While Amazon and Roku are neck and neck for stand-alone streaming media player dominance, the same is nowhere near true for smart TVs, where Fire TV Edition TVs lag way behind Roku, which says it was the best-selling platform for smart TVs in 2020. Meanwhile, Sony continues to be all-in with Android TV for its smart TV platform of choice and has revealed that its 2021 TVs will run the new Google TV interface which is currently only available on the Chromecast with Google TV. Read more ›
Sony has blacklisted the media center app Kodi on some models of their Bravia televisions that run Google’s Android TV operating system, according to a tweet on Kodi’s official Twitter account which CordCuttersNews has spotted. By blacklisting Kodi’s package name, they’re blocking the perfectly legal app from running on their TVs. Read more ›
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Yesterday was the start of WWDC, Apple’s annual developer conference, where they revealed some new features coming to the Apple TV. It was also the start of E3, the big gaming conference where Microsoft talked about the Xbox’s future and Sony talked about the PlayStation’s future. Here’s a summary of the announcements related to streaming media.
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Sony just launched their PlayStation Vue streaming TV service on the Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick. To promote the service, they’re offering new customers a free Fire TV Stick for signing up and paying for 1 month of either their “Core” 60+ channel plan, which costs $54.99 per month, or their “Elite” 85+ channel plan, which costs $64.99 per month. These multi-channel plans, and this offer, are currently only available to residents of Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Philadelphia, and San Francisco, where the service is offered.
The promotion starts November 15th and ends December 15th or after 10,000 free Fire TV Sticks are claimed. To take advantage of this offer, sign up for the 7-day free trial of either the Core or Elite plan on or after November 15th. After your free trial is over and you pay for your first full month of service, you will receive a promo code that can be used on Amazon.com to purchase a free Fire TV Stick. The terms of the promotion explicitly say the code cannot be used to get a Fire TV Stick with Voice Remote and must be redeemed by January 15th, 2016.
Sony has just launched PlayStation Vue, their streaming TV service, on the Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick. The PlayStation Vue service offers individual channels, such as SHOWTIME, Epix, and Fox Soccer Plus, as well as multi-channel packages in select cities. Multi-channel packages come in three tiers with the 50+ channel “Access” package costing $49.99 per month, the 60+ channel “Core” package costing $54.99 per month, and the 85+ channel “Elite” package costing $64.99 per month. These multi-channel plans are currently only available in Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Philadelphia, and San Francisco. The channels included in each package vary from city to city and include live local television in some areas. PlayStation Vue also provides a cloud DVR service where you can tag your favorite shows and all aired episodes of those shows will be available on-demand for up to 28 days. Sony is offering a 30-day free trial for SHOWTIME and Epix, and a 7-day free trial for their multi-channel plans. Additionally, you can get a free Fire TV Stick after paying for the first month of their Core ($54.99) or Elite ($64.99) plan.