In defense of smart TV snooping

Let’s award a medal of bravery to Vizio CTO Bill Baxter, who last week delivered a candid explanation for why modern smart TVs—even the really good ones—have become so cheap.Speaking to The Verge’s Nilay Patel, Baxter acknowledged that Vizio can monitor everything users are watching, then anonymize that data and sell it to marketers or use it to show targeted ads. Those methods, along with the occasional movie rental or TV show purchase, help Vizio make money long after selling the television itself. A dumb TV without internet features, Baxter said, would probably cost more than a comparable smart TV due to the hardware’s slim profit margins and inability to pull in extra revenue down the road.To read this article in full, please click here …

Amazon’s Fire TV Stick gets a much better remote

Amazon is upgrading the remote control for its $40 Fire TV Stick, giving it the same volume and power controls as the company’s Fire TV Stick 4K and Fire TV Cube streamers.The new remote has a built-in infrared emitter and buttons for power, volume, and mute, allowing it to control TVs, soundbars, and A/V receivers. You can also use Alexa voice commands to change channels on cable and satellite TV boxes, and the remote can even pass along commands from a separate Amazon Echo speaker, allowing you to control the TV hands-free.To read this article in full, please click here …

HDHomeRun teases simpler hardware and (maybe) a Roku app

SiliconDust’s HDHomeRun tuners have been great building blocks for over-the-air DVR, allowing users to watch and record free antenna channels at full broadcast quality. Setting things up, however, has always required extra hardware, such as a PC or a NAS box with ample storage space to handle the recordings. Now, HDHomeRun is consolidating with a couple of new products.The HDHomeRun Scribe Duo combines a dual TV tuner, a recording engine, and 1TB of storage into one box for $199. Plug it into your wireless router with an ethernet cable, and it’ll stream live or recorded TV to the HDHomeRun app on Windows, Xbox One, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, iOS, or Android devices.To read this article in full, please click here …

Google just might power the streaming box of your dreams in 2019

On paper, Google has all the ingredients to deliver a killer streaming TV player. It has a powerful software platform in Android, a first-rate voice assistant in Google Assistant, and a knack for designing slick software and hardware.What we’ve ended up with instead is Android TV, a platform that’s gotten some traction on smart TVs and cable boxes, but hasn’t been a hit on standalone streaming players. Devices like the Nvidia Shield TV and the Xiaomi Mi Box S offer some niche appeal, and Android TV has always offered some interesting ideas, but it’s never met its potential as Google put more energy into Chromecast as a consumer streaming option.To read this article in full, please click here …


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