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Barb Gonzalez Posted: Jan 07, 2016 0 comments
Netflix Co-founder and Chief Executive Reed Hastings joined Consumer Technology Association President Gary Shapiro in the opening Keynote of CES 2016 to discuss the history of TV from three broadcast networks to pay TV and VCRs to DVRs and now streaming. The emphasis was that we are moving toward what people want from TV—being able to watch anything we want, anywhere we want—and ended with an announcement that Netflix is now making that happen globally.
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Barb Gonzalez Posted: Jan 07, 2016 0 comments
In a year when few new products surprised me, Lifeprint woke me up. Lifeprint demonstrated its photo printer and smartphone app that can make still photos appear to come alive and move. The experience brought to mind the excitement of the magical world of Harry Potter where printed photos in frames and newspapers would move like a short video.
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Barb Gonzalez Posted: Jan 07, 2016 2 comments
Vinyl has made a big comeback and is everywhere at this year’s CES. Audio-Technica has brought the experience of playing records into the twenty-first century with the addition of Bluetooth to its AT-LP60-BT Bluetooth turntable.
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Barb Gonzalez Posted: Jan 06, 2016 0 comments
A year after Sling TV was first unveiled, the streaming premium channel service has announced a new, easier menu with recommended content.
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Barb Gonzalez Posted: Jan 06, 2016 1 comments
Even if your music tastes differs from your family and friends, Prizm will stream music that will satisfy everyone listening. A french start-up has won an innovation reward for Prizm, a music streaming device that plays music customized for everyone in the room
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Barb Gonzalez Posted: Jan 06, 2016 0 comments
Recognizing that the number of cord-cutters and cord-nevers (those that have never subscribed to cable) are increasing, and that they will want local programming to go along with their streaming entertainment, Terk and RCA revealed it’s new line up of stylish TV antennas.
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Barb Gonzalez Posted: Dec 17, 2015 0 comments
With the Sonos Controller app's latest update, a public beta of Apple Music is now available for streaming to Sonos speakers. The update also adds Trueplay speaker tuning, which optimizes sound quality based on the acoustics of where a speaker is located.
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Barb Gonzalez Posted: Dec 03, 2015 4 comments
The newest Chromecast model has hardware and software improvements. Do you need to upgrade to the second-generation Chromecast or to the Chromecast Audio?
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Barb Gonzalez Posted: Nov 18, 2015 4 comments
The fourth generation Apple TV finally brings true apps to your TV but doesn't offer 4K. Still, new features may make it your top choice among the new media streamers.
Barb Gonzalez Posted: Nov 04, 2015 20 comments

Performance
Features
Ergonomics
Value
PRICE $130

AT A GLANCE
Plus
4K streaming to UHDTV
Agnostic search finds titles in multiple services
Notifications when specific movies become available

Minus
Remote mic is inaccurate
Search can’t find specific episodes of specific seasons

THE VERDICT
If you own a 4K TV, this is a slam-dunk. If not, the advances in hardware are still enough to step up from a Roku 2.

One must wonder if Roku waited to release its fourth-generation media streamer until the aptly named Roku 4 was capable of streaming 4K content. The newest Roku box can connect to compatible UHDTVs to stream 4K movies, TV shows, and videos from Netflix, Amazon, YouTube, M-Go, and a growing number of 4K streaming sources. And though 4K streaming is the Roku 4’s main appeal, improvements in hardware and the software interface make it the best Roku box yet.

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