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Major airline company United Airlines plans to offer free in-flight streaming for passengers, with the service rolling out next month. The initial launch is for Apple iOS 6, so only iPhone and iPad owners will be able to stream content - but the airline promises a Google Android version will be released in the future.
United hopes to have the free movie and TV show service in all U.S. domestic flights by the end of 2014, with content streamed using an app directly to a passenger's mobile device. Using the United Airlines website or app, passengers will be able to check to see if their flight is supported with the new streaming software.
Travelers are increasingly finding in-flight Wi-Fi and other connectivity helpful to stay entertained or get work done while flying - and technology options are getting cheaper for airlines to test.
Today Plex made good on its promise to open up its Plex for Chromecast app to everyone, including those who are not PlexPass subscribers. Plex has been available for the Chromecast since the end of 2013, but has been limited to those who subscribe to the companies premium subscription called PlexPass. Today's announcement means that anyone can cast media straight from the Plex for Android or Plex for iOS applications as well as from their Mac or PC using the Plex web app.
Plex also added support for a new Camera Upload feature that will allow users to back up their smartphone's photos straight to their Plex Media Server. This positions the service to move into the personal cloud storage arena as well, making Plex Media Server a multi-position home storage solution the entire family can utilize. At the moment, the photo upload feature is limited only to the iOS app, but Android support wil come in the near future.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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".
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."
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.
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.
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".
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.
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.
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.
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.