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Google's Chromecast is one of those cheap-enough tech devices that everyone should own, and the device is slowly getting better as the months roll by. Today Google announced that HBO has launched its HBO Go app on the Chromecast, which means that anyone with an open HDMI port and an internet connection can catch up on Game of Thrones.
"Google's Chromecast is one of the newest, more exciting devices in the marketplace today, so we are very happy to bring this capability to our subscribers," said Otto Berkes, CTO of HBO. "From the beginning, our goal has been to bring HBO GO to the devices where viewers want to watch it and Chromecast definitely falls into that category."
The app is able to stream HBO Go content from Android, iOS and even the HBO Go web app. For anyone who does not have a SmartTV, spending the $35 on a Chromecast is a much cheaper option than upgrading the entire TV. With HBO Go now on the device, keeping a Chromecast in your travel kit a better idea than ever before.
The next-gen consoles are really taking up our lives right now, with South Park jumping on board in its latest episode. The episode uses a Game of Thrones-style battle, where they beat other customers to great Black Friday deals.
The kids obviously want the next-gen consoles, so the PS4 vs. Xbox One battle begins. Better yet, the kids are all wearing the outfits that they'll be wearing in South Park: The Stick of Truth, with the episode taking the time to take a stab at the fact that the game was delayed - a nice touch. The episode ends on a cliffhanger, which is great as Black Friday is getting closer and closer, and so is the Xbox One.
I've just watched the episode, and it really pushes the differences between the consoles, with the kids arguing the points between the Xbox One and PS4. Cartman even says "let these Sony f**** wallow in their limited voice control functionality". Some classic Cartman right there!
It's on, it's off, it's on, it's off: this has been the way Intel has played its TV service game, until now. Bloomberg is reporting that Liberty Global, the European cable operator that owns Virgin Media, is talking with Intel in regards to its Web-based TV service.
Bloomberg's sources were quite coy, so we don't have much information on the talks between the two companies. The sources did say that the deal could easily disappear, all before any agreements are sealed. This means that Intel could still deliver its TV service, but nothing is in concrete just yet unfortunately.
Amazon is looking to take its Prime service to the next level and will do so by launching its first original content next Friday, November 15th. The show is named "Alpha House," and will consist of three initial episodes which will be released to the public, with the remaining 8 episodes requiring an Amazon Prime subscription to view.
The same business model will apply to the company's second series titled "Betas" which will launch a week later. Unfortunately, unlike Netflix which releases all of its series episode's at once, Amazon will take a more traditional approach and release the remaining 8 episodes for both series on a weekly basis. Amazon is banking on the new original series to be a hit and has green-lighted three more original series to begin development as well. How do you feel about companies like Amazon, Netflix, and Hulu developing their own shows which you need to subscribe to to see? Let us know in the comments.
Netflix has just added a bunch of 4K videos to their online catalog for your Ultra HD viewing pleasure. Netflix is expected to do a full 4K rollout in 2014, which should be exciting times!
Netflix added seven 4K videos in the past week, one of which shows off an example of 4K at 24 frames per second and is called El Fuente: 24 MP. The video is just some stock footage, nothing overly exciting, but it'll show off the power of 4K video that's for sure. Netflix will continue to pump its 4K video, and I for one cannot wait.
A recent report from Reuters suggest that Panasonic has decided to end its production of plasma-based TVs for ever. The cancellation comes after Panasonic President, Kazuhiro Tsuga, decided to begin weeding out the weak performers in its operation and focus on the higher-margin products.
The company is trying to plug a $15 billion hole it has had to suffer over the last two years from its TV division, and with new technologies like OLED growing cheaper and more popular by the day, this only makes sense. This is bad news for videophiles around the world though, as Panasonic is one of the last manufacturers of Plasma Displays, leaving LG and Samsung to carry the technology forward.
Plasma display technology might be old, but video enthusiast worldwide prefer it because it produces very deep and rich blacks, and provides a superior contrast ratio. Unfortunately the tradeoff is that the panels are expensive to produce, consume lots of energy, and generate massive amounts of heat. They are also much heavier than their LCD counterparts and as such, have fallen out of favor with the mainstream consumer.
Today was bad news for those who were championing for an Intel based Web TV service as a new report is suggesting that the chip giant is in talks with Verizon to hand over its entire Intel Media business to the telecom titan. Some sources are suggesting that Intel would retain a portion of the service while other are suggesting that Verizon would purchase all rights and IP.
Unfortunately, it is not clear what Verizon would do with this service as it already offers a Web TV service through its FIOS business. My guess would be that Intel's patents would allow Verizon to take its service to the next level and offer more to its customers without paying heavy licensing fees. Intel was developing a set-top box with a built in webcam, so maybe that is a major item for Verizon as well.
The original X-Men movies pushed comic book movies back into the mainstream after so long, with X-2 being one of the best comic book movie sequels, ever. Bryan Singer departed the X-Men franchise to film Superman Returns, which was one of the most disappointing Superman movies, ever.
Well, Singer is back, and he's back with a bang. X-Men: Days of Future Past blends the original X-Men films and its actors with the world from X-Men: First Class, which has me excited. Check out the trailer above and let us know what you think in the comments below.
Dexter is a wrap, pun intended, and now all eight seasons of the Michael C. Hall starring show will soon be made available through Netflix. The first four seasons of Dexter will arrive on Halloween, with the following four seasons arriving before the new year is here.
Holidays are when people start streaming like crazy, so it looked like a good time for Netflix to start offering up the better seasons of Dexter. You can kind of forget about the later seasons, especially the last one.
Netflix has some of the best shows of late, with shows like House of Cards and Orange is the New Black, but after those shows are all said and done, it all disappears for another year until the show comes back. But, it looks like we could expect a change in this pattern according to an interview between Netflix and CNET.
Netflix VP of Product Innovation, Todd Yellin, told CNET that this will change soon. Yellin did stress that TV shows will always be the big focus for Netflix, where he said "but supplemental content, whether that's extra features or so forth, we're going to test that around our own originals." If users respond in a positive way, Netflix could bring in a bunch of additional content from other partners, but Yellin didn't say when this would happen.