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YouTube TV rolling out full DVR control on more channels

Thursday, October 4th, 2018

Google's YouTube TV offers a reasonably good value for streaming live TV. It has all your local stations, a fair number of cable networks, and several sports broadcasters. However, the unlimited cloud DVR has been artificially limited on many channels. Rather than the recorded version, some channels force you to watch VOD versions with ads. Today, YouTube TV will start opening up DVR options for more networks.

YouTube TV added the option to see different versions of your recorded programs earlier this year—you can tap the down arrow next to programs to expand the list.

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YouTube TV rolling out full DVR control on more channels was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google posts guide to fix overlapping YouTube and Play Music subscriptions

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2018

It's been a volatile time for Google's streaming services. YouTube Red was rebranded as YouTube Premium in May and YouTube Music Premium was launched, which lacked some features found on Google Play Music. The product team held an AMA with to calm some of the anger behind it all. Amid the confusion, it’s possible users might have subscribed to memberships with the same services. To help customers sort out their subscription mess and save some money, Google posted a YouTube Help document detailing the various feature sets and steps to take for remedying duplicate music accounts.

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Google posts guide to fix overlapping YouTube and Play Music subscriptions was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

AMC TV now has its own Android TV app

Tuesday, July 31st, 2018

We talk a lot about cord-cutting — "skinny bundles" and the like — but there are still plenty of cable holdouts. Cable boxes are largely terrible, though, so any opportunity to not use them is a boon. To that end, AMC has just released an Android TV app.

AMC has had an Android app for years, but this one is specifically for Android TV. The app requires a cable provider login and provides ad-supported full episodes of AMC's hits like "The Walking Dead," "Preacher," and, er, the other "Walking Dead." There's also a movies tab (if you'll recall, AMC stands for "American Movie Classics") and the option to watch live programming. If you want to pay an extra five bucks a month, you can get AMC Premiere, which unlocks additional content and removes most ads.

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AMC TV now has its own Android TV app was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google’s Chromecast is five years old today

Tuesday, July 24th, 2018

Can you believe it's already been five years since Google finally got living room streaming right? The company spent years toiling on doomed products like Google TV and Nexus Q, and it was this little $35 dongle that did the trick. Today, there are newer, faster Chromecasts and a myriad of other devices with cast functionality included. It all started with that first unassuming dongle.

Google announced the Chromecast out of nowhere in 2013, and this was before Google and Amazon had their spat.

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Google's Chromecast is five years old today was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

BBC Sounds app arrives to replace iPlayer Radio and attract a younger audience

Tuesday, June 26th, 2018

The UK's most famous media institution, the BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation), seems like it's constantly in transition as it tries to maintain its traditional values at the same time as adapting to a new generation of viewers, listeners, and readers. As far as audio content goes, the BBC has had to supplement its live and on-demand content by releasing podcasts on other services, too.

Music streaming apps dominate with younger media consumers, so the BBC has had to come up with a new strategy which includes replacing the aging iPlayer Radio app with something a little more Generation Z.

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BBC Sounds app arrives to replace iPlayer Radio and attract a younger audience was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

NFL games are coming to CBS All Access on mobile

Monday, June 25th, 2018

CBS has announced that its streaming video service, CBS All Access, will stream NFL games to mobile devices beginning with the 2018 season, including Super Bowl LIII. CBS All Access has streamed NFL games since 2016, but this season marks the first during which they'll be available to watch on smartphones.

Prior to the 2018 season, only Verizon properties were permitted to stream NFL games to mobile devices. After signing a new deal, it'll still be able to, but it no longer has exclusive rights.

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NFL games are coming to CBS All Access on mobile was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

WatchTV streaming service to launch next week alongside new AT&T wireless plans

Thursday, June 21st, 2018

AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson let fly details about the company's new streaming service, WatchTV, during testimony in the AT&T-Time Warner merger antitrust trial in April. Now the merger has gone through, and the service is coming soon — but only to customers on one of two forthcoming AT&T wireless plans.

WatchTV will initially be available at no extra cost to customers on AT&T's "Unlimited &More" and "Unlimited &More Premium" plans, which are scheduled to launch next week.

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WatchTV streaming service to launch next week alongside new AT&T wireless plans was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

[Deal Alert] Roku Ultra is $79.99 ($20 off) at Amazon and Best Buy

Wednesday, June 13th, 2018

Roku's high-end streaming box, the Roku Ultra, got a hardware refresh and a price cut late last year, falling from $129 to $99. Now, Amazon and Best Buy have it for even less, at $79.99.

Roku Ultra pushes 4K/HDR video, and people really like it: it has a rating of 4.4 stars on Amazon and 4.7 at Best Buy. The remote also has a unique feature among dedicated streaming boxes: a 3.5-millimeter headphone jack, so you can listen to your shows without bothering those around you.

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[Deal Alert] Roku Ultra is $79.99 ($20 off) at Amazon and Best Buy was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google Play Movies & TV on Roku is getting an update with a new look, better browsing, and more

Thursday, May 24th, 2018

Google Play Movies & TV's Roku channel is getting a face lift. The new channel looks a little like YouTube's TV web wrapper, with content filling most of the screen and navigation on the left. "The entire experience has been redesigned to put the focus on content above all else," Google said in a blog post.

In addition to its new, sleek, and content-centric aesthetic, the channel has gained a revamped TV page in place of the old My TV Shows page that offers suggestions for what to watch next.

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Google Play Movies & TV on Roku is getting an update with a new look, better browsing, and more was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Weekend poll: Which music streaming services do you use?

Sunday, May 20th, 2018

Earlier this week, Google revealed its latest music streaming service: YouTube Music. Unlike the existing app of the same name—which is little more than a video player—the new YouTube music would be more like Play Music or Spotify, but this time with YouTube semi-independently calling the shots. The organization and flow of subscriptions between YouTube Red, Play Music, and the new YouTube Music and YouTube Premium has led to some confusion, but the concept of Google maintaining two separate music streaming services inspires the question: Do you use a music streaming service?

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Weekend poll: Which music streaming services do you use? was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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