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Redbox Instant to go beta this month

Redbox and Verizon are finally ready to launch their long-awaited joint venture dubbed Redbox Instant. The service will move into an invitation-only beta launch later this month with the official push coming sometime next year. Redbox Instant will have a lot of ground to make up if they plan on competing with existing services such as Netflix.

 

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For those of you who are unfamiliar with Redbox Instant, the service will offer streaming video, movies on DVD and the ability for its subscribers to purchase movies online similar to how Amazon and iTunes does things. For a small fee of $8 a month you get a selection of streaming movies as well as 4 movie rentals from a Redbox kiosk each month. This subscription also gets you access to the online store where you can purchase or rent newer movies. Redbox Instant will also offer a streaming only package for $6 a month and Blu-ray service is $9 a month.

Hulu Plus for Android rolls out children's section

Keeping your child entertained just got a lot easier! Hulu has released a children's section on their Plus service for Android devices. Hulu Kids launched this past November and features dozens of children's tv shows from Nickelodeon, PBS, Lionsgate, and many more.

 

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Parents who may be worried about their children accessing shows that may not be kid friendly can rest easy. Parents can use the "Lock for Kids" button in the app to prevent anything outside the children's section from showing up. Parents are also able to search for shows based on children's age groups which should make finding the perfect show easy! Hulu Plus released on Android last year. Android users who subscribe to the $7.99-per-month service can use the app to stream TV shows and movies directly to their mobile devices although the app supports a handful of Android phones and tablets at the moment.

Man of Steel official trailer is here, Superman is back and better than ever

The trailer to the Zack Snyder directed Man of Steel is here, produced by Dark Knight Trilogy director Christopher Nolan. It is a complete reboot of the franchise, throwing to the side the four Superman movies, Superman Returns and every TV show that has been released.

 

 

It's a much more right-here-right-now Superman, in a post-9/11 world. The trailer shows off some great footage, a bunch of snips from the action in the movie, and a gist of the story line itself. I'm a massive Superman fan, and I think this movie will hopefully kick ass. This trailer is helping those feelings.

 

Henry Cavill plays the Man of Steel, but the supporting cast is nothing short of spectacular with Russell Crowe, Diane Lane, Laurence Fishburne, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Kevin Costner and much more.

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Ashton Kutcher as Apple CEO Steve Jobs in 'jOBS' promotional photo released

Ashton Kutcher playing the role of Steve Jobs in an upcoming film which chronicles the famous entrepreneur's life isn't exactly new news. But today, a new promotional photo was released that shows just how much Kutcher resembles Steve Jobs in the film as he strikes an iconic pose.

 

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The film, which is titled jOBS, will premiere next month on the final night of the Sundance Film Festival. The Sundance Institute not only released the image above, but they also released a synopsis of jOBS:

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Microsoft patent could use Kinect to price movies based upon number of viewers

People may want to stay away from the Kinect if they like watching movies on their Xbox 360. Well, at least if Microsoft decides to implement a patent that was just issued to them last week. The patent in question is titled "Content Distribution Regulation by Viewing User" and deals with adjusting prices based upon the number of viewers.

 

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The Kinect, or equivalent, sensor could monitor the number of people in a room and adjust the pricing for movie according to how many people are there. The system could even, theoretically, detect when more people walk into the room and pause playback until more money was provided or some people left the room.

 

Another thought is that this could be used to control the owner of content so that the person who purchased the video must be present. This patent could also tie in with one Microsoft received last September, called "Parental Control Settings Based on Body Dimensions," which uses various body shapes and ratios to estimate a user's age.

 

In any case, people will surely not like this idea, so it's not likely that it will be implemented any time soon. After all, they'd either have to require a Kinect sensor for everyone, or people could just disconnect the sensor.

Iron Man 3 trailer is here - Stark hits rock bottom, again

When the first Iron Man came out, I remember it as being a breath of fresh air for comic book movies. It's not like they had become stale, with X-Men and its sequel doing really well at the box office between a slew of other comic book-based heroes, but Iron Man felt fresh.

 

 

The sequel really dived down a bit, offering more action than the original, but the final battle was lacklustre. The Avengers kicked arse, and offered a bunch of the Marvel heroes in the same movie. The original two Iron Man flicks were directed by Jon Favreau, but the third Iron Man is directed by Shane Black who has worked with Downey Jr on Kiss Kiss Bang Bang.

 

The trailer above shows that we're in for some huge action set pieces, and as usual, the life of Tony Stark is grim, more so than the previous two Iron Man movies. I loved that trailer and I'm very amped for Iron Man 3 next year.

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LG's 84-inch, 4K-capable TV, the 84LM9600 hits US retailers next month for $19,999

LG unveiled their 84-inch 4K TV just under two weeks ago now, where we were teased of its behemoth size, and resolution to match: 3840x2160, or 4K.

 

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LG have said that the first units will start shipping out this month, and there'll only be a handful available through the normal high-end sources sometime next month. LG's 84LM9600 is of course a Smart TV, featuring WiDi, a dual-core L9 processor, 2.2-channel speakers, Magic Remote and LG's passive glasses Cinema 3D technology.

 

As you're probably aware, there isn't much 4K content available, so LG have been displaying the set with normal 1080p content in order to showcase the company's "Resolution Upscaler Plus" capabilities. Engadget reports that they've seen the 4K set running 1080p content and it was "sharp and clear". LG will find competition in Sony's 84-inch 4K-capable TV.

NBC makes J.J. Abrams' latest show, 'Revolution' available online two weeks before its normal broadcast debut

J.J. Abrams' Revolution is something I've been waiting for, the premise of the show does not sound too bad at all. All electrical equipment suddenly stops working, with the world plunged into the pre-stone ages, the show is then set 15 years after this event.

 

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The best thing is that NBC have chosen to debut the show online before it airs on traditional TV. This isn't new, as Fox played the same move with their now hit show, The New Girl, last year, and it has worked admirably. They're doing the same thing with the upcoming comedy, The Mindy Project.

 

NBC are now set to release all of their new fall shows online at NBC.com, as well as participating affiliates found in Hulu, iTunes, Amazon and the Xbox 360. It looks as though we're seeing the beginning stages of the TV on the Internet revolution, finally.

Metal Gear Solid movie has been greenlit

We've heard rumors over the years of a Metal Gear Solid movie, but now it has been confirmed. Yesterday was Metal Gear Anniversary in Tokyo, where photos of banners showing a slogan saying "Metal Gear Solid Hollywood Movie", sporting the Columbia Pictures logo. Columbia Pictures is owned by Sony.

 

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Sony of course own the PlayStation console, where Metal Gear Solid has enjoyed being pretty much exclusive to it. Avi Arad, producer behind most of the latest Marvel movie productions, has been quoted saying:

 

For many years I fought to bring comics to theaters and video games are the comics of today.

 

Considering that Metal Gear Solid is mostly cutscenes, I wouldn't be surprised if they just cut it all together and shipped it as a movie. I'm joking of course, but it will be good to see MGS on the big screen. Are you excited?

ABC getting pilot of "S.H.I.E.L.D.", a pilot based upon the Avengers, written by Joss Whedon

The Avengers was a great movie. Don't even try disagreeing with me--the box office numbers are completely on my side of this argument. Due to this great success, everyone seems ready to jump on the bandwagon to try and capitalize on how popular it was. Disney confirmed a sequel was coming May 1, 2015 and now ABS is getting a pilot called "S.H.I.E.L.D."

 

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I'm sure you know exactly who S.H.I.E.L.D. is, so a show by the same name should give you a bit hint as to what it's going to focus on and feature. The show will focus on Nick Fury and the secret law enforcement group that the former leads. For those who missed The Avengers and Iron Man, the acronym stands for Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division.

 

The pilot will be written by Joss Whedon, the person who wrote the original Avengers and who is set to be writing the sequel. If his schedule permits, he may even be the one directing the pilot. Production will be under way as soon as possible. In other news, ABC is planning a series based upon the Hulk.

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