USB tuners on Android TV allow users to watch over-the-air channels and even record them locally to watch them later. The feature should be included in the firmware for Android TVs running version 7.0 and up, but when the NVIDIA Shield TV received the update last month USB tuner support was notably not available yet. […]

Two months ago a bug appeared in the Google Play Store on TVs, where selecting some categories would cause the entire app to crash. It was a pretty critical bug, and one that could lose consumer confidence as they turned on their new holiday gifts for the first time. You can see an example of […]

You may have gotten a notification on your Shield TV recently about another software update. This would be to Shield Experience 5.1, not to be confused with the Android operating system version 7.0. This is a minor update that brings some of the promises NVIDIA made at their CES keynote. SHIELD Experience Upgrade 5.1 for […]

Google’s Live Channels app has allowed users to stream from a variety of networked sources, although users are probably more excited about the DVR feature. As the name implies, third-party channel apps can respond to user requests for recording and playing back of media. At this moment, the app needs to support it, limiting the […]

Android TV is based on Android, meaning you can use common workarounds such as sideloading apps and using a keyboard and mouse to turn your streaming device into a real productivity device. You can even root your device and dual boot it with a stock mobile version of Android. However, this does require workarounds that […]

Google Cast has slowly been making its way into more features such as speakers and Google Home. With Google Cast speakers, users can quickly start playing music on different devices in their home. Brookstone announced new speakers two weeks ago that let you connect using Bluetooth or Google Cast to stream music or other types […]

The Linaro Digital Home Group has released a sample build of Android TV that is compatible with 96Boards. This uses the open source version of Android TV, without requiring Google services. Linaro, a working group of companies who build software for ARM processors, has continued to forward the advances and possibilities of applications on those […]

TvHeadend, “a TV streaming server and recorder for Linux, FreeBSD and Android”, is a way for you to stream various video sources to this software and then to your other devices. It is similar to the HDHomeRun in some ways, giving you access to various types of media tuners. With a recently published app on […]

If you’ve used Chrome, you’re probably familiar with the minigame that shows up when you can’t connect to the Internet. The dinosaur mascot will start running. You need to evade other dinosaurs and cacti until your Internet reconnects. This game has now been ported to Android TV inside of a WebView. It loads the game […]

Since Facebook debuted live video on their social media platform, it has been adopted by a number of groups for a variety of reasons. It has been used to capture significant events without the classic need for journalists or television crews. From the Democrats sitting-in while C-SPAN cameras aren’t broadcasting, to activists protesting the Dakota […]