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Apple’s Live TV service might not be “Coming Soon” after all

Apple’s Live TV service might not be “Coming Soon” after all

It seems it was wise after all for Apple not to wait for the launch of its Internet-based TV subscription service before launching its new Apple TV set-top box. Because now it seems that plans for that service are being put on hold indefinitely. Although the rumor mill never really gave a target date, it was commonly believed that Apple was close to finalizing deals that would fill its service with channels and content. As it turns out, Apple was nowhere near closing after all.

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‘Always Sunny’ trailer teases season 11 with 80s style

‘Always Sunny’ trailer teases season 11 with 80s style

The gang is returning to TV soon with season 11 of the hit show It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, and in anticipation of the series comes a new trailer. Rather than following the typical formula for television trailers, though, FXX has decided to unveil the next season with retro stylings. The trailer comes in the form of an 80s-style ski movie on VHS.

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Amazon Prime offers Showtime, Starz subscriptions without cable or satellite

Amazon Prime offers Showtime, Starz subscriptions without cable or satellite

Amazon has just announced a new Streaming Partners Program that allows Prime users to add subscriptions to premium video services like Showtime and Starz to their existing account. Not only does this allow customers to completely bypass the need for cable or satellite packages, but they can even manage their video service subscriptions and payments through their Amazon Prime account.

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Netflix made its own streaming box, killed it in 2007

Netflix made its own streaming box, killed it in 2007

Back while you were still ordering DVDs and waiting impatiently for them to show up in the mail, Netflix was dreaming about the future, and its dream at the time included a self-branded video streaming box. In fact, Netflix went so far as to create the ‘Netflix Box’ and was shooting promotional videos for it in anticipation of launching it on the Netflix website. Where's that box today?

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You’re going to Mars, I went to NASA

You’re going to Mars, I went to NASA

I woke up at 5:30 AM after a string of nightmares about being left alone on a dusty red planet. Like a fool I'd eaten a gigantic piece of chocolate cake the night before while watching a set of tiny teaser clips of "The Martian" to mentally prepare for the next day, which was then, now, today. "It's OK," I told myself. "Stay calm. You're in Houston. You're on East NASA Parkway in the same hotel you'd checked in to the day before. Today you're going to go on a brief ride in a Mars rover and talk to an astronaut."

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Angry Birds Movie sends its holiday wishes to you with a little song

Angry Birds Movie sends its holiday wishes to you with a little song

The Angry Birds franchise has finally gotten large enough to hit the big screen, and just a few weeks after having been revealed with an initial trailer, today we get a little song. This song has the "Hatchlings" showing off their singing skills in a brief interlude. You're going to tap it, you're going to hear it, it's going to be a great experience for you. They're going to sing "Deck the Halls" here, and maybe - just maybe - in the movie too. But we'll see.

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Spotify Year in Music 2015 launches with personal listening habits

Spotify Year in Music 2015 launches with personal listening habits

As the year 2015 winds down, music streaming giant Spotify has launched its Year in Music feature that lets users explore an interactive and personalized review of what they've listened to for the last 12 months. Once users log in, they see expected stats like the songs, artists, and albums most listened to, along with totals for number of minutes spent listening and number of songs listened to. Spotify makes the data fun to share too, with snapshot-style cards that can be posted to social media.

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‘Gone’ is a VR TV series for Samsung’s Gear headset

‘Gone’ is a VR TV series for Samsung’s Gear headset

Virtual reality is for more than games. Movies and television studios will no doubt move to embrace the technology — 3D movies are already popular, after all, and at least one movie made for Oculus already exists. Gone, though, may prove to be the first successful episodic series produced for viewing through a dedicated headset…in this case, Samsung’s Gear VR. The first episode will premiere on Tuesday.

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Vimeo finally turns on 4K streaming for all users

Vimeo finally turns on 4K streaming for all users

The age of 4K content is probably finally coming to pass. Although the number of 4K content still pales in comparison to HD and Full HD videos, everyone involved in the industry seem to be making a concerted effort to change that situation. From TV (and at least one phone) makers to content creators to streaming services, everyone's getting the 4K fever. The latest to do so is Vimeo, whose support for 4K content has been rolling out piecemeal. Now it's finally rolling out to everyone at large.

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Wonder Woman sets her foot down in latest Bats v Supes clip

Wonder Woman sets her foot down in latest Bats v Supes clip

There's a (probably contentious) quote that advises to never send a man to do a woman's job. And based on the latest Batman v Superman full-length trailer, it indeed takes a woman's touch to get the two superheroes to stop trying to kill each other. A Wonder Woman, that is. In this latest Dawn of Justice clip drop, a lot of the focus is, of course, lavished on the two alpha males butting heads, both in costume and in plain clothes. That is until Wonder Woman steps in to make them focus on a common foe instead.

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Adult Swim is resurrecting ‘Samurai Jack’

Adult Swim is resurrecting ‘Samurai Jack’

Jack is (almost) back! Adult Swim recently revealed plans to bring back the popular cartoon, with an all new season being slated to arrive some time next year. The season is already in production at Cartoon Network Studios in Los Angeles, and involves the series’ creator and executive producer Genndy Tartakovsky. Adult Swim isn't going into too many details at this point, but it has released a video.

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