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Roku Search finally adds news channels to its results

Roku Search finally adds news channels to its results

Having a set-top box that isn't tied to a specific service or network has many advantages but at least one big disadvantage: sorting through the myriad of sources to get to the content you want, at the price you like. Roku created its Search software to address that need, offering "unbiased" results with their equivalent prices, if applicable. Now Roku is adding more sources to harvest videos from, about more than 50 channels. Those include, for the first time, news channels so that you can also keep updated not just on fictional events but real-world ones as well.

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CW may let Netflix stream new seasons two weeks after airing

CW may let Netflix stream new seasons two weeks after airing

Both Netflix and the CW have been in talks about bringing the latter network’s shows to Netflix, doing so less than two weeks after the season wraps up on traditional television. The talks come as the CW’s deal with Hulu reaches its end; under that deal, Hulu provided access to a limited number of episodes shortly after they aired. Hulu reportedly wanted the CW to give it increased rights to stream its content in order to renew the deal, with the talks reportedly having dragged on for months before being abandoned altogether.

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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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YouTube star Lonelygirl15 returns 10 years after revolutionizing web series

YouTube star Lonelygirl15 returns 10 years after revolutionizing web series

If you're old enough to remember using MySpace in its prime, you're probably also familiar with the early YouTube sensation of Lonelygirl15. It started off exactly 10 years ago as just an everyday teenager speaking into webcam in a simple format that become known as the "vlog." This was long before everyone knew what "web series" or "going viral" meant. It went on to be revealed as a scripted series, and still survived for two years before fizzling out. But now it's back, with Lonelygirl15 posting her first video in eight years.

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Dish brings Cuban TV to US via new ‘CubaMax’ channel

Dish brings Cuban TV to US via new ‘CubaMax’ channel

Things are warming between the U.S. and Cuba, and that’s means a gradual mix of both nation’s media. Netflix has already made its way to Cuba, and now Cuban media has made its way to the U.S. Dish Network has announced the arrival of a new channel for DishLATINO called 'CubaMax TV' -- it's dedicated to television shows, movies, kids shows, music videos, novelas, and 'variety shows' from Cuba.

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Curb Your Enthusiasm will return for a ninth season

Curb Your Enthusiasm will return for a ninth season

HBO has announced that it hit show starring Larry David, Curb Your Enthusiasm, will be returning for its ninth season. Details about the upcoming season haven’t yet been provided, though HBO promises it will update with them once they're available. Amusingly enough, Larry David offered this statement when asked why he returned: “In the immortal words of Julius Caesar, ‘I left, I did nothing, I returned.’”

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Netflix for iPad updated with picture-in-picture support

Netflix for iPad updated with picture-in-picture support

The last few Netflix for iOS updates have resulted in the same outcry: where is picture-in-picture support for all the iPad owners desperate to use it? Why hasn't it been added? Was Netflix purposely ignoring its users' requests? There was gnashing of teeth. People anguished. That ends today, though. Netflix has released an update for its iOS app that adds, among other things, support for picture-in-picture on the iPad.

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Netflix original movie ‘The Discovery’ will hit theaters next year

Netflix original movie ‘The Discovery’ will hit theaters next year

Netflix has been open about its plans to trample long-held movie industry practices, making it known that it'd like to premiere a movie for streaming the same day it hits theaters, among other things. These intentions have resulted in swift backlash from theaters, but that hasn't really stopped the company. Now, according to a new report, Netflix has acquired the movie rights to 'The Discovery,' and it reportedly plans for it to hit theaters next year.

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Netflix original ‘Narcos’ will return for second season

Netflix original ‘Narcos’ will return for second season

Netflix will be bringing its popular original series ‘Narcos’ back for a second season, the company has announced. The video service will make Narcos season 2 available on September 2 of this year, kickstarting what seems poised to be another Netflix original hit. The premiere announcement comes just a few days before the company's launch of Orange is the New Black season 4 (it arrives this upcoming Friday).

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Apple TV updated with iPhone remote, Siri upgrade, YouTube search

Apple TV updated with iPhone remote, Siri upgrade, YouTube search

The smart TV platform Apple TV has had a kick in the pants this morning as Apple prepares WWDC 2016 for the next generation in TV-based apps. The first big update is in an app for the iPhone - a remote control with the ability to interact with touch, to move through programs, and generally play content in all the ways the Siri remote can - and more. There's motion controls for games and Siri control as well.

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Sling TV is coming to Apple TV

Sling TV is coming to Apple TV

This morning it was announced that Sling TV will finally be coming to Apple TV devices. This announcement was made official at WWDC 2016, Apple's developer conference in San Francisco. This comes after Sling's "When will Sling TV be on Apple TV?" help page read the following: "We are always looking to add to Sling TV’s supported devices. Unfortunately, our service is not currently available on Apple TV." That changes immediately if not soon.

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Superman is the best superhero says 7-year research study

Superman is the best superhero says 7-year research study

Arguments over which superhero would win in a fight are as old as time itself. Cyclops vs Iron Man; Green Lantern vs The Flash; Hulk vs Deadpool; Spider-Man vs Wolverine; and, of course, Superman vs Batman. But what deciding on the single best superhero out of everyone? Students at the UK's University of Leicester have spent seven years researching and applying science to the debate to come up with an answer. To little surprise, it's Superman (sorry Batman).

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