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XBMC 12.1 makes full use of iPhone 5, improves Raspberry Pi player and more

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The XBMC crew hasn't been distracted by its early work on XBMC 13 Gotham -- it's more than willing to share the love with those who are still busy with Frodo's adventures. A just-launched XBMC 12.1 update improves the experience in several ways on Apple platforms, rolling up iOS...
XBMC 12.1 makes full use of iPhone 5, improves Raspberry Pi player and more

Google TV now lists movie New Releases, to let users control YouTube vids from phones and tablets

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While hardware manufacturers like Sony and Vizio have been hard at work making new Google TV devices, the folks in Mountain View have been in the lab cooking up new software features for the platform. We got to speak with Google TV's VP of Product Management Mario Queiroz today,...
Google TV now lists movie New Releases, to let users control YouTube vids from phones and tablets

Free TiVo Desktop PC software disappears June 5th, $16 Plus version will remain

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Windows-using TiVo owners should make a beeline for the TiVo Desktop download link below, because on June 5th its free edition is going away. This software allows user to bring their personal music and photos to the TiVo, and more notably, transfer recordings from the DVR to their PCs....
Free TiVo Desktop PC software disappears June 5th, $16 Plus version will remain

Ceton's Media Center Companion apps for mobiles hit RC status, add new features (video)

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Fans of Windows Media Center will have a new remote control option soon, as Ceton has pushed out some release candidates of its mobile device Companion apps. Beta testers should be seeing some new features including an updated program guide with infinite scrolling, plus universal search through the guide,...
Ceton's Media Center Companion apps for mobiles hit RC status, add new features (video)

Microsoft kicked off public beta for 2012 Xbox Live update, but quickly ran out of space

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And just like that, it was all over. Shortly after the well-known, always-informative Major Nelson announced that this year's upcoming Xbox Live update had officially opened its beta doors to the public, he soon followed up with a note saying it was already "full and no longer accepting sign-ups."...
Microsoft kicked off public beta for 2012 Xbox Live update, but quickly ran out of space

Rovio adds TV channel to its games, launches Angry Birds Toons on March 17th

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If Rovio wants to rival Disney, it's going to need to broaden its distribution network, right? It turns out that the company is going the opposite way, bundling a video channel inside its apps to showcase its first TV show; Angry Birds Toons -- a 52-episode series chronicling the...
Rovio adds TV channel to its games, launches Angry Birds Toons on March 17th

Google Fiber for iPad hits the App Store

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Let it never be said that Google doesn't show its iOS-toting fans love. Even when it's not bringing apps to Apple's platform first, it usually makes sure to offer its wares on the competing ecosystem. It may have taken a while, but the Google Fiber remote app is now...
Google Fiber for iPad hits the App Store

Yahoo and Samsung announce multi-year interactive TV partnership

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We've had mixed feelings about Yahoo's Connected TV platform, but Samsung appears to think that its the next big thing. The two mega corporations announced a multi-year partnership on Monday that will bring the restructuring internet company's interactive television software to Samsung's 2012 lineup of smart TVs. Far from...
Yahoo and Samsung announce multi-year interactive TV partnership

Netflix updates iOS app with episode selector, new audio menu

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Netflix has released an update to its iOS app, bringing a few subtle design tweaks in addition to a feature that wasn't available in version 3.0. Along with a redesigned audio menu and subtitle selector, the refreshed app includes a button for switching episodes within a series while an...
Netflix updates iOS app with episode selector, new audio menu

YouTube for Google TV updated with streamlined UI, support for paid subscriptions

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Google TV is getting a refreshed YouTube app to go along with its update to the latest versions of Android and Chrome. The video-streaming service now features a sleeker UI, complete with playlists displayed under the video discovery and subscription tabs and larger thumbnails for previewing content. The update...
YouTube for Google TV updated with streamlined UI, support for paid subscriptions

Shazam now rides shotgun with any TV show in the US, gets cozier with Facebook

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Shazam doesn't want to let GetGlue control all our couch potato time -- it just rolled out an upgrade to its TV component that lets the mobile app provide social sharing, soundtrack and trivia details for nearly any TV show in the US, not just those deemed worthy of...
Shazam now rides shotgun with any TV show in the US, gets cozier with Facebook

XBMC 12 Frodo enters development, beta releases expected mid-November

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The media player paradise of XBMC 11 Eden has served us well for the majority of the year, but now it's time to move to Middle Earth. XBMC 12 Frodo has entered formal development, bringing with it a feature freeze until the new version is done and dusted. This...
XBMC 12 Frodo enters development, beta releases expected mid-November

Bang & Olufsen announces Spotify partnership, brings streaming integration to BeoSound 5

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The BeoSound 5 is, without a doubt, among the priciest of its kind, but thanks to a new partnership with Spotify, Bang & Olufsen has just added a little more value to its lavish controller. According to the company, those with a BeoSound 5 in their possession will able...
Bang & Olufsen announces Spotify partnership, brings streaming integration to BeoSound 5

Open webOS-powered HDTVs said to be on the way from... LG?

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If you were wondering what was next for webOS now that it's gone all open source on us, webOS Nation chimes in with word that Gram is working with LG to bring it to connected HDTVs. Several names from the HP / Gram team are dropped as being involved...
Open webOS-powered HDTVs said to be on the way from... LG?

ThinkFlood closes shop, brings RedEye universal remote down with it

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Fans of ThinkFlood might want to shed a few tears today, as the company has just announced it's closing its doors. As a reminder, ThinkFlood was responsible for the RedEye universal remote control system that allowed any smartphone or web-connected device to control everything from a home theatre to...
ThinkFlood closes shop, brings RedEye universal remote down with it

LG adding more games to its Cinema 3D Smart TVs in 2013

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You may wince at the idea of your TV supplanting your games console, but LG's seen enough potential in the idea to swell the number of titles available for its Cinema 3D units. It'll add The Sims Free Play, Air Penguin and Mini Motor Racing (amongst others) that you...
LG adding more games to its Cinema 3D Smart TVs in 2013

Hulu Plus, HBO Go and Max Go apps for Android updated with support for closed captions

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Sound familiar? Just days after the mobile apps for HBO, Cinemax and Hulu added closed captions support on iOS, a similar slew of upgrades have come to their apps on Android. Unfortunately, there doesn't appear to be any change in the number of supported devices for any of them...
Hulu Plus, HBO Go and Max Go apps for Android updated with support for closed captions

Redbox app for Android updated with a new UI and better filtering, no Instant streaming yet

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The official Redbox app for Android hasn't seen many changes since it was first introduced early last year, but that's changing with version 3.0. Now available in Google Play, it brings a new look that should make browsing a bit easier, plus enhanced filtering (you can sort Blu-ray discs...
Redbox app for Android updated with a new UI and better filtering, no Instant streaming yet

Hulu Plus gets a whole new look on the iPad, focuses on discovery

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Hulu may be constantly on the brink of a buyout, but that doesn't mean the current owners are just sitting about waiting for some high roller to come along. In fact, over the last couple of months the streaming service has undergone a pretty impressive transformation. There have been...
Hulu Plus gets a whole new look on the iPad, focuses on discovery

Plex desktop app becomes Plex Home Theater, adds AirPlay and HD audio

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Plex wants us to settle in for some holiday viewing in front of our home theater PCs, and to that effect it's delivering a major beta update to its desktop app -- including a new name. The more clearly defined Plex Home Theater syncs up with the XBMC 12...
Plex desktop app becomes Plex Home Theater, adds AirPlay and HD audio

MediaPortal posts 2.0 alpha media hub and new remote apps, teases 1.3 beta with Titan

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Home theater PC owners only just recovering from their turkey or tofu comas will have some updating to do -- MediaPortal has been busy. The experimenters among us will most likely want to jump straight into the promised MediaPortal 2.0 Alpha Autumn, which carries new visual layouts and video...
MediaPortal posts 2.0 alpha media hub and new remote apps, teases 1.3 beta with Titan

TiVo TV Anywhere app, multi-room streaming launch for Virgin Media viewers

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British TiVo owners with Virgin Media have sometimes had to watch as their American counterparts get first crack at the latest extras, not the least of which have been the mobile apps. The UK has just caught up, and then some, now that Virgin has rolled out a finished...
TiVo TV Anywhere app, multi-room streaming launch for Virgin Media viewers
Switched On: Android's TV Triple Threat

YouView releases Android app for remote recording and weekly listings

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As promised by the free-to-view UK TV service, YouView's finally launched its dedicated Android app. Offering the ability to browse a full week of program listings for its collection of over 70 TV and radio channels, the app can also remotely record TV shows. With the iOS version, you...
YouView releases Android app for remote recording and weekly listings

Plex Android app updated with remote control from mobile devices, new transcoding

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While it was exciting to hear that XBMC is making its way to Android, the Plex media center has been on the platform since last year and was recently updated with a few new features. Version 2.2.0.5 of the $5 app adds the ability to accept remote control commands...
Plex Android app updated with remote control from mobile devices, new transcoding

Flixster is now on the Xbox 360, UltraViolet library in-hand

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Warner Bros.-owned social networking slash film service Flixster is now available on the Xbox 360, bringing with it the Rotten Tomatoes rating aggregation service and UltraViolet cloud integration. As Xbox 360 apps tend to be, Flixster costs nothing and only functions if you've got an Xbox Live account. Beyond...
Flixster is now on the Xbox 360, UltraViolet library in-hand

Comcast's X1 remote app gains voice commands on iOS, Android update in the works

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A little added interactiveness with living room essentials goes a long way. With that in mind, Comcast today announced it's boosting its iOS X1 remote control with newly minted voice commands, something the company's been working on since earlier this year. Xfinity TV subscribers using the X1 platform will...
Comcast's X1 remote app gains voice commands on iOS, Android update in the works

XBMC 12 Frodo launches in finished form with support for Android, live TV

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XBMC 12 Frodo has spent enough time in beta that you'd think it was walking to Mordor. Whatever prompted the long trek, it's at last over: the finished version of XBMC 12 is hitting the servers. As promised, the completed edition significantly expands the media center app's universe to...
XBMC 12 Frodo launches in finished form with support for Android, live TV

MediaPortal posts new beta with new look and CableCARD, teases bigger sequel (video)

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MediaPortal is a rare veteran spinoff of XBMC -- a testament to its fan base, but also a sign that it needs a fresh coat of paint. A new 1.3 beta might offer just what home theater PC users have been looking for to keep the front end relevant,...
MediaPortal posts new beta with new look and CableCARD, teases bigger sequel (video)

Plex unveils 'massive' Plex/Web update, Windows 8 app tweaks and more

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Plex's busy bees have sweetened the media server / client honeypot again with new updates, including a "giant, thundering" update of the Plex/Web UI featuring a redesigned home screen and easier navigation. It also has a new version of its next-gen transcoder for the Windows 8 and PlexSync apps...
Plex unveils 'massive' Plex/Web update, Windows 8 app tweaks and more
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