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20
Apr

Comcast and TWC will negotiate with officials to save their merger


Comcast and Time Warner Cable

The merger between Comcast and Time Warner Cable is no longer as certain to get approval as it once was, and the two cable giants know it. Wall Street Journal sources understand that the companies will meet with Department of Justice officials this week (the first time they’ve met since the announcement) in hopes of negotiating concessions and saving the deal. It’s not clear what more they’ll propose beyond existing offers, although history suggests that they could give up more customers or promise more efforts to expand low-cost internet access.

However, Comcast reportedly won’t budge on one area: net neutrality. If the Justice Department asks Comcast to abide by the FCC’s utility-like net neutrality rules whether or not they survive legal challenges, the company might just “walk away” from the merger. That’s not surprising given the telecom’s less-than-kind attitude toward Netflix, but it also suggests that Comcast will only go so far to please regulators when it sits down for talks.

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Source: Wall Street Journal

19
Apr

Sony’s super-thin 4K TV arrives this summer


A year after Sony’s 4K TV launch, the company is detailing the US launch of a revamped collection with HDR-compatible sets. You can now pre-order six models in Sony’s new Ultra HD lineup, with deliveries arriving in May. The line starts off with a 43-inch TV that costs $1,299.99, and goes up to a 75-inch behemoth at $7,999.99. Sony isn’t talking about pricing for the X900C, reportedly the thinnest LED TV in the world, but it’s poised to arrive this summer. It could be worth the wait — at 5.08mm, it’s thinner than your smartphone (unless you’re using Oppo’s 4.8mm R5). It also has a “Vanishing Edge” technology that makes the picture fill the entire screen.

In addition to their Triluminos technology, the TVs are equipped with a color correction feature that can make hues more vibrant or tone them down a notch for a more realistic visual experience. And as promised at CES earlier this year, the latest models are paired with Android TV. There’s a voice search feature so you can speak into a one-click remote or a compatible smartphone for quick access to your favorite app. Soon, gamers will also have access to Playstation Now and a DualShock 4 controller.

While the thinnest options won’t be available for a few months, you can be prepared for the onslaught of improved video with the X930C or X940C series, which will become HDR-friendly through a network update this summer.

Filed under: Home Entertainment, HD, Sony

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Source: Sony (PR Newswire)

19
Apr

ESPN objects to Verizon’s flexible FiOS TV plans


Marlins vs. Mets

You may like Verizon’s more flexible FiOS TV packages, but ESPN sure doesn’t. The Disney-owned sports network claims that these offerings break contracts which prevent carriers from putting ESPN and ESPN2 into a separate sports package — typically, they have to be included with other Disney channels. The company isn’t directly accusing Verizon of going rogue, but a Recode source claims that the telecom didn’t ask for permission. While Verizon tells the Wall Street Journal that it crafted the packages to avoid trouble, the insider says that the provider believed its existing deals would let it test these smaller bundles without a conflict. Clearly, ESPN would beg to differ.

We’ve reached out to Verizon for its response to the allegations, and we’ll let you know if it has more to add. Whatever the scoop may be, it’s safe to say that Disney will fight hard to put ESPN in the base package. ESPN got its dominance in part because it’s ubiquitous in TV bundles — Verizon is treating it more as a specialty station. As much as you might want to pay solely for the channels you’ll actually watch, it’s doubtful that Disney will willingly sacrifice this cash cow in the name of convenience.

[Image credit: Elsa/Getty Images]

Filed under: Home Entertainment, HD, Verizon

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Via: The Verge

Source: Recode, Wall Street Journal

13
Apr

Amazon Fire TV now shows on-screen info about movies and TV shows


Amazon has added its X-Ray feature to both Fire TV and Fire TV Stick to provide owners quick on-screen information about movies and TV shows.

The feature, which was previously available on Amazon’s Kindle tablets, will be added to the Fire TV and Fire TV Stick via a software update that starts rolling out today.

6
Apr

Hulu’s GIF library offers visuals for your reaction tweets


Websites like Giphy and others are useful for supplying a GIF to get your point across. Hulu is looking to help too, so long as your thoughts/feelings/hot takes can be summed up with an image from one of the TV shows streamed there. The company launched it’s own repository, which is appropriately housed on Tumblr, allowing you to search for specific shows, actions and reactions to find the perfect moving picture for your needs. Heck, there are even gems like this one from Star Trek: The Original Series.

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Source: Hulu (Tumblr)

3
Apr

SyFy picks up a ‘Nerdist News’ TV pilot


One day, TV will be all nerdy, all the time. Until then, Nerdist News is putting together a 30-minute pilot for SyFy, featuring its own brand of off-beat current events and silly gags. The Nerdist News TV show will air once a week, executive produced by Nerdist Industries CEO and @midnight host Chris Hardwick, alongside Talking Dead executive producer Brandon Monk. Nerdist News host Jessica Chobot announced the new initiative in a video, noting that the online version of the show isn’t going anywhere. “We can’t tell you too much more right now because there’s a lot of dark magic that needs to happen before it can get to your TVs and we have no idea of when it even would,” she says. Eagle-eyed observers will spot a familiar face covered by a Project Morpheus headset around 0:47 into the announcement video. (Hi, Joseph!)

Filed under: Misc, Gaming, Science, Alt

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Source: Nerdist News

28
Mar

AMC’s channels come to PlayStation Vue


The Walking Dead

If you were intrigued by PlayStation Vue as a substitute for cable TV but refused to sign up until you could watch The Walking Dead, it’s time to hop aboard. Sony has added AMC Networks to Vue’s channel roster, giving you AMC proper as well as IFC, Sundance and WEtv. Be prepared to pony up if you just have to catch Portlandia, though — while you’ll get AMC and WEtv in the base Access package, IFC and Sundance are only available if you’ve subscribed to Core or Elite. This certainly isn’t the best deal if you care about AMC or IFC above all else (Sling TV offers it as part of its $20 bundle), but it’ll make Vue a better value for your cord-cutting dollar.

Filed under: Gaming, Home Entertainment, HD, Sony

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Source: PlayStation Blog

25
Mar

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24
Mar

‘The X-Files’ is coming back to TV as a six-episode series


Mulder and Scully tackle a case in 'The X-Files'

Yep, it’s happening — if not quite in the way you might expect. After a flurry of rumors, Fox has confirmed that it’s bringing The X-Files back to TV as a six-episode “event series” arriving this summer. It won’t be the full-on relaunch some fans were hoping for, then. However, show creator Chris Carter will once again take the reins, and both David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson will reprise their signature roles as paranormal investigators Fox Mulder and Dana Scully. It’s not clear what prompted the return to TV after a 13-year hiatus, although it wouldn’t be shocking if actor Kumail Nanjiani’s X-Files Files podcast helped rekindle interest in the show. For us, the real question is whether or not it’ll be as good as the original run. Carter thrived while X-Files and Millennium were on the air, but his 21st-century projects haven’t had as much success.

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Via: Deadline

Source: Fox Flash

24
Mar

You can now watch TED Talks on your Apple TV


TED Talks app on Apple TV

If you like the idea of watching thought-provoking presentations from the comfort of your couch, you’re in for a good time. The Apple TV now has a dedicated TED Talks app, so you can watch discussions of public shaming or the future of image recognition on the big screen without streaming from another device. And don’t worry if you’re in the mood for lighter fare — Apple has also brought in apps for Tastemade’s food and travel network as well as Young Hollywood’s eclectic cultural mix. All of the newly available services are free, so you’ll have plenty to check out while you’re waiting for Apple’s long-fabled TV service.

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Source: 9to5Mac

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