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Australians will soon have access to a 42" 3D LED smart TV that runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean with a price tag under $500. The TV is being manufactured by Kogan, a company known for its cut-rate prices.
The $449 Agora Smart TV does sacrifice some features such as a thin profile and excessive numbers of HDMI ports, but you do get a 3D-capable 1080p LED screen. With the Agora Smart TV running Android, it will be a good way to experience Google TV or take advantage of apps such as Plex which are usually only featured on more expensive flagship smart TVs.
Other specifications include built-in PVR functionality, three USB ports, three HDMI ports, Wi-Fi, and a 60Hz refresh rate. Australian readers who are keen on picking one up can head over to Kogan's website and place your preorder now.
Rovio announced that they have partnered with Sony Pictures for their upcoming Angry Birds movie. We've previously covered details of the Angry Birds movie that was originally announced back in December 2012. At that time, I asked what the movie would consist of. That question still needs to be answered.
The Angry Birds movie will be a 3-D animated comedy coming out sometime in 2016. It will be produced by John Cohen, the producer for Despicable Me. The partnership between Rovio and Sony Pictures was announced via tweet earlier today. Rovio CEO Mikael Hed said the following in a press release:
Sony impressed us with their great attitude, determination, and professionalism. They convinced us that we have found the right partners and team to help us market and distribute our first motion picture.
According to a report by the Wall Street Journal, Google will unveil a music-streaming service at this year's Google I/O. The event, which kicks off tomorrow, will reportedly focus on services instead of hardware, which would tie in nicely with a new music-streaming service.
Google already offers a music product, but it requires users upload their own music to stream or buy new songs. This new service would be more like Spotify's offering. According to people familiar with the matter, Google has already signed deals with Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment, and Warner Music Group. These deals will allow unlimited streaming of certain libraries for a fee.
It's not clear what the fee would be, though it would have to be competitive with current offerings. This means we could expect the fee to be less than $10 for unlimited streaming on any device.
If Google unveils a music-streaming service at Google I/O, you'll be able to read about it here at TweakTown.
Aereo, the over-the-air streaming service, continues to march forward with its roll out, despite legal challenges by CBS and FOX. So far Aereo has won the legal challenges, but that doesn't make them easy--or cheap. It doesn't seem to be stopping Aereo, however, as they have announced they will be rolling out in Atlanta on June 17.
Aereo originally launched in New York City, where it was challenged by CBS and FOX over its legality. Recently, Aereo expanded to Boston, after filing a complaint with the court to stop future CBS legal challenges. The new Atlanta service will provide a total of 27 over-the-air channels to 55 counties in Georgia, Alabama, and North Carolina.
Aereo is aiming to enter a total of 22 markets by the end of this year. It remains to be seen if the legal challenges will slow the roll out down.
In just over six months, fans of the Hunger Games trilogy will be treated with the next movie installment. Hunger Games: Catching Fire debuts on November 22 and the movie poster for the upcoming movie was released today via Instagram. Also embedded below, Lionsgate has released a Teaser Trailer for the upcoming movie.
Katniss Everdeen, played by Jennifer Lawrence, stands confidently on top of a cliff holding a bow and arrow. Above her, the words "The sun persists in rising, so I make myself stand" are emblazoned. Other stars in the upcoming movie include Josh Hutcherson, Woody Harrelson, Lenny Kravitz, Elizabeth Banks, Stanley Tucci, and Donald Sutherland
As a very long time fan of Arrested Development, the fourth season is nearly here thanks to our friends over at Netflix. The trailer hit the Internet earlier today, and has been enjoying its fair share of bandwidth being pushed over to it.
What do you think? I can't wait to see the gang back together, it makes me want to go back and watch all of the previous seasons. Let us know what you're looking forward to in the fourth season of Arrested Development, will you be tuning in?
The Avengers impressed critics, fans and the box office - making more than $1 billion worldwide. How do you begin to even follow that up on TV? Well, for one you keep The Avengers' director, and huge TV veteran, Joss Whedon involved.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. takes place in the Marvel universe of course, and takes place after the events of The Avengers. Agent Phil Coulson, played by Clark Gregg, is back, even though he was killed (or was he?) in The Avengers. I'm sure there'll be a great explanation for Coulson's return, with all of the technology at play in the Marvel universe, I'm sure they could bring him back easily.
Dead Space is one of the best survival horror games out there, and now it looks like we might actually see a movie based on the game. The director of horrors such as Halloween and The Thing, John Carpenter, has recently expressed interest in making a Dead Space movie.
Carpenter said during an interview with GameInformer: "I would love to make Dead Space [into a film]. I'll tell you that right now. That one is ready-made. I maintain that Dead Space would just make a great movie because you have these people coming onto an abandoned, shut-down space ship and they have to start it up and something's on board. It's just great stuff".
When Dead Space 3 launched earlier this year, Carpenter took to Twitter, tweeting "Dead Space 3 is the first great game of 2013". Carpenter got into games thanks to his son, where he explains: "My son got me involved in games when he was growing up. He and I spent time together playing. He got me hooked on it".
I am sure there's a lot of you who have seen the great Children of Men, directed by Alfonso Cuarón, and now the acclaimed director is back with yet another epic movie, Gravity.
Gravity stars Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, as two astronauts who go into space but are detached from their ship, after which they're forced to survive on their own in the dark beyond. There's some truly epic camera work done by Cuarón, something he is known for, and by the looks of things we're in for an utter treat with Gravity.
Check out the trailer above and let us know your thoughts in the comments section below!
I'll openly admit I am an Arrested Development fan. And it looks like Netflix is trying to remind all of us, and maybe even pick up a few new ones, that Arrested Development will be returning come May 26. Ahead of the return, Netflix is taking the Bluth's banana stand on tour; first in the UK, then on to the United States.
The festivities kicked off yesterday in the UK. The banana stand will eventually make its way to London, Los Angeles, and New Your City. The banana stand will move to the United States after May 21 and the specific location will be announced by the Arrested Development Twitter account.
As a further marketing push, Netflix has promised surprise appearances by the Bluth family. If you happen to be by the banana stand, check it out and send us your pictures!