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Google launches Chromecast Audio and improved Chromecast

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: 5 days, 14 hours ago

Google's cordcutter-friendly Chromecast device is getting even more friendly as of today with an updated design that makes it "easier to plug into TVs with crowded ports" and "supports the latest Wi-Fi standards and adapts more easily to changing Wi-Fi conditions in your home, so you get higher quality video with less buffering." And for those that like to customize, it comes in red and yellow in addition to the previous black.




The company is also launching Chromecast Audio, a device that lets you connect wirelessly to your speakers/sound system and stream music. Naturally, it supports a heap of apps, including Spotify and Pandora.


Both are available now. Also available today or at some point over the next few weeks is a Chromecast app update that's said to make it easier for you to find content.

IMAX rumored to be working on their own movies for IMAX screens

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Sep 14, 2015 4:24 am

If you've ever watched a movie in an IMAX screen that was filmed with an IMAX camera, you'll know that there's nothing better. But the company doesn't see many movies hitting its screens, and it wants to see that change - even if it has to do so itself.




The Wrap is reporting that IMAX is in the process of making their own movies, and even the possibilities of allowing alternate programming to be blasted onto IMAX screens in the future. The company is talking with various potential partners, TV producers, and filmmakers to see what they can do to get IMAX into the limelight.


Why now? Well, during August there were hardly any blockbuster Hollywood movies on IMAX screens. IMAX Entertainment Chief Executive Officer Greg Foster explained: "There were no blockbuster movies released in August, there were none last week and none this coming weekend. That's three or four weeks of beachfront property. We want to provide the very best premium entertainment 52 weeks a year, and if creating it ourselves is the best way to do it, we're going to be excited about taking that step".

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Fox announce first 4K Blu-ray titles

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Sep 6, 2015 12:05 am

With the upcoming UHD Blu-ray format specification announced and manufacturers gearing up to release product to the market, the first Hollywood distributor has now announced the first wave of titles that will be hitting retail early next year.




Twentieth Century Fox is the first studio to back the 4K successor to Blu-ray, with 'Exodus: Gods and Kings', 'Kingsman: The Secret Service', 'Fantastic Four', 'X-Men: Days of Future Past', 'Wild', 'Life of Pi' and 'The Maze Runner'.


There's still many questions yet to be answered on the new format, including whether legacy Blu-ray issues such as region coding apply, but with movement at the station there's no doubt the future is looking very high in resolution indeed.

Samsung unveils first 4K UHD Blu-ray player with 60FPS playback

By: Derek Strickland | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Sep 5, 2015 10:11 pm

Samsung officially leads the 4K initiative by unveiling the first-ever consumer ready 4K Ultra-HD Blu-ray player, ushering a new generation of high-fidelity entertainment into homes around the globe.




Samsung announced its pioneering UHD player, the UBD-K8500, at IFA in Berlin and touts some major performance boosts like ful 4K resolution at a fluid 60 frames-per-second, a 10-bit color palette that's 64 times more dynamic than standard Blu-rays, and object-based sound formats like Dolby Atmos and DTS:X for UHDBR audio. The UHD Blu-ray player also sports an HDMI 2.0a port to support industry's new high dynamic range (HDR) standard and will be backwards compatible with current Blu-ray discs.


"The new player is also capable of upscaling content to provide UHD resolution for any disc, as well as for 4K streaming services," Samsung's visual display VP Mike Zoller said.

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Man of Steel 2 rumored to have George Miller in the director's chair

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Aug 22, 2015 5:58 am

After the success of Mad Max: Fury Road, it looks like Warner Bros. could be using George Miller in their DCEU for the sequel to the Superman reboot Man of Steel.




The director of the documentary The Death of Superman Lives, John Schnepp, said that Miller has been shortlisted to direct Man of Steel 2. Man of Steel was directed by Zack Snyder, but Snyder has been busy with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and then Justice League: Part 1 reportedly begins filming in January 2016.


Miller directing Man of Steel would be an interesting choice, as it seems Warner Bros. is confident with its range of directors for the upcoming movies in the DC Extended Universe.

Ben Affleck has reportedly signed on for a new Batman solo trilogy

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Aug 10, 2015 7:11 am

All signs are pointing to Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice being a kick ass entry in the DCCU, but it looks like the film's crew and Warner Bros. executives have seen a screening of the movie, where the working cut of the movie had a standing ovation from those that saw it.




Ben Affleck has kicked enough ass in Batman v Superman that Warner Bros. wants Affleck to not only direct a solo Batman movie, but they want him for an entire Batman trilogy. Den of Geek has the rumor, saying that Warner Bros. was already interested in Affleck starring, writing and directing a solo Batman movie, but now Warner Bros. wants three Batman movies.


It also makes sense, as over the weekend Affleck's upcoming movies 'The Accountant' and 'Live by Night' were delayed, giving him room to work and be involved (obviously quite heavily) in the new Batman movies. The first solo Batman movie is rumored for sometime in 2018, but we should hear more about this closer to the release of Batman v Superman.

Aziz Ansari explains interest in partnering with Netflix

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Jul 17, 2015 8:50 am

Earlier in the year, comedian Aziz Ansari signed a 10-episode contract with Netflix for half-hour blocks of stand-up comedy. Ansari's "Aziz AnsarI: Live at Madison Square Garden" and "Buried Alive" were also added to the popular streaming service.




It has been a challenging time for traditional media broadcasters, with so much growing interest in Netflix and other services. Streaming video is reaching even more users, putting pressure on traditional TV bundles - and Netflix has been doing rather impressive things.


Here is what Ansari said while speaking of the perks of a deal with Netflix (via Deadline):

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Orange is the New Black's latest season set records for Netflix

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Jul 16, 2015 2:23 am

I'm up to the 11th episode of the new season of Orange is the New Black, and while I don't think it's as good as the first season, I'm thoroughly enjoying the exploration of the entire cast of characters, and not just Piper.




For Netflix however, the new season of OITNB has set a record number of hours for one day following the Sunday, joining the leagues of HBO's Game of Thrones finale, and an NBA Finals game. This makes the women at Litchfield quite popular, especially as Netflix has just released its earnings results for Q2 2015.


The media streaming giant will spend close to $5 billion on content in 2016, something that will include original movies and TV shows.

Chromecast replaces DVDs for Emmy voting at the Television Academy

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Jul 15, 2015 5:39 am

For what feels like forever, Emmy voters have had DVDs sent to them so that they can view their content, and rate them for an Emmy. Everything is about to change, with the Television Academy providing each eligible member with a Chromecast.




In a press release, the Television Academy explains: "The initiative represents the latest move by the Academy to evolve and enhance the viewing and voting procedures for the Emmy Awards with state-of-the-art technology and methodology". The Chromecast streaming will take place through the Television Academy's members-only web and mobile apps.

Warner Bros releases the Suicide Squad trailer from Comic-Con

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Jul 13, 2015 10:52 pm

The Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice trailer shown at Comic-Con this year was truly awesome, but now it's time for the bad guys to get into the spotlight, with the official Comic-Con trailer of Suicide Squad released by Warner Bros.



As you can see in the trailer, it looks damn good. Director David Ayer has nailed the look and style of the Suicide Squad, with Will Smith as Deadshot, Margie Robbie as Harley Quinn, and we get a quick tease of Jared Leto as The Joker. Surprisingly, it looks like the official Comic-Con trailer was released because Warner Bros couldn't contain the smartphone-quality leaks of the Suicide Squad trailer.


In a statement, Warner Bros Pictures' President of Worldwide Marketing an International Distribution, Sue Kroll, said: "Warner Bros. Pictures and our anti-piracy team have worked tirelessly over the last 48 hours to contain the Suicide Squad footage that was pirated from Hall H on Saturday". She continued: "We have been unable to achieve that goal. Today we will release the same footage that has been illegally circulating on the web, in the form it was created and high quality with which it was intended to be enjoyed. We regret this decision as it was our intention to keep the footage as a unique experience for the Comic Con crowd, but we cannot continue to allow the film to be represented by the poor quality of the pirated footage stolen from our presentation".

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