Android TV

Jan 05 2017

News - New NVIDIA Shield TV announced, will have Amazon Video

One of my only complaints about the first gen NVIDIA Shield TV was that Amazon Video wasn't natively available. It looks like that will end soon, at least for the upcoming Gen2. Wasn't about to find a clear answer on whether it will come to the first one (please!).

UPDATE: Amazon Video will come to 1st gen Shield TV. Thanks @Starkenator!



Jun 29 2016

News - Emby Android TV app now supports refresh rate switching

Playing your content at its native refresh rate is generally key to getting the best experience from your viewing time, so I think it's great that Emby has added this feature to the Android TV app.

Apr 27 2016

News - Emby Android TV / Fire TV Apps updated

The biggest change looks to be improved support for multi-channel compressed audio CODECs like DD & DTS, but there are quite a few fixes and improvements listed in the update.

Oct 29 2015

News - You Get PLEX, and YOU Get PLEX...

Everybody gets a PLEX* Smile.

*Assuming you have an Android TV or Smart TV. Terms and conditions may apply. Your mileage may vary.

After some quality time with our Plex Pass members as an early preview, our Android TV and smart TV apps are available for free to everyone, joining the ranks of our other free big screen apps like Roku, Tivo, Chromecast, and Xbox 360! The apps include filtering and sorting for rich content discovery, Plex Companion for casting, flinging, and remote control, as well as support for Plex Channels. In addition, you can watch TV show episodes back to back and play trailers before a movie for that genuine theater feel. The apps also support Plex Pass features you already have and love, like parental controls, premium music features, trailers and extras and more!

For a complete list of compatible smart TVs, click here.

Jun 26 2014

News - SiliconDust Brings STB-free TV to Google, er..., Android TV

 

When GoogleTV first came out, it was an interesting idea but poorly executed. Refusing to give up on the idea Google has soldiered on and yesterday GoogleTV became Android TV, bringing their little-black-box OS closer to their main branch of Android which should provide greater access to the catalog of apps available through the Play store. Alongside this, it looks like SiliconDust has been busy writing a plugin which provides Live TV from their popular network tuners, which means you finally don’t need an MSO provided STB to view Live TV; removing the kludge of HDMI pass-through and IR-blasting from the mix. Frankly, I think this is really slick and hopefully just a stepping stone towards full CableCARD DVR support (can’t be that hard, can it?). I imagine SiliconDust have the same thing in mind because included in their PR is a link to download the plugin that POCs the Live TV integration – hopefully someone takes up the challenge and makes it happen.

Pleasanton, CAJune 25, 2014Silicondust USA Inc., innovators of the HDHomeRun® network attached TV tuners, today announced that it was selected to participate in the Google I/O Developer Sandbox being held in San Francisco. Google I/O is an annual developer-focused conference featuring in-depth sessions focused on innovations for web, mobile and social breakthroughs to bring together thousands of developers. SiliconDust is demonstrating its HomerunInput plugin enabling Live TV as a core component to Android TV’s platform. HomerunInput uses SiliconDust’s HDHomeRun devices to deliver a Live TV source for Android TV devices.

SiliconDust

UPDATE: According to Engadget (thanks Skye), all Android TV devices have to have PlayReady DRM (one way to make Copy-Once content work).

There are a few hardware requirements to ensure that Android TV doesn't offer an inconsistent (or miserable) user experience: 2GB of RAM, 8GB of flash storage, WiFi and/or Ethernet, Bluetooth 4, Play-ready DRM and Widevine level one.

Engadget

 

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