The Plex Google TV app was updated yesterday, bringing a critical bug fix for myPlex Queue and Shares features according to a blog post by the developer. In addition to this Google TV specific fix, general patches were made to resolve a long-standing connection issue, a remote control issue, and several other items. Here is the full list of fixes from the Google Play page:
- FIX myPlex Queue and Shares again load properly.
- FIX smarter refresh Home page without manual reload.
- FIX connection issues where local connections would never be selected.
- FIX sometimes servers would be listed with name of sections.
- FIX remote controlled Androids can now resume in progress video.
- FIX when navigating to remote control Loading dialog never dissappears.
- FIX where network logging failed to work on some devices / in some cases.
- FIX a bunch of field reported crash conditions.
Now that the Vizio Co-Star is out in the wild, we thought it would be a good idea to look at how it compares to the 3rd generation Apple TV. There are some very obvious differences between these two devices, but there are also some similarities as well. Continue reading for our breakdown of the Vizio Co-Star and 3rd gen Apple TV, including a handy comparison table.
Last week we asked a question that is surely on the minds of many Google TV users: will Hulu Plus ever make it to Google TV? While there is no foreseeable timeframe for when we may see an answer, there is a way you can watch Hulu Plus on your Google TV using only your computer and a $0.99 app in the Google Play store. With the Plex Media Server and the Plex Google TV app, you can watch Hulu Plus on any Google TV device. Continue reading to learn how.
Last week we told you that Hulu Plus had landed on Apple TV; news that left many Google TV users wondering when it would finally be their turn. My contacts at Google have told me that there is still no news to report on that front, and it seems that is the same answer coming from the Hulu camp. Hulu Plus is available for other Android devices in the Google Play Store, so there is no logical technical limitation. So question still remains: why is Hulu Plus not available on Google TV?
While Google TV users have been quietly twiddling their thumbs waiting for Hulu Plus, Apple TV users have received the golden green ticket. The Hulu Plus icon became available on user’s home screens earlier today, and a formal announcement came via Hulu’s blog.
Could Hulu Plus for Google TV be coming sometime in the not too distant future? There is no way of knowing for sure, so for now we will just have to continue to keep our fingers crossed.
It’s been expected for a while, and it has now officially been announced that the price for a Hulu Plus subscription has dropped from $9.99 to $7.99. Existing customers will be receiving a bit of a refund, and support for Roku has been added. However, it seems Google TV users will still be without some Hulu goodness for the time being. Nobody was expecting a Google TV announcement, but we can dream, can’t we? All we can do at this point is hope that Google is still working hard in their negotiations, and continue to look for workarounds.
Roku is gearing up to release version 2.8 for their line of media streamers, which will add several UI improvements, including an update to the Channel Store. Also seen in recent demos is a placeholder for the upcoming addition of Hulu Plus, which would give Roku an edge over Google TV in that department.
Still no word yet on the promised DLNA support, so for the time being that’s one point for GTV. The changelog is expected to drop soon, so stay tuned.
Every Sunday, we recap the most important news of the week for those of you who need to play catch up. For all you soccer (or football, whichever word tickles your fancy) fans out there, the World Cup has officially ended. Now it’s time for you to check out some of the news you may have missed while you were catching all the action. This week, the big news was certainly the announcement of YouTube Leanback, which offers a continuous playback of videos based on search terms. Also high up on the list are the official photos and documents from the Logitech Revue’s FCC inspection. Here is the full list of stories featured this week:
In case you need more Apple TV rumors, here is another one
Study shows surfing and viewing simultaneously is on the rise
YouTube gears up for TV with Leanback, could see bright future with Google TV
The Wall Street Journal discusses Google TV
Logitech Revue gets a little FCC treatment [photo gallery]
Source: NewTeeVee | via: Yahoo News
I know what you’re thinking: this is a Google TV news site, enough about Apple already! Love ‘em or hate ‘em, if Apple throws the proverbial hat into the TV ring for a second time, the results could have a significant impact for GTV. Now, on to the heart of the matter. The rumor mill has been flowing the past couple of days over anonymous sources close to Apple reporting that iTunes will soon feature streaming TV shows for a mere 99 cents.
Currently, Apple charges $1.99 for the sale of a standard definition show, and $2.99 for HD. The new streaming service, on the other hand, would work in the same way Apple handles movie rentals in that once the purchase is made, 30 days are given to start watching the show, which is then available for 24 hours after starting.
This move would not come as a surprise, given the recent rumors of an updated Apple TV device based on the iOS4 platform and heavily relying on cloud storage in place of large hard drive capacity. Apple TV 2.0 is also slated to be much less expensive than its predecessor, with only a single model priced at $99 dollars.
The lingering problem for Apple is getting content providers to go along with them. A while back, Apple fought a losing battle to get some of the shows for sale on iTunes down to 99 cents. The argument from Apple will be that the decrease in cost will push many more people to make a purchase, with the chance of repeat rentals further down the line.
Whether or not content providers will agree remains to be seen, but given that the Television Industry seems to be warming to the idea of paid streaming of its content, Apple may not have such a tough time convincing a great majority of them to see their way.
Every Sunday, we recap the most important news of the week for those of you who need to play catch up. Happy 4th of July to all you Yanks out there, we hope you are enjoying the long weekend! This week, Hulu finally announced a premium service, rumors about Apple TV 2.0 resurfaced, and Samsung announced plans of possibly supporting Google TV in the near future. Here is a list of the stories we featured this week:
Apple TV rumors day 2, apologies to The New York Times
Updated Apple TV rumors begin circulating again
Vizio’s VIA line offers a lucrative alternative to Google TV
Samsung exec confirms plans for supporting Google TV under review
Syabas Popbox delay, and lack of Netflix, good news for Google TV
Anthony Rose feels Google TV is ‘a bit of a consumer fail’
Logitech VP on why Google TV, and open systems, are great
Hulu Plus announced: Sony’s inclusion indicates Google TV is a likely partner as well
Sources indicate Google Music likely to be on Google TV
Google TV to greatly expand digital advertising potential, says Google VP Henrique De Castro
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