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What to put in your bag before the world ends

Prepare for the end of days<p>When all hell breaks loose, it may be a while before anyone comes to help. That’s why the government suggests having a three-day supply of essentials — aka a bug-out bag — on hand. Especially if you live in an area that’s due to be completely crippled by a devastating …

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Your Poor Couch! Netflix Viewers Don’t Cut Back on Regular TV.

Are you watching a ton of Netflix?<p>Then you had better make sure you’re getting fresh air and exercise. Because you’re probably not cutting back on …

Netflix Profiles Keep Your Roommate's Shows Out of Your Queue

Streaming-video service Netflix released its anticipated Profiles feature on Thursday after teasing and testing it for months. The Profiles feature …

How to access hidden Netflix streaming settings

If you frequently experience problems streaming videos from Netflix, tweaking these hidden settings could help.<p>Streaming Netflix on a home computer works well most of the time, but depending on the quality of your Internet connection, you may experience the occasional hiccup. And when that happens, …

Televisions

YouTube opens up live streaming to anyone with 100 or more subscribers

YouTube is opening up its live streaming service to anyone with 100 or more subscribers, putting smaller, independent creators on the same footing as larger productions. The announcement comes less than three months after YouTube lowered the bar on live streaming to channels with 1,000 or more …

Netflix losing almost 1,800 titles from its streaming library

Netflix may have more original programming coming in the months ahead, but the company is also going to be <i>losing</i> quite a few titles as well. According to InstantWatcher, a site that catalogs the comings and goings of Netflix's streaming catalog, the service will be saying farewell to 1,794 …

PLAiR Adds AirPlay-Like Functionality To Any HDTV For $99, Now Available For Sale

Remember PLAiR? About nine months ago, the startup raised $2.1 million from Roger McNamee and Mike Maples’ Floodgate Fund, but wouldn’t say what for. (Spoiler alert: We found out anyway.) Never mind that. The company is finally ready to release product! And, well, here the product is.<p>As we …

Amazon Studios debuts all 14 original series pilots for free streaming

Amazon's original TV ambitions are live. Starting today, web users in the US and the UK (through Lovefilm) can stream all 14 new pilot episodes created under Amazon Studios, the e-commerce giant's original content arm. Amazon wants web users to watch the pilots and vote on which ones the company …

Netflix will offer $11.99 family plan with up to four simultaneous streams

Netflix currently permits subscribers to stream two movies or TV shows simultaneously from different devices, but according to the company's top executives, that limit is about to grow. "A few members with large families run into our 2-simultaneous-stream limit," reads Netflix's quarterly letter to …

Aereo coming to Boston on May 15th

Aereo, the company that lets users stream live broadcast TV over the Internet, is heading to Boston. Aereo announced today that beginning May 15th, customers in the Boston metropolitan area who pre-registered will receive invitations to be the first in their region to try out the service, which …

Amazon reportedly developing set-top box for release this fall

Amazon is said to be working on its own video streaming set-top box, according to <i>Bloomberg Businessweek</i>. Citing three individuals familiar with the matter, <i>Bloomberg Businessweek</i> says Amazon is currently targeting a fall launch for the device. Such a move would help Amazon bolster its already …

Netflix details its vision for the future: a world without traditional TV

Netflix recently announced more than $1 billion in revenue for the first quarter of 2013, and now the company has released a mission statement detailing where it is, where it's trying to go, and how it plans to get there. Entitled "Netflix Long Term View," the 11-page document predicts that in the …