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HiSense keeps the Sharp name alive with a slew of new big-screen TVs

Sharp stopped making its own TVs last year, but HiSense keeps the brand name going with big screens and HDR support.


TCL’s 2016 TVs: Just the basics, with a side of Roku

TCL's CES televisions are all about 4K, HDR, and quantum dots.


LG Signature line includes massive ultra-thin OLED TVs, plus fancy fridges and dishwashers

LG's "Signature" OLED TV sets measure just 0.1 inches thick and are covered in glass. Don't bother asking about price.


'Ultra HD Premium' certification aims to tame TV makers' madness

TV vendors love to confuse consumers with jargon, but the Ultra HD Premium logo could provide some relief.


LG 'Super UHD' TVs tout slick designs and better viewing angles

LG's LCD/LED TVs get a 2016 makeover as the company chases the OLED dream.


Roku software heads to 4K TVs, with HDR in tow

Roku to land on 60 smart TV models in 2016, including 4K and HDR sets.

Streaming apps

App showdown: Roku vs. Chromecast vs. Apple TV vs. Fire TV vs. Android TV

App selection is one of the biggest factors in choosing a streaming media player for your TV. Here's how the major players compare.


Charter is trying to derail Sling TV, says Dish

Charter allegedly discourages TV networks from supporting Sling TV through "thinly veiled complaints."


Not dead yet: Firefox OS may still be destined for routers, tablets, and keyboards

Firefox OS may live on through tablets, keyboards, routers and more after Mozilla kills off the smartphone version.

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The 2015 cord-cutter awards

Cord-cutter Confidential honors this year’s best hardware, software, and services for living without cable TV.


LG’s robot vacuum gets cleaning instructions from your phone’s camera

The LG HOM-BOT Turbo+ robot vacuum combines camera controls and security features.


The leading 4K video format might not get ruined by patents after all

HEVC Advance announces much friendlier licensing terms for H.265 video, which is currently used by Netflix and Amazon.


Powerful VLC media player lands on Chromebooks

With VLC for Chrome OS, Google's broswer-based operating system gets top-notch local media playback.

Amaozn Fire TV

Amazon Fire TV’s new apps include NBC, Fox Now, Food Network, and GoPro

In the battle for streaming-app supremacy, Amazon's Fire TV has come a long way.


Plex's media streaming apps go free on Xbox One and PlayStation 4

Streaming your local media library no longer requires a Plex Pass subscription.