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It's on, it's off, it's on, it's off: this has been the way Intel has played its TV service game, until now. Bloomberg is reporting that Liberty Global, the European cable operator that owns Virgin Media, is talking with Intel in regards to its Web-based TV service.
Bloomberg's sources were quite coy, so we don't have much information on the talks between the two companies. The sources did say that the deal could easily disappear, all before any agreements are sealed. This means that Intel could still deliver its TV service, but nothing is in concrete just yet unfortunately.
Amazon is looking to take its Prime service to the next level and will do so by launching its first original content next Friday, November 15th. The show is named "Alpha House," and will consist of three initial episodes which will be released to the public, with the remaining 8 episodes requiring an Amazon Prime subscription to view.
The same business model will apply to the company's second series titled "Betas" which will launch a week later. Unfortunately, unlike Netflix which releases all of its series episode's at once, Amazon will take a more traditional approach and release the remaining 8 episodes for both series on a weekly basis. Amazon is banking on the new original series to be a hit and has green-lighted three more original series to begin development as well. How do you feel about companies like Amazon, Netflix, and Hulu developing their own shows which you need to subscribe to to see? Let us know in the comments.
Netflix has just added a bunch of 4K videos to their online catalog for your Ultra HD viewing pleasure. Netflix is expected to do a full 4K rollout in 2014, which should be exciting times!
Netflix added seven 4K videos in the past week, one of which shows off an example of 4K at 24 frames per second and is called El Fuente: 24 MP. The video is just some stock footage, nothing overly exciting, but it'll show off the power of 4K video that's for sure. Netflix will continue to pump its 4K video, and I for one cannot wait.
A recent report from Reuters suggest that Panasonic has decided to end its production of plasma-based TVs for ever. The cancellation comes after Panasonic President, Kazuhiro Tsuga, decided to begin weeding out the weak performers in its operation and focus on the higher-margin products.
The company is trying to plug a $15 billion hole it has had to suffer over the last two years from its TV division, and with new technologies like OLED growing cheaper and more popular by the day, this only makes sense. This is bad news for videophiles around the world though, as Panasonic is one of the last manufacturers of Plasma Displays, leaving LG and Samsung to carry the technology forward.
Plasma display technology might be old, but video enthusiast worldwide prefer it because it produces very deep and rich blacks, and provides a superior contrast ratio. Unfortunately the tradeoff is that the panels are expensive to produce, consume lots of energy, and generate massive amounts of heat. They are also much heavier than their LCD counterparts and as such, have fallen out of favor with the mainstream consumer.
Today was bad news for those who were championing for an Intel based Web TV service as a new report is suggesting that the chip giant is in talks with Verizon to hand over its entire Intel Media business to the telecom titan. Some sources are suggesting that Intel would retain a portion of the service while other are suggesting that Verizon would purchase all rights and IP.
Unfortunately, it is not clear what Verizon would do with this service as it already offers a Web TV service through its FIOS business. My guess would be that Intel's patents would allow Verizon to take its service to the next level and offer more to its customers without paying heavy licensing fees. Intel was developing a set-top box with a built in webcam, so maybe that is a major item for Verizon as well.
The original X-Men movies pushed comic book movies back into the mainstream after so long, with X-2 being one of the best comic book movie sequels, ever. Bryan Singer departed the X-Men franchise to film Superman Returns, which was one of the most disappointing Superman movies, ever.
Well, Singer is back, and he's back with a bang. X-Men: Days of Future Past blends the original X-Men films and its actors with the world from X-Men: First Class, which has me excited. Check out the trailer above and let us know what you think in the comments below.
Dexter is a wrap, pun intended, and now all eight seasons of the Michael C. Hall starring show will soon be made available through Netflix. The first four seasons of Dexter will arrive on Halloween, with the following four seasons arriving before the new year is here.
Holidays are when people start streaming like crazy, so it looked like a good time for Netflix to start offering up the better seasons of Dexter. You can kind of forget about the later seasons, especially the last one.
Netflix has some of the best shows of late, with shows like House of Cards and Orange is the New Black, but after those shows are all said and done, it all disappears for another year until the show comes back. But, it looks like we could expect a change in this pattern according to an interview between Netflix and CNET.
Netflix VP of Product Innovation, Todd Yellin, told CNET that this will change soon. Yellin did stress that TV shows will always be the big focus for Netflix, where he said "but supplemental content, whether that's extra features or so forth, we're going to test that around our own originals." If users respond in a positive way, Netflix could bring in a bunch of additional content from other partners, but Yellin didn't say when this would happen.
In case you just do not have enough Miley Cyrus in your life, Vevo has made it quite easy to check out her new music videos righ from your Samsung Smart TV. The music video hosting service announced today that it's app is now featured on Samsung Smart TVs and gives users access to over 75,000 music videos.
Vevo says that they have designed the new app specifically with the television in mind, and that the app was coded by "expert human programmers." Thank god for that, because I was afraid that the app may have been coded by novice alien programmers from another world. Anyway, back on track! The app has searching and streaming functionality similar to Pandora, and allows users to select a genre that fits their mood, and Vevo will play a unique set of music videos. Users can also search for specific songs as well.
Kogan has just launched a new version of its Agora smart TV HDMI dongle that sports all of the same features as its predecessor, but now packs a stronger punch in the hardware department. The new dongle features a quad-core ARM Cortex-A9 processor and runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean.
The new Kogan HDMI dongle also houses 8GB of RAM, a mini USB port, and a microSD slot to add additional storage space. The remote features a 2.4GHz wireless connection, and the company has an optional Kogan-branded wireless keyboard and trackpad for just $39 more. I would like to see how this stacks up to Google's Chromecast in terms of ease of use and setup, not to mention streaming quality. With the device running Android, I would imagine that it behaves much like my Pivos Xios DS media box.