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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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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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Sony's 85" 4K HDR Android TV at its lowest price of $3,500 ($500 off), so you can be the best roommate in your dorm

Do you have an appalling amount of wall space that you feel could use a little brightening? A huge blanking field that needs a little 4K HDR action to go there? Perhaps you could do with one of Sony's X900F series television sets — the 85" size is currently on sale at multiple retailers for $500 off.

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JBL Link Bar review: Android TV in a soundbar is a fantastic idea that JBL very nearly nails

Adding a soundbar is one of the quickest, easiest, and potentially most impressive upgrades you can make to your television, supercharging your entertainment experience with rich, room-filling sound. And while there's no shortage of options out there, supporting tons of extra audio channels or external subwoofers, we’re only now starting to see really smart, connected solutions emerge.

The JBL Link Bar is just such a marriage, wedding Android TV smarts with a 100W soundbar. So instead of just upgrading your TV to sound a whole lot better, it offers a shot in the arm for aging legacy sets that lack built-in streaming or smart-home features of their own.

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Facebook is reportedly working on a media streaming box with video chat for TVs

Facebook released its Portal smart displays back in October 2018 and is now reportedly working on expanding its ecosystem to TVs. Indeed, according to rumors, the social media network has approached steaming companies to discuss a potential partnership to bring their services to a new device made for TVs.

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Logitech Harmony Smart Control down to $50 ($80 off) on Amazon

Even though most TVs in our living rooms are becoming smart ones, we often connect them to third-party devices such as set-top boxes, sound systems, and DVD/Blu-Ray players. Using a separate remote control for each can be a pain, mainly because at least one of them is likely to vanish, but also because it's simply inconvenient to switch between several controllers. With the Harmony Smart Control kit, Logitech offers to group all these remotes into a single one, and even control your devices using your phone or smart speaker. Originally sold at $130, the product is now down to $50, which is quite an attractive discount.

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If you binge watch enough Shark Week on your Fire tablet or TV, Amazon will give you $25

If you like seeing aquatic animals with sharp teeth using their enamel to great effect, Discovery is hosting another of its annual Shark Weeks right now and it's taking the opportunity to let Fire TV and tablet viewers "Stream it Forward." It has partnered with Amazon to donate up to $75,000 to the Discovery Oceana Shark Fund. If you happen to go for a swim by August 4, you might get a sweet $25 out of it, too, though you will have to navigate through some catches — and we're not talking about prawns.

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Review: Logitech Harmony Express is a universal remote for people with more money than time

The ultimate and original automation convenience is the universal remote: a simple gadget that replaces all your similar devices, turning elaborate multi-step operations into a one-button convenience. Logitech's Harmony series of remotes and hubs have offered one of the best experiences out there, but at the cost of a complex setup and maintenance process. The new Harmony Express streamlines almost everything about the experience, but I don't think that convenience is worth the sky-high price tag.

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AirTV Mini is an $80 4K Android TV stick with Sling on-board

Dish-owned AirTV came out in 2017 with a 4K HDR Android TV streaming box that can plug into an antenna for local over-the-air broadcasts — thus combining local TV with over-the-top services ranging from Netflix to YouTube to Sling (another Dish property) in one input. But what if you have other TV sets you'd like to hook up? Surely you'd want to avoid the hassle of getting another AirTV box, right? Well, the company has come out with a new stick that acts as an OTT streamer on its own, but can also relay OTA with the help of an existing AirTV unit.

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