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CyanogenMod developer Koushik Dutta has followed up his CM 11 Screencast display recording app with one for a wider range of Android users with an extra feature. Mirror for Android can not only record whatever’s happening on your tablet or phone’s screen, but it can also display it wirelessly, AirPlay- or Miracast-style, on an Apple TV. Currently it requires Android 4.4.2 and root access, but Dutta says there is a non-root solution on the way. If you’d like to try it out and have the appropriate hardware, just click here to join the Google+ community, click here to join the beta and then download the app from Google Play. That may not be possible for individuals without a Nexus device and / or CyanogenMod 11 nightly build, so if you just want to see what it’s like, check out a quick video demo embedded after the break.
While Ben digs into his holiday movie archive and Richard warms himself by a virtual yuletide fire, HD news continues to pour forth. The Xbox One received some post-launch updates, Dolby demoed some tech you might not have thought you needed, Google’s Chromecast added more apps to its streaming quiver and Netflix announced a director for its Daredevil series. Add to that, an extensive review of Must See HDTV and some disappointing fantasy football stats, and you’ve got another informative episode of the HD Podcast, patiently waiting for you at the streaming links below.
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Comcast and Twitter made it easy to watch TV online when they launched their SeeIt social platform, but the service has only been truly useful for Comcast customers watching NBCUniversal shows. It’s about to become much more relevant, though, as Comcast has reached deals with nine new channel and TV service providers. ABC, A&E Networks, AMC, Cablevision, Charter, Crown Media Family Networks, Discovery, Fox and Time Warner Cable should all support SeeIt’s “watch now” links in tweets as soon as the first quarter of 2014. You also won’t need to sign up for Comcast service to get the full experience — the new SeeIt deal will let Cablevision, Charter and TWC TV subscribers both tune their set-top boxes and record programming without ever grabbing the TV remote. There will still be gaps in SeeIt’s coverage in the wake of these agreements, but don’t be surprised if it’s ubiquitous in the near future.
Via: The Verge
Not to be outshined by Google’s announcement that more apps were joining the Chromecast revolution, Apple TV today made its entertainment repertoire a bit richer. As 9to5Mac points out, Cupertino’s tiny box is now giving viewers access to applications including Bloomberg (which will be streaming news 24/7 as well as offer on-demand content), Watch ABC, Crackle (in HD for the first time) and, for Korean speakers, KORTV. These new additions show that Apple is getting increasingly passionate about its hobby, as over the past months we’ve seen more and more apps and features become available. It’s worth mentioning that being able to enjoy some of these in full depends on the country you’re in and whether you have the proper cable subscription. So, power on your Apple TV and let us know in the comments how you’re liking the fresh content thus far.
After crossing the one million mark in 24 hours, it took 18 days for Microsoft to sell another million of its shiny new console. The folks in Redmond have announced that the Xbox One has officially eclipsed sales of two million with an average of over 111,000 units being sold per day since its November 22nd launch. Just over a week ago, Sony posted news of a 2.1 million unit sales tally for the PS4 in November while Microsoft informed us of some zombie-killing stats. Even still, both consoles are pretty hard to come by this holiday season.
Source: Xbox Wire
All that turmoil deciding whose next-gen colors you were going to wear might have come down to one thing: which one has the launch titles, or exclusives you want. Imagine, then, that the very thing that won you over, came back to bite you. For early adopting Xbox One fans in the UK, that’s exactly what’s happening. Dead Rising 3, Forza Motorsport 5 and Ryse are all listed on Xbox Live for a fiver more than they cost at launch (£49.99, up from £44.99). At time of writing, it’s not all titles that will see you short of a deep sea diver, but Microsoft has confirmed to VG247 that pricing for “select digital content” has changed since launch, gently reminding us that price and promotions can vary by region. Evidently so.
It’s Tuesday and time for the Engadget HD Podcast. We hope you’ll join us live when the Engadget HD podcast starts recording at 8:30PM. Tonight we cover the news leading up to CES before we take a break for a few weeks. Consider it the calm before the storm. If you’ll be joining us, take a peek at the topics after the break — then do everything else you’ll need to do in order to be ready to participate in the live chat.
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The PlayStation 4 has already seen its first post-launch firmware upgrade; now, it’s the Xbox One’s turn. Microsoft is about to roll out a system update that will fix several glitches, including problems with SmartGlass when entering or exiting standby, difficulties rejoining multiplayer games and various inconsistencies with Dashboard performance, notifications and WiFi. You can upgrade your Xbox One at any point after 8PM Eastern tonight, but we wouldn’t be too leisurely about it — the patch will be mandatory after 7PM on December 12th.
Update: The patch appears to be rolling out, although some report they’ve had to turn their system completely off (hold the power button on the front of the console down for several seconds) to pull it, and others still aren’t seeing it. An Xbox.com support document spells out the 6.2.10217.0 (xb_rel_launch.131205-2200) update’s current “available” status vs. mandatory and what the process is, but one way or another everyone will be seeing it in the next couple of days.
Every time Chromecast adds another officially supported app, traditional TV viewing dies yet another death. And so it goes that Google’s low-cost dongle’s about to beef up beyond its already stellar, and increasingly robust, line-up of streaming services with Aereo — at some point. According to CNET, Aereo head Chet Kanojia, speaking at an investor conference, stated that eventual Chromecast compatibility for the local broadcast slinging app is not only on the way, it’s actually part and parcel of the company’s broader support goal for Android. In fact, Aereo’s currently testing the updated app now, but Kanojia didn’t specify exactly when users would see it roll out. When it does eventually release, it’ll be one more reason for cord-cutters to kiss cable and those draconian monthly fees a fond farewell. We’re looking at you, Time Warner Cable.
After nearly a year in beta testing, NimbleTV’s streaming service is at last ready for prime time. Anyone with an address in the New York City area can sign up to watch local cable programming anywhere they have a fast internet connection; they just need a web browser, an iOS device or a Roku player. Viewers with existing TV subscriptions through Cablevision, RCN, Verizon’s FiOS or Time Warner Cable can pay as little as $4 per month to add NimbleTV, while those starting fresh pay $30 or more per month. Regardless of the package, customers get between 20 to 90 hours of cloud DVR storage as part of their plan. The company isn’t providing any new expansion details at this stage, but it does promise both Android support and international TV content in the future.