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CES 2015 TV Technology Preview: What's Hot, What's Not

With Christmas done and the new year upon us, technology fans will be starting to feel that familiar quickening of the pulse that heralds the arrival of the vast Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.<p>The CES has become arguably the single most important technology showcase in the electronics …

Amazon denies planning free video streaming service

Amazon may be preparing to switch up its streaming strategy in a big way. <i>The Wall Street Journal</i> reports that the company is planning a free, ad-supported streaming service that will offer both regular video content and music videos to <i>all</i> customers — not just those subscribed to Amazon Prime. The</i> …

Qplay Opens Up its Web Video iPad App to All

Qplay has moved its Web video aggregation app for the iPad into general availability, following an early adopter period that limited the app to owners of its set-top box.<p>While the Qplay service is designed for optimal use with the company’s $49 TV Adapter, it still works with a standalone iPad app …

BBC iPlayer App Lets You Stop Chromecast and Resume Playback on Mobile

The BBC today updated its iPlayer apps for iOS and Android, adding a couple of important features for Chromecast owners in the UK.<p>Across both platforms, it’s now possible to pause a program that was casting to a TV and then resume playback from the exact same spot inside the iPlayer app. So if your …

Sky Launches Buy & Keep Movie Download Service

UK broadcaster Sky has announced details of a new Buy and Keep service as part of its Sky Store, which will allow customers to purchase digital copies of hundreds of movie titles.<p>However, unlike a straightforward digital download service, buyers will also receive a DVD version that will be sent out …

Hulu locks up exclusive rights for 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' and 'The Mindy Project'

Hulu announced today that it reached an agreement to become the exclusive streaming home for a host of popular comedies, including <i>Brooklyn Nine-Nine</i> and <i>The Mindy Project</i>. While the shows were previously available on the service, the deal with NBCUniversal will keep them out of the hands of …

TV industry take note: this is what being disrupted by Amazon looks like

Amazon yesterday thrust itself into the increasingly crowded battle for control of your living room, with the launch of its own streaming device, FireTV.<p>The online retailer has an uphill battle ahead in streaming video—a sector dominated by Netflix and, to a lesser extent, Hulu, with Apple also …

Roku devices can now stream Qello's concert library for $4.99 per month

Have a current-gen Roku device? Want to watch Lady Gaga's Monster Ball Tour performance from Madison Square Garden? Well, you're in luck. The aforementioned streaming gadgets in the US, Canada and the UK are getting a Qello Concerts channel today, bringing access to "the world's largest collection" …

Bundled Cable Channels Are Here to Stay — And That's a Good Thing

These days, barely a week passes in the U.S. entertainment industry without litigation, legislation, or argumentation over bundling–the practice of …

YouTube's paid music service delayed over design problems

A planned subscription service from YouTube is facing delays related to Google executives' insistence that the product be competitive from the day it launches, according to a new report. <i>Billboard</i>, citing an interview with an unnamed executive briefed on YouTube's plans, say that a service …

Steve Jobs email about Apple TV hints at subscriptions, apps, and a 'magic wand'

Apple co-founder Steve Jobs had grand ambitions to change the way people use TVs, and a new email correspondence between him and top executives a year before his death shows just how far that vision might have gone. In a 2010 email that goes over the topics for the top 100 — a secret meeting Apple …

Amazon Fire TV review

My name is Dan Seifert and I’m addicted to cable TV.<p>Last fall, I tried to break that addiction. I became one of the growing number of Americans to cancel their cable TV service. I went from a couple hundred channels to zero. I’ll have lots of free time, I said. Maybe I’ll even catch up on my …

Exclusive: this is Android TV

Every so often, some enterprising computer company will claim they’ve finally fixed the TV. They’ll talk about how they’ve turned a dumb terminal into a smart computing platform that extends your work and play to a gigantic screen. Then, we’ll watch as the idea flops because they fail to line up …

Yahoo reportedly wants to rival Netflix and HBO with four original shows

Yahoo is close to ordering four series of original programming, designed to rival the kind of shows seen on cable-TV networks such as HBO and streaming services such as Netflix, <i>The Wall Street Journal</i> reports. The shows would be half-hour comedies, created by writers and directors with TV …