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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How To Avoid TV Spoilers

Here’s the one app you absolutely need to save you from TV spoilers

By on February 14, 2014 at 4:32 PM.

Here’s the one app you absolutely need to save you from TV spoilers

Everyone hates spoilers, but now that Netflix is releasing entire seasons of shows overnight, it’s harder than ever to avoid them. Thankfully, Business Insider has drawn our attention to one mobile solution to the barrage of spoilers you can’t escape online. Spoiler Shield syncs with your Facebook and Twitter feeds and then gives you the option to decide which spoilers you want filtered from view. The app already has a relatively comprehensive list of shows and sports teams, so you won’t have to do any additional legwork. Posts that mention those shows or games will then be covered with a shield, but you can double tap a shielded tweet or Facebook post to reveal the message. The app is free for Android and iOS, so if you’re preparing for a weekend full of House of Cards, it might be safest to give Spoiler Shield a try.

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Apple TV Release Date April

Bloomberg: Apple will unveil major Apple TV refresh in April

By on February 12, 2014 at 1:53 PM.

Bloomberg: Apple will unveil major Apple TV refresh in April

Apple is planning to do a major refresh of its Apple TV set-top box that it will unveil in April and will officially release in time for the holidays this year, Bloomberg reports. What will make the new version of Apple TV unique is that Apple is apparently working on a deal with Time Warner Cable to deliver content over the set-top box, which would represent the first such deal between Apple and a major cable provider. One of Bloomberg’s sources says that the new box “will have a faster processor than the previous version and an upgraded interface to make it easier for customers to navigate between TV shows, movies and other online content.” It’s interesting to note that Apple is apparently choosing to keep working with cable companies as we’d read earlier reports claiming that it had gotten fed up with cable providers and was negotiating directly with entertainment studios.

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Comcast Olympics Live Streaming

Comcast comes up with yet another way to shaft cord cutters

By on February 11, 2014 at 4:32 PM.

Comcast comes up with yet another way to shaft cord cutters

If there’s one thing that Comcast seems to love more than anything else, it’s shafting its basic cable subscribers and pushing them to upgrade to one of its many pricier bundle plans. If you’re looking for examples, recall the company’s brilliant shakedown that made basic cable subscribers use digital adapters that degraded their signal and forced them to pay an extra $10 a month to get the same HD channels they used to get for free as part of their basic package. Now GigaOM reports that Comcast has blocked streaming of the Olympics for customers who only subscribe to its basic cable services despite the fact that the Olympics are being shown primarily on NBC, the Comcast-owned network that basic cable subscribers can already access through their subscriptions. More →

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Apple TV References in iOS 7

Here’s the latest evidence that a brand new Apple TV is on the way

By on February 10, 2014 at 2:41 PM.

Here’s the latest evidence that a brand new Apple TV is on the way

It looks like we won’t have to wait much longer to find out whether or not the next Apple TV will double as a gaming console. 9to5Mac has found references to a new model of the Apple TV hardware within the iOS 7 software build. The list of items includes “AppleTV2,1″ and “AppleTV3,1,” as well as the current model, “AppleTV3,2″ and the upcoming “AppleTV4,1.” This reference has been hidden inside of iOS 7 for months, but it was only recently discovered by 9to5Mac and developer Hamza Sood. The last hardware update from “3,1″ to “3,2″ was relatively minor — “4,1″ should be a major revision. There are also signs of game controller support, but there is the possibility that these are not connected to Apple TV functionality.

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How To Watch Olympics Online

Almost every cord cutter who streams the Olympics will be breaking the law

By on February 6, 2014 at 4:52 PM.

Almost every cord cutter who streams the Olympics will be breaking the law

Beginning Friday when the 2014 Winter Olympics kick off in Sochi, NBC will stream much of the action online to computers and to mobile devices through the NBC Sports Live Extra app, which is available for both Android and iOS phones and tablets. If you’re a cord cutter and you manage to stream any of the Olympics online, however, the odds are pretty good that you’ll be breaking the law. More →

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HBO Subscriber Growth 2 Million

HBO under no pressure to cater to cord cutters

By on February 5, 2014 at 11:00 PM.

HBO under no pressure to cater to cord cutters

Cord cutters may dream of the day when HBO offers its shows as a standalone subscription option over the web but it doesn’t look like it will be under any pressure to do so for the foreseeable future. Barron’s notes that Time Warner on Wednesday said that HBO added 2 million subscribers in 2013, which was its biggest yearly increase in 17 years. HBO’s revenues have also risen 6% year-over-year, which means that it’s still raking in money despite the added competition from Netflix, Hulu and other online television options beloved by cord cutters. What all this means is that HBO’s business model isn’t broke and thus doesn’t need fixing. While this might be a disappointment to those of us who want to watch HBO shows without subscribing to expensive cable bundles every month, it’s also sadly a fact of life.

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Netflix New Shows $400 Million

Netflix takes fight to HBO, plunges $400 million into original shows

By on February 4, 2014 at 10:00 PM.

Netflix takes fight to HBO, plunges $400 million into original shows

Netflix’s original shows are very good but the company still hasn’t produced anything that’s on par with HBO’s Game of Thrones, The Sopranos or The Wire… not yet, at least. Variety reports that Netflix plans to raise $400 million that it will plug into its original shows, which so far have included hit series House of Cards and Orange is the New Black. Netflix will raise the cash by issuing debt, although the company is quick to point out that it still has a very modest debt-to-equity ratio even after it’s issued hundreds of millions of dollars in 10-year senior notes. Variety doesn’t give any information about what kinds of shows Netflix plans to produce with the $400 million earmarked for new content but given that it cost the company $100 million to produce the first season of House of Cards, we imagine that it’s got some pretty spectacular ideas in mind.

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Top-5 Super Bowl Commercials

Video: The top-5 TV commercials of Super Bowl XLVIII

By on February 3, 2014 at 4:56 PM.

Video: The top-5 TV commercials of Super Bowl XLVIII

U.S. broadcasters and brands have done a phenomenal job over the years of making TV commercials aired during the Super Bowl as much of a staple for TV viewers as the big game itself. Considering how hated TV ads are in just about any other context, this was no easy feat. Super Bowl XLVIII featured its fair share of gems and duds this year, as is the case every year, but Hulu has separated the cream of the crop from the rest and compiled the top-5 ads of this year’s Super Bowl. More →

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Microsoft Super Bowl Commercial

Video: Microsoft surprised us all with the best commercial of the Super Bowl

Video: Microsoft surprised us all with the best commercial of the Super Bowl

By on February 3, 2014 at 9:36 AM.

As is the case each year with the Super Bowl, the television commercials that aired throughout the night on Sunday evening went above and beyond. With Fox charging $4 million per 30-second ad slot, it stands to reason that companies would do everything in their power to impress viewers in the short time allotted. While plenty of Super Bowl staples like Budweiser and Coca-Cola upped their game in 2014, our favorite TV ad of the Super Bowl this year came from an unlikely source. More →

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Targeted Ads Coming to TV

Commercials are about to get personal as targeted ads expand to TV

By on January 31, 2014 at 3:10 PM.

Commercials are about to get personal as targeted ads expand to TV

It’s time to accept the fact that targeted ads are no longer restricted to your browser. Facebook is stuffing them inside your mobile apps, Apple might put them in your thermostat, and now The Washington Post is reporting that Comcast and NBC Universal are bringing targeted advertisements to your television. Much like the intelligent political ads that Dish and DirecTV announced earlier this week, the newly-minted NBCU+ service will “allow marketers to target groups of consumers that fit certain demographic and interest profiles.” More →

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Aereo Signup New York

Aereo, the online TV service terrifying broadcasters, is out of capacity in New York

By on January 31, 2014 at 1:10 PM.

Aereo, the online TV service terrifying broadcasters, is out of capacity in New York

Aereo is either a brilliant online TV streaming service that could potentially revolutionize the television industry as we know it, or a dastardly thief profiting from what broadcasters claim amounts to stealing their services. The courts haven’t yet decided, but what we do know conclusively is that consumers love the idea of being able to stream all the TV programming they want to their PCs, smartphones and tablets for just $8 per month. For people in the New York area looking to cut the cord and give Aereo a try, however, we have some bad news: The service is now operating at capacity in New York City and can no longer accept new customers. More →

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