Apple TV new channels

Apple adds new channels to Apple TV ahead of major upcoming refresh

By on April 21, 2014 at 6:05 PM.

Apple adds new channels to Apple TV ahead of major upcoming refresh

In the past few months, rumors have been heating up that Apple will begin taking TV more seriously with a refreshed Apple TV. Apple has been negotiating with Comcast about the next-generation Apple TV, and earlier this month, Comcast hinted in FCC filings that Apple is working on a set-top box. According to respected analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple will release an updated Apple TV later this year. In advance of this rumored launch, 9to5Mac is reporting that Apple has added three new channels to its current Apple TV: A&E, The History Channel, and Lifetime. This brings popular shows such as Duck Dynasty and Pawn Stars to Apple TV customers. While a subscription is required, 9to5Mac notes that you can watch the most recent episodes of popular shows for free. Apple is smart to be making these partnerships new — if it wants to compete in the living room, customers will expect to be able to watch all the shows and channels they currently watch.

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Why Is Aereo Being Sued

Aereo goes on the offensive against broadcasters ahead of SCOTUS hearing

By on April 17, 2014 at 8:30 PM.

Aereo goes on the offensive against broadcasters ahead of SCOTUS hearing

In a last effort before its April 22nd hearing, Aereo is defending its service in a “media blitz,” as Re/code calls it, whose purpose is to better inform everyone that its business isn’t infringing on any copyright laws. The company will explain next week to the Supreme Court why its services are legal, in its view, and why they aren’t violating the copyright o broadcasters. More →

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Orange is the New Black Season 2 Trailer

Video: Orange is the New Black returns to Netflix with even angrier cellmates

By on April 17, 2014 at 2:40 PM.

Video: Orange is the New Black returns to Netflix with even angrier cellmates

One of the biggest surprises of 2013 was Orange is the New Black, a Netflix original series that lacked the star power of House of Cards, but made up for it with incredible writing, performances and an ending that left viewers speechless. After an 11 month hiatus, the prison drama will return to Netflix on June 6th with 13 new episodes, and as usual, all the episodes will be released simultaneously. Netflix debuted the first trailer for season 2 on Thursday, welcoming back a vast majority of the cast from the first season, along with a few new faces. Watch the premiere trailer for the second season of Orange is the New Black below. More →

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Why Is Hulu So Bad

New report sheds light on why Hulu is an absolute mess

By on April 16, 2014 at 10:30 PM.

New report sheds light on why Hulu is an absolute mess

Is Hulu even trying to compete with Netflix anymore? There are days when you really have to wonder. While Netflix is offering up a barrage of critically acclaimed exclusive series such as House of Cards and Orange is the New Black, Hulu is offering up… well, pretty much nothing that people are getting excited about. More →

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Game of Thrones Torrent Swarm

Latest Game of Thrones episode sets a new torrent record

By on April 15, 2014 at 9:25 PM.

Latest Game of Thrones episode sets a new torrent record

Game of Thrones, the most pirated show of 2013, started its fourth season two weeks ago and it’s already breaking records just two episodes in. TorrentFreak reports that “The Lion and the Rose,” the second of episode of the show’s fourth season, garnered the largest torrent swarm ever recorded on Sunday night. Nearly 200,000 users were downloading the same exact torrent all at once, breaking the previous record of the season three finale, which raked in around 170,000 concurrent downloads. More →

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Game Of Thrones Westeros Maps

Stanford researchers map the world of Game of Thrones

By on April 11, 2014 at 9:45 PM.

Stanford researchers map the world of Game of Thrones

The fourth season of HBO’s hit series Game of Thrones kicked off this past week. 6.6 million people tuned into the premiere, making it the most watched single episode of an HBO show since the series finale of Sopranos. Based on author George R. R. Martin’s fantasy novel series titled A Song of Ice and Fire, the show takes place in a mythical world consisting of four continents, one of which is Westeros. We’ve all seen the models of Westeros in the show’s opening credit sequence, but a group of Stanford researchers have taken things to the next level by creating a series of geological maps that shows us how the landscape of Westeros might have evolved over time. More →

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Apple TV Release Date

Brand new Apple TV with Kinect-like motion controls to launch in late 2014

By on April 10, 2014 at 8:55 AM.

Brand new Apple TV with Kinect-like motion controls to launch in late 2014

Rumors surrounding a refreshed Apple TV with enhanced capabilities and redesigned software have been swirling for months, but they kicked into high gear on Thursday morning when the most reliable Apple analyst on the planet issued a new report with plenty of details on Apple’s next set-top box. More →

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Apple Set-Top Box Reveal

Did Comcast and Time Warner just reveal Apple’s set-top box?

By on April 8, 2014 at 12:40 PM.

Did Comcast and Time Warner just reveal Apple’s set-top box?

Considering the sheer volume of Apple device rumors over the course of a given week, it can be hard to take any of them very seriously. But when government filings from huge multibillion dollar corporations mention an unannounced Apple product, we pay attention. More →

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AT&T HBO Basic Cable Offer

AT&T makes its best offer yet to keep you from cutting the cord

By on April 7, 2014 at 7:15 PM.

AT&T makes its best offer yet to keep you from cutting the cord

AT&T is now following Comcast and Time Warner Cable by coming out with a low-cost option for subscribing to a basic cable package that will include HBO as a way to lure cord cutters back into the fold. As DSLReports notes, AT&T is offering U-Verse subscribers a basic TV package with HBO and 18Mbps Internet service for just $40 per month over the first year. The usual caveats apply, of course: The service is only $40 per month for the first year and jumps to $70 a month after that. The package also doesn’t include HD service, which will set you back by another $10 per month, and it will require you to pay a $99 installation fee. So really, AT&T’s offer isn’t as good as it first sounds but it could still be a welcome one for any Game of Thrones fans who want to watch their favorite show without forking over $100 or more per month for pay television services.

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Game of Thrones Books vs. Show

HBO might finish Game of Thrones before author Martin does

By on April 7, 2014 at 3:30 PM.

HBO might finish Game of Thrones before author Martin does

Ever since HBO first began production on Game of Thrones, fans of the series have been acutely aware of George R. R. Martin’s deliberate writing pace. Despite a 15-year head start, Martin has only recently released book 5 of his 7 book series, setting up the distinct possibility of the show surpassing its source material before Martin has time to finish book 7. In an interview with NewsOK, Game of Thrones show writer Bryan Cogman discussed that impending predicament. More →

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Xbox One Interactive TV Shows

Original shows on the Xbox One will change the way you watch TV

By on April 7, 2014 at 11:12 AM.

Original shows on the Xbox One will change the way you watch TV

Microsoft will be bringing a slate of original shows to the Xbox One and Xbox 360 this year, including comedies from Sarah Silverman and Seth Green and a sci-fi thriller called “Humans,” Bloomberg reports. The company announced its intent to begin producing its own original programming late last year, but details have been sparse. According to the report, Microsoft’s Xbox television studio already has six series ready to launch, with over a dozen more in production. More →

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