Google expanding beyond the computer screen to your TV screen

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At the National Association of Broadcasters Show in Las Vegas, Google’s president of global partnerships Daniel Alegre spoke at the closing general session about steps Google is taking to increase their involvement with the TV industry. This includes improvements to help viewers find shows they want to watch, changes to the DoubleClick ad platform to make it an effective option for TV, and even a little bit of help for content creators. Read more

CBS All Access launches for $5.99 a month, offers full seasons and episodes on demand

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CBS has announced an All Access subscription that allows on demand access to full seasons and episodes of many of their television shows, plus access to a live stream of CBS if you live in a supported market. This comes just a day after HBO revealed they were working on a subscription package that would let customers purchase programming without a cable subscription.

The service officially launched today and is available on the web and mobile apps for $5.99 per month. That’s a little cheaper than Netflix, but the catalog isn’t enough to completely replace Netflix. It offers full seasons and next day access to current shows, plus a hefty back catalog that totals about 6500 episodes. If you like seeing your favorite shows as soon as possible, it might be worth looking into. And six bucks a month isn’t terrible, either. Read more

Google rolls out new UI for YouTube’s TV app

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Today, Google unveiled a new user interface for YouTube’s television app. The rollout began with the Xbox One, and will roll the new app out to other streaming devices over the following weeks. The app makes navigation simpler by making things easier to find thanks to slideout guide on the left side. Once signed in, you have your subscriptions, recommendations, open playlists, and more.

Source: YouTube blog

Dish Anywhere app updated with a slew of new features

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If you’re a Dish network customer, you should absolutely be using the Dish Anywhere app. The application allows you to access your home DVR from anywhere with your Android phone or tablet, and even lets you sling live TV to your device and set up recordings. The app has received an update today that brings many new features, including a new  image-heavy interface that’s much easier to navigate. Read more

VIDEO: Hands on with Android TV at Google I/O

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Google TV wasn’t as great as we all expected when it debuted a few years ago, but Google is back with another television platform.

Officially announced at the Google I/O 2014 keynote today, Android TV will bring an entirely new home entertainment experience to your living room. The service will launch in the fall, but for now, check out our information on the platform here.

And be sure to check out the rest of our Google I/O 2014 coverage as well. Hit the break for our hands-on video with Android TV at Google I/O.

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YouTube live events now supported by Chromecast via mobile device

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If you were watching a live YouTube broadcast via your computer in the past, you’ve had the ability to push it straight to your Chromecast if you wanted to. But if you wanted to do the same from your mobile device, you were not able to.

But today, Google has updated the feature, now letting you push live events on YouTube straight to the TV screen via Chromecast on your mobile device.

While the feature apparently has been out “a little while ago,” Google hasn’t mentioned it until a post on Google+ today.

Source: +Google Chrome

Xiaomi announces new Android smart TV with 4K display

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Xiaomi has officially announced a new television, the MI TV 2,  after releasing its first smart TV last fall. This one proves to be a bit bigger (49 inches), and a really nice new feature — a 4K display — for only CN¥3,999  (equivalent to $640).

Android is built into the TV (MIUI TV skin) and side loading for other TV apps is simple. The 4K panel has 3D capabilities with a 6.2mm aluminum bezel. The processor is a quad-core MediaTek MStar 6A918 chip (clocked at 1.45 GHz), 2GB RAM, 8GB internal storage and a microSD slot that can support up to 64GB. 

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