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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.
In case you just do not have enough Miley Cyrus in your life, Vevo has made it quite easy to check out her new music videos righ from your Samsung Smart TV. The music video hosting service announced today that it's app is now featured on Samsung Smart TVs and gives users access to over 75,000 music videos.
Vevo says that they have designed the new app specifically with the television in mind, and that the app was coded by "expert human programmers." Thank god for that, because I was afraid that the app may have been coded by novice alien programmers from another world. Anyway, back on track! The app has searching and streaming functionality similar to Pandora, and allows users to select a genre that fits their mood, and Vevo will play a unique set of music videos. Users can also search for specific songs as well.
Kogan has just launched a new version of its Agora smart TV HDMI dongle that sports all of the same features as its predecessor, but now packs a stronger punch in the hardware department. The new dongle features a quad-core ARM Cortex-A9 processor and runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean.
The new Kogan HDMI dongle also houses 8GB of RAM, a mini USB port, and a microSD slot to add additional storage space. The remote features a 2.4GHz wireless connection, and the company has an optional Kogan-branded wireless keyboard and trackpad for just $39 more. I would like to see how this stacks up to Google's Chromecast in terms of ease of use and setup, not to mention streaming quality. With the device running Android, I would imagine that it behaves much like my Pivos Xios DS media box.
South Park has been here before, revolving an episode around a video game, back in 2006, South Park aired "Make Love, Not Warcraft" which ended up being an award-winning episode that spoofed World of Warcraft.
This time around, South Park featured Minecraft, Mojang's indie super popular game. The episode has been called "Informative Murder Porn" and sees the children of South Park fear their parents' addiction to dramatized-crime shows, which lead to real-world violence. The kids install a parental content blocker, placing in a question that only kids would know: how do you take a horse in Minecraft?
In order to get their TV back, the parents then start playing Minecraft to find the answer to the kids' question. You can view the episode here.
The future is already here, and that future is Ultra HD, or 4K. 4K content streaming isn't going to be too far away, with Netflix CEO, Reed Hastings, already talking about it.
Hastings was interviewed by Claus Bülow Christensen, the producer of the Copenhagen Future of TV Conference, where the Netflix CEO said that 4K video will arrive on tablets, notebooks and PCs first as resolutions on these devices continuously improve. This will lead to a world filled with cheaper 4K TVs, and thus, a future of 4K is not too far away.
Streaming 4K content to devices has been a topic that Hastings has been interested in, stating that the minimum requirement for streaming 4K content would be around 15Mbps. He added that anyone with a 50Mbps connection would have no problems at all. Problem is, here in Australia, the land of backwards Internet, our newly appointed government thinks 25Mbps is enough for anyone, forever.
On September 18th, Apple will be releasing a major software update for its Apple TV set-top box alongside its rollout of iOS 7. While not much is known about the update we do know that it will allow content purchased from the iTunes Store to be played on an Apple TV that does not own the content. At the moment users have to load the content onto a mobile device for playback on an Apple TV via airplay loosely similar to how Google's Chromecast works.
While many Apple TV aficionados were let down yesterday when the Cupertino-based company did not release a new set-top box, this update, when combined with the addition of new apps for VeVo, The Weather Channel, The Disney Channel, and The Smithsonian Channel, Apple TV fans should be happy at least for a few more months. Personally I love my Android-based Pivos XIOS DS media center which does everything Apple TV does, but some much more as well. Toss the $45 Chromecast into the mix, and I see no need for an Apple TV.
If you have a 4K-capable display or TV sitting in your house or office somewhere and wanted to play some content on it, you might want to check out Sony's Video Unlimited 4K service.
Sony's Video Unlimited 4K service offers up 4K content to rent or buy on Sony's 4K Ultra HD Media Player, with over 70 movies and TV shows. It includes one of my favorite TV shows of all time in 4K: Breaking Bad. 24-hour rentals will set you back $3.99, while 4K movie rentals will cost $7.99. If you want to purchase a 4K movie outright, it's going to cost you $29.99.
Sony is hoping to have over 100 titles by the end of the year, and we should see it grow extensively going into 2014.
New rumors have popped up that suggest Apple will release a new Apple TV set-top box during next week's launch event on September 10. A recently discovered filing from the Department of Homeland Security shows that on August 25, Apple took delivery of a shipment that was labeled as "Set Top Box with Communication Function"
Just a week earlier than that, a similar shipment arrived that was labeled simply "Set Top Boxes," which is leading several industry insiders to believe that Apple will indeed release a refreshed version of its Apple TV. This makes sense, too. With iOS 7 pending and two new iPhones scheduled to launch on the 10, Apple would be smart to cash in on the crowds of customers that are about to flood its stores.
It's been a long time coming, but the World of Warcraft movie finally has a filming date: January 2014. Duncan Jones is going to be getting into the director's chair for this, with his previous movie, Moon, being one of my favorite of recent years.
Legendary showed off some decent test footage at Comic-Con, announcing the studio would start filming in early 2014. Warcraft will start shooting in Vancouver on January 13, 2014, with casting yet to be announced. Since January is only a few months away, we should begin to hear about casting very, very soon.
Rumors are pegging the movie to not be some PG-rated flick, but will be a full-blooded fantasy flick, in the same path as The Lord of the Rings and will reportedly follow the RTS games from the 90s, and not World of Warcraft. The World of Warcraft, er, world, will be used in a future movie, with the current movies taking it slower and concentrating on the mid-90s titles.
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.
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."