HBO GO True Detective Finale

HBO GO crumbles in the wake of ‘True Detective’ finale

By on March 10, 2014 at 10:45 AM.

HBO GO crumbles in the wake of ‘True Detective’ finale

HBO’s nonchalant attitude regarding account sharing may have backfired last night. Because of overwhelming demand, HBO’s streaming service, HBO GO, essentially shut down for over an hour, according to many frustrated users. HBO GO’s official Twitter account promptly responded to the uproar, requesting that users “try again soon.” The service doesn’t have enduring issues very often, but the combination of a heavily hyped season finale, Matthew McConaughey’s recent Oscar win and the fact that detectives Cohle and Hart won’t be returning next year brought HBO GO to its knees. With the Game of Thrones season premiere just weeks away, we’re all hoping HBO can boost the infrastructure a bit to make sure those of us that miss the first few minutes can catch back up as quickly as possible.

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Apple iTV Release Date

More evidence suggests Apple’s ‘iTV’ plans are real

By on March 6, 2014 at 11:40 AM.

More evidence suggests Apple’s ‘iTV’ plans are real

For the past few years Apple has been rumored countless times to be planning an attack on the TV industry with an actual TV set of its own – often referred to as the “iTV.” The device could be a more serious product than Apple’s billion-dollar Apple TV hobby, but the company is yet to make such plans official. However, one more piece of the puzzle seems to have been uncovered: A company with expertise in high-resolution display technology that could be used for big screen TVs was forced to admit that one of its largest clients is Apple. More →

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HBO Go PlayStation 3 App

HBO Go available on the PlayStation 3 starting today

By on March 4, 2014 at 12:30 PM.

HBO Go available on the PlayStation 3 starting today

It’s a generation behind, but it’s finally arrived. Sony announced on the PlayStation Blog that the HBO Go app will be available to PlayStation 3 owners starting on Tuesday. In January, HBO announced that the app would finally be coming to the PS3, nearly two years after it hit the Xbox 360. The team is currently working to bring HBO Go to the new consoles, although there is no release date for the app on either the PS4 or Xbox One yet.  More →

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Apple TV iTunes Gift Card Promotion

New $25 promo is yet another sign that a brand new Apple TV is on the way

By on February 28, 2014 at 1:36 PM.

New $25 promo is yet another sign that a brand new Apple TV is on the way

There’s no telling how long it will be before we finally see a refreshed Apple TV, but until Apple comes forward with an announcement, we’ll have to settle for putting together the pieces as they fall. The latest piece of evidence comes courtesy of 9to5Mac’s sources, who say that Apple Stores will be giving away $25 iTunes gift cards to anyone who purchases an Apple TV from February 28th to March 5th. If Bloomberg’s report of an April release is to be believed, this promotion could be one of the last we see before new hardware begins to hit store shelves. Unless you’re desperate to get your hands on an Apple-branded set-top box this very instant, it’s probably worth holding out on this offer and waiting for the 4th generation. More →

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How to Watch ABC Oscars Online

Shocker: ABC’s first-ever Oscars online stream will shaft cord cutters

By on February 27, 2014 at 4:00 PM.

Shocker: ABC’s first-ever Oscars online stream will shaft cord cutters

ABC on Sunday will live stream the 86th edition of the Oscars, although not all users interested in watching the show on a different screen than the TV will be able to tune in. While this will be the first time ever that ABC will stream live online through WATCHABC.com or the WATCH ABC iOS and Android apps, users will actually have to have an active subscription with “participating pay-TV providers,” USA Today reports. More →

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Netflix Marvel Miniseries

Netflix’s next game-changer

By on February 27, 2014 at 1:13 PM.

Netflix’s next game-changer

New York has won the competition to become the shooting location for the four Marvel miniseries that Disney is producing for Netflix. These 52 collective episodes are part of an ambitious Netflix strategy to become a leading source of original science fiction and horror franchises. This genre project got off to a rocky start with the rather awful “Hemlock Grove” series, but will kick into high gear when a mysterious new mega-budget miniseries by the Wachowski siblings debuts in late 2014. The “Matrix” franchise creators are currently prepping a 10-episode package called “Sense8,” which features African, German, Korean and Mexican characters.

But the Marvel deal is even more ambitious in scope. More →

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Aereo Austin Texas Launch Date

Austin, Texas is now ground zero in the battle for the future of TV

By on February 24, 2014 at 11:15 PM.

Austin, Texas is now ground zero in the battle for the future of TV

TV fans in Austin, Tex. are very lucky. Not only do they have Google Fiber and Time Warner Cable aggressively trying to win them over with faster speeds they can use to enjoy lag-free Netflix streams but they’re about to get Aereo in their fair city as well starting on March 3rd. Aereo, for those who don’t know, is a television streaming service that takes over-the-air broadcast signals and delivers them to your smartphone, tablet or laptop over your Internet connection. This means that you can use Aereo to watch over-the-air television even if you’re not at home in front of your television.

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Amazon Set-Top Box Release Date

Amazon’s Apple TV rival reportedly coming in March

By on February 21, 2014 at 8:40 AM.

Amazon’s Apple TV rival reportedly coming in March

Apple is getting ready to launch a major refresh of its Apple TV set-top box in April but it looks like Amazon is going to steal some of Apple’s thunder with a set-top box of its own. Re/code reports that Amazon will unveil its own homemade set-top box in March that will be powered by a forked version of Google’s Android operating system that’s similar to the one used for Amazon’s Kindle Fire tablets. Re/code says that most of the details it’s heard about the set-top box are widely expected and that it hasn’t been able to confirm whether the box will also double as a gaming hub. Amazon has also been rumored to be creating an Android-based gaming console although that seems like it will release much later in the year if it ever happens.

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Comcast Time Warner Cable Merger Netflix

Yet another way the Comcast-TWC merger could hurt Netflix

By on February 18, 2014 at 6:15 PM.

Yet another way the Comcast-TWC merger could hurt Netflix

So far most of the discussion about the Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger’s potential impact on Netflix has centered around how the newly combined Internet giant could throttle Netflix’s traffic. This isn’t too much of a concern in the short-term since Comcast is still bound by the network neutrality restrictions it accepted as part of its merger with NBC. On the other hand, there is a more immediate way that a Comcast-TWC merger could adversely affect Netflix’s business, according to a new report from Bloomberg. More →

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Apple TV Time Warner Cable Deal

Comcast could screw up Apple’s Apple TV ambitions

By on February 17, 2014 at 11:00 PM.

Comcast could screw up Apple’s Apple TV ambitions

One of the more overlooked aspects of the proposed Comcast-Time Warner cable merger announced last week was how it would impact Apple’s plans for Apple TV. After all, Bloomberg reported right before the merger was announced that Apple was planning to unveil a major refresh to Apple TV in April and that it was working on a deal with Time Warner Cable to deliver content over its next-generation set-top box. However, now that Time Warner Cable is in the midst of getting bought up by Comcast, where does that leave things for Apple? More →

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Comcast Modem Rental Ripoff

One mind-blowing fact shows you how much Comcast gouges its customers

By on February 17, 2014 at 10:30 AM.

One mind-blowing fact shows you how much Comcast gouges its customers

In addition to figuring out ways to shaft cord cutters, Comcast also seems to love thinking of new ways to gouge its customers by vastly overcharging for things it should be offering for free, such as HD service for basic network television channels. Writing in The New Yorker, Tim Wu similarly makes note of Comcast’s enthusiasm for slapping customers with fees and notes the following mind-blowing fact: “Netflix’s fee of $7.95 a month is what Comcast charges you to lease a modem.” More →

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House of Cards Season 2

Netflix smash hit House of Cards is back for Season 2

By on February 14, 2014 at 6:00 PM.

Netflix smash hit House of Cards is back for Season 2

The Emmy award-winning House of Cards has returned to Netflix just in time for a Valentine’s Day marathon. House of Cards premiered on Netflix last February to rave reviews and critical acclaim, kicking off a year full of original programming for the subscription streaming service. Starting at 3am ET on February 14th, the second season became available for streaming, 13 new episodes following the trials and tribulations of Kevin Spacey’s Frank Underwood and his less-than-reputable associates. If you do plan on binge watching the entire season this weekend, keep in mind that House of Cards has just been renewed for a third season — that means 360 some-odd days until a more new episodes see the light of day.

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