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Nielsen report: most cable networks lost viewers this year

According to a new Nielsen report, most cable networks lost a substantial number of viewers this year in comparison to the same numbers from 2014. Only a few steadfast networks saw gains in their viewership numbers, with Cartoon Network trumping them all and both AMC and Discovery following close behind. Despite those few successes, though, overall cable network performance was low -- and they mostly have Netflix to blame.

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Han Solo movie’s details begin to stack up: Enter Maz

Beyond the release date and extreme basics for the upcoming Star Wars: Han Solo film, we've had very little to go on for details. Very little, that is, before Star Wars: The Force Awakens was released. Now Lucasfilm can't help but release bits and pieces that are required to make The Force Awakens a fully massive experience well beyond the big screen - and that includes informative canon-friendly books of all sorts. The first place we're looking today is the book "Star Wars: The Force Awakens: The Visual Dictionary."

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Game of Thrones was 2015’s most pirated TV show

In what shouldn't really come as a surprise, HBO's hit drama Game of Thrones has been recognized as the most pirated TV show of 2015, beating out hits like The Walking Dead and The Big Bang Theory. This marks the fourth year in a row that the show has been recognized for the feat by TorrentFreak, not to mention setting new worldwide piracy records earlier this year. According to TorrentFreak's data, Game of Thrones' season 5 finale was torrented roughly 14.4 million times.

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Samsung, Oculus get LeBron to help advertise the Gear VR

Of the very few actual working and commercially available virtual reality headsets in the market today, the Gear VR, Samsung's and Oculus' baby, is probably the most notable. Instead of being a device in its own right, it is merely an accessory dock for a smartphone, which is admittedly more practical as far as basic VR experience goes. It is, however, perhaps the lesser profile device, compared to the Oculus Rift itself, or Microsoft's AR HoloLens, or Sony's PS VR, or even HTC and Valve's delayed Vive. To help spread the word, Samsung and Oculus enlisted NBA superstar LeBron James in a featurette entitled "Striving for Greatness".

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How that Star Wars character could have survived The Force Awakens

With the release of The Force Awakens, people everywhere are coming up with theories about the movie. Everything from character backstories, to whether that character was giving someone the bird or not. Since I've been off for the holiday, I figured that it was time that I shared one of my own theories. With that in mind, it goes without saying that the rest of the article will have spoilers. If you a haven't seen the movie, then you can go about your business, move along.

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Going ‘Catatonic’ in VR’s horror underbelly

It’s no secret that I love horror movies, the reasons for which are both numerous and irrelevant. I’ve seen hundreds of movies in the genre over the years, most of them cheesy with healthy half and one-star ratings on Netflix. It’s not that I like crappy movies; rather, the genre suffers from one big problem: true fear is very hard to impart through traditional film. That’s where virtual reality comes in.

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Columbia House returns to sell you vinyl records

If you grew up in the 80's or 90's, you probably remember seeing ads for Columbia House. They're the ones that wanted to sell you a bunch of cassettes or CD's for just a penny. Of course, cashing in on that deal always lead to paying more than just one cent. Well, the company filed for bankruptcy earlier this year, so you wouldn't expect to hear anymore big news from them. But they're back.

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens – who is Captain Phasma?

As the shiniest of characters, the most reflective of all Star Wars characters, and a Game of Thrones actress to boot, Captain Phasma has our attention. We've been wondering what the backstory is on this character since we first heard the name - and now that we've seen Star Wars: The Force Awakens, we're still wondering. The film itself doesn't reveal one whole heck of a lot, but we've got a bit more data than is revealed through the movie. It's time to get chrome.

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Five Star Wars: The Force Awaken’s Cut Scenes Revealed

Star Wars: The Force Awakens was once ever-so-slightly longer than it is in theaters today. This isn't uncommon. [This is your complementary SPOILER ALERT] But when it comes to a movie with a mythology like Star Wars, every single tiny little bit of film footage is important. To somebody. Hardcore fans. People like you and I. If there's a 2-second clip from The Empire Strikes Back out there that I haven't seen, I'm gonna go ahead and say I need to see that. It's gotta happen. Today we're having a peek at several scenes we're hoping will be revealed once Star Wars: The Force Awakens is released to home audiences - on DVD, Blu-Ray, and digital HD and the like.

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Resident Evil: The Final Chapter crew member dies on set

More tragic news has come in from the set of Resident Evil: The Final Chapter — one of the production's crew members was crushed on set and died a short while later at the hospital. According to a local publication, the crew member was Ricardo Cornelius, a 34-year-old who was severely injured when a U.S. Army Hummer fell on top of him earlier this month.

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