Why don’t Samsung and LG make streaming boxes?

Not long ago, I thought of smart TV software—especially from the likes of Samsung and LG—as something to ignore. Dedicated streaming devices such as Roku’s Streaming Stick and Amazon’s Fire TV Stick offered slicker interfaces and better app selections, which made me wonder why TV makers even bothered making subpar software.A funny thing’s happened in recent years, though: Smart TV software from LG and Samsung has actually gotten pretty good. Now, I’m wondering why those companies don’t take a page from Roku and Amazon, and put their software on external streaming players.To read this article in full, please click here …

The sudden revival of PlayStation Vue

A little over six months ago, I thought that the story of PlayStation Vue was becoming a tragedy.Despite excellent customer satisfaction scores, PlayStation Vue’s customer base was stagnating, even as other live TV streaming services were rapidly acquiring subscribers. Vue had also just shed a large number of local channels amid a falling out with Sinclair Broadcast Group, and it seemed to be losing the faith of Sony’s leadership, which told investors that the service’s “market and future business model remains uncertain.” (The company later backpedaled somewhat, saying it had no plans to shut Vue down.)To read this article in full, please click here https://www.techhive.com/article/3327566/streaming-services/playstation-vue-revival.html#tk.rss_streamingmedia…

Roku tips: How to make the most of your streamer

Roku’s streaming boxes, streaming sticks, and smart TVs have a reputation for being easy to use, but that doesn’t mean every useful feature is obvious from the start. Dig a little deeper, and you’ll find plenty of tricks and hidden features that make the experience even better.Read on for some of my favorite Roku tips:Install apps remotely
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Installing all your favorite music and video apps can be a pain when you’re setting up a Roku for the first time. Instead of thumbing around with the remote, use the Roku Channel Store website to install lots of apps quickly. Just log into your account, search for the apps you want, then choose “Add channel.” You can also install apps through the Roku app for iOS and Android.To read this article in full, please click here …

Amazon’s eye for sports could shatter TV as we know it

In light of last week’s news that Amazon is looking to buy 22 regional sports networks, let’s indulge in some rampant speculation.As CNBC reported, Disney picked up the networks earlier this year through its acquisition of Fox’s TV and movie businesses, but is now selling them off to settle a government antitrust lawsuit. Other bidders include broadcast groups, equity firms, and even the New York Yankees (which are looking to buy full ownership of the YES Network). Fox itself—or what’s left of it—could also join the bidding to get its former sports networks back.To read this article in full, please click here …


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