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Netflix Player by Roku launched: reviews overwhelmingly positive

Netflix Player by Roku launched: reviews overwhelmingly positive

Netflix are pretty much synonymous with mail-delivery films in the US, and the company is now trying to do the same for internet-streamed media.  The Netflix Player by Roku is the first piece of hardware promising to bring download movies to your TV, and going by the launch-day reviews it sounds like they've got a winner on their hands.  $99.99 gets you a compact set-top box that, when linked to your online Netflix account, lets you play from the company's 10,000 strong catalogue of titles, automatically selecting the highest resolution your broadband can support.

Roku SoundBridge music streamer in action

Roku SoundBridge music streamer in action

Saturday is a day for putting ones feet up on a small, raised stool, supping from a glass of slightly warmed cinnamon milk and listening to the latest in Czech talk-radio; Roku have obviously known this for years, which is why they're taking advantage of that wireless network you've set up (you have got one, haven't you?) to stream music around your house with the SoundBridge.  Starting with the essentials of an alarm clock (in fact an atomic one, so you need never set the time) and remote control, Roku have added a clear display, presets to your favourite playlists and radio stations and a full stereo speaker pair with subwoofer.  There's even a SD/MMC card slot for loading music direct.  Hottech TV like the SoundBridge so much that they've made a video about it; check it out below.

Hottech TV [thanks to H.D. for the tip]

HBO Now adds Chromecast support on iOS & Android

HBO Now adds Chromecast support on iOS & Android

Good news today for Google Chromecast owners that have been craving their favorite HBO shows: the HBO Now service has added support for streaming to the TV dongle. The new feature comes via app updates for both iOS and Android versions of HBO Now, which are already available on their respective app marketplaces. HBO Now was first launched on iOS devices including the iPhone and iPad earlier this year, and quickly gained popularity, followed by its arrival on Android only a few weeks ago.

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Hisense will soon run Sharp’s TV business in America

Hisense will soon run Sharp’s TV business in America

It isn't just smartphones anymore. Hisense, a popular Chinese appliance and white goods manufacturer, is joining the big leagues when it comes to making and selling high-end TVs in America. But it will do so not through its own power but through buying Sharp's manufacturing plant in Mexico and using its TV brand in both North and South America. With this, Hisense plans to rub shoulders with the likes of Samsung, LG, Sony,and Panasonic, in what is just the latest wave of Chinese brands trying to vie for a piece of the global market.

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Slingbox M2 lets your home cable TV follow you

Slingbox M2 lets your home cable TV follow you

Slingbox keeps pushing its vision of subscription-free video streaming, with the new Slingbox M2 pushing your home cable to your phone or tablet. The new box hooks up to cable or satellite receivers, DVRs, Blu-ray or DVD players, or pretty much any other source with a video output, and squirts the content from them across the internet to Sling's apps for iOS, Android, and other platforms, in up to 1080p Full HD resolution.

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Workaholics renewed for another two seasons

Workaholics renewed for another two seasons

Comedy Central has renewed Workaholics for another two seasons, guaranteeing fans will get both season six and season seven of the comedy show. This deal comprises 20 episodes total, with each season consisting of 10 episodes. The network has had good success with this comedy show, with Comedy Central saying that the fourth season had been the highest rated show in it’s time slot among male audiences aged 18 to 34. The next season will be starting this upcoming January.

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Showtime’s Internet streaming service now live

Showtime’s Internet streaming service now live

In early June Showtime announced it would be following in competitor HBO’s footsteps by launching its own online video streaming service, lending fans of the network’s shows a way to watch them without springing for a cable subscription. The online service is simply called “Showtime”, and though we knew it would be coming before July 12, we didn’t know the exact launch date. As it turns out, today is the big day and those with certain devices can now sign up for a subscription.

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On July 4th, Declare Tech Independence

On July 4th, Declare Tech Independence

July 4th doesn't have to stop at barbecue food and Will Smith kicking extraterrestrial butt: it's a great opportunity to declare tech independence, too. Whether it's free trials that you signed up for and forgot to cancel before they started charging your credit card, an old cellphone plan that's now looking less than competitive, or your unwatched cable box sucking down cash every month in return for a thousand channels you ignore, there are plenty of ways to make today a more rewarding Independence Day.

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Hulu to offer Showtime shows under new partnership

Hulu to offer Showtime shows under new partnership

Hulu, though still maligned for showing advertisements to paying subscribers, has done impressive work when it comes to expanding its library, and it has boasting rights as the current and future home of many well-known shows. Now the service has announced in conjunction with Showtime a new ‘first’ — the ability for Hulu subscribers to subscribe to and access Showtime’s own service. Under this partnership, those who sign up can access the Showtime content via the Hulu app, meaning the content will be available on an expansive lineup of devices. Says Hulu, the Showtime shows can be streamed "the moment they air".

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Plex now streams securely over HTTPS

Plex now streams securely over HTTPS

Plex, the media server software that streams your content to different devices in your home, has just announced a big change in the name of security and encryption. Now all streams are to be delivered over an encrypted connection with HTTPS, and even better is that the change is automatic. The company says it has partnered with DigiCert to provide free SSL security certificates to users with media servers, with each one being unique. Users just need to make sure they turned on the "secure communications" option while installing Plex.

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