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Hulu raises price of live TV subscription again, now costs $55/month

Most live TV subscriptions follow the same path: they start cheap with a few channels, then add a few more channels, then raise prices to make up for the costs of adding more channels. Hulu's live TV option already increased in price once this year, and now the service is set to become even more expensive.

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Verizon launches its own Android TV set-top box, called Stream TV (Update: No Netflix)

Today, Verizon introduced its rumored Android TV-powered set-top box. The Verizon Stream TV is available to order directly from the company's site. Other than the signature red checkmark on top, the product is unbranded, and we haven't confirmed the manufacturer yet (though one source tells us it's very similar to Xiaomi's Mi Box).

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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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TCL's new 8-Series 4K TVs are backlit by up to 25,000 tiny LEDs, start at $2,000

TCL's TVs are perhaps best known for offering great bang for the buck, but the company's new 8-Series TVs are taking a different approach. These new 4K Roku units are the world's first TVs with mini-LED backlights, and they're available for pre-order today.

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YouTube TV arrives on Amazon Fire TV devices

We're not far from the days when Amazon and Google were feuding over how YouTube was shown on Echo Show displays and not selling Chromecasts on the Amazon marketplace — in the course of the saga, both companies pulled services from their counterpart's platform. However, the pair came to terms earlier this year with an agreement that resulted in YouTube services coming back to Fire TV devices in July. Now, Amazon has taken one step further forward by welcoming YouTube TV into the fold.

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YouTube is putting massive autoplaying ads on its TV apps

Do you like seeing massive ads that take up half of your TV screen? No? Too bad, because you'll soon be forced to watch the company's signature Masthead ads on your television's YouTube app. This is bound to be a huge moneymaker for our pals at Google.

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[Update: Shutdown date] Sorry, HTPC owners: YouTube is killing its web-based TV interface

YouTube launched its 'Leanback' interface in 2010, originally designed as an automatic playback client for when you didn't want to search and navigate through videos yourself. It later turned into a full-fledged web application for control with a remote, intended for use with smart TVs and other similar devices. Unfortunately, the Leanback web app is about to join the Google Graveyard.

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Stadia may be on the horizon for Android TV

Google has promised gaming on every screen without the pain of local processing through its Stadia platform. However, it'll take some time to saturate every possible screen — Chromecasts will be at the forefront when the service goes into trial from November while Pixel 3 and 3a phones as well as computers with access to Chrome are expected to join the device pool. But what if you have an Android TV? Well, you may have to wait a good long while to get into Stadia.

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Google will only support the first-gen Chromecast with security patches, no major updates

When Google released the original Chromecast back in 2013, we were far from imagining it would be such a hit and continue to receive support for more than six years. However, it seems the company has stopped providing major updates to the product, and is only pushing security patches to the aging dongle.

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Amazon's IMDb TV streaming service is now accessible through the Android app

Earlier this year, Amazon-owned IMDb launched a new streaming service that was (for some reason) called Freedive originally. It's since had its name changed to the more practical IMDb TV, and as of today, it's available as part of the pre-existing IMDb mobile app.

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