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29
Jul
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LG’s 105-inch 4K TV is here, if you can afford it


Sure, Samsung just launched its 105-inch ultrawidescreen, Ultra HD TV, but if spending $120,000 on such a screen is probably out of reach there may be a solution. For the the budget minded-consumer, we’d recommend taking a look at LG’s 105-inch 4K (they call it 5K, because of the expanded number of pixels horiontally) set. Beyond coming with an integrated speaker (value!), if we’re reading this machine-translated Korean press release correctly, in Korea it’s priced at 120 million won, or about $117,000 and will start shipping in just a few days. That way, you can buy one of these and a nice 65-inch TV for your kids instead of that college education they wanted. During CES we’d heard that the MSRP would be around $70,000 US so we’re still hoping for even more savings on this side of the Pacific — of course, as much as we like high-res TVs we’re not sure any of them are worth two Teslas.

Filed under: Home Entertainment, HD, LG

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Source: LG

25
Jul
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Spotify comes to (a few) Vizio smart TVs


Despite the popularity of its music service, Spotify’s presence on connected TV platforms is still spotty. It’s on Apple TV via AirPlay, Roku, LG and Samsung, but not Xbox, PlayStation or Chromecast (officially). We can add on one more today, as Vizio says it’s coming to their VIA Plus enabled TVs. The only bad news? That list is currently limited to just a few models consisting of the 2014 E- and M-series TVs, and you’ll need Spotify Premium to tune in. If you don’t have Spotify Premium you can try it free for 48 hours — check out some favorites from our editors if you need musical suggestions.

Filed under: Displays, Home Entertainment, HD

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Source: Vizio Blog

24
Jul
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Now TV arrives on the PlayStation 4 today, Xbox One in the coming weeks


A couple of months back, Sky revealed that it was working on bringing Now TV to Sony and Microsoft’s next-gen consoles. Today, it finally started that rollout with the PlayStation 4, ensuring Sony fans have all of their bases covered in the process. Although the Xbox One app is still in development, the broadcaster notes that it will become available in the coming weeks. Neither the PlayStation 4 or Xbox One require a subscription to access the Now TV app, meaning you’ll only need to put money down for Sky’s movie, entertainment or sports packages to get streaming.

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24
Jul
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Denon unveils its first receivers with extra-immersive Dolby Atmos sound


Denon AVR-X5200W reciever with Dolby Atmos

If you’re wondering just when you can envelop yourself in Dolby Atmos sound at home, Denon is more than happy to tell you. The home theater firm says it will launch two Atmos-equipped AV receivers, the X4100W and X5200W, in the US this October. Neither will be cheap, as the bleeding-edge tech implies. For $1,399, the X4100W delivers Dolby’s all-encompassing audio in up to a 7.1.2-channel setup (seven regular speakers, one subwoofer, two overhead); splurge on the $1,999 X5200W and you can add two extra speakers to the mix, whether they’re on the ground or the ceiling. Either will bring the media support you’d expect for that kind of outlay, including 4K video processing and media sharing over AirPlay or DLNA. That’s a lot of cash to shell out to add an extra dimension to your surround sound, but Denon is undoubtedly targeting very high-end living room setups — if you didn’t flinch at buying an expensive 4K TV, these receivers are for you.

Filed under: Home Entertainment, HD

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Source: Denon

22
Jul
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Apple TV now auto-plays the next episode of whatever you’re watching on Netflix


When you start chugging a series, it’s hard to stop, even for trips to the bathroom, or going to work, or catching up on sleep. It’s a problem that Netflix loves to exploit, only giving you a few seconds before offering up the next episode of whatever series you’re currently immersed in. For some reason, however, this post-play feature didn’t work on the Apple TV, until it suddenly did a few days ago, without warning. The Roku-rival has even popped up on Netflix’s list of supported devices, so never again will you have the option of stopping House of Cards after a single episode. Well, unless you disable it, of course.

Filed under: HD, Apple

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Via: Cult of Mac

Source: Netflix

22
Jul
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Samsung’s curved, 105-inch 4K TV can be yours for just $129,000


There were so many TVs on display back at CES, that you’d be forgiven if they all blended together. So allow us to give you a recap: The Samsung UN105S9W was, in the company’s own words, the “world’s first, largest and most curved 105-inch curved UHD TV.” Well then! Sounds like an expensive piece of kit, huh? You have no idea. Sammy just put its flagship TV up for pre-order and it’s kind of a doozy. The whole thing costs $129,000 — also known as, a mortgage. For the money, you get 5,120 x 2,160 resolution on an unusually large screen, with an unusually wide aspect ratio of 21:9. Additionally, you’ll receive a visit from one of Samsung’s “Field Engineers” to walk you through all the features, if that’s any consolation. It’s also a Smart TV, with all the usual built-in apps, and the ability to separate the screen into four quadrants for watching live TV and surfing the web at once. Honestly, though, we’d be offended if a TV this expensive didn’t do that. You can pre-order now if you like, but let’s be real: Most of you are probably saving $129,000 for your future child’s college tuition.

Filed under: Home Entertainment, HD, Samsung

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21
Jul
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Pranksters can hijack your Chromecast to show whatever they want


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It’s easy for someone in your home to interrupt your Chromecast stream and play something of their own, but you can always retake control… right? Well, don’t count on it. Analyst Dan Petro has built the Rickmote Controller, a proof-of-concept device that hijacks Google’s media stick to play everyone’s favorite Rick Astley video (and theoretically, any media) on loop. The Raspberry Pi-based box simply floods the Chromecast with WiFi disconnection requests, kicking the adapter into its setup mode; after that, it’s easy for the Rickmote to make its own connection and deliver non-stop ’80s pop.

You might not see a fix for this behavior any time soon. Part of the Chromecast’s appeal is its easy configuration, and altering the disconnection response might create more headaches than it solves. As it stands, you won’t have much reason to worry. Even if pranksters build gadgets like the Rickmote, they’d still have to get within range of your Chromecast’s WiFi at the same time that you’re using it — if someone tries to rickroll you through your TV, you’ll probably catch them in the act.

Filed under: Home Entertainment, Internet, HD, Google

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Via: TechCrunch

Source: Bishop Fox

16
Jul
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How to watch football (soccer) now that the World Cup is over


FC Barcelona v Real Betis Balompie - La Liga

Many are referring to the 2014 World Cup as the best of the modern era — think: since Korea/Japan in 2002. Was it due to the fact it set an incredible amount of viewing records? Or, perhaps, it has to do with how much social networks made the entire experience that much more enjoyable. After all, who could forget all the great memes and Tumblr accounts? The level of play wasn’t bad either, with this year’s tournament leaving behind formidable memories of great individual (Guillermo Ochoa against Brazil, Tim Howard against Belgium) and team (Germany’s 7-1 thrashing of Brazil) performances. There’s a reason why the sport is nicknamed “The World’s Beautiful Game.” Thankfully, football doesn’t stop here. While we wait for the next World Cup, which Russia will host in 2018, here’s how you, the new (or old) fan, can keep up with some of the professional leagues from across the globe.

It’s worth nothing that most 2014-2015 seasons in Europe are set to begin next month, while others like Mexico’s Liga MX will kick off later this week. Major League Soccer, meanwhile, is already midway through its season — the US league was about the only one still active during the World Cup. In general, most league matches take place over the weekend, although some do happen during the work/school week, especially once the Champions League and Europa League start.

Do keep in mind this is for people who want to watch here in the States, live or on-demand, as broadcasting rights do vary by country. Furthermore, if the cable/satellite providers or networks we mention carry any of these leagues, be sure to use one of their TV-everywhere offerings, such as the WatchESPN or Univision Deportes apps, this way you can enjoy games across different devices.

So, without further ado.

Liga BBVA, Spain

Spain Soccer La Liga

Network: (English) beIN Sports, (Spanish) beIN Sports en Español.

Available on most TV service providers; offers apps on the web, iOS and Android.

Premier League, United Kingdom

Britain Soccer Premier League

Network: (English) NBC, NBC Sports; (Spanish) Telemundo, Mun2.

These channels are also carried by most TV service carriers. On mobile and the web, there’s NBC Sports Live Extra. Similarly, Telemundo has an app for iOS and Android, which you can use to watch some games while on the go.

Bundesliga, Germany

Germany Soccer Cup Final

Network: (English and Spanish) GolTV.

This one is far from perfect. Comcast, the largest cable provider in the US, dropped the channel not long ago, so that’s already a huge chunk of people left out. That said, GolTV is still available on Time Warner Cable and DirecTV, but maybe not for long — the latter currently downgraded the channel to SD-only. To make matters worse, GolTV doesn’t have any apps. Which is to say, keeping up with Bayern Munich, home to more than half of world champion Germany’s starting players, may be a little tough.

The good news is Fox recently acquired the Bundesliga rights, starting with the 2015-2016 season.

Ligue 1, France

France Soccer League One

Network: (English) beIN Sports, (Spanish) beIN Sports en Español.

Same broadcasting deal as Spain’s La Liga.

Here, however, you’ll find different talent, including star players like Zlatan Ibrahimović and World Cup sensation James Rodríguez. (FYI: His first name is pronounced “hahm-ez.”)

Serie A, Italy

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Network: (English) beIN Sports, (Spanish) beIN Sports en Español.

Similar to France’s Ligue 1 and Spain’s La Liga, Italy’s Serie A belongs to beIN Sports Stateside. It is one of the world’s best leagues, featuring teams like A.C. Milan, Inter Milan and Juventus. Most importantly, Andrea Pirlo, the man you see above, plays his trade there — and you should try to watch him in action any chance you get.

Liga MX, Mexico

Mexico Soccer

South of the border, the federation in charge operates slightly differently than the rest of the pack. As such, finding Liga MX matches to watch will be a rather easy task.

Networks: (English) ESPN, (Spanish) ESPN Deportes; Univision, Univision Deportes Network and UniMas; Telemundo; Fox Deportes; and Azteca America, all available en Español.

Better yet, the majority of these channels are widely adopted by service providers. Still, things are more complicated here, since each team can play on a different network depending on whether they play at home or away. For example, Club America’s home games will always be on one of Univision’s properties, since it licensed the rights to that particular team.

Regardless, it’s a league you should be keeping an eye on.

Major League Soccer, United States and Canada

MLS Timbers Sounders Soccer

Networks: (English) ESPN and NBC Sports; (Spanish) Univision, Univision Deportes Network and UniMas.

Along with those channels, which you should have no trouble finding within your TV package, there’s also MLS Live, which offers access to live (out-of-market) and on-demand matches. Since the season is already well underway, a mere $32 gets you in for the remainder — Major League Soccer says demand for subscriptions has skyrocketed since the World Cup.

If you fell in love with the national team’s performance at the World Cup, then you should definitely be paying attention to MLS. Clint Dempsey, DeAndre Yedlin, Graham Zusi are a few players you can expect to watch as the season progresses. More importantly, supporting Major League Soccer is key for the development and growth of US soccer, and the sport as a whole in this country.

Beyond 2014, MLS will have a larger presence everywhere, thanks to new deals with ESPN, Fox and Univision.

Other Club Competitions

Portugal Soccer Champions League Final

UEFA Champions League

Networks: (English) Fox, Fox Sports 1 and Fox Sports Go; (Spanish) Fox Deportes.

UEFA Europa League

Networks: (English) Fox Sports and (Spanish) ESPN Deportes.

[Image credits: Getty, Associated Press]

Filed under: Home Entertainment, Internet, HD, Mobile

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14
Jul
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Bittorrent tests the waters with paywall bundles for TV and music


BitTorrent is set to dabble in paywalls by teaming up with an independent producer for a sci-fi series called “Children of the Machine.” Rapid Eye Studios will produce and fund the $1 million pilot, which will revolve around teenagers, global warming and technology gone awry. BitTorrent has worked with TV makers and major studios in the past, but is trying a brand new tact for the show. To fund a full eight-episode run, at least 250,000 users will have to sign up for a “BitTorrent Bundle” for $10 after seeing the pilot. Right now such bundles are free, but it plans to introduce paywall bundles starting in September with music content from a yet-unnamed “major artist.” BitTorrent told the NYT it’s looking for users “willing to reward creativity by paying a fair price” for the new scheme. It admit that it’s a risky experiment, though — users may be too set on a fair price being “free.”

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Via: NYT

Source: BitTorrent

13
Jul
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Hulu gets exclusive rights to stream South Park’s full show catalog


South Park characters as of season 14

If you’re determined to catch up on South Park episodes without downloading them, you’d better get used to Hulu — you’ll be using it a lot. The service has just unveiled a deal that gives it exclusive US rights to stream the series’ complete catalog for the next three years, including new episodes as soon as they’ve finished airing on TV. The official South Park website will still host both 30 older segments as well as new releases, but you won’t be (officially) streaming the classics anywhere else. It’s a definite coup for Hulu, which has frequently had to watch as Amazon and Netflix score big exclusives of their own. It’s not grand news for Americans, though, as you’ll only have one streaming source for the full escapades of Cartman, Kenny, Kyle and Stan.

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Via: Hulu (Twitter)

Source: South Park Studios, New York Times, BusinessWire

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