If you’re like me, you regularly enjoy catching up on favorites from Comedy Central via Hulu. But what about the older stuff? Well, after extending its partnership with Viacom, the streaming service is adding a lot more content for your viewing pleasure. Shows from Nickelodeon will be available for the first time — including popular items like Hey Arnold! and The Ren & Stimpy Show. The library of previous seasons will benefit as well, with a backlog of Key & Peele, Tosh.0, Mob Wives and more being added “over the next few weeks.” Of course, current episodes will continue to be a few clicks away, keeping you up to date on The Daily Show and others.
It won’t be long before you won’t need to auction a lung off in order to buy a 4K OLED TV, which means there’s even less reason to buy a plasma than ever before. That’s why LG has finally joined Samsung and Panasonic in taking the outdated business out back, shotgun in hand. According to Reuters, the company has quietly told local regulators that the plasma TV lines will cease production towards the end of November, leaving China’s Changhong Electric Co. as the last manufacturer in town. Still, we’d certainly expect the price of plasmas to slip downward as the technology heads towards the exit door, so perhaps this holiday season is the ideal time to pick up a bargain.
Roku frequently comes across as the little media player company that could: its streaming box business is growing in spite of much larger competition. As healthy as it is, though, this upstart now appears eager to join the big leagues. Tipsters for both the Wall Street Journal and New York Times claim that Roku is planning to file an initial public stock offering (IPO) that could net as much as $150 million, roughly doubling what it raised through private investments. The details of just how and when this would happen are still murky, but the company said earlier this month that it’s near turning a profit. It may wait until it’s in the black and can put its best foot forward. If the IPO does happen, though, you should expect Roku to grow quickly. It’s already striking deals with TV makers and has the support of major broadcasters — the extra cash could both put more big-name services on your existing Roku box and improve the range of devices you can buy at the store.
Yes, it’s true: Our own Sean Buckley rode a real-life hoverboard. But that’s not all we have for you on this fine day — read on for the rest of our news highlights from the last 24 hours, including the Avi-on Bluetooth light switch, an app that solves math problems, and more.
Microsoft only just unleashed its October update for the Xbox One, and now it’s talking about what to expect next month. The update will hit consoles for those in the preview test group soon, and adds many features Major Nelson and crew say the community has been asking for, including custom backgrounds (with the PS4 getting themes soon, it’s Blu-ray 3D all over again), and extra details for profiles. The custom backgrounds will launch with a selection of pictures and the ability to post based on achievements, and after a media player update later in the month, gamers will be able to import any image they want. A returning feature from the Xbox 360 will put details like your location and custom bio back on the profile page, plus a self-curated selection of game clips and achievements. Oh, and those game clips? You’ll be able to share them with the masses easily, because the update adds the ability to share any of your favorites directly to Twitter. Check after the break for a video demo and more details on what’s coming.
The Twitter integration won’t stop there either, as the OneGuide adds trending lists for what users are watching on live TV, what people are tweeting about, or what Xbox One owners specifically are watching the most. There is even space to see what people are tweeting about a show in the MiniGuide itself. The integrated Internet Explorer browser can switch from full screen to Snap with a button on the address bar now, and a number icon to let users know when “Featured Sites” have updates. The second screen SmartGlass app has more support to see what’s going on in the Store and what your friends are playing, while the Preview dashboard app for testers has some new gamified features.
Here’s what to expect in Xbox One’s November system update (Spoiler: Customizable Backgrounds) http://t.co/ryXfkGrJWp
– Larry Hryb (@majornelson) October 21, 2014
More fan-requested features coming to Xbox One in November: http://t.co/roFbnnJf8m
– Jeff Rubenstein (@jeffrubenstein) October 21, 2014
Source: Xbox Wire
The next app to get the material design treatment is Google Play Movies & TV, bringing the version to 3.4.23.
You’ll notice, like many other apps, that the updated Google Play Movies & TV has a new icon, as well as a new splash screen that appears when content is being sent to a Chromecast.
For some reason, the slide-out hamburger menu hasn’t been updated in-line with the same look we’ve been seeing across the other material design apps, since it seems to cover the top part of the title car, using a larger part of the screen. Perhaps this could be to do with using the app on Android TV and the necessary scaling.
Can’t wait to get Google Play Movies & TV version 3.4.23? Download the APK here.
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Alongside Play Games, the Play Movies & TV app is getting a new look. The app has been flattened and there are now large graphics for content. The icon has been altered and the red color found throughout the app is brighter with the update. Rather than waiting for the update with Material Design in the Play Store, you can download the file yourself.
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Well, that didn’t take long. Just a couple of days after Google stopped pre-orders of the Nexus Player while it waited for the FCC’s all-clear, its Android TV puck has received approval. There aren’t any surprises in the regulatory filing, but it should let you both pre-order the WiFi media hub soon and (hopefully) get it around that originally promised November 3rd release date. If you were worried that you’d have to make do with a Chromecast for a little while longer, you can relax.
If you were dead set on ordering the Nexus Player this weekend, you’re about to be disappointed. Google has quietly halted pre-orders of its Android TV media hub because it has “not been approved” by the FCC — the company would be in trouble with US regulators if it took your hard-earned dollars for something it can’t ship. There aren’t any hints as to when the Nexus Player will get the all-clear, but you can be sure that we’ll keep our eyes peeled. Hopefully, the approval arrives before November 3rd so that you can get that Android TV set-top box on time.
Via: Android Police
Source: Google Play
I am the kind of person that wants to walk into a store, hand over my money and walk out with something in my hand. For that very reason I don’t buy many things online, nor do I pre-order anything. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t. Two days ago there was a flurry of news about the new Nexus 6, Nexus 9 and Nexus Player. While we all eagerly wait to be able to order the Nexus 6, you can now get your orders in for the Nexus 9 and the Nexus Player.
On the Nexus 9 front you are looking at a few choices. You can choose between Indigo Black and Lunar White. The third color, Sand, is still listed as “coming soon” unfortunately. Then you can choose a 16GB or 32GB storage model. The 16GB model in either color is $399.00 and leaves the warehouse in 2 – 3 weeks. Same goes for the 32GB model, except is will run you $479.00. Listed on the order page, but not yet available, is a 32GB Indigo Black LTE variant with a price tag listing of $599.00.
If the Nexus Player is on your list it is also up for pre-order today. The small puck like Android TV player with remote is said to leave the warehouse in 3-4 weeks and will set you back a $99.
Also listed today is the Gamepad for Nexus Player. The dual joystick gamepad is listed for $39.99, but is already showing up as “out of inventory.” Looks like you will have to wait on that order a little bit.
I find it a bit interesting that ASUS went with a set of AA batteries to power the Gamepad vs a built-in battery. The spec outline says the controller is Bluetooth 3.0 but also Bluetooth 4.0 compatible. If you are ready to toss down some cash on some pre-orders, be sure to hit the Play Store device section and get to buying.
Order – HTC Nexus 9
Order – ASUS Nexus Player
Let us know what you are going to order. I am thinking the Nexus Player would do the most good in my house. My aging Google TV box is starting to show its age and many apps are tricky to navigate on now.
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