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Vizio is telling you how to get paid for TV-spying lawsuit by taking over your TV

If you purchased a Vizio TV between February 1st, 2014 and February 6th, 2017, you can visit VizioTVsettlement.com to complete the online paperwork anytime before April 29th, 2019. – Shannon Liao, The Verge » http://bit.ly/2UVDetU
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Vizio starts testing SmartCast 3.0 with AirPlay 2 support

Since the platform’s adding support for the second version of AirPlay, you’ll be able beam media to multiple devices. You’ll also be able to mirror content you can’t cast, such as web pages, on a bigger screen. Meanwhile, the addition of HomeKit support means you’ll be able to control a SmartCast TV — switch it on and off, change volumes and even ask Siri to play shows — using an iPhone or an iPad. – Mariella Moon, Engadget » https://engt.co/2G4nalt

Vizio exec: we’d have to charge a premium on “dumb” TVs to make up for the money we’ll lose by not spying on you

At CES, the Verge’s Nilay Patel interviewed Vizio CTO Bill Baxter, who told her that when it comes to the surveillance features of his company’s “smart” TVs, “it’s not just about data collection. It’s about post-purchase monetization of the TV…[When it comes to ‘dumb’ TVs,] we’d collect a little bit more margin at retail to offset it.” – Cory Doctorow, Boing Boing » http://bit.ly/2RJEHWl

Google just might power the streaming box of your dreams in 2019

The consumer version of Android TV is now getting yet another redesign—its second in less than two years. Google isn’t ready to show off what it’s been working on, as the company is still experimenting with different approaches, but [Shalini Govil-Pai, Google] said the result will involve more personalized recommendations, and will make catching up on what you’re already watching easier. In service of those ideas, Google may rework or even eliminate some current features, such as the rows of content recommendations from individual apps on the home screen. – Jared Newman, TechHive » http://bit.ly/2H4wo3f

Apple is putting iTunes and AirPlay on Samsung TVs

Samsung TV owners will be able to stream their iTunes movie and TV show library directly through their smart TV interface without the need of an Apple TV. The iTunes app will be coming to existing 2018 Samsung TVs after a firmware update and will be included on 2019 Samsung TV models as well. The TVs will also serve as AirPlay receivers that will allow iPhones, iPads, and other Apple devices to wirelessly stream content to the TVs. – AFTVnews http://bit.ly/2CTi5ui
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