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After ten years of cord-cutting, I’ve signed up for cable TV

After ten years of cord-cutting, I’ve signed up for cable TV

If you'll forgive the hipster-ish-ness of it all, I was a cord-cutter before cord-cutting was a thing. Not because I wanted to be, but rather due to a childhood in which we didn't have cable and, later on, the habit of living without it. I had an old Dell laptop connected to the TV and a ton of DVDs ripped to its hard drive. The arrangement became more sophisticated over time, it was joined by Netflix and Hulu subscriptions, and I'd say my satisfaction with the arrangement had been increasing every year. Why, then, did I subscribe to cable TV this month?

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Make the perfect Simpsons GIF with Frinkiac

Make the perfect Simpsons GIF with Frinkiac

After 27 seasons, and nearly 600 episodes, it feels like The Simpsons has managed to cover every topic possible. In fact, South Park made an entire episode centered around the fact that The Simpsons had already done nearly every topic and joke, and that was way back in 2002. Needless to say, there's a Simpsons quote, picture or gif for almost any occasion.

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Here’s why 45,000 people just signed an open letter to Netflix

Here’s why 45,000 people just signed an open letter to Netflix

At the beginning of this year Netflix made a huge announcement. For the first time, they were going to stop turning a blind eye to customers who VPNs to access content outside of their geographical location. Over the last few months they've made good on that promise, and they've managed to upset at least 45,000 users.

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New Star Wars: TFA movie footage explores Maz’s Castle in brief

New Star Wars: TFA movie footage explores Maz’s Castle in brief

With a bit of support from the new "The Star Wars Show" and to give a boost to the "Jabba Flow" music track, Lucasfilm has released additional The Force Awakens footage. This is a clip that's basically pickups - or B-roll. Extra footage. Stuff they might have used to show more diversity in aliens in Maz Kanata's castle if the need would have arisen. As it is now, it's just a bit of extra video that's not available on the DVD. More, I tell you, more!

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Assassin’s Creed debut movie trailer features secrecy and fighting

Assassin’s Creed debut movie trailer features secrecy and fighting

Movies adapted from video games have yet to earn a decent reputation, but the latest franchise to try is Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed. The movie of the same name will be hitting theaters this fall on December 21st, at least giving Assassin's fans something as the game series takes a year off to focus on development. The first real trailer for the movie has just been released, revealing that star Michael Fassbender will be taking on the role of an assassin in a story that will be familiar to those who've played any of the games.

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Netflix Voltron official trailer introduces its motley crew

Netflix Voltron official trailer introduces its motley crew

Ever since Michael Bay came out with his first re-interpretation of Transformers, we have looked at each and every remake with both anticipation and dread. Eschewing the trend to go live action and 3D, Netflix and Dreamworks have thankfully stuck with the animated roots of Voltron, Defender of the Universe. Or rather, Legendary Defender as it is now titled. The latest teaser to drop from Netflix finally gives some screen time to the five young lads that will be piloting the overgrown metallic cats.

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens – who is Darth Plagueis?

Star Wars: The Force Awakens – who is Darth Plagueis?

Evil character Supreme Leader Snoke has had his identity called into question once again by Star Wars fans, and the keeper of the canon Pablo Hidalgo has answered. One of the most long-lasting theories about the most massive of antagonists in Star Wars: The Force Awakens was that he was actually none other than Sith character Darth Plagueis. Today that theory gets put to rest... sort of. Today we explain who Darth Plagueis is, and what he has to do with Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

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‘Orange is the New Black’ trailer teases a dark fourth season

‘Orange is the New Black’ trailer teases a dark fourth season

The fourth season of Netflix's Orange is the New Black arrives next month, and that mean it's time for a trailer. Netflix bestowed us with a long look at the upcoming season today, and it's a doozy. New inmates have arrived at Litchfield, old inmates are at each other's throats, and the days of lackadaisical enforcement appear to be long, long gone.

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SyFy greenlights “Krypton” Superman “prequel” pilot

SyFy greenlights “Krypton” Superman “prequel” pilot

The eternal rivalry between comics giants Marvel and DC is once again taking another step forward, this time on the telly instead of cinemas. While there will always be a debate on who's doing better at the box office, some would contend that DC has a more solid thing going compared to Marvel's occasional Netlfix hot items. From Flash to Gotham to Supergirl, DC's super-powered characters have cemented their legacies on television. Soon you might be able to add one more with SyFy giving to go signal for a pilot episode of "Krypton", which, as you might have already guessed, is set in Superman's home world.

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Stallone’s ‘Ultimate Beastmaster’, a global competition, heading to Netflix

Stallone’s ‘Ultimate Beastmaster’, a global competition, heading to Netflix

Netflix is on board for what it says is the first ‘global on-demand competition series,’ and it’s called Ultimate Beastmaster. The series comes from Sylvester Stallone and Dave Broome, and will feature hosts/contestants from the United States, Brazil, Mexico, Japan, Germany, and South Korea to compete with each other to complete “The Beast” — something Netflix describes as ‘the most physically demanding obstacle courses ever devised.”

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DIY Captain America shield is truly electromagnetic

DIY Captain America shield is truly electromagnetic

Today we've seen an awesome project by The Hacksmith, one in which the Captain America electromagnetic metal shield is made real. This shield isn't yet made of Vibranium - since that, you know, doesn't actually exist (as far as we know) - but it does stick REAL nice. This demonstration is not meant to be a DIY for everyone - but it is meant to make you confident in the fact that if you did want to make it, you probably could.

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Spotify 2016 plans include original music, remixes, programming

Spotify 2016 plans include original music, remixes, programming

The folks at Spotify have announced their big 2016 lineup of original programming, this including a total of 12 "concepts." These concepts are "focused around three main themes" - those are music performance, music profiles, and music culture. What'll this mean for Spotify users? More content that won't be available anywhere outside of a Spotify subscription. What'll this mean for people that don't have Spotify, but want this content? It'll mean they don't have Spotify yet, the key word being yet.

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