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Pioneer VSX-80 home theater receiver has 7 HDMI 2.0 ports

Pioneer Electronics has been making audio gear for years. The company has a full line of home theater receivers that run the gamut from entry-level models up to high-end offerings that can cost thousands of dollars. Pioneer has rolled out a new home theater receiver aimed at custom installers called the VSX-80.

 

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This receiver will ship at the end of the month for $700. The VSX-80 has a lot to offer for the price. It features seven HDMI 2.0 ports allowing you to connect a lot of sources to the receiver. It is Roku Ready certified so all the user has to do is plug in a Streaming Stick to get access to all sorts of streaming content.

 

Pioneer built-in support for 4K UHD video pass through. The best feature if the VSX-80 is that it is able to upscale standard HD content to 4K resolution on-the-fly. Using the receiver, you can set up a 7.2 channel audio system or use a normal 5.1 set up with the other channels for multiroom audio.

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Comcast gets sneaky, will soon stream House of Cards

Netflix dumped around $100 million on its award-winning House of Cards series, but it looks like Comcast subscribers will soon have access to the Kevin Spacey-starring political drama.

 

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Comcast will reportedly be offering House of Cards through its Xfinity Store, because Netflix didn't cover the rights of allowing competitors of streaming its series. Media Rights Capital is the studio who paid the other part of the costs associated with House of Cards, and is handling distribution through Sony.

 

House of Cards is currently available on DVD, but is not available through any other streaming services. With the deal struck with Sony, Comcast will also receive a bunch of other movies and TV shows to offer its subscribers through Xfinity, which include Breaking Bad and American Hustle. Orange is the New Black will also be on offer for Xfinity subscribers on May 13.

Sony is working on a The Last of Us movie

The Last of Us was one of the biggest games released on the PlayStation 3 console, so it should come as no surprise that Sony is working on a movie based around the PS3 exclusive title.

 

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Naughty Dog, the studio behind the game, has its Creative Director, Neil Druckmann, on board writing the script. Naughty Dog is heavily involved, pitting its co-presidents Evan Wells and Christophe Balestra, as well as Game Director Bruce Straley into the project. Sony will use it's own Screen Gems production company, the same one int uses for the Resident Evil movies.

 

Deadline is also reporting that Spider-Man director Sam Raimi is involved, along with his Ghost House Pictures company being attached to the movie. Wells talked about Screen Gems and Ghost House Pictures' involvement: "Since our game released last June, we've talked with many companies about making a film, but we couldn't have found better partners who share our creative vision and high standards".

ROKU unveils new HDMI Streaming Stick for just $50

This week, Roku unveiled a new version of its Streaming Stick, a major upgrade from the $99 model it released in late 2012. The major difference is that the new Roku Streaming Stick will work with any TV with a HDMI port instead of only working on models that are deemed "Roku Ready."

 

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The Roku Streaming Stick works on the same principal as Google's Chromecast, and features both iOS and Android apps to control the device. Not everyone likes using their tablet or smartphone to control their TV though and Roku has included a remote for those who still like to use them. The stick is basically an HD version of the Roku 1 that fits into a package the size of a large USB thumb drive and has more than 1000 channels of video programming.

 

The Roku Streaming Stick retails for about $50 which is $15 more than the Chromecast, and it includes major players like Showtime, HBO, Netflix, Hulu Plus, PLEX, and many more. It is up to you to decide if the extra $15 is worth it to you or not, but with Google recently opening up its SDK for the Chromecast, there is bound to be a wealth of apps arriving for it as well.

Transformers: Age of Extinction trailer is filled with 'splosions

The full trailer to Michael Bay's upcoming Transformers: Age of Extinction is here, with the fourth trailer in the robots-who-turn-into-cars franchise ditching Shia LeBeouf for Mark Wahlberg.

 

 

Transformers: Age of Extinction is a new start for the franchise, with Bay not referring to the new movie as a reboot. It does feature a new look for Optimus Prime, and most of the autobots. Dinobots are also featured, which is a new direction for the Transformers movies. Transformers: Age of Extinction hits theaters on June 27, 2014.

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Andy and Lana Wachowski rumored to be preparing new Matrix trilogy

A report coming from Latino Review is teasing that Andy and Lana Wachowski are working on a new Matrix trilogy, "with early treatments and outlines already turned into the studio".

 

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The report claims that the Wachowskis and Warner Bros. are looking at a 2017 release window. The new trilogy would start with "the birth of the Matrix", but the development situation is in a state of constant change. Going back to the birth of the Matrix would be an interesting thing to see, but I'm sure most people would expect the high-octane, bullet-dodging, slow-mo action of the original movies, if it were to be released as a new trilogy.

 

I'd like to see a reboot of the Matrix trilogy done, with it pushing technological boundaries like the first did. By the time the new movies would be out, virtual reality should be here and with us in multiple generations thanks to Oculus. Maybe an augmented, virtual reality, downloadable version of the film? Now that I'd like to see.

Fox teams up with Google to make voting for American Idol easier

Voting for American Idol (that show is still on the air?) has never been easier thanks to a new feature from Fox and Google. Fans of the show can now vote on their favorite contestants up to 50 times per day straight from Google's search results. This new voting method virtually eliminates the need to ever vote via text messaging again, and has to open up the door even wider than before for vote scamming.

 

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Fans can vote by simply heading over to Google.com on their desktop or mobile device and searching the keywords "American Idol, or "Idol" during the show's voting window. The sponsored ad will be a voting block which will allow each fan to vote for each contestant up to 50 times before clicking submit. Voting is done by taping or clicking on the contestants photo they wish to vote for. A pop-over will appear with a slider that can be adjusted with the mouse or finger to indicate how many votes that contestant gets. This will definitely make voting for the show easier, but I am left wondering why the show lets each contestant get up to 50 votes each per voter. It would make much more sense if voters were given just 50 votes total to distribute among contestants.

Godzilla's latest trailer will have you pre-ordering your ticket

The latest trailer of Godzilla has stomped onto the Internet, which you can watch below. The trailer seems to show that the movie will center around government authorities writing the disaster caused by Godzilla as natural disasters, which of course they are not.

 

 

We now know that this movie will see Godzilla turning up in 1954, which is what all of those nuclear missile "tests" were in the Pacific. They weren't tests... they were trying to kill the monster itself. It's a nice twist on the story, with the trailer featuring some creepy score behind it, and some truly great shots. A new direction for the Japanese monster story, which hits theaters on May 16, 2014.

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Netflix to pay off Verizon too, to prevent content being held hostage

Over the weekend, Comcast and Netflix entered into an agreement that will see Netflix getting priority bandwidth allocation when streamed across Comcast's network. While many of us see this as a violation of the now defunct net neutrality laws, Verizon seems to disagree. Today Verizon's CEO announced that Netflix has also agreed to pay his company for the same type of prioritization over its network.

 

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Verizon's CEO, Lowell McAdams, said that the two companies have been in talks for more than a year, and he fully expects that the two companies will come to terms quite soon. "If you see someone come in with a lot of load on the internet, with video, you've got to get that in an efficient place. So making the connection far out on the network is a good thing, and frankly, paying for it," said McAdams. "To me this shows you don't necessarily need a lot of regulation in a dynamic market here. By doing these commercial deals we'll get good investments and good returns for both parties."

 

Unfortunately, what this actually means for consumers is that Netflix will have to find a way to make up for the lost revenue that it is having to spend paying off the ISP's to ensure its content gets delivered in as high quality as possible. This means that Netflix will eventually have to raise subscription prices, or cut back on the number of movie and TV show licenses it purchases. This opens the door for the ISPs to do this sort of thing with other services such as Hulu, HBO GO, Amazon Prime, and Google Play.

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Sony is working on a movie about the Nintendo vs. SEGA console war

You may have heard about companies like Sony, Nintendo and SEGA... as well as director and actor duo Seth Rogan and Evan Goldberg, but what do you get when you mix it all together? A new movie coming out which focuses on the early 90s, and the console wars between Nintendo and SEGA.

 

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The idea already exists in book form , with Console Wars coming out in May, written by Blake Harris. Console Wars focuses on SEGA's challenge to Nintendo in the early 90s with the SEGA Mega Drive. A movie based on the book is already being worked on, with Sony Pictures and Scott Rudin (of Moneyball, The Social Network fame) behind it.

 

Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg will be directing, with the comedy duo taking up the screenplay duties, too. Console Wars' author will serve as an Executive Producer, but is also co-directing a documentary on the same subject, with Rudin, Rogen and Goldberg all sitting on as producers.

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