How to Watch House of Cards Without Netflix

Comcast customers can now watch ‘House of Cards’ without a Netflix subscription

By on March 10, 2014 at 5:00 PM.

Comcast customers can now watch ‘House of Cards’ without a Netflix subscription

Netflix may own the streaming rights for House of Cards in the U.S., but fans don’t necessarily need a subscription to watch the show as long as they’re Comcast customers, Variety reveals. The cable operator has inked a deal with Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, which manages international and home video distribution for House of Cards, to offer customers access to season one of the critically acclaimed Netflix drama via the recently launched Xfinity Store. More →

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International Chromecast Launch and Price

Chromecast hitting ‘many more countries’ in a few weeks

By on March 10, 2014 at 6:30 AM.

Chromecast hitting ‘many more countries’ in a few weeks

Google’s senior vice president Sundar Pichai revealed at SXSW that the popular Chromecast dongle will soon be available in international markets. The exec said the device will launch in “many more countries” in a few weeks, The Next Web reports, without specifying the first new markets that will get the device, or actual release dates for them. International prices for the affordable media streaming gadget aren’t available at this time either. More →

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Roku Streaming Stick Release Date

Roku sticks it to Google with new, affordable Chromecast-like dongle of its own

By on March 5, 2014 at 6:30 AM.

Roku sticks it to Google with new, affordable Chromecast-like dongle of its own

Roku on Tuesday unveiled the new Roku Streaming Stick, its own fresh take on affordable TV HDMI dongles that bring more entertainment to the living room – the company launched a similar streaming stick in 2012. Roku’s 2014 stick appears to be a response to Google’s Chromecast dongle, one of the most popular devices sold by the Search giant. Unlike the Chromecast, the Roku comes with an additional piece of hardware, a remote control that can be used to “access the sleek Roku user interface with shortcuts to movies, TV shows, news, the Roku Channel Store, Roku Search and more,” but it will still have some Chromecast-like streaming features. More →

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Netflix Fitbit Sleep Tracker Hack

Video: This cool hack automatically stops Netflix when you fall asleep

By on February 28, 2014 at 4:40 PM.

Video: This cool hack automatically stops Netflix when you fall asleep

A recent internal Netflix 24-hour Hack Day had employees come up with new creative ways of improving the company’s product, TechCrunch reveals, with one interesting hack connecting a wearable device – the Fitbit band in this case – to Netflix in order to automatically stop video playback when the user falls asleep. By picking up and analyzing movements, the software can tell when the user is falling asleep and stop the show he or she is watching. When the viewer returns to Netflix, he or she can resume the show from the moment the user fell asleep. More →

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Spotify Music Streaming Revenues

Spotify, other streaming services still look like raw deals for artists

By on February 26, 2014 at 11:15 PM.

Spotify, other streaming services still look like raw deals for artists

We all love music streaming services such as Spotify and Pandora but how good are they for the artists who make our favorite music? The Guardian reports that cellist Zoë Keating, who releases all her recordings independently, has released numbers showing how much money she made from various sources over the past year and music streaming revenues are a paltry portion of her total income. More →

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Comcast Obama connections

Obama pals around with Comcast’s chief lobbyist

By on February 14, 2014 at 12:17 PM.

Obama pals around with Comcast’s chief lobbyist

Although it seems like the Comcast–Time Warner Cable merger would be a nonstarter for the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice, Comcast may have a few major tricks up its sleeve. It’s chief lobbyist, David Cohen, is apparently “great friends” with President Obama. According to The New York Times, Cohen is quite close with Obama. He has hosted multiple fundraisers for Obama, one in 2011 that raised $1.2 million and another last fall that also raised over a million dollars. And just this past Tuesday — two days before the Comcast–Time Warner Cable merger was announced — Cohen was hanging out at the White House for the state dinner for French President François Hollande. More →

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Comcast Time Warner Merger

Giant pay TV provider is born as Comcast and TWC confirm $45B merger

By on February 13, 2014 at 7:25 AM.

Giant pay TV provider is born as Comcast and TWC confirm $45B merger

Comcast and Time Warner Cable on Thursday confirmed the rumors, announcing a $45.2 billion all-stock merger plan, though the deal is yet to be approved by the shareholders of the two companies, and also by regulators including the FCC and the Justice Department. “This transaction will create a leading technology and innovation company, differentiated by its ability to deliver ground-breaking products on a superior network while leveraging a national platform to create operating efficiencies and economies of scale,” Comcast said in a press release. More →

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Chromecast Android Mirroring

The Chromecast feature you want most is coming to Android soon

By on February 12, 2014 at 1:45 PM.

The Chromecast feature you want most is coming to Android soon

Cyanogen Inc.’s co-founder and famed Android developer Koushik “Koush” Dutta posted a teaser on Google+ about an upcoming feature one of his most recent apps may receive in the near future: Android mirroring. “What if I told you I could mirror Android to Chromecast,” Koush wrote in a generated meme image that became viral on the social site, although he did not elaborate on the matter. More →

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Chromecast Ads

Of course ads are coming to Chromecast, but not from the usual suspect

By on February 12, 2014 at 10:46 AM.

Of course ads are coming to Chromecast, but not from the usual suspect

Brightcove on Wednesday announced it will offer developers a way for easily inserting ads in their iOS or Android apps that will have Chromecast support. The announcement follows the recent Google Cast SDK release, which will allow more developers to include Chromecast support in their existing and future applications. More →

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Chromecast is about to go global

Chromecast is about to go global

By on February 7, 2014 at 10:00 PM.

It’s no secret that Google wants to bring its very popular Chromecast dongle to international markets this year, and it appears that buyers in the U.K. may be the first to officially purchase the device. The Chromecast will apparently launch in the country “within weeks,” according to The Next Web. Local electronics retailer Currys expects to start selling the dongle on March 1st, although Google apparently told the publication the date is “provisional” for now. More →

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Chromecast SDK for Android iOS Chrome

The Chromecast is about to get a whole lot better

By on February 4, 2014 at 8:45 AM.

The Chromecast is about to get a whole lot better

Google has recently released the Chromecast software development kit (SDK,) which means developers can now add casting support to their iOS, Android and Chrome apps. The Google Cast SDK will allow developers to bring their apps to bigger screens when used together with Google’s very popular media streaming dongle, and at least one developer already has an app that can stream local content from an Android device to a big screen TV connected to a Chromecast now that the SDK is official. More →

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Hollywood Special Effects Video Compilation

Video: The best special effects in movies from 1977 to today

By on January 31, 2014 at 7:00 PM.

Video: The best special effects in movies from 1977 to today

We’re just over a month away from the 86th Academy Awards, so it’s about time we all get caught up on the winners from the past 85 years. If scrolling through countless Wikipedia pages doesn’t sound like a fun way to accomplish this task, it might be worth checking out Nelson Carvajal’s compilation video of every Visual Effects Oscar since the category was introduced in 1977. Between Star Wars, Indiana Jones and E.T., films from Spielberg and Lucas had a lock on the award for years, but it’s incredible to see just how far we’ve come technologically in a few decades. Check out all the winners below, along with the nominees that will fight for the top spot in 2014. More →

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