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Apple has just started talking about Apple TV changes at its iPad event that's happening right now and one of the first announcements regards Apple TV.
It is getting an update to support 1080p TV episodes and the user interface is also getting an update to 1080p as well. The new Apple TV will be going on sale next week for $99 and you can order it today, well once the Apple store opens again, probably shortly after this event finishes up.
We'll post more as it comes in.
Boxee has slowly been making their Boxee Box more awesome, but I think today's change will catapult it into the hearts, souls and pants of many more. Boxee has just teased they're nearly ready to introduce Pornhub.
Yes, Pornhub. Pornhub is considered the YouTube of porn, where it offers user-generated video, as well as professional-grade content. Yes, it's porn, but porn is a multi-billion market, and Boxee are smart for entering that arena. Boxee are also not new to offering adult services, such as Fyre.
Pornhub will make its ad-free debut, free to watch is a great way to get customers interesting. It also claims its the first, official free adult app on Boxee to do so. This marks the first move of Pornhub being made available on TVs. Right now, Pornhub's bread and butter (I was going to use a pun, but I'll keep it clean!) is still the web, where they enjoy an insane 100 million page views per day, with 25 million visitors and 3 billion page views per month.
You can now see this is serious business, which will mark a change in Boxee Box. Hopefully users of Pornhub won't hear about Boxee Box and think it's an up-and-coming porn star.
I've just watched the new trailer to The Avengers, and holy crap it is amazing. The first trailer was good, but this had the hairs on the back of my neck well and truly standing.
The trailer shows off some insane action, and the scope and scale of the movie is shown much better in this trailer. I'm loving that they have crammed so many characters into one movie, something that could've only been dreamt of 20 years ago.
There are tonnes of tracking shots in the movie, one-liners should be rampant, too. I just love Robert Downey Jr playing Tony Stark. Chris Evans plays Captain America amazingly, too. It's also good to see the soon-to-be new Bourne playing Hawkeye, too.
One of the comments from "epicecho91" on YouTube sums it up pretty well:
brb, need new pants.
I was a teenager when the first American Pie movie came out, and it made me want to be growing up in America, going to their high schools. The movie was a smash hit and turned some of its stars into big-time Hollywood actors. The time has come for another sequel, which actually looks great.
In a weekend, the gang catch up and rekindle that bond they had from the summer of 1999 when they began their quest to lose their virginity. In the years since 1999, Jim and Michelle have married, and had a baby, while Vicky and Kevin have said goodbye. Oz and Heather grew apart, and Finch still has his heart set on Stifler's mom.
In American Reunion, all of the characters we've come to know and love reunite for their high-school reunion. The trailer looks great, and seems to be more down-to-earth with its characters, but still includes all the jokes we've come to know from American Pie. The last line of the movie has Jim's Dad say "you'd be surprised what you can do with a well-placed thumb", which is just a perfect line from his character.
Samsung spins off display business, calls it Samsung Display, will begin rolling screens out on April 1
In an interesting move, Samsung have just confirmed rumors that were floating through the industry over the past few days or so that they were going to be spinning out their core LCD business. This is now true and the new group will be renamed to Samsung Display, and given $667.3 million worth of working capital to begin, as long as it passes approval on April 1.
The decision comes after Samsung have had trouble with their traditional computer monitor and TV division, but on the flip side, have enjoyed great success with their OLED-based panels. The OLED-based panels are successful in great products such as the company's Galaxy Note, and new OLED TV lineup set to debut this year. You know, the one that I want 3 of.
Apple are set to feel this move, as they rely on Samsung for display manufacturing work. We won't know the full effects of this until it begins to roll through the industry. One thing Samsung have confirmed with this news is that the OLED division is staying with Samsung, and not moving over to the newly-formed Samsung Display.
In a surprising turn of events, CBS may end up producing shows for Netflix. Right now, CBS make 20 or so of their shows at their own production facilities, mainly for themselves. But in the company's earnings call today, CEO Les Moonves said they might end up producing something for Netflix.
They are the only words used to describe the news, with nothing else to dab on as flavor. Moonves did not offer any other details, and won't do until they've signed a deal. Netflix offer even less, by saying "Anyone and everyone who produces content is looking to do deals with Netflix", said Netflix spokesman Steve Swasey.
Considering that Netflix launched a show called "Lillyhammer" last week, which is their first original series, and later this year will debut a show from mastermind director David Fincher, and the incredibly talented Kevin Spacey called "House of Cards", we could be in for a change in TV as we know it. 20th Century Fox is also developing a new run of the hilariously-awesome "Arrested Development" for Netflix.
Netflix have also reportedly struck a deal with Lionsgate where they'll produce a new series from the creators of "Weeds" called "Orange is the New Black".
Just give me some new Arrested Development and have Will Arnett deliver the eps to me in a $3500 suit and I'll be happy.
Transformer 4 confirmed, Michael Bay to direct, currently has no cast or story, will be released in June 2014
Get ready for more Special FX pr0n, as Michael Bay is now confirmed to direct yet another sequel to the phenomenally successful Transformers series. The movie doesn't have an official name outside "Transformers 4" at the moment, and it doesn't even have a cast, or story yet.
The news was rumored last year, but confirmation has now come from producer Lorenzo DiBonaventura, where he says that a fourth Transformers is planned and should hit in 2014, with veteran Transformers director Michael Bay to direct. MTV spoke to the producer, who said:
Michael's going to direct it, and it'll be in the summer of 2014. We'll be releasing it [then]...I think the challenge there is we really are going to do a reboot there, and what that's going to be we don't even know yet.
Dem be fightin' words from Samsung... Samsung's AV Product Manager said in an interview today, that "TVs are ultimately about picture quality. Ultimately. How smart they are great, but let's face it that's a secondary consideration".
We all know that picture quality is important, but what if Apple can come along and truly redefine what we think about TVs? Gesture control, voice-controlled, iTunes-powered, and more? Apple could truly come in and change everything we think we know about TVs, just like they did with the iPhone.
Let's also think that most people don't even know the difference, or can't see the difference, between 480p, 720p and 1080p. I personally have many friends, who could not tell the difference between an XviD clip, and a 1080p clip. To me, the difference is day and night. To people who buy a $600 1080p screen, versus a $4000 1080p screen, they can't see a difference. All Apple needs to do is use a good quality panel, and make it, different.
I'm a huge fan of the Bourne trilogy, which starred the always great Matt Damon. If you didn't know, they're restarting the Bourne movies, with a new cool action guy. Jeremy Renner. You might remember him from The Hurt Locker, and most recently, Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol.
Renner also stars in the upcoming The Avengers, as Hawkeye. Anyway, the trailer to The Bourne Legacy is here and boy does it look like a great tease. We don't see much of the movie, but what is shown, looks good. Renner looks like he's in top form, and there should be the usual twists, turns and all-out action that Bourne movies are famous for.
Some people are disappointed that Matt Damon isn't returning to a role he made himself famous for, but for me, I really don't mind. I see the Bourne movies like the Bond movies, continue the theme, make it a great action movie and I don't care. Renner should replace Damon quite nicely.