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
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
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
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.
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 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.
Philips’ new Android-powered television is certainly one to gush over. It features an eye-popping Ultra HD display and the smart TV runs Android 4.2.2 right out of the box. The televisions join Philips’ 8000 series. While the 48-inch and 55-inch models have a 1080p resolution, the 8800 is the UHD model that has the 3840×2160 resolution. Expect the 8000 smart TV series to hit shelves later this year with a slew of applications thanks to Android being at its core.
Finally fulfilling a promise made back in May, some of LG’s Google TV devices are receiving the long-awaited Android 4.2.2 update. While updates are always welcome, this one takes away some of the finer treats of a Google TV device. The Chrome browser has been switched from the PC to Android version, leaving users without access to services like Hulu, watchESPN, or Crackle because Adobe Flash is gone. The update is 297.8 MB, so sit tight if you plan on grabbing it right away. Hit the break for the full changelog and another image of the update. Read more
Aereo, a service which allows users to stream live television from their computers, phones, or tablets, is finally coming to Android after an iOS-only release back in May.
The app hit the Play Store today, and the beta is available to download on devices running Android 4.2 or later.
However, Aereo is only available in certain markets at this time: New York, Boston, Atlanta, Miami, Salt Lake City, Houston, and Dallas.
If you’re from one of the above regions and want to give it a try, you’ll get the service free for a month until the trial ends and you’ll have to pay $8/month. Hit the break for the link to the app in the Play Store as well as screen shots.
AT&T is now offering an Android companion app for their U-Verse TV service. Users will be able to watch over 100 live channels on a phone or tablet, plus manage scheduled DVR recordings. You can also browse channel listings to check out what’s going to be on later when you’re home.
Unfortunately, watching and streaming shows isn’t available on all devices because of restrictions with licensing agreements, but if you’re a U-Verse subscriber and have one of the few supported devices, this is an app you should check out. Read more