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ESPN considering streaming package with live programming

ESPN considering streaming package with live programming

While there are plenty of streaming video services for people who want to see movies and TV shows, there isn't as much selection for dedicated sports fans. That could be changing in the near future, as sports TV network ESPN is reportedly considering a streaming package that wouldn't require a cable or satellite subscription. This comes in a new report from The Information, which adds that the package would be aimed at cord cutters.

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Disney app narrates ‘Finding Dory’ for visually impaired fans

Disney app narrates ‘Finding Dory’ for visually impaired fans

Finding Dory arrived in theaters today, and thanks to the Disney Movies Anywhere app, visually impaired and blind movie goers will be able to enjoy the movie with audio narration. The app works by using a phone’s microphone to listen to the movie; when the dialog in the movie stops, the app will describe what is happening on-screen directly to the user via a pair of headphones.

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Netflix will be the only home of Disney, Marvel, Lucasfilm, and Pixar movies soon

Netflix will be the only home of Disney, Marvel, Lucasfilm, and Pixar movies soon

Netflix recently announced the upcoming shows and movies we can expect to see on the service soon, and casually amongst it all, almost as if were a minor note, was a simple statement: ”From September onwards, Netflix will become the exclusive US pay TV home of the latest films from Disney, Marvel, Lucasfilm and Pixar.” And just like that, Netflix has become the most important streaming service for many.

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Disney Movies VR brings iconic spots to HTC Vive, Oculus Rift

Disney Movies VR brings iconic spots to HTC Vive, Oculus Rift

Ever wondered what it would feel like to be snooping around the Avengers HQ, or swinging (or at least walking) around a jungle, or even beating the desert heat of Jakku? Short of actually traveling to preserved studio sets of those fictional places, the only way you'd be able to experience that would be through your imagination. Or, thanks to new technology, virtual reality. Thank your lucky stars, then, that Disney has made available a new Disney Movies VR app that take you to these places at no extra charge. Other than buying an Oculus Rift or HTC Vive, of course.

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Disney Research shows off haptic telepresence robot

Disney Research shows off haptic telepresence robot

If you have ever been to a Disney park, you can understand why the company would be working on different types of robots. The part is filled with mechanical actors that move around and perform in many of the rides. Disney Research has unveiled a new telepresence robot that will have a much wider range of use than lip-synching "It's a Small World" in a creepy ride for kids. What the researchers at Disney Research have created is a new type of hydrostatic transmission that uses a hybrid air-water configuration.

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Disney Researchers found a way to make faster RFID toys

Disney Researchers found a way to make faster RFID toys

Disney might have officially called it quits in publishing its own digital games, but it isn't completely throwing in the towel in researching the best ways to make those. Either that or the researchers at Disney got the memo too late. Teaming up with researchers from Carnegie Mellon and MIT, Disney Researchers have come across a solution that would make RFID-based toys and games faster but also more efficient, by doing away with the need to even include batteries just to keep track of objects.

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Disney Infinity shuttered as Disney exits game publishing biz

Disney Infinity shuttered as Disney exits game publishing biz

If you've been wondering about the lack of major updates on Disney Infinity, or why Apple said it won't update Infinity 3.0 on the Apple TV, now we all know why. Disney has formerly announced that it will soon be shutting down the relatively successful Disney Infinity game, though not before one last batch of updates. This is in line with the company's decision to pull out from the game publishing business, falling back instead on licensing its properties to external game studios and publishers.

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Alden Ehrenreich cast as young Han Solo for Star Wars spin-off

Alden Ehrenreich cast as young Han Solo for Star Wars spin-off

Star Wars fans, you now have a face for the younger version of series hero Han Solo. 26-year-old actor Alden Ehrenreich has been cast as the character, according to several Hollywood media outlets. Until now, Han Solo has been played by Harrison Ford, including last year's The Force Awakens, but 2018 is set to see Disney release a Star Wars spin-off movie that will tell the origin story of the character.

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Disney Research team uses electromagnetic signals to identify gadgets

Disney Research team uses electromagnetic signals to identify gadgets

Disney researchers have created a system for identifying different gadgets based on radio frequency emission (“system noise”); the system is precise enough that it can tell apart two visually identical items. Called EM-ID, the name references electromagnetic signals produced by smartphones, laptops, and similar electronic devices; the identification process is also able to tell the difference between classes of items, such as distinguishing power tools from computers.

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Nokia OZO camera will produce Disney’s upcoming VR content

Nokia OZO camera will produce Disney’s upcoming VR content

Nokia’z OZO virtual reality camera will soon be used by Disney to create VR content for its movies and more. This comes via a new partnership between Nokia and Disney announced today, which will have Nokia supplying its VR software and equipment to Disney for what it describes as “special VR content." This isn’t the companies’ first instance of working together, though — Disney used Nokia’s tech to produce a pair of 360-degree videos for The Jungle Book.

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Comcast, Disney team to offer ‘The Force Awakens’ on Xfinity TV store

Comcast, Disney team to offer ‘The Force Awakens’ on Xfinity TV store

Comcast and Walt Disney Studios have teamed up for a new content licensing deal that brings top movies to the Xfinity On Demand TV store, the biggest of which is Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Under the agreement, Comcast subscribers will be able to download the new Star Wars movie, Toy Story, Pirates of the Caribbean and more directly from their television using the service provider’s set-top box.

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Disney Crossy Road is coming, see Mickey Mouse run for his life

Disney Crossy Road is coming, see Mickey Mouse run for his life

The hit mobile game Crossy Road may not have answered why the chicken wanted to cross the road, but at least now we can ponder why Mickey Mouse wants to do the same. Revealed at GDC 2016 earlier this week, Disney Crossy Road will see the world's most famous mouse, along with over 100 other Pixar and Disney characters, running into traffic on iOS and Android in the near future.

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