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TV Networks look at more product placement to counteract ad skipping

Networks are considering new ways to integrate ads into television shows that would help account for those who try to skip commercials, with an effort to be a little bit more creative than the standard product placement.

Movies & TV

Study: Apple TV falls to 4th place behind Roku, Google and Amazon

Likely attributed to a significantly more competitive marketplace for streaming set-top boxes, the Apple TV has slipped to fourth place behind devices like the Roku 3, Google Chromecast and Amazon Fire TV.

Home Theater

No space? No problem: Check out Yamaha’s epic $1,700 Dolby Atmos surround sound bar

Yamaha's latest sound bar is it's most ambitious effort yet loaded with dozens of the company's sound projection beam drivers, and touting support for Dolby Atmos surround sound, along with all the spoils of the new MusicCast multiroom audio system.

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Check out Duran Duran’s dreamy new single What are the Chances

In advance of '80s electropop vets Duran Duran's first LP in five years, "Paper Gods," listen to dreamy, introspective single "What are the Chances?" The album, which features Janelle Monae, John Frusciante, and Lindsay Lohan, comes out on September 18.

Music

Cable and satellite companies lost nearly half a million subscribers in Q2

Pay TV saw subscriber losses of 479,000 between April and June 2015, according to a report from Strategy Analytics. While it looks like this will be a continuing trend as more consumers cut the cord, analysts still see some hope in the pay TV sector.

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New Cinemark CEO sticks with old guard, has no plans to experiment with release window

As the new CEO of Cinemark, Mark Zoradi has shared that he doesn't expect to experiment with the movie theater chain's release window strategies, even as Netflix and studios try to do just that.

Movies & TV

Sony shows off Metal Gear Solid hi-res Walkmen in Japan

Sony is partnering with Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain to release video game-branded hi-res Walkmen in Japan. Local buyers will be able to show off their love for hi-res audio and Metal Gear Solid, but it’ll be costly.

Music

Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn are back again in new CBS drama

A pilot episode for the drama series Sawyer & Huck, based on the Mark Twain characters Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn dragged into modern day America, has been picked up by CBS.

Movies & TV

Alexa, lights on: Amazon Echo can now control your SmartThings devices

Amazon Echo just got a little more control: It's now compatible with Samsung's SmartThings, so you can use voice commands to turn on your lights or anything plugged into its smart outlet.

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Seth Rogen’s new comedy Future Man heads to Hulu

In Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg's "Future Man," a janitor who moonlights as a world-ranked video gamer is tasked with saving the world from a 'super-race invasion.' The answer to your question is yes, Rogen and Goldberg both smoke weed.

Movies & TV

GameFly Streaming to make Samsung Smart TVs a whole lot more fun

If you want to play a few games on your new TV but don't own a console or find PlayStation Now too expensive, there is now another option, as GameFly Streaming is now coming to Samsung Smart TVs.

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Regal will check moviegoers’ bags in the aim for a safer theater experience

Regal Theaters, the largest American theater chain, will now check moviegoers’ bags before they enter the theater. The added security is in response to recent tragic incidents at movie theaters.

Movies & TV

Labels making ‘playola’ payments to get songs on Spotify playlists

Record labels now pay for placement on popular streaming music playlists, according to a new report. As music streaming and listening to playlists has grown in popularity, so has 'playola.'

Music

Michael Mann taps Christian Bale to play Enzo Ferrari in new biopic

Christian Bale has reportedly agreed to play Enzo Ferrari in Michael Mann's highly-anticipated new biopic about the car magnate's life, with filming set to begin some time next year.

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