NVIDIA Shield TV getting Android 8.0 Oreo update, lots of improvements added

NVIDIA recently started the roll-out of Android 8.0 Oreo for Shield TV. The new update is available for download for free and brings the long-awaited Shield Experience Upgrade 7.0, which includes a bucketload of new features and improvements.

The most obvious change is the new Home Screen that you’ll see once you fire up the NVIDIA Shield TV. Thanks to Android 8.0 Oreo, you will not find everything that you need in one place: Live TV, video-on-demand, streaming media, as well as games.

Speaking of games, the update adds new games to the NVIDIA Shield TV: Shadowgun Legends, Crashlands, …

Preorder the LG G7 ThinQ in Canada and get a free 43-inch 4K smart TV for a limited time

Those north of the border have the option of grabbing a fabulous deal offered by LG. Starting on May 18th and running through May 31st, those pre-ordering the LG G7 ThinQ from certain carriers and retailers in Canada will receive a free 43-inch 4K smart TV from LG. A deal like that just might find quite a few takers. The LG G7 ThinQ features a 6.1-inch FullVision LCD screen with Super Bright Display, and a resolution of 1440 x 3120. Under the hood is the Snapdragon 845 mobile platform with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of native, expandable storage. A 2TB microSD slot is available for those seeking additional …

YouTube TV gains “voice remote” on Android devices

It appears that Google has started pushing out a brand new feature to those using YouTube TV on their Android devices. The new feature called “voice remote” appeared for the first time several months ago, but only as a support page that didn’t offer any details on what’s to come.

Suddenly, many YouTube TV users noticed their Android clients have been gifted with the option to control the app by voice. Apparently, you’ll be able to access “voice remote” from the floating action button that now appears in the Android app.

It’s worth mentioning that this isn’t an update that you …

While under oath, AT&T's CEO reveals $15/month TV streaming service for mobile devices

Plenty of strange things have been revealed by people testifying under oath. But what came out of Randall Stephenson’s testimony yesterday might have been a first. The CEO of AT&T, while on the witness stand and under oath in a courtroom, revealed a new AT&T streaming service called AT&T Watch. Designed for those who like to watch streaming television on their mobile devices, this will be a low-cost service priced at $15/month. Unlike the carrier’s DirecTV Now streaming app, which is priced at $35/month, AT&T Watch will not carry any sporting events in order to keep the price down.

Stephenson …

Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson nailed the rap from 'Moana' on British TV


We all need a little more Maui to keep us going.

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson was a guest on The Graham Norton Show, and talked about how the design for his character Maui in Moana was inspired by his grandfather High Chief Peter Maivia.

He then said that children often ask him to sing “You’re Welcome,” and so he obliged the audience with a rendition of his rap.  Read more…

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Deal: Amazon Fire TV and 4K Fire TV, lowest price outside of Amazon Prime yet

The Amazon Fire TV and the 4K Fire TV are currently down to their lowest respected prices we’ve seen outside of Amazon’s Prime membership program. You can now snag the Fire TV streaming stick for $29.99, down from the usual price of $40, or the 4K Fire TV for $49.99, down from the usual $70.
Both devices come with Alexa-enabled voice remotes and open up the gates to a plethora of content, including 500,000 movies and TV episodes via Netflix, Prime Video, Hulu, HBO and other streaming services.
Here’s some other notable features of …

Snapchat's first-ever TV ad hypes the app's everyday camera possibilities


Snapchat wants the olds of the world to know what it is and why it’s useful.

The social network’s first-ever television ad campaign kicked off during the NCAA’s Final Four this weekend. Framing the app as a different kind of camera, the 60-second spot focuses on demonstrating the various ways Snapchat’s augmented reality (AR) capabilities can enhance everyday mobile camera use.

The direction of the ad makes sense as an appeal to an over-25 demographic that spends most of its on networks like Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Snapchat is trying to position itself as an alternative social platform that also lets you apply CG dog makeup to anyone’s face. Read more…

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Google Play Movies & TV for Android updated with streaming service integration

Google Play Movies & TV app for Android devices has just received a major update that will be rolled out in the United States in over the next couple of days. It’s the only place where Google made the update available, so don’t look for it if you live in another country.

The new version of Google Play Movies & TV turns the app from a platform where Android users could purchase media content into a tool that will show you the availability on other platforms of your favorite shows.

First off, the app now features streaming service integration, which means that Google Play Movies …

Verizon spent $55 million on national TV ads last month edging out Sprint and T-Mobile (VIDEOS)

When you’re the nation’s largest carrier, the pressure is on to spend for television commercials to make sure that you stay number one. So Verizon ended up spending $55 million on 12 national ads last month that ran 7,600 times. 2.5 billion TV ad impressions were generated. NBC, FOX and TNT were the main recipients of Big Red’s ad budget, which focused on sports programming like Super Bowl LII, the 2018 Winter Olympics, and NBA Basketball.

For the first time since Paul kept asking “Can you hear me?,” Verizon has a television spokesman who is resonating with the public. Silicon Valley star …

The YouTube app on Android TV gets a redesign

The YouTube app on the Android TV OS got a redesign and added back the option to change video quality, which was removed for some reason in the previous version.
In case you haven’t heard about Android TV, it’s essentially a version of Android made for smart TVs and multimedia devices, such as the Razer Forge and the Xiaomi Mi Box. Android TV is successor to Google TV, which was launched back in 2010.
Now, let’s talk about the update. Although it doesn’t bring much to the table, the things it does add are well desired by …