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TWC begins offering free digital antennas via gift card to customers

CBS's blackout on Time Warner Cable has stretched into weeks, leaving all of its subscribers without the popular broadcast TV channel. As a result, TWC has decided to offer their customers a free work around that will allow them to get CBS via the over-the-air broadcast signal.

 

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The company has started distributing digital TV antennas that, when connected to an HDTV with a built-in digital tuner or a digital tuner box, will allow consumers to receive up to 30 local over-the-air broadcast channels. This allows TWC subscribers to still get their CBS fix while it continues negotiations with CBS to bring the service back. The free antennas come in the form of a $20 Best Buy gift card, which is enough to cover a low-end HD antenna from the blue big box store.

 

"We regret that CBS has put our customers in this position by continuing to withhold its channels," TWC said in an email to customers. "We are trying to strike a balance between our desire to restore the channels as soon as possible and our responsibility to all of our customers to hold down the rising cost of TV."

Philips new unannounced 65-inch 4k UHDTV wins award ahead of launch

Philips is set to launch a new 65-inch 4K ultra high definition television next month at the IFA 2013 show in Berlin, Germany. How do we know this? The company announced today that the new TV has already won an award from the EISA for best product of 2013-2014.

 

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Phillips notes in the press release that the Ambilight XL hardware package will be offered at a significantly lower price point than the current Ultra HD smart TVs the company sells, which retail beginning at $7,000. The company did not, however, release any official numbers. We fully expect the TVs to retail in the $6000 range.


Samsung impresses with its 55-inch curved OLED TV at $8999

Samsung has just unveiled its 55-inch curved OLED TV, pricing it quite competitively against fellow South Korean rival, LG, and its own 55-inch curved OLED TV. Samsung is selling its KN55S9C display at just $8999.

 

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LG, on the other hand, is selling their 55-inch curved OLED TV in the states for $14,999 exclusively through Best Buy. The Korea Times has reported that the price drop is lower than the $13,000 originally charged for the Korean version, where they add: "Samsung's price cut came as a result of improved manufacturing yield, and [Korean] customers that already purchased one will be refunded the difference."

 

$8999 is a lot to drop on a 55-inch curved OLED, so this new TV will mostly cater to those who enjoy luxury. But, at $6000 cheaper than the LG OLED TV, you wouldn't want to have one of those in your living room and reading this news right now.

LG begins shipping HD TVs with retro styling including dials

Today, LG launched a new product that is sure to bring out tons of nostalgia for millions of people all over the world. The company released the 32NL630R, a retro-styled 32-inch LCD TV. As you can tell from the photo below, the TV is designed to look like 60s and 70s era CRT-based sets.

 

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While the TV may look retro, its internal components are anything but. The TV features a full 1080p IPS-based display, supports USB-based storage, and MHL video for mobile devices. Unfortunately, the retro-themed TV might not make it to the US and is currently only been sold in South Korea at a price point of $754.

BenQ releases W1500 Full HD wireless projector with 3D capabilities

Today, BenQ announced the release of another device in its 3-D projector lineup. Dubbed the W1500, this 1080p projector is capable of producing 3-D video up to 84 inches in size from as little as just 6 feet away. The company says that the W1500 is the first wireless projector to have a built-in 5GHz Wireless Home Digital Interface.

 

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The projector is able to wirelessly play video from compatible set-top boxes from up to 65 feet away. It is compatible with Apple TV and mobile devices and features two HDMI inputs. A composite video is also present. The projector is capable of projecting images as small as 40 inches all the way up to 300 inches in size. The company says that it has a lamp life of 6000 hours and two built-in 10W speakers.

'Rich Kids of Instagram' is being turned into a reality TV show

Jersey Shore is over and it looks like there's another show that could fill the void, so prepare yourselves to see rich kids with their toys, including lions, Ferraris, private jets and more.

 

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The Rich Kids of Instagram is being made into a reality TV show, with the working title of "Rich Kids of Beverly Hills." The series is being produced by ITV Studios America in association with Leepson Bounds Entertainment, and will see these kids from uber wealthy families enjoying their millions of dollars.

 

Their Tumblr page states "They have more money than you and this is what they do." What do you think of this? I didn't even know they existed until I read about it, but now I wouldn't mind seeing how the other half live with millions of dollars that they never earned themselves.

Neill Blomkamp says he was lucky he never directed the Halo movie

A few years ago, we nearly saw a Halo feature film from director Neill Blomkamp. At the time, he wasn't a big director, and the Halo film collapsed under the weight of its two financiers, 20th Century Fox and Universal Pictures, pulling out of the project at the last minute.

 

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This was reportedly due to concerns over the ever-increasing budget, and Microsoft's cut. Lord of the Rings director, Peter Jackson, had hired Neill Blomkamp to direct the Halo movie, which would've been Blomkamp's first full-length film. When the Halo film collapsed, Jackson and his partner, Fran Walsh, decided to go with producing Blomkamp's District 9, a sci-fi flick based on one of his short films.

 

District 9 was released in 2009 to a huge praise from critics and viewers, going as far as receiving an Oscar nomination for Best Picture. When talking with Hero Complex, Blomkamp said: "The luck is the fact that Peter and Fran let me make [District 9] out of the ruins that were Halo. What happened out of that was learning to trust my ideas. If Halo had come out and succeeded or failed, I wouldn't have learned that."

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Roku gets Verizon's Redbox Instant, allows on-demand renting

Today, Roku announced that Verizon's RedBox Instant service is now available on the Roku 3, Roku 2, Roku HD, and Roku LT set-top boxes and the Roku Streaming Stick. The new service allows not only Verizon subscribers but everyone else to access the app and rent and purchase new releases on-demand.

 

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RedBox Instant is also offering a one-month free trial of its subscription service that includes free unlimited streaming of a list of "hit movies" and four DVD credits to be used at RedBox kiosks. Users can download the app by visiting the Roku Channel Store and searching for the RedBox Instant by Verizon logo. Below is a list of features that Roku says is available via RedBox Instant:

 

5,500+ active digital movies instantly and more than 680 discs available in Redbox kiosks

  • The ability to locate and reserve movies and video games* on disc at more than 43,000 Redbox kiosks nationwide.
  • Movie trailers and user reviews to allow previewing and researching films before you stream, reserve at the kiosk, rent or buy (when available).
  • Bookmark functionality to keep track of all movies discovered on the service for future viewing
  • The option to start, stop and resume watching movies.
  • Parental controls to manage on-demand purchasing and content restrictions for young children, children and teens.

James Cameron to release three more Avatar movies starting in 2016

I was one of those people that didn't really enjoy Avatar that much, but we all know it was one of the most successful movies of all times at the box office. James Cameron and 20th Century Fox have now confirmed that Avatar 2, 3 and 4 will be released one year apart starting from 2016.

 

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Cameron has been spending some time in New Zealand working on the story for Avatar, with the famous director now coming out with 20th Century Fox and announcing the three sequels to Avatar. Cameron has called in some help for the script, with Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes co-writers Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver stepping on, as well as Black Dahlia screenwriter Josh Friedman and Savages writer Shane Salerno.

 

Cameron says: "Building upon the world we created with Avatar has been a rare and incredibly rewarding experience. In writing the new films, I've come to realize that Avatar's world, story and characters have become even richer than I anticipated, and it became apparent that two films would not be enough to capture everything I wanted to put on screen. And to help me continue to expand this universe, I'm pleased to bring aboard Amanda, Rick, Shane and Josh - all writers I've long admired - to join me in completing the films' screenplays."

Apple feels pressure from Google Chromecast, refurb Apple TV now $75

As I predicted, set-top box manufacturers are scared of Google's new Chromecast HDMI media streaming dongle, and rightfully so. The little device costs just one-third of what comparable devices cost from other major brands. With companies like Netflix, Vimeo, Spotify, HBO, and PLEX either supporting Chromecast or planning support, the $35 dongle looks more appealing than anything else.

 

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Today, Apple has dropped the price on its refurbished Apple TV box from about $85 to just $75. Is this because of Google's success with the $35 Chromecast? That could be it, but Apple does have a history of reevaluating their refurbished prices and dropping them if the market is slow, so it really could be either of the reasons. A brand new Apple TV unit retails for about $99 new, so there is little value in choosing the refurb over the new, but my bet is to go with the $35 Chromecast.

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