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In a world where it seems that sharing any form of media with your friends is illegal or against the service's ToS, HBO has stepped up to the plate and said that it is OK to share your HBO Go account with friends and family. In a recent interview with website BuzzFeed, HBO's CEO Richard Plepler went on the record saying that "It's not that we're unmindful of it [ HBO GO Account Sharing ], it just has no impact on the business."
Plepler says that the company sees HBO GO as an added value feature to its Premium Channel cable service and not as an individual product in itself. He went on to say that allowing users to share their HBO Account with friends is a "terrific marketing vehicle for the next generation of viewers," and that it could lead to more HBO subscribers in the future. "HBO Go is value added - what you want to watch," Plepler said, in response to questions about offering HBO Go as a stand alone product. "Right now, that's the right model for us. Are we always thinking about optionality, of course we are always thinking about optionality... if the arithmetic changes and made sense in a different way we are not going to be caught without the ability to pivot."
It looks like we shouldn't be expecting a movie based in the Halo universe anytime soon, with the company issuing a statement to Eurogamer after a bunch of rumors over the last couple of weeks.
The latest rumor to the Halo movie fire was from GamesIndustry International, which reported a now-deleted tweet from Production Weekly that read: "The Halo project is a live-action feature-length digital produced by Ridley Scott." Microsoft smashed down its rumor hammer, stating that it had "no plans for a Halo motion picture at this time."
We are still to expect a Halo-branded TV show, with Steven Spielberg on-board.
Some of you may remember Carl Sagan's TV series 'Cosmos', and now the spiritual sequel is on its way. Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, is hitting our screens on March 9 on FOX.
Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey is being produced by Seth McFarlane of Family Guy fame, and stars the infamous Neil deGrasse Tyson. For those who thought this would be pushed to some weird hour, it is being pumped out on FOX during primetime. We will see the premier episode on Sunday, March 9 at 9PM, where it will extend out to 170 countries, in some 45 different languages.
It looks like Naughty America will soon spend considerable amounts of money to upgrade its equipment so that it can shoot porn in glorious 4K. The company's chief executive, Andreas Hronopoulos, told the Wall Street Journal that the money it is spending is enough to end the company if Ultra HD doesn't take off like most expect it to.
Hronopoulos said: "The closer we can come to making it feel like you're there, the more successful we are. Our customers want to get as close to reality as they can get, without reality getting in the way." We shouldn't be surprised to see the porn industry embracing 4K, as the porn industry is what drives a lot of the sales of these new formats.
CES 2014 - Samsung is pushing 4K at CES 2014, where the South Korean giant has inked content deals with Amazon, Comcast and M-Go. The three companies will now offer 4K streaming to Samsung's Ultra HD TVs.
Comcast will allow its Xfinity customers to launch the app through their Samsung 4K TVs, which will then stream 4K content to the set. Comcast has also said it is working with NBC Universal on securing more content. Amazon on the other hand is working with not only Samsung, but Warner Bros., Lionsgate, 20th Century Fox and Discovery to provide 4K content throughout the year.
One of my favorite shows of 2013 was House of Cards, but to mix the worlds of tech and great writing is even better. Netflix has released a new poster for the hit show, and a beautiful new 4K trailer for the upcoming second season of the political, back-stabbing drama.
You'll have to manually choose '2160p' in the options, but if you have the screen - or multi-screens - to handle this resolution, it doesn't get better than this.
Storage Visions 2014 - There is no doubting it, 4K is the buzzword at this years CES 2014 show in Las Vegas Nevada, and yesterday I got to check out my first piece of 4K hardware. The Nuvola NP-1 from Nanotech Entertainment is a small set-top box similar to Roku, but is capable of streaming 4K Video with no special connections.
Nanotech says that the Nuvola NP-1 is capable of streaming 4K Video via existing infrastructure via a 6Mb/s connection speed. The Nuvola NP-1 is based on an NVIDIA Tegra 4 processor, and is Miracast capable. Android 4.2 is running on the device and Nanotech says that it will receive regular updates to the next versions of Android as they become available.
LG will be showing off its first iteration of WebOS for its SmartTVs at CES 2014, and thanks to @evleaks we have just gotten a sneak peak at what it may look like. @Evleaks posted the photo on its Twitter account this morning, and I have to admit that the UI does not look all that bad.
LG appears to already have apps created for all of the major brands including Facebook, YouTube, Skype, Twitter, and more which will go very far into helping the new smartTV OS become mainstream. The TV shown in the photo is said to feature a 2.2GHz dual-core processor and 1.5GB of RAM which may sound impressive, but many low-end smartphones have more computing power than that today.
Despite all of its efforts in 2014, the MPAA was unable to curb illegal downloading of some of the years biggest movies. TorrentFreak has just released a report that says that Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey was the most pirated movie of 2013.
With more than 8.4 million downloads, the Hobbit takes the cake for 2014, but is still a bit off from last years winner, Project X, which was downloaded more than 8.72 million times. The numbers are expected to be much higher however as TorrentFreaks numbers do not take illegal streaming, and cyberlocker based downloads into account. One thing is for sure though, with The Pirate Bay, and other torrent sites facing heavier pressure, the battle over piracy is far from over.
Less than two weeks ago, Samsung unveiled a 105-inch curved screen Ultra-HD TV that it will be showing off at CES 2014, the company has unveiled yet another uber-sized TV. The new 110-inch UHD TV features a flat-screen design with a full 4K resolution, and is supported by a free-standing metal frame.
Don't get too excited though, as this beauty is only available in China and the Middle east at the moment which is where the $50,000+ TV will have more buyers. I will be at CES 2014 next week, so keep an eye on TweakTown for images of that 105-inch curved screen beauty!