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Netflix nabs Sony licensing agreement, tightens grip on animated movies in US

Netflix struck a multi-year arrangement with Sony to bring its animated features in the first pay-TV window to Netflix's U.S. subscribers.
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Billboard and Twitter launch interactive, real-time “Trending 140” chart

The collaboration yielded two real-time charts that rank songs by monitoring tweet variables like track-sharing notations, hashtags and certain keywords.
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DisplayPort vs. HDMI vs. DVI vs. VGA (update)

Whether you’re connecting your desktop computer to a monitor or your MacBook to an HDTV, our guide will help you choose the best connection type.
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The doomsayers were wrong: TiVo is doing better than ever

The popular DVR-maker announced today that it also added a record number of cable subscribers, contributing to the net 341,000 MSO subscription adds in Q1.
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Sharp throws its Aquos Quattron and 4K TVs under universal pricing policy

The Japanese company announced it has broadened its unilateral pricing policy to include all of its Aquos Quattron and Ultra HD televisions.
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Comcast gives customers access to trio of Starz TV Everywhere apps

The U.S.'s largest pay-TV operator earlier this week extended access to its customers for a trio of Starz apps: Starz Play, Encore Play, and MoviePlex Play.
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HBO moves a bundle of classic content to Amazon Instant, preps HBO Go for Fire TV

The content deal HBO and Amazon struck has begun to bear fruit. Here's a list of the HBO shows and movies added to Amazon Prime Instant video today.

Could Apple’s new ISP connection deals be linked to its plans for online TV?

Apple is reportedly working on deals with ISPs for faster connection, in line with a new content delivery network it has been building up.
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Game of Thrones is still the most pirated TV show on air, by a long shot

The breakout series from HBO has been a hot target for piracy since its premiere in 2011, and the show is currently still the most pirated TV series.
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Netflix wants to ditch its navigation grid for a more personalized, streamlined UI

The streaming video service's chief product officer, Neil Hunt, today revealed Netflix's future plan to phase out its somewhat messy navigation system.
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Bang & Olufsen reveals its new $6,300 BeoLab 20 wireless speaker

The new high-end floorstanding speaker reveal follows B&O's release earlier this month of its first Ultra-HD/4K TV, the nearly $8,000 BeoVision Avant.
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Ultra-HD TV shipments skyrocketed last March, exceeding 1 million units worldwide

Research shows that the total number of Ultra-HD/4K televisions shipped per month has increased sevenfold since March 2012, breaking 1 million last March.
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Insatiable streamers: Cord cutters gorge on 212GB a month, keep getting hungrier

The leading content-streamer's traffic once again represented the top downstream application during peak hours with a share of 34.21 percent, up from 31.6.

Comcast jumps up in Netflix’s ISP Speed Index for second time since cash deal

The updated rankings come just days before the vote for a new net neutrality proposal, and again raise questions as to whether Comcast is throttling video.

Berlin artist blasts street-goers with 4000 watts of audio art

Nik Nowak's most well-known creation is likely his "Sound Tank," a repurposed dump truck with 13 loudspeakers and 3 subwoofers on a hydraulic speaker wall.
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Netflix tacks $1 onto its basic streaming plan, adds $8 budget plan

The leading media-streaming service confirmed today via blog post the plan to increase the price of its $8-per-month instant streaming plan by $1 to $9.

In a multi-screen future, phones don’t control TVs, TVs control phones

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Netflix will start streaming Breaking Bad in 4K this June

The news comes about one month after the service launched 4K offerings of its prized House of Cards original series and a handful of nature documentaries.
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Research suggests OTT subscribers are big fans of ‘TV Everywhere’

New data from the NPD Group indicates that consumers with over-the-top video-on-demand subscriptions aren't necessarily cord cutters.

What kind of music does Taco Bell like? Find out with Pandora ‘Promoted Stations’

The Internet radio service has launched beta testing for its "new advertising solution" with a pool of roughly 10 percent of its 76 million monthly users.
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Nielsen report confirms what you’ve always known: 189 channels and nothing to watch

The average U.S. television-watching home has access to 189 channels, but viewers consistently stick to just 17 networks on a regular basis.
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Study finds online movie pirates are happy to pay while stealing

New research from the University of Portsmouth points to a variety of significant differences between pirates of movies and music.
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ESPN to stream every 2014 World Cup match online, with Sony filming it in 4K

ESPN announced late last week that - via its many broadcast networks and online/mobile viewing platforms - it will live-stream all of this year's Cup.
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Canada finally gets Google Play Music rollout

Google's music-streaming service - with all the same features and capabilities as the U.S. version - was made available to Canadian customers this morning.
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Redbox Instant’s Android app among the latest to tie in Chromecast support

Joining the rising number of services and devices with support for Google's $35 dongle, users of Redbox Instant's Android app can now "cast" to big screens.
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Netflix still king of streamers, but Amazon is catching up

A study released by Parks Associates this week finds Amazon's average year-over-year growth rate to be more than three times as high as that of Netflix.
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Sony’s Music Unlimited offers pre-released tunes from Michael Jackson’s “Xscape” album

Anticipating the May 13 release of a posthumous compilation of previously unreleased MJ tracks, Sony will be streaming one song per day between May 5 and 9.
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Comcast strikes a deal to bring a bundle of MGM content to Xfinity on demand

Among the films and TV shows to be added to the Xfinity On Demand digital store are Bull Durham, Fargo, The Graduate, Hoosiers, and the Rocky franchise.

Chromecast users can now send Google Drive presentations to the big screen

Google added the new functionality to the Drive service yesterday. Up until now, only a select few beta users could cast presentations using the dongle.
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Study: advertisers increasingly look to original video content as the next frontier

A study finds that a large majority of brand marketers and ad executives expect original digital video content to become as important as television content.
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Samsung offers free 4K movies to owners of its HU9000 4K/UHD TVs

The South Korean company announced today that it is offering a free movie bundle (includes World War Z), to purchasers of its curved HU9000 4K TVs.
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Comcast to sell off 3.9 million customers if Time Warner merger proceeds

If the Comcast/Time Warner Cable merger is approved later this year, Comcast will sell nearly 4 million customers to Charter Communications for cash.
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Comcast/Netlfix spat gets scrappier, as Comcast blames Netflix for video quality woes

The cable giant responded yesterday via blog post to Netflix's claims that Comcast is directly responsible for users' sluggish streaming rates and quality.
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Low subscriber numbers plague Beats Music

The service was able to add a mere 1,000 subscribers per day in its launch month. Beats Music is said to have a current count in the "low six figures."