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Report: Facebook plans to invade your TV screen with its new video app

Facebook is heading to a TV screen near you, but probably not in its traditional form. The company is developing a video-centric app for television set-top boxes (including Apple TV), according to a new report.

Apple Deals: Get the current generation Apple TV for up to $40 off

Thanks to a slick new OS and processor, the current generation Apple TV is faster, smarter, and more powerful than previous models. Now at Walmart it's also cheaper; save up to $40 on both the 64GB model and the 32GB 4th generation Apple…
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The FCC’s move to unlock cable boxes gets a push from racial justice groups

The FCC is getting a push from over 30 organizations, including racial justice groups, to forge ahead with its plan to allow third-party devices to replace your cable box. The coalition claims the move would increase diverse content…
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Could the FCC’s proposed open set-top boxes accidentally encourage piracy?

The open set-top boxes championed by FCC chairman Tom Wheeler and others could end up accidentally encouraging piracy by making less-than-legal streaming services like Popcorn Time seem legitimate, lawmakers are warning.
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Drop the box! Samsung TVs, Rokus will soon host Comcast’s Xfinity service

Comcast subscribers may soon choose not to lease a set-top box from the cable provider. The company has announced that its Xfinity app is coming to Roku and Samsung TVs, plus additional devices in the future.
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Hate paying for your cable box? A new FCC proposal has gained traction

The FCC has taken the first step in potentially unlocking set-top boxes for cable TV subscribers. A Notice of Proposed Rulemaking was approved today that aims to give consumers more flexibility.

What if your Apple TV was your cable box? The FCC wants you to have that choice

The FCC is expected to propose rules that would let customers ditch their pay-TV provider's cable box in favor of competitors' hardware. It faces stiff opposition from industry players and members of Congress.
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Facebook is radically altering the Like button, adding a range of six reactions emojis

Facebook is making big changes to the 'Like' button, expanding it to all users to express a range of six different emotions. The Like button is not going away, as some had feared, nor will there be a Dislike button, but these reactions do…
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Wish you could skip the ads on live TV? This startup aims to do just that

Skipr, a new startup, is promising a set-top box running Android TV that can automatically skip TV commercials. The service only works on a few channels for now, but more are in the pipeline, as are more features.

Xiaomi set to invest $1 billion in Internet TV

Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi announced intentions to spend $1 billion developing its Internet TV division.
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YouTube launching new app design on set-top boxes, consoles

Attempting to meld the mobile and big screen interface into one design, the YouTube team has launched a new version of the YouTube application that brings more attention to subscribed playlists and channels.
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Netflix negotiating with cable providers to offer set-top box app

Potentially useful for anyone that hasn't adopted a media streaming device like the Roku 3 or Apple TV, cable providers are talking with Netflix to bring Netflix Instant to cable set-top boxes.