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June 12, 2017

PlayStation Video expands its reach to Android TV

As the E3 2017 video game trade show gets underway this week in Los Angeles, there will almost certainly be a number of new game titles announced for Sony’s PlayStation 4 console. As it turns out, the company is also quietly expanding the reach of its PlayStation Video service this week as well. A new version of the app has made its way to the Google Play Store specifically for owners of Android TV set-top boxes and televisions.

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For the 60 million PlayStation 4 owners, along with the millions of people who still own a PlayStation 3 console, this is definitely good news. While there’s already a PlayStation Video [...]

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February 10, 2017

Sony’s Android TVs will be the first televisions with Google Assistant

Earlier this year at CES 2017, Google announced that its Google Assistant voice command feature would find its way into smart TVs. Today, Sony confirmed that its upcoming 2017 lineup of Bravia 4K televisions, which already have Android TV installed, will be the first to incorporate Google Assistant.

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That’s the good news. The bad news is that if you buy one of the new 2017 Sony Bravia televisions right away, you won’t get access to Google Assistant out of the box. Wired reports that it will be added, via a firmware update, sometime “later this year”. Once it is enabled, you can start using Google Assistant by [...]

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February 1, 2017

Facebook may be coming to a TV set-top box near you

If you like to watch videos on Facebook with your phone or tablet, you may be soon get that same experience on a bigger screen. A new report claims that Facebook is working on a video-themed app specifically for TV set-top boxes, along with plans to license long-form TV content.

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The report comes from The Wall Street Journal, citing unnamed sources. It states that this new app is part of Facebook’s overall plan to move to a “video-first” business. The company has already been pushing its Facebook Live video streaming features for some time. An app specifically for TV set top boxes like the [...]

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January 31, 2017

NVIDIA Shield TV reportedly can now work with PlayStation and Xbox controllers

If you own either the 2015 or the recently launched 2017 version of the NVIDIA Shield TV set-top box, you might be able to finally use it with some popular game controllers. Online reports claim that owners have successfully been able to pair the official PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One S controllers to the Shield TV models via Bluetooth.

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Both of these Android TV-based set-top boxes recently got big operating system updates to Android Nougat, though it’s unknown if that is the reason why the PlayStation and Xbox controllers can now work with the Shield TV devices. Some users are also reporting [...]

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