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Haystack TV Brings 24/7 Personalized News Channels to Sony TVs

Haystack TV is launching the second version of its Android TV app at this year’s NAB Show in Las Vegas. In version 2.0, Haystack TV integrates its video content into Sony TV’s programming guide through the “Live Channels” interface for Android TV. Video content from categories including current events, business news, and science & technology will be shown to viewers as individual streaming channels alongside other live and on-demand content from traditional broadcast and internet sources. – Ryan Michael Downey, The Streaming Advisor

Amazon Instant Video comes to Philips Android TVs

TP Vision is adding Amazon Instant Video service to the Philips Android TV platform. […] The company also announced new partnerships with a selection of gaming and streaming partners including Gamefly, Chillingo and Gameloft. The new content is due to be made available to coincide with the availability of the new 2016 sets as they launch in the first-half 2016. The new content will extend both the existing video streaming and games offerings on both the Philips Smart TV and Philips Android TV platforms. – Robert Briel, Broadband TV News

New MINIX NEO U1 Player Supports True 4K Playback

MINIX will release a new Android 5.1.1 powered media hub On December 4th. The MINIX NEO UI will allow True 60 Hz 4K playback for the best picture quality possible. promising Miracast support for all smartphone brands the device will also feature an interface that mingles the company’s classic launcher with a new Android TV feel for the settings and other control elements for easy navigation. – Ryan Michael Downey, The Streaming Advisor

Android’s pay-TV role brings stringent security requirements

Android TV for smart TVs is based on the Android 5.0 mobile operating system, dubbed Lollipop in line with Android’s love of confectionary-based technology. Android TV was first announced in June 2014 and has since been built into several smart TVs from e.g. Philips, Sony and Sharp and hybrid STBs. Between 300 – 600 TV & media related apps are available from the Google Play store depending on market area, including those from YouTube, Netflix and HBO. – Julian Clover, Broadband TV News

Google announces new Android TV partners

photo: Broadband TV News

Google has added Hisense, TCL, and several other smart TV manufacturers to the Android TV family. In addition Android TV will also come to set-top boxes from Pace, Sagemcom, Technicolor, and pay TV operators KDDI (Japan) and Telecom Italia. Existing Android TV partners include Nexus Player, Philips/TPVision, Sony, Sharp, Razer Forge TV, and Nvidia Shield. – Robert Briel, Broadband TV News

Is The Google Nexus Player On It’s Way Out?

photo: Nexus Player, The Streaming Advisor

There are unconfirmed reports that Best Buy no longer has the Nexus Player available to order from it’s warehouse. We have to wonder if the constant price drops and lack of other announcements concerning the device indicate that the item will not make it. […] The shame of it is that since Android TV’s update the Nexus Player has become quite a value. Sporting an Intel based quad core processor and the ability to support side loaded apps from it’s home screen, Kodi support and more the device packs a lot of punch. – Ryan Michael Downey, The Streaming Advisor

Android TV, like Google TV, still too ahead of its time

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This all boils down to the fact that building a TV operating system using the same constraints and APIs as a smartphone operating system is seemingly always going to have an inherent disconnect. If Android TV is to succeed, it needs to ensure that devices released today will be supported for at least five years. That will prevent early adopters from shunning the platform in disappointment, as well as encourage later adopters to realize that Android TV is a worthwhile investment. – Mark Raby, SlashGear

Freebox mini 4K brings Android TV international

The Freebox mini is 4K compatible with its HDMI-out port, working with Freebox TV service that includes more than 200 TV channels – 49 of which are in HD. Freebox mini 4K works with Android TV – that means the Google Play store, Google Play movies, Google Play Games, Google Music, and YouTube. Freebox TV apps include Freebox TV, Freebox Replay, Video Club, Canal+, Canalsat, and more. […] The Freebox STB will be offered with a Freebox subscription from 29.99 Euro a month starting this Spring.- Chris Burns, SlashGear 
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This is Nvidia Shield: a closer look at the 4K Android TV game console

The $199 console itself, coming this May, embodies Nvidia’s design language — sharp edges, a mix of gloss and matte black, a green glow that “cracks” through the front of the system. (The controller, on the other hand, feels like the opposite of all that.) Nvidia has made a lot of promises with the capabilities, and we won’t know how well it’ll make good on those promises until we try it ourselves. – Ross Miller, The Verge
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