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Since Chromecast launched people have angled for a how to fix Streaming Amazon on Chromecast. Google is on its way to solving the issues that plague full-screen casting to chromecast enabled devices using computers. See our new video that shows how to fix the problem with just a few easy adjustments. The fix will allow users to view video from seemingly anywhere including Amazon Video online. This method was originally reported on Android Police.

The change will be welcome to anyone with an Android TV enabled device. Amazon is hardly the only service without an app for the platform and for those who do more browsing from computers it will be a very convenient way to check out their favorite content.

To get the link to the page where you change the settings follow the link bellow and follow the instructions in the video.
Link To Google Experimental Settings Here

Link to Amazon Prime Video Here

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The Air TV Box, an Android TV box designed to allow users to integrate local channels into their Sling TV interface is now part of a new bundle from Sling TV which is put together to encourage users to give the service a 3-month try. The quad-core box with the special USB adaptor which is which allows for the local channels to propagate in Sling TV’s programming grid costs $130.00 but will be $50.00 with the offer. Users looking to give cord cutting a try and explore Kodi, Hulu Netflix and other streaming platforms could certainly do worse than this deal. By using optional credits users can get an AirTV box for free.

Sling has been marketing its service around giveaways and steep discounts since it first launched and regularly promotes its service with free Roku Sticks and Amazon Fire TV Sticks along with discounts on set-top boxes like Roku, Fire TV and Apple TV. If there has been a bundle featuring an Android TV box in the past we do not recall one.

How To Get An AirTV Box For free

Users who enjoy Sling TV’s service, given the chance to try it for 3 months actually have the opportunity to get the AirTV box for a very steep discount.  How so? The AirTV ships with a $50.00 credit for Sling TV. That means that if customers order the box as part of the offer for 3 months, which would start at a minimum of $20.00 per month they have already gotten the box for almost half cost. If they decide that Sling TV is a worthwhile service all they have to do is use the credit and the next $50.00 of their TV bill is paid for. That means that they will get the hardware for the cost of just using the service.

What is the difference between the Air TV box and others

Air TV is designed around the Sling TV interface, VS sling TV being an app to add to the box. In fact after a user goes through the box’s start up menu they are prompted to sign up for the service. This is because Sling TV and AirTV are part of the same corporate family. Users can also access the Android TV interface with the push of a button and go to the Google Play store to get other apps etc. The Google Play store is less extensive than the app store for Roku and Fire TV but still provides access to the household name apps like Netflix, Hulu and HBO Go. Unlike Roku and Fire TV though there is not an Amazon app made for the system.

Sling TV offers a number of packages for different tastes.

Taking a page out of Amazon’s Book and Chromecasts why users can Get An AirTV Box For free
This tactic of providing discounted hardware in order to encourage using a software product is straight from the pages f the Amazon Strategy guide. The companies products are sold almost at cost because the company is set up to make money from the Prime service that customers sign up for, getting on demand movies, and ordering more stuff from Amazon using the free shipping. People may also remember how Chromecast originally packaged a Netflix credit with the purchase of the Chromecast meaning that Netflix users could add the service to a TV for a small sum. By selling its own box and tailoring the entire OS around its service Dish Network gets into the same game ahead of other services who do not currently have boxes on the market. Don’t be surprised to see the AirTV box front and center on the Sling TV website at some point. Will people take advantage?

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RCA and Roku just got hitched. RCA, one of the most iconic brands in the home media market will be partnering with Roku to produce its first smart TV’s.  The company is now one of many embracing the Roku ecosystem through the Roku TV™ licensing program that brings the Roku interface to televisions without the need for a set-top box.

Roku CEO Anthony Wood had called Roku a platform and not a set-top box ages ago but as more partners have jumped aboard with Roku his take is really playing out. For RCA this is a big move. It’s been in the market since the days of radio as the primary entertainment box for families but up to this point did not offer a smart TV.  Aaron Herzog of Display-Vu Corp spelled it out.

“The TV landscape has evolved and we want to give our customers the best smart TV experience we can offer. We’ve seen how much consumers like Roku TVs – after all Roku is synonymous with simple streaming. We’re thrilled to enter living rooms with Roku TV, offering consumers simple yet world-class smart TVs.”

The RCA Roku TV’s should hit stores this summer.

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Neil Young struck out with the  Pono player. A few years ago it was the talk of the town, a legendary musician taking a stand against music delivered with low fidelity and cheapening the experience of the user. But if the success of things like dollar menus teaches us anything, it’s that people at least the millions of control popular media consumption like cheap, and convenient.

How many people reading this right now use Pandora? I really can’t say. But I know this. I don’t know anybody under the age of 60 that does not use Pandora as a go to when they want background music at home. Sometimes it seems like people don’t buy music anymore, but we know that Apple Music and Spotify are still going strong, so someone must. The American public invests in a vast array of headphones from cheap earbuds to high-end full ear units. Often it plays right through TV speakers. There are other services like TuneIn Radio that also provide free convenient music from traditional radio stations.

In an article from ultimateclassicrock Young seemingly acknowledged the disparity between what is the best and what people are willing to pay for.
“If high resolution costs more, listeners will just choose the cheaper option and never hear the quality.”

It’s not that people don’t appreciate great sound. Otherwise, there would no longer be a market for home theater surround sound, sound bars and the like.

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Netflix to the shock of nobody paying attention announced that it will not be pursuing a live TV strategy and instead continue to focus on creating original content and complementing TV services instead of competing directly against them. Netflix has been quietly building an original content lineup to rival any TV production company.  We just counted everything listed under Netflix originals. There over 300 selections at this point and that is just counting the titles. Many are full-fledged series with now multiple seasons of content. The only service streaming service that is comparable to Netflix is HBO Now which unlike Netflix is a traditional cable channel with decades of content to work with.

Media wants sports stories.

There is this tendency in the small but growing streaming media world to try and keep score between Amazon, Netflix and Hulu as though they are competing directly against each other or that they are the same types of companies. But they are not. We like apples to apples comparisons. They make easy stories because we can report on them like they are sports. “Netflix VS Hulu Who wins”? ” “Who has the most movies?” Politics has started being covered the same say “Who won the news cycle?” “This election is a heavy weight battle between two big punchers see it all here on (____) this Tuesday.” But just because Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Video all offer online streaming video content does not make them the same types of company in the way the McDonalds, Burger King and Wendy’s are all fast food restaurants that sell burgers salads and chicken sandwiches. What you see with the big streaming companies is three products that look the same on the surface but are really the results of completely different goals. Much like the way a virus, a bacterial infection and simply over eating can make you feel rotten even though they are not caused by or treated by the same things.

Understanding the companies for what they are

The difference between Netflix’s approach to the live streaming game and the way that Hulu and Amazon have approached it is stark but makes a great deal of sense when you think about the major differences between the companies. Hulu is owned by traditional media companies like News Corp, Disney and Comcast. The fact that Hulu is now looking to launch a live TV service makes perfect sense. A great number of its content partners are already built in to the works. Hulu has also been breaking off partnerships with unrelated companies like CBS’s the CW and dropping its distribution partnership with Viacom. When it comes to first run content Hulu wants to be a first run TV service both on replay and live. While Netflix banks on people using the service as a way to catch up with content when it is not prime TV watching time or even use the service to dive into a show they have always meant to watch but never got around to it.

Amazon is also a totally different animal than Netflix. Netflix is just one thing. It is a streaming company that also ships DVD’s for rent. Amazon is a store that offers streaming as a digital bonus for customers using a loyalty system not too different from one of those little plastic cards on your key chain. Amazon did not start as a way to build prime video, It was an online book store selling paper books like Abe books. Prime video started as part of a massive portfolio included as a bonus with a program that includes free shipping on products ordered from Amazon’s website, discounts on electronic books, music services, cloud storage and more. As far as products go Amazon even has its very own branded box built around its content, an option Netflix opted against which led to the development of the first Roku. Its new partnership with the NFL is a sweetener to a service, not the basis of it. That being said I think Amazon is up to something much bigger, which we are going to be covering in an upcoming story.

In the end it’s all about understanding what you are and what you are not. The companies that lose their way and invest in too many unrelated products and services can really suffer in prestige by offering up a failed product. Google almost ruined its chances to market a smart TV interface with the failure of Google TV as a platform. Right now Netflix is a destination place for origional streaming content and the ability to binge series both origional and through partners commercial free at the user’s leisure is its major selling point. And I think it plans to stay that way. There are so many people who say, I’m to busy to keep up with (_________). I’m going to wait till I can just watch it all on Netflix. This is why Netflix and the CW put together the deal that will allow Netflix to stream the networks shows only weeks after they wrap up their runs on TV. Netflix uses viewer data directly to figure out what content its subscribers like and what they will watch through direct interaction and then delivers it. This is why it launched “Fuller House”.  It has become an institution as evidenced by the fact that it is crossing the 100 million subscriber count. By comparison Hulu nearly tripled its subscribers in the past year and has close to 10 million.

At the end of the day Hulu is an Internet channel owned by TV Networks and a very important distinction is that Hulu is only available in the US. Amazon Video is a product on a virtual shelf of the biggest online store in the US and Netflix is a streaming service that sees itself as an inexpensive premium network based on the Internet instead of the traditional delivery systems of the cable and satellite world.

Going forward you should expect Amazon to continue offering options more like new products. Maybe they will come up with a way to offer local network affiliates at a low cost. If the NFL turns out to be a big success for them maybe it will put together other sports related offers like UFC event streaming or packaging up internet sports options into a bundle for the NBA and MLB. Hulu will certainly expand on live TV offerings because that is its DNA. Netflix will continue to churn out origional content and likely continue to reduce content that is not exclusive. That has been its MO over the past 4 years. Netflix knows what it wants to be and has been focussed on becoming it since the company first started shipping DVD’s in those red envelopes. Online pundits and  wannabe experts should stop looking at what Netflix does in relation to Amazon and Hulu because there is no Apples to Apples comparison. It’s like comparing McDonalds to Nabisco.

 

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Press Release-Episode 210, the season finale of Crackle’s Emmy®-nominated show“SuperMansion” is available to stream starting today, Thursday, April 20th. SuperMansion will return for a third season in 2018, with two all-new specials, debuting this fall and early next year.

 

In today’s new episode of “Titanium Lex,” the Subtopian army has come to the Earth’s surface and their enslavement of the human race has begun. The League of Freedom must join forces with the villains of The Injustice Club in order to stand a chance against the Subtopian invasion but Rex, Lex, and Dr. Devizo cannot set aside their differences. Chris Pine voices Dr. Devizo, and Jillian Bell voices Lex Lightning.

 

Season one voiceover stars Bryan Cranston (“Breaking Bad”), Emmy® Award-winner Keegan-Michael Key (“Key & Peele”), and Chris Pine (Star Trek) are joined by newcomer Yvette Nicole Brown (“Community”) for the second season of the hit animated show.  Additional season one regulars Jillian Bell (22 Jump Street), Heidi Gardner (The Groundlings), Tucker Gilmore (Frozen), and Zeb Wells (“Robot Chicken”) have all returned for season two.

 

From Stoopid Buddy Stoodios, “SuperMansion” follows the heroic misadventures of a dysfunctional yet well intentioned group of imperfect superheroes.  Titanium Rex (voiced by Bryan Cranston, who’s also the series’ executive producer) and the members of the League of Freedom battle public backlash while a computer hack threatens to reveal some of their worst secrets. Starting off in a hole, the League does what they always do: get to digging.  Throughout the season, our heroes confront villains, invaders and even themselves as they attempt to become trusted champions of Storm City and humanity itself.

 

“SuperMansion” is created and produced by Matthew Senreich (“Robot Chicken”) and Zeb Wells who also serves as a writer. Seth Green, John Harvatine IV, Eric Towner, Tom Root, Bryan Cranston, James Degus and Moon Shot Entertainment join as executive producers with production by Stoopid Buddy Stoodios.

 

Viewers can binge-watch all 13 episodes of season one for free on Crackle now.

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Sling TV has crossed another barrier jumping onto a new smart OS.  A Sling TV WebOS App launching on most LG Tv’s is now available on LG smart TV’s and WebOS.According to the company, the app will be supported on “most” LG webOS 3.0 and 3.5 Smart TVs. Sling Television is the first service of its type to be included on the LG interface which puts it leagues ahead of its competitors. The inclusion will allow the service to establish a beachhead on the very popular smart TV platform known for its “magic remote” interface.  

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Roku is rolling out a big update with Roku TV Update OS 7.6. The Roku TV platform will be getting a big facelift with new features that affect how people access OTA content and the ability to name HDMI ports according to what they are used for. This should be a welcome change for those looking to keep things easy to find. The Roku TV platform has proven very popular with consumers and has become a go to for some companies. Learn about Roku TV Update OS 7.6 bellow.

Key points in Roku OS 7.6 include:

More Ways to Watch
This feature provides an enhanced viewing experience based on what you watch through cable or satellite boxes, or

Roku is updating how users interact with OTA channels.

broadcast antennas, connected to your HD or Full HD Roku TV. You’ll be required to enable the feature via an opt-in prompt on your Roku TV once the feature is available or when setting up a new Roku TV. More Ways to Watch can recognize the show or movie you’re watching on these boxes and antennas using Automatic Content Recognition (ACR) technology and suggest additional viewing options via streaming to enhance your experience. Additional viewing options may include the ability to watch from the beginning, watch more episodes of the same show and/or view suggestions for similar entertainment available to stream. This is being rolled out on HD and FHD Roku TVs now, new 2017 4K Roku TV models and will move to 2016 4K Roku TV models this summer.

New Ways to Enjoy OTA Broadcasts:
In some regions, people may have access to over 100 channels via an OTA antenna but they may only watch a handful of them. You can now create a list of your favorite broadcast channels when you have a broadcast antenna connected to your Roku TV. To create your own favorite channels list, simply press the left button when watching over-the-air TV on your Roku TV to bring up the list of available channels. Press the options button “*” on your Roku TV remote to add individual channels to your favorites list. Once created, the favorites list will allow you to browse only the tuner channels you’ve added to that list. You can switch back to the all-channels list to view all available tuner channels at any time.

When using the Live TV Pause feature on your Roku TV, you’ll now see thumbnail images displayed on the screen while pausing, rewinding, or fast forwarding to make it easier to identify where you are in the movie or show to resume playing at the moment you want to watch. In addition, Live TV Pause now supports our Closed Caption on Replay feature. When this option is turned on, you can use the replay button on your Roku TV remote to go back a few moments in the movie or show you’re watching to view closed captions for dialog you may have missed.

Users will be able to name each HDMI input on their Roku TV.

Customize Your Home-screen with CustomInput Naming for Roku TV
In an effort to give Roku TV customers even more ways to customize their experience, you now have the ability to assign custom names to your inputs icons. To name an input, just highlight the input tile on your Roku TV home screen and press the options button “*” on your Roku TV remote. Scroll through the list of pre-populated input names until you reach “set custom name and icon” and press OK. Now you can enter any name you’d like (up to 15 characters) for the input device for easier identification on Roku TV home screen.

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Sling TV‘s Cloud is getting bigger but it’s not a dark scary cloud. It’s a Sling TV DVR cloud DVR. The service, which has been slowly rolling out to various devices, is now available to Roku and Android users. The Cloud DVR is optional and costs $5.00 a month for 50 hours of recordings. Users will still be able to access a number of programs from the channels on their Sling TV account via the on-demand options from individual channels for free.

Sling TV will be adding cloud DVR on Apple TV soon.

The optional choice to add the Sling TV DVR to their service is typical of the service that offers cable channels in small genre based bundles. This way if people have no need for the recording option they do not need to pay for it and even better they are not automatically charged for it and then told that they are getting some sort of favor in the process. Many cable providers include DVR in their more bloated packages whether customers use it or not.

Tip You can access the Sling TV DVR feature remotely on your phone to set recordings even if you plan to watch on another device later. Because it’s in the cloud the recordings will be available on any device that you sign into with your credentials.

Main features for the Sling DVR 

  • Watch anytime, anywhere – Record your favorites and watch whenever you want across all Amazon Fire TVs and Fire tablets, Android mobile devices, Android TVs, Roku streaming players and Roku TVs.
  • Conflict-free recording – Record multiple programs simultaneously, and forget about recording conflicts.
  • Keep recordings as long as you want – With Sling TV, your recordings won’t expire as long as you remain a Sling TV subscriber with Cloud DVR.
  • Auto-managed recordings – Sling TV will make room for new recordings by deleting your old recordings as you reach capacity, starting with your oldest ‘watched’ recording, so you can binge on your new favorite show.

Want to turn any Android box into a Kodi box? You can with the app called the XBMC Launcher. XBMC Launcher allows users to change their home default to Kodi instead of whatever the main home screen is on their device. This is a great way to help people who only want Kodi but find Android difficult to use.