Welcome to the htpcBeginner HTPC News Roundup 2017 Wk 44. This week saw updates to the Nvidia Shield TV’s app offerings, Amazon Prime Video for the Xbox One, and more. Read on for the latest in HTPC news and updates!
In case you missed them, here is a recap of all our interesting articles published last week:
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The Nvidia Shield TV is our editor’s pick as best streaming device for Plex as well as Kodi in 2017. That superb streaming set top box just got even better. Now, the Shield TV rocks YouTube TV, a paid streaming service aimed at cord cutters. It’s similar to the likes of Sling TV, PS Vue, and DirecTV Now. Additionally, a Funimation app for Android TV recently debuted, so with Funimation and YouTube TV apps for the Shield TV, it’s undoubtedly the top device for gamers and streamers alike.
Razer is a company known for its gaming peripherals. Now, Razer adds phones to its lineup which includes everything from mice and keyboards to laptops. It’s a phone targeting gamers which sports high-end specs. But the Razer phone should appeal to home theatre PC enthusiasts as well. That’s because the Razer phone touts impressive specs like a Snapdragon 835 processor and 8 GB of RAM, perfect for Android gaming and watching videos.
As Mohu reports, pay TV continues to suffer massive losses. In 2017 Q3, Comcast and Charter both netted their largest losses to date. Moreover, AT&T and Verizon lost loads of customers, with AT&T down 390,000 and Verizon short 18,000. As more customers migrating to a cord-cutting lifestyle, expect this trend to continue.
A company which once sold Kodi boxes stacked with illicit streaming addons has been charged in a landmark case. Since the IPTV provider did not offer content directly, the case set a precedent for how future illegal streaming cases will pan out. The company, MovieStreamer, argued that it solely offered referral services. But the court felt that although MovieStreamer did not host content, it was still legally in the wrong. This is a major ruling in the Kodi illegal streaming scandal (Note: Kodi itself is completely legal!).
The Xbox One continues to shine. It’s a solid Plex client device, and recently received an update to play original Xbox, in addition to Xbox 360, games. Next, the Xbox One gains an Amazon Prime Video app, and in November 2017 is poised to gain 4K streaming. [Read: 13 Best streaming apps for Xbox One – Streaming apps for Xbox One]
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