Shea (Fernanda Andrade) and LeBlanc (John Slattery) head to Dartmouth to investigate NEXT's whereabouts, which are potentially linked to Biomotion Labs. There, they visit LeBlanc's friend, Professor Richard Pearish (guest star Michael Herzovi) for answers. Meanwhile, Shea, Ethan (Evan Whitten) and Ty (Gerardo Celasco) take extra precautions to disconnect from electronics and the Internet to protect their families, and LeBlanc urges Abby (Elizabeth Cappuccino) to do so, as well, but NEXT complicates their plans. Network: Fox Episode title: "FILE #3" Release date: October 27, 2020 at 9pm EST (In the event that a World Series – GAME 6 is necessary, NEXT will be preempted, and local programming will air in primetime on the West Coast.) Next is a 2020 American science fiction crime drama television series created by Manny Coto ("24: Legacy") for the Fox Broadcasting Company.
The original Chromecast that debuted in 2013 was a simple $35 dongle. But it was still notable, providing a cheap way to make any TV "smart." Things have changed a lot since then, however. Not only do a lot of TVs now come with built-in apps, Roku and Amazon developed their own streaming sticks over the years -- both of which have remote controls and visual menus for easy navigation. Google's Chromecast soon seemed outdated by comparison.
The new FOX sci-fi show NeXt showcased a new trailer created completely by artificial intelligence. To showcase the use of artificial intelligence ahead of the premiere of the new sci-fi crime drama, "NeXt," FOX tapped space150 to create the latest trailer using only AI. Space150's engineering team used AI to create, write and edit the newest trailer with the assistance of a machine-learning algorithm used to observe the entire series and select key themes, scenes and dialogue. Facial recognition was used to analyze emotion for every frame of the show, building up an "emotion index" for scenes. Color, luminosity, contrast and sound were also observed for additional data points on each scene.
At its best, the Chromecast with Google TV represents how streaming is supposed to work. You shouldn't have to sift through a dozen apps--Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, Disney, HBO Max, and so on--just to figure out what to watch. Everything should instead be accessible from one menu that acts as a universal guide to streaming. Google's new $50 4K streaming dongle tries to deliver on that ideal. But because the new Chromecast often works so well, it's all the more glaring when it doesn't.
At its core, the new Chromecast with Google TV is an attempt to simplify streaming. Rather than just presenting you with an app launcher for streaming services, the $50 streaming dongle tries to aggregate each service's movies and TV shows into one easy-to-use menu. Beyond that slick veneer, you'll also find lots of powerful features to make the most of your TV viewing. During setup, you should've gotten a question about which streaming services you use. The selections you made then will dictate which services recommend content to watch on the Google TV home screen.
If you have Facebook's Portal TV device, you can now use it to stream Netflix shows and movies. The streaming giant had been a notable omission from a lineup that includes Amazon Prime Video, Showtime, Sling TV and, of course, Facebook Watch. Facebook is following Amazon (which just announced Netflix integration a couple of weeks ago) in bringing Netflix support to its smart displays. The company also revealed a new remote for Portal TV. It has dedicated buttons for quick access to Netflix and Prime Video.
Last week, in two separate events, Amazon and Google announced their competing video content streaming devices, the Fire TV Stick and the Chromecast with Google TV. In a previous post, I discussed the implications of Google's most recent product announcements and how developments in the content streaming industry could lead to a new streaming war between it and Amazon, Apple, and other content owners, such as AT&T with its HBO Max service and Apple's TV Plus service. With last week's announcements, I decided to buy both a new Fire Stick and Chromecast and see how the two experiences compared. These products have a similar design and target audience, and they're made to be minimally invasive and easy to set up. Both are "dongles" that plug directly into the television using a quick-disconnect HDMI interface powered by USB cables and small AC adapter blocks if needed.
This week, on the heels of Apple's and Amazon's product announcements, Google held its fall devices event, which introduced a handful of products that many people have highly anticipated for a long time. What does it mean for consumers? My main takeaway from all of this, especially if you bring it into context with what Amazon and Apple have rolled out over the last month, is it's evident that a content and services war is about to be waged. Consumers will have to make important decisions about what ecosystems they want to be part of and which services go along with those ecosystems. Let's run down what the fronts of this upcoming war are going to look like -- and it's all going to be played out in your living room.
The newest Roku products include a streaming device promising improved video delivery throughout the home, a smaller soundbar that also streams, and an updated mobile app for viewing on the go. The nation's leading streaming platform, Roku said it had about 43 million monthly active accounts at the end of June 2020. Research firm eMarketer estimates Roku captures about 33% of U.S. internet users and 47% of connected TV users. Roku's lineup of devices includes the Roku Express ($29.99) and Roku Streaming Stick ($49.99). But its marquee standalone player – it also markets Roku TVs with built-in streaming capability – is the Roku Ultra ($99.99).
Engadget, which had an opportunity to demo Luna, wrote that the technology worked "just fine," playing across a Fire TV, Mac and iPhone over the span of 45 minutes. "I started on Fire TV and was able to boot up the beefiest game in the store, Control, in a matter of seconds. It stuttered a bit throughout the opening scenes, but not enough to interrupt the cinematic flow," wrote Jessica Conditt of Engadget. "More often than not, gameplay was smooth, and none of the network interruptions that did appear were significant enough to break my experience."