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  1. Networking, Media Servers & Content Streaming
    Hello, I currently use my Xbox one for media streaming. I no longer want to do that. I want the interface like the new Google home but the ability to use my universal remote. The whole point is to have one remote to control them all. It seems like every android box has no IR and is bluetooth...
  2. Home Theater Gaming
    Is the future of gaming console-free? Google thinks so and it has announced a new streaming gaming platform called Stadia that right now can offer up to 4K/60p with HDR and is ready for an 8K future. https://www.polygon.com/2019/3/19/18272856/google-stadia-gdc-2019-announcement
  3. Networking, Media Servers & Content Streaming
    Disc or Stream? Sure, 4K UHD Blu-ray is the highest quality format out there, but what about UHD streaming versus good ole' HD Blu-ray? It was just a couple years ago that I was comparing HD Blu-ray quality to various streaming services offering 1080p, including Amazon prime, iTunes...
  4. Speakers
    There's a fierce competition among multi-room networked audio systems, with Sonos sitting on top. But significant competition from the likes of Google, Amazon, Apple, DTS, and Bluesound has emerged. Now, Google has introduced a premium speaker, the Google Home Max ( $399 ), that promises to...
  5. Latest Industry News
     Wow, that was fast. Blink for a second and Ultra HD with HDR streaming suddenly becomes affordable to the masses. Today, Google announced its latest player, the Chromecast Ultra ($69). You can't order one yet, it still coming soon, but what it promises to do is to make your phone or tablet into...
  6. LCD Flat Panel Displays
    When Vizio abandoned traditional remote controls and eliminated TV tuners from its SmartCast displays, it set the stage for a connected viewing experience built on Google's Chromecast. The foundation Google's technology provides is great for people who enjoy browsing for music, movies, and TV...
  7. 2-Channel Audio
    Google's foray into the world of wireless audio took a giant leap forward with the release of the latest update to the Chromecast Audio ($35) audio streamer. The automatic software update went live on December 10, and it enables two key features: Support for hi-res audio, and device grouping...
  8. Networking, Media Servers & Content Streaming
    Starting October 30, the choice of streaming sticks and set-top boxes for sale on Amazon will not include devices that don't support its Prime streaming service. That means Apple TV and Google ChromeCast will no longer be available for purchase from Amazon.com. Amazon claims the move will...
  9. Networking, Media Servers & Content Streaming
    Two years ago, the Google Chromecast made a huge splash, offering the ability to wirelessly stream content from the Internet and mobile devices to your TV for a price of only $35. This week, two new Google Chromecast streaming dongles were announced: the new Chromecast, which offers much the...
  10. Networking, Media Servers & Content Streaming
    I'm considering buying a Nexus Player and would like to know if anyone has done a review of it from the perspective of a videophile and audiophile. Hopefully someone has performed an HD benchmark test on it (at least I think that that is what that kind of test is called). How good is its...
  11. Latest Industry News
    Google takes another stab at providing your living-room TV with a "smart" home screen thanks to a tiny HDMI dongle called Chromecast. Interested owners of Android phones and tablets, Apple iOS devices, Cromebook, Windows, and Mac OS users can order the newly announced device as of today for...
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