for Nvidia and its two upcoming Shield TV models, but that's not stopping the company from shrouding its upcoming plans with mystery. An enigmatic video was posted on its Twitter account with the date October 28, seemingly confirming what we all knew. Read More
We recently covered a couple of 4K Android TVs from Sony's X900F series that went on sale and there was a good chonk to save there. In fact, those discounted prices for the 75" and 85" models are still available right now from your favorite retailer. Indeed, these panels have been gradually depreciating on store shelves for a good while, but we didn't have anything to report on for the 65" model... that is, until now. Read More
Amazon already sells two 4K streaming devices — the Fire TV 4K ($69.99) and Fire TV Cube 4K ($119.99) — but today the Seattle-based tech company has revealed a gadget that brings 4K to a more affordable form factor: the Fire TV Stick 4K. The device, available to preorder for $49.99, comes with a redesigned Alexa Voice Remote featuring volume buttons and supports HDR standards HDR10, HDR10+, and Dolby Vision, as well as Dolby Atmos for audio. Read More
Sony's been busy with announcements so far at CES 2018 in Las Vegas, debuting new headphones and speakers, an Android Auto audio system, and some new phones (trademark bezels still intact). There are surely many more new Sony things being launched at the show, but not all of them are relevant to us here. New Android TV sets with the Google Assistant built in? Yep, that's relevant enough. Read More
The good news keeps piling up for owner of Sony's latest badass-est flagship, the Xperia XZ Premium. Not only did they discover it's one of Sony's most durable phones to date, but they can also benefit from better AOSP ROM development on it thanks to the Open Devices program, and now they'll also be able to watch Netflix content in HDR on its beautiful display.
The Xperia XZ Premium was just added to the very short list of Android phones that support "HDR" streaming on Netflix. Read More