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Watch Fox Sports Go on Apple TV, if you have cable

The start of both NFL and college football seasons are imminent and Fox Sports is giving viewers another option for streaming the action. The network announced today that its Fox Sports Go app is now available on the 4th-gen Apple TV. Yes, you’ll need a cable subscription in order to stream events spanning NFL, MLB, UFC, NASCAR, Big 12 and Pac-12 Football, Big East Basketball, FIFA World Cup and UEFA Champions League soccer. Though they aren’t specifically listed in the announcement, a MLS and Bundesliga soccer match are part of the weekly lineup during their respective seasons as well.

All of that action is spread across streams from FOX Sports, FS1, FS2, FOX Sports regional networks, FOX College Sports, FOX Deportes and FOX Soccer Plus, hence the pay-TV plan requirement. In fact, your cable plan must include those channels to unlock streaming access. Fox says that the move to Apple TV also adds in some new features that weren’t previously available elsewhere. First, you can stream up to four games (or shows) at once thanks to a Multiview Display tool. All of the action is streamed at 60 frames-per-second as well which should improve views of high-speed action across that range of sporting events. Both of those features are items Apple discussed last fall as part of its tvOS software.

Fox Sports Go is also available on Roku, Android TV and Sony smart TVs in addition to apps for Android, iOS, Kindle Fire and Windows. The network has said that Chromecast support is coming this summer, but it has yet to be added to the app.

Source: Fox Sports


Sony and Panasonic partner to sell 8K TVs by 2020

NHK boldly declared it would broadcast the 2020 Tokyo Olympics in 8K (also called Super Hi-Vision), but that’s just four years away now and the grand total of 8K TVs on the market is … one. To get things jump-started, the Japanese broadcaster has teamed up with Sony and Panasonic to develop the tech necessary to get more sets on the market, according to Nikkei.

8K requires four times the bandwidth of 4K video, so the group must build new types of streaming and compression technology. Sony and Panasonic, which both have pro video divisions, will also help NHK develop cameras and other broadcast products. For consumers, the benefit will be ultra-realistic video with more resolution than even most theaters can deliver. However, there’s barely any content for 4K, let alone 8K, so jumping to a higher resolution will be a hard sell.

NHK broadcast a small amount of 8K content from the Rio games in Japan. Since Sharp is the only company that sells an 8K set (an 85-inch, $130,000 model), the only way for fans to see it was on public viewing stations. However, Both Sony and Panasonic plan to roll out 8K sets in time for the 2020 Tokyo games. By forming an all-Japanese consortium, they hope to gain back some prestige and market share lost to Asian competitors like Samsung, LG, TCL and Vizio in the 4K market.

Via: The Verge

Source: Nikkei


NFL Network launches on PlayStation Vue ahead of football season

Last month, Sony announced that NFL Network and its RedZone channel for keeping up with scoring plays would arrive on PlayStation Vue before the start of the season. Well, the time has come. The company announced today that those two channels are now live on the service for Core and Elite subscribers. Those two tiers are priced at $35 a month and $45 a month, respectively, but if local channels are available in your area you’ll have to pay $10 more. If you’re interested in that RedZone add-on, you’ll need to hand over $40 for the entire season.

Sony says subscribers will also get access to NFL Network on the web, through the NFL app on streaming devices and on the NFL Mobile app at no additional charge. However, that access isn’t available just yet (“coming soon”) and there’s no word on when users can expect it. Just as a refresher, PlayStation Vue is available on PS4, PS3, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, Roku and both iOS and Android mobile devices. What’s more, you can use the service’s cloud-based DVR to record multiple games if you can’t tune in live.

Source: PlayStation Blog


Netflix will offer an ‘Anne of Green Gables’ series in 2017

Netflix is fond of rekindling childhood memories, and its latest nostalgia trip is a big one. The streaming service is partnering with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation on Anne, a TV series based on the classic Anne of Green Gables novels you may well have read growing up. It’ll revolve around its namesake fiery, imaginative orphan and the effect she has on her small town. It won’t be shot on Prince Edward Island, alas (Ontario will have to do), but it will have some veterans aboard. Breaking Bad writer Moira Walley-Beckett is penning the first eight-episode season, while Whale Rider’s Niki Caro is directing and Beginners’ Miranda de Pencier is producing. You should see Anne both on Netflix and CBC TV in 2017.

That’s not the only notable work unveiled today, for that matter. Netflix has also unveiled plans for a new comedy series, Friends from College, that will be co-produced by Neighbors’ Nick Stoller and his wife Francesca Delbanco. The eight-episode first run will revolve around a group of Harvard alums and how well they’re faring in their forties. It’ll have a loaded cast that includes Keegan-Michael Key (Key & Peele), Jae Suh Park (The Big Short) and Fred Savage (The Wonder Years). Although there’s no timeframe for the debut, production starts in the fall — we won’t be surprised if it joins Anne as part of Netflix’s offerings next year.

Source: Netflix (1), (2)


Fox starts the Bundesliga season with a soccer VR broadcast

Fox Sports and NextVR are at it again. The two have paired up for live sports broadcasts in VR before and now they’re bringing those immersive views to the pitch in Munich. This weekend marks the beginning of the Bundesliga soccer season in Germany, so what better way to celebrate the kickoff than with a virtual reality live stream. Friday’s matchup between defending league champions Bayern Munich and Werder Bremen will be available in VR for owners of Samsung’s Gear VR headset. What’s more, this is the first time Bundesliga action has been available in virtual reality.

So far, Fox and NextVR have collaborated on four virtual reality broadcasts. The first was Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) coverage back in January and the two companies followed that up with VR footage of both the Daytona 500 and Big East college basketball tournament. Fox owns the rights to Bundesliga broadcasts in the US, so if it were going to showcase a regular-season match, the German league is the one to cover. Game time is 2:30PM ET this Friday, so when the time comes fire up the NextVR app on the Gear VR and the match will be available via the Fox Sports portal free of charge.

Source: Fox Sports


Virgin Media’s next price hike will come in November

Virgin Media customers across the UK will today begin receiving letters notifying them of an upcoming price increase. The company says that from November 2016, line rental costs will rise from £17.99 to £19 per month and annual Line Rental Saver plans will set subscribers back £196 instead of the usual £184. Broadband packages and bundles will also rise between £3 and £4 per month.

With a multi-billion pound commitment to improving its UK infrastructure, increased download speeds and an upcoming launch of its new 4K-capable Virgin V6 box on the books, Virgin Media has been forced to raise its prices above inflation, offering disgruntled customers a way out should they choose (but only if they joined after January 23rd 2014).

November’s rise will be the third price hike this year. In February, “the vast majority” of customers saw their packages rise by up to 5.4 percent or between £3.49 and £3.99 a month. A few months later, it raised the price of TV packages for some customers with Sky Sports and Sky Movies.

“Data usage continues to grow 60 percent every year,” says Gregor McNeil, Managing Director, Consumer at Virgin Media. “We do everything we can to keep prices competitive while striking the balance with investing in more of what our customers want.”


‘PaRappa the Rapper’ comes back as an anime series

You sadly aren’t about to see another PaRappa the Rapper game any time soon, but you will get some kind of fix the near future. Fuji TV has announced that it’s airing the pilot episode for a PaRappa anime series, PJ Berri no Mogu-Mogu Munya-Munya, during the variety show Hi Poul on August 18th. More episodes will surface in October. As the name implies, it’ll focus primarily on the DJ bear PJ Berri (at left) instead of the game series’ namesake rapping dog.

Don’t expect a magnum opus: each episode will last just 96 seconds. You won’t hear PaRappa singing about how you “gotta believe,” then. Look at it this way, though: the PaRappa universe hasn’t had much attention since the original game reached the PSP in late 2006. You may have to bend over backwards to see PJ Berri if you’re outside of Japan, but this beats letting a classic game fade into obscurity.

Via: MoCa News (translated), Polygon

Source: Fuji TV (translated)


Virgin V6: This is Virgin Media’s 4K TV box

We’ve known for a while that Virgin Media has been working on a new set-top box, but information on the next-generation hardware has been hard to come by. Thankfully, the company has begun teasing various aspects of what is believed to be its answer to Sky Q, today sharing both a photo of the box and a name: Virgin TV V6. Virgin Media has confirmed that like its predecessors, the V6 will support TiVo software and formally launch later this year.

Earlier today, Virgin Media shared a snapshot of the box via its Corporate Twitter account and said we can look forward to an “unboxing” tomorrow. A company spokesperson has confirmed that while it will share more information on the V6 in the coming days, it will hold an official launch event, allowing us to get up close and personal with the 4K box.

Sneak Preview: Say hello to our new Virgin TV V6 box, powered by TiVo. More to come soon. #VirginV6

— VirginMediaCorporate (@VirginMediaCorp) August 11, 2016

Source: Virgin Media Corporate (Twitter)


Amazon chronicles Hugh Hefner’s life in upcoming original series

Like Hulu and Netflix, Amazon continues to add to its library of original content. Today, the online retailer announced a 13-episode show that will chronicle the life of Hugh Hefner. American Playboy: The Hugh Hefner Story will span the media mogul’s six-decade career at the helm of Playboy magazine. The show will take on a documentary-style approach, starting with the founding of the iconic publication in 1953. Using 17,000 hours of never-before-seen footage from the magazine’s archives and content over 2,600 of Hefner’s personal scrapbooks, there’s sure to be a wealth of info for the series to pull from.

90-year-old Hefner says he’s been looking for someone to tell the story of Playboy and now he feels like he’s working with “the right partners.” Stephen David Entertainment will handle the production duties with Stephen David (The Men Who Built America, The World Wars), Peter Jaysen (You Me Her) and Dick Rosenzweig (The House Bunny, The Playboy Club) as executive producers. The series is set to debut in US, UK, Germany, Austria and Japan sometime next year.

“Although Hugh Hefner is an iconic figure known worldwide, most people may not be aware of the impact he has had on some of this country’s most important social revolutions,” said Amazon Studios head of unscripted Conrad Riggs said in a press release. “We are excited to bring Prime members the untold story of Mr. Hefner’s remarkable life and his contributions to modern American history.”

Playboy has made some interesting moves over the last year. The magazine announced that internet porn had forced it to go PG-13, which meant that it would no longer feature fully nude models. It also launched a new model app last fall to feature its articles instead of its photography. Perhaps Amazon’s new show will chronicle the media landscape that led to those changes. Unfortunately, we’ll have to wait a while to find out.


‘Futurama’ gets its own quote search engine

Ever since The Simpsons got an encyclopedic search engine through Frinkiac, many TV fans have been wondering one thing: where’s the Futurama version? Relax, it’s here. The creators of Frinkiac have launched Morbotron, a quote search tool that lets you dig through every season of Fry’s adventures (complete with 861,414 screenshots) to create meme-worthy pictures and animated GIFs. You can find every moment that Professor Farnsworth has good news, Morbo proclaims doom for the human race, or Bender invites someone to bite his backside.

The new site also reflects an upgrade to the team’s search code. It can now pluck dialogue from videos in multiple aspect ratios (good for titles like The Simpsons Movie), and it’s more of a generic search platform than a Matt Groening-specific engine. There’s a “show or two more” that will get similar treatment — this isn’t the end by a longshot.

Source: Morbotron,


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