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Samsung Smart View app for controlling older TVs is shutting down October 5

TVs used to be devices you could use for many years without any regression in functionality, but that changed with the advent of smart TVs. As with phones and computers, the 'smart' functionality in most modern TVs has a shelf life, and now Samsung is cutting support for a key feature on some of its older models.

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Which streaming services are the best value right now?

You've probably (hopefully!) been spending a lot of time at home lately, and that likely means watching a lot of TV. If you're trying to get the most bang for your entertainment buck, you've got a lot of options starting at the low, low price of free. These are some of the best values in video streaming available today.

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7 cheap and easy ways to watch live TV on Android, Chromecast, Fire TV, and more

As the coronavirus quarantine drives entire nations of people to seek refuge indoors, you may have recently found yourself with a lot of free time and little to do. While there's no shortage of on-demand streaming services to keep you entertained, what if you're looking for something a little more ... present? To help pass the countless minutes of solitude, we've assembled a list of affordable ways you can tune in to live TV. Most of these options are compatible with a wide range of devices, including Android phones, Chromecast, Fire TV, Roku, Apple TV, and more, unless otherwise noted.

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YouTube TV makes EPIX channel free for all subscribers until April 25

Many TV providers and streaming services have been offering additional free content to subscribers, mostly to help pass the time during self-isolation or mandatory lockdowns from the coronavirus outbreak. While it's not clear if this is also a response to the growing number of folks stuck at home, YouTube TV is giving all its customers free access to the EPIX channel for the next month.

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YouTube TV retains most Fox regional sports networks, drops NY and LA channels (Updated)

Google and Fox Regional Sports networks owner Sinclair Broadcast Group have agreed to a new carriage deal that will see 19 local sports channels across the nation remain on the YouTube TV lineup. There are major omissions, though, as the YES Network in New York and Los Angeles-based Fox Sports West and Prime Ticket will be cut loose, effective today.

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Google says 'over 160' television providers are now using Android TV

Android TV has undergone an interesting shift over the past few years. It started off as just an OS for third-party streaming devices (such as the Nexus Player and Nvidia Shield), but it has seen a resurgence over the past few years as a platform for TV providers to use in their cable boxes. As of today, Android TV is now in use by "over 160" television providers.

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Verizon launches its own Android TV set-top box, called Stream TV (Update: Netflix and Prime Video support)

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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YouTube TV now available on PlayStation 4, only two years after the Xbox One

YouTube TV is one of several popular ways to get your cable TV fix without dealing with all those other cable TV inconveniences, though platform support has always been a limiting factor. Today the PS4 picks up compatibility with Google's service, allowing those that enjoy Sony's exclusive games to also enjoy their streaming cable programming courtesy of YouTube — all just a mere two years after the Xbox One got it.

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Dish releases smaller AirTV 2 local TV streamer to complement Sling TV service

There are probably multiple free HDTV signals floating through the air, and Dish wants to help you get those into your devices with the new AirTV 2. This device is more compact than the original, and it has improved wireless connectivity. You can buy one today, but Dish is offering deals if you also sign up for its Sling TV streaming service.

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TCL 65” 4K LED Roku TV on sale for $500 ($230 off), includes a free Nest Mini

If you missed the Sharp 4K Roku TV sale from Best Buy yesterday, then you’re in luck. Today only, the company is running a similar promotion for a 65” TCL 4K LED Roku TV — and it’s arguably a better deal. Not only do you get a sizable $230 discount, but you also get a free Nest Mini and two months of Sling TV at 40% off.

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