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Netflix adds HDR video to Android (if you have an LG G6)

Netflix is using the Dolby Vision specification for mobile HDR video, which is only offered on the LG G6 right now — hence the reason that the G6 will be the only phone able to take advantage of the update. But if other phones launch with Dolby Vision HDR in the future, they’ll be able to get Netflix in HDR as well. – Chaim Gartenberg, The Verge http://ift.tt/2qTfZFx

Netflix to Build App for Microsoft’s HoloLens Augmented Reality Headset

Netflix’s spokesperson likened the company’s plans for HoloLens to these efforts, and emphasized that it was in a “wait and see mode” with regards to AR and VR. Netflix has started to produce some 360-degree promotional footage, but hasn’t full-on embraced VR as its own medium, and Netflix CEO Reed Hastings has repeatedly voiced skepticism about VR being anything other than a medium for video games.- Janko Roettgers, Variety http://ift.tt/2oGOgI4

Chromecast overtakes Apple TV

The IHS Technology Connected Device Market Monitor report says there are now 8.1 billion connected smartphones, tablets, personal computers, TVs, TV-attached devices and audio devices worldwide. At the same time, Google Chromecast has finally managed to outship rival Apple TV. It delivered 3.2 million Chromecast units compared to 1.7 million units from Apple. – Julian Clover, Broadband TV News

Google quietly discontinues the Nexus Player

photo: Techrunch

[I]t doesn’t mean that Android TV is going anywhere. Google is still iterating and releasing updates for its TV operating system. And new devices running Android TV keep popping up. Sony’s smart TVs now come with Android TV. The Nvidia Shield is pushing the limits of what you can do with Android TV. French ISPs, such as Free and Bouygues Telecom, are handing out Android TV boxes to their customers. And Xiaomi just unveiled the Mi TV — this last device is comparable to a 4K Nexus Player. – Romain Dillet, TechCrunch

Hollywood Writers: Set-top Box Piracy Fears Are Overblown

Comments submitted by the Writers Guild of America, West this week suggest that piracy fears are being overblown. This is an unexpected stance from a labor union represents thousands of screen writers in Hollywood and Southern California, many of whom work for the major movie and TV studios. Instead of repeating the piracy concerns, the writers believe that it’s crucial to offer the public more choice and they expect that the proposal will benefit both consumers and content creators. – Ernesto, TorrentFreak

Xiaomi releases new TV set-top box for the US market

photo: ZDNet

The upcoming Xiaomi Mi Box, sharing the same look of those sold in China, is the Chinese firm’s first Android-powered TV box. The device is powered by an Arm Cortex A-53 quad-core processor with Mali-450 graphics, 2GB DDR3 of RAM, and 8GB of built-in storage, which is capable of running 4K UHD video at 60 frames per second and supporting HDR video, according to the report. – Cyrus Lee, ZDNet

Roku survey says streaming makes us foul-breathed liars

[Roku] put together a survey to uncover some of our habits when it comes to streaming. It also speaks to our fears of missing out, or FOMO. According to the survey results, 28 percent of US adults between the ages of 18 and 34 have lied about watching a movie, TV show or sporting event in order to feel included as part of a group, and 59 percent admitted to lying and saying they were doing another activity when they were actually streaming. – Joshua Goldman, CNET

HDHomeRun is ready to make your Android TV a DVR

photo: Engadget

While Kickstarter backers and subscribers can try things out now, some of the features still in the works include the View app for OS X, support for protected premium channels and pause/rewing on live TV (trick play). With Windows Media Center on ice and TiVo recently acquired, it’s an option worth considering if you’re not ready to go all-in on internet TV just yet. – Richard Lawler, Engadget

Distributor slips and says the PS4 Neo will launch before October

Shared on stocks website Boursier.com, the press release from Innelec claims that the “Neo 4K” (as the company refers to it) will arrive at some point in the first half of the company’s fiscal year, which lasts from April – September 2016. […] It’s worth noting that shortly after the news began to spread, Innelec released a statement denying any knowledge of the PS4 Neo. – Jacob Siegal, BGR
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