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The best HDMI operating system sticks

MK903V TV stick: The real selling point in the MK903V is its 1.8GHz Rockchip RK3288 quad-core CPU, ARM Cortex-A17, quad-core processor. It ups the video ante with its ARM Mali-T764 graphics and 4K video output. It also comes with a wireless remote control. For its operating system it uses Android 4.4 KitKat software.

Rikomagic V5 TV stick: It uses a 1.8GHz Rockchip RK3288 quad-core processor and comes with 2GB of RAM and 8GB to 16GB of built-in storage. That’s nice. But, what makes it special is that it supports Gigabit Ethernet and 802.11ac Wi-Fi as well as the usual 802.11b/g/n. […] In addition, the Rikomagic V5 isn’t limited to Android. While you can put a desktop Linux on any HDMI stick with work, this one comes with an edition that includes Android 4.4 KitKat installed and another unit with Ubuntu 14.04. – Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols, ZDNet 

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Rabbit TV is going to blend Netflix, Hulu with free streaming services

The new “Media Aggregation Platform” (MAP) will bring in popular free and paid video-on-demand content available on the Web to complement the existing content the service already offers. Rabbit TV Plus subscribers would be able to browse and view free and paid video-on-demand content in addition to the live events, streaming channels, and radio stations it already aggregates. – Ted Kritsonis, Digital Trends
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Orange to rival Chromecast

Orange Telecom is preparing to launch a competitor to Google’s Chromecast in France this April. […] Specifically, it would be a stick that would offer Orange Cinéma Séries (OCS), Orange’s movie channels, along with the company’s VOD service. Furthermore, it would include 50 free TV channels, among them DTT services, Dailymotion and Google’s YouTube. Canal+ and BeIn Sports pay-TV channels would also be offered, though not initially. – Chris Dziadul, Broadband TV News
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Qualcomm’s Chromecast-killer is the dongle your TV wants

Qualcomm’s prototype isn’t especially dramatic, color aside. It’s what’s inside that counts, in this case a Snapdragon 800 processor – the current 4K Streaming Adapter was developed before the Snapdragon 810 was quite ready, though there’s internal chatter of a possible upgrade […] There’s also a full copy of Android. Exactly what you see when you plug the adapter in will depend on the requirements of the eventual manufacturers[.] – Chris Davies, SlashGear
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MobiTV Connect is Next-Level Streaming Stick

Think of MobiTV as a beefed-up Chromecast. In addition to being able to stream content from apps such as Netflix and Crackle, the MobiTV Connect also offers access to live programming (with a subscription) and network DVR functions. This means you could potentially record TV shows on your streaming stick. The company is still working out the details with the DVR function, as there are many copyright regulations involved. […] I was also impressed that you can install any Android game on the MobiTV Connect to play on the big screen, turning it into a nifty little console. Using the Connect gaming app, you can download any game on the Play store and install it on the dongle, which has 2GB of storage dedicated to games. The app then turns your smartphone into a controller for that game. – Cherlynn Low, Tom’s Guide 
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10 Tricks to Make Yourself a Chromecast Master

Cast Your Desktop The ability to cast your entire desktop is now an option within the Google Cast extension. Click the extension button, then the small downward arrow to find the setting. There’s also the option to restrict the casting to audio only, which is helpful if you’re just listening to music. Pick Cast entire screen to send your whole desktop to the Chromecast dongle, though be prepared to encounter a few bugs along the way as it’s developed. – David Neild,Gizmodo
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Chromecast now offers guest mode

Instead of needing to dish out your personal Wi-Fi network’s password any time a friend wants to push content from their phone to your TV screen, guest mode now allows them to do it directly to the Chromecast stick itself. It’s opt-in, so once you’ve enabled the feature in the Chromecast app a Wi-Fi beacon in the stick becomes visible as a “nearby device” on any Android phone running 4.3 Jelly Bean or higher. – Sean O’Kane,The Verge
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Amazon Fire TV Firmware Update Bricks Rooted Devices, Prevents Rollback To Previous Firmware Versions

You can buy it but you can’t own it. Digital goods remind us of this fact all the time. But physical goods? Those should be ours. But somehow, they often aren’t, especially if the company behind the product is trying oh so hard to lock customers into a closed ecosystem. […] Techdirt reader techflaws sends in this link to Amazon’s Fire TV firmware updates, hosted at AFTVnews, a site dedicated to (and run by) Fire TV aficionados. Alongside the expected bug fixes and features list is the following warning:

“Self destruct” eFuse added to kernel which gets triggered if an older bootloader is used. This means Fire TVs that update to stock can never be downgraded, even if a method to root them is discovered.

So, while there are workarounds available now (as well as custom firmware developed by the enthusiasts at XDA Forums), there’s been nothing official released by Amazon. The message is clear: play within the walls of our garden or GTFO. – Tim Cushing,Techdirt

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Apple Doesn’t Need No Stinking Streaming Media Stick!

I believe that Apple isn’t worried about battling it out to deliver the best streaming media device. Seriously, that’s not a very lofty goal. Nor is having more devices built into HDTVs or sold into homes. Right now, as near as I can tell, most streaming media usage is focused primarily on streaming TV shows and watching movies, much of them filtered through Netflix and Amazon Prime.

So, would Apple want to build a cheap streaming media stick — which may be limited in its performance and upgradability over a few years — just so it can have more people streaming Netflix content through its Apple TV? – Chris Maxcer,ECT News Network

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25% of U.S. homes to be streaming media via TVs by 2015

The days of linear television viewing — where consumers accept what broadcasters have scheduled and when — are quickly drawing to a close. “Nearly 50% of video content that U.S. consumers watch on a TV set is non-linear, up from 38% in 2010, and it is already the majority for people 18-44,” said Barbara Kraus, Director, Research, Parks Associates.

The business intelligence firm’s latest data shows that increased affordability is also playing a role in this changing consumer behaviour. Google’s Chromecast, priced at $35, has this year become the second most popular device for streaming, accounting for 20% of sales, nudging Apple TV into third place. Amazon debuted its first set-top box media streamer, the Fire TV, in April 2014 and it is also proving very popular, already accounting for 10% of sales.

Roku, with its growing range of boxes and streaming sticks, is still the most popular brand for U.S. homes (a position it has held since 2012), accounting for 29% of sales so far this year. – Relaxnews via Canoe.ca

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