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Netflix announces its first original docu-series, Chef’s Table

Netflix announced that it has ordered a documentary series from filmmaker David Gelb profiling a handful of figures from the international culinary world.
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Netflix gifts bingers with next episode auto-play for Chromecast

Netflix announced this morning that it has integrated its proprietary "Post-Play" feature into Chromecast playback of the leading streaming service.
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Amazon launches anticipated Prime Instant Video for Android

Amazon announced today that Prime subscribers in the U.S., U.K., and Germany can finally access Prime Instant Video via a long-awaited app for Android.
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James Corden to replace Craig Ferguson as new Late Late Show host

Though CBS says Corden will replace Ferguson sometime next year, the company hasn't revealed precisely when in 2015 the British performer will take over.
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Netflix may add shorter video clips to boost mobile usage

The video-streaming service is considering the integration of shorter video clips into its catalog in response to the rising number of mobile Netflix users.
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Former Beats alumnus launches new audio company with $300 headphones

Steven Lamar, a self-proclaimed co-founder of Beats, has launched his own audio company, Roam, with a $300 pair of Bluetooth earphones.
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JBL shows off a new sound bar, a sound platform, and revamped Charge speaker

JBL today revealed a 240-watt sound base and 320-watt sound bar/subwoofer combination. The company also revamped its Charge wireless Bluetooth speaker.
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RCA releases 12 new ‘Roku-ready’ HDTV models

The 12 models, with screen sizes ranging from 28 to 65 inches, offer convenient onboard access to the Roku Channel Store and thousands of streaming options.
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Samsung migrates Milk Music beyond smartphones to Web TV and wearables

Samsung is expanding its Milk Music service beyond just smartphones and into the arsenals of Samsung's Web-enabled televisions and wearables.
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Fans compete to create cover art for new Arrested Development boxed set

Twentieth Century Fox today announced it has teamed up with series creator Mitch Hurwitz to search for the best fan-made cover art for the season 4 box set.
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Netflix now lets you choose which Facebook friends you recommend movies to

Netflix has revamped its Facebook sharing feature with a more seamless process and, more importantly, has made that process' privacy entirely customizable.
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AnyMote Home wants to make your smartphone the ultimate universal remote

This little coaster-shaped hub, the AnyMote Home, has access to the digital versions of remote controls for more than 800,000 different supported devices.
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NFL Mobile and Sportscenter apps raise the ante for more coverage away from home

The NFL and ESPN today released updated versions of their NFL Mobile and Sportscenter apps respectively.
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This theremin on steroids controls music, video, and lights through simple gestures

A music tech guru has invented an extremely versatile device that's a cross somewhere between a theremin, synthesizer, and MIDI controller.
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Amazon reportedly prepping 4K streaming for tentative October launch

Amazon will begin streaming in 4K as early as October, according to a press release in which Samsung revealed the information.
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Yamaha expands its Blu-ray line with the sleek new BD-S477

The $230 BD-S477 follows Yamaha's release last month of the more premium-minded Aventage BD-A1040, which weighed in with the heftier price tag of $450.
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Netflix waves the red flag, files formal FCC petition against Comcast/TWC merger

The service announced yesterday that it filed a colossal 250-page petition with the FCC, imploring the federal agency to reject the Comcast/TWC merger.
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Tablet TV will beta test in San Francisco prior to Black Friday launch

The secretive-up-until-now service hopes to bring pay-TV operators aboard to nab customers for an Aereo-esque — albeit much more legitimate — style of TV.
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TuneIn strikes a new deal to stream hundreds of live college football games for free

California-based Internet radio streamer TuneIn announced today that it has extended its partnership with the college radio sports network IMG.
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Shomi the movies: New Canadian service looks to challenge Netflix in the Great White North

Two major Canadian cable broadcasters have unveiled a new project, a streaming service dubbed Shomi, that confronts Netflix's swelling Canadian dominance.
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What’s in Pandoretta’s box? 360 degrees of Austrian hi-fi sound

Poet Audio, an Austrian maker of high-end audio gear, has crafted perhaps one of the most lavish wireless Bluetooth speakers we've seen, on paper, at least.
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Amazon readies its third pilot season for kids with 6 new shows

Amazon announced that it greenlit three animated kids pilots and two live-action kids pilots to add to its third kids pilot season, set for early 2015.

Broadcasters seek to snuff out Aereo before District Court ruling [Update]

Aereo's big network nemeses are hoping to convince the U.S. District Court in New York to impose a nationwide injunction on the streaming service startup.
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N3twork puts more ‘you’ in YouTube with Pandora-style curation

San Francisco startup N3twork released an iOS app under the same name that gives each user a hub of video content custom-tailored to their interests.

The first one’s free: Comcast offers free cable to students of select schools via Wi-Fi

Comcast announced that it has launched Xfinity On Campus, a service that lets college students watch live TV and on-demand video via IP-enabled devices.

When it comes to piracy, Orange is the New Black is the new Game of Thrones

Netflix's original show Orange is the New Black has climbed to the third spot on the list of the most popular TV shows on file-sharing networks for Q2 2014.
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NFL Now launches on the Apple TV, with Amazon’s Fire TV next in line

The NFL has launched its online video distribution service NFL Now for Apple TV, giving users free access to the NFL's extensive library of video content.
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YoreVision aims to bring old-school TV nostalgia to your digital video library

YoreVision is Aaron Todd's attempt to bring the fuzzy, unpredictable TV-watching joy of the past to the sterile experience of today's streamers and bingers.
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Netflix stretches its reach, nearly doubles Dutch subscribers

The figure reflects the share of Dutch consumers with a paid subscription to the service at the end of Q2 2014, up significantly from 4 percent for Q4 2013.
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Cable companies now serve up more Internet than cable TV, study shows

Research shows that during Q2 2014, pay-TV providers lost about 300,000 net video customers, but added 385,000 high-speed Internet customers.
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No Netflix needed: AT&T may be gearing up to broadcast cable TV to your phone

AT&T CSO John Stankey revealed the carrier aims to deploy LTE "Multicast" next year, a move that could signify a potential shift to cable TV via mobile devices.
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Bill Cosby is next in line for a Netflix-exclusive stand-up special

Netflix announced this week that it has slated four new exclusive stand-up comedy specials, including a Bill Cosby performance, for 2014's final months.
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This software promises to make Netflix as reliable as cable TV

Giraffic has developed a technology - "Adaptive Video Acceleration" - it claims makes streaming online video as reliable and seamless as broadcast TV.

MyMedia app upgrade gives Roku users a taste of Chromecast power

MediaMall has released an updated version of the MyMedia PC app, allowing users to cast video content directly from PC to TV through the MyMedia channel.