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Chromecast is Bumming Me Out

Google quietly released a new Chromecast device at its big event this week. And by quietly, I mean the company didn’t mention it at all. It was just sitting in the bottom of the bag that someone gave me when I left the venue. But hey, it’s new and it’s nice-looking. It’s just a bummer Google still hasn’t made Chromecast more useful. Read More >>

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The Roku Streaming Stick+ Is Too Good to Be This Small and Cheap

It feels like we’re leaving the world of set-top boxes as we know them behind. For one, few people own a TV big enough that you could actually put a box on top of it—that’s been true for a long time. The box itself has also dwindled down to a dongle, a handy little thing that disappears behind the screen. These HDMI sticks have been a bit weak in the past, serving as a convenient but compromised alternative to a larger piece of hardware. The Roku Streaming Stick+, with its ability to handle 4K and HDR, changes all that. Read More >>

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Apple TV 4K is a Damn Good Set-Top Box 

I would not want to be a dedicated Apple TV user and an obsessive TV consumer. In the years since its release, the little black box by Apple has often lagged behind competitors, seemingly forgotten by Apple in favor of phones, computers, and even watches. And the Apple TV’s status as the “other” on Apple’s list of sales feels evident when you notice how late to the 4K party it is. Roku launched a 4K box last year and Nvidia launched an Android-based one two years ago. Fortunately (for Apple fans) the Apple TV 4K is so polished it almost feels like it was worth the wait. Read More >>

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Battle of the TV Boxes: Android vs Apple vs Amazon vs Roku

If you’re in the market for a dinky little black box to slide under your living room TV set and pipe through some quality content, you’re in luck: there’s lots of them to pick from. All the major names now have established boxes on the market. While Gizmodo is a big fan of the Roku box and everything it can do, it’s not the only media box in town, and it might not even be the perfect box for you. So instead we compared the four major operating systems running in those boxes to help you sort out exactly which platform will best meet your needs. Read More >>

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Roku Express Review: A Streaming Stick That Plays Everything

When the very first Roku launched in 2008, the bulky box had a clunky interface that only played Netflix. How far we’ve come. That initial idea ended up spawning an entire genre of streaming devices and set-top boxes that have basically helped change the way we watch movies and TV at home. Roku has sold millions and millions of devices based on its ease of use and great content support for the video services you use. Read More >>

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10 Tricks to Make Yourself a Roku Master

If you’re looking for an easy way to stream video to your TV from a phone, a Roku should be at the top of your list. Both the Streaming Stick and Roku 4 are among the best available streaming devices, and they’re super easy to use. Here are a bunch of hidden tricks you can do with a Roku to make binge-watching shows like Stranger Things even easier. Read More >>

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The New Apple TV With Fancy Siri Remote is Now Up for Order

It’s been a long time coming, but the long-rumoured update to the Apple TV is a thing you can finally plunk down your money for, starting today. Read More >>

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Nvidia Shield TV Box Priced for UK Release Tomorrow

Our US buddies have been playing with (and very much enjoying) the Nvidia Shield TV Android set-top box for a good few months now, and it's finally making its way across the sea to the UK. You'll be able to pick up the Nvidia Shield in our isles as of tomorrow. Read More >>

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UK Roku Boxes Get a Nifty Update Today

Roku boxes are still our top tip when it comes to nabbing a cheap streamer for your TV, and a recently-touted update looked to improve on an already golden bunch of devices. That update, which brings a cross-app movie searching tool (complete with comparative service prices) and a My Feed area to track cinema releases as they become available for home viewing, is now rolling out to UK Roku boxes. Read More >>

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Amazon Fire TV Stick Review: A Lot Less Money for a Little Less Speed

The Amazon Fire TV Stick, the bargain version of Amazon's super-fast voice search-enabled Fire TV, launches in the UK on April 15 and starts taking pre-orders today. But we've been trialling it in the US since it launched there last autumn. We'll add some UK-centric thoughts here once the service is live in April, but for now here's the skinny. Read More >>

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EE TV Hands On: For the Eyes of EE Customers Only

EE has mobile customers in droves and increasing numbers of landline and broadband customers too. But that's not enough. Making steps towards eventually offering "quad-play" bundle options that include TV services to its customers, the network has today revealed its EE TV set-top box. It's early days yet, but it's getting a lot right already. Read More >>

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Apple TV Could Finally Unlock its Full Potential This Year

The Apple TV hasn't evolved much over the last couple of years. Sure, it's gotten a handful of new apps, but the format—locked down, bland—has stayed the same since its 2010 redesign. But while Apple didn't talk about its set-top box much at its developer conference this month, it showed that it finally has the pieces in place to turn Apple TV into a living room behemoth. Read More >>

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Oh Hey, Android TV Was All Over CES Three Months Ago

Google TV has been dead in the water for a while now, but rumour has it that a flashy new successor, Android TV, is on the way. These are rumours, but then there's also the fascinating truth that it was hiding in plain sight at CES three months ago. Read More >>

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Amazon on Game Dev “Hiring Spree” Ahead of Games Console Launch

As well as purchasing home console developer Double Helix a few weeks ago, Amazon is said to be scouring the gaming companies of the US for additional development talent -- strongly suggesting its long-rumoured set-top box is indeed a content delivery trojan it'll be selling as an innocent games machine. Read More >>

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Is Amazon’s “Bigger Than Kindle” Device a Games Console?

Amazon's Kindle Fire line caused a stir when it launched, undercutting the tablet competition and carving Amazon a nice little corner of the then-uncharted waters in the process. It now seems Jeff Bezos's company is looking to do the same in the games console arena with its own Android gaming machine. Read More >>