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Netflix in September: all the shows coming and going

Netflix in September: all the shows coming and going

It’s that time again — a new month is upon us and with it will come a refreshed Netflix library. Some movies and TV shows are on their way out, of course, and others are on their way in to fill the void. Depending on your tastes, the library refresh may be a good thing, but there are some losses that at least some viewers will certainly miss.

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Batman costume sets Guinness World Record for most gadgets

Batman costume sets Guinness World Record for most gadgets

When it comes to setting Guinness World Records, there's pretty much two ways to go about it: for things like measures of athletic ability, you can train really hard for many years and try to beat the previous record holder. Or, instead of going after an existing record, just try to come up with an idea that so random and off-the-wall that no record for it exists yet. In the case of the latter, a world record has now been set by a Batman costume with the most functional gadgets.

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Next Roku models to be called ‘Express,’ ‘Premiere,’ and ‘Ultra’

Next Roku models to be called ‘Express,’ ‘Premiere,’ and ‘Ultra’

Streaming set-top box maker Roku is expected to release an updated lineup of devices this fall, and according to new information, the company will finally move away from including numbers in their naming scheme (i.e. Roku 1, Roku 2, Roku 3). Zatz Not Funny, a frequently reliable source when it comes to leaks, says that instead of seeing a Roku 5, there will be unique names for each model, including the "Roku Express" and "Roku Premiere."

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Spotify denies reports it punishes artists with Apple Music, Tidal exclusives

Spotify denies reports it punishes artists with Apple Music, Tidal exclusives

While the streaming music industry has exploded over the last few years, with monthly subscription models becoming one of the most common ways people listen to music, it's also gotten to the point where the market is dominated by just a handful of companies, including Spotify, Apple Music, and Tidal. Because things like pricing and music catalogs remain mostly the same across services, the real way they compete now is with exclusives: artists release their albums or songs to one service, either temporarily or permanently.

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YouTube TV gets a facelift

YouTube TV gets a facelift

If you watch YouTube on your smart TV or via a set-top-box device, you’ll be familiar with YouTube’s TV interface, one that differs in significant ways from the desktop and mobile versions. The interface is designed to play well with TV navigation, more so now that YouTube has refreshed the TV design with small but significant changes. Among other things, it is now easier to browse YouTube content on the big (living room) screen.

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‘The Departed’ is being turned into an original Amazon series

‘The Departed’ is being turned into an original Amazon series

Amazon is going to make an original episodic series based on the 2006 movie “The Departed,” doing so with its own Amazon Studios in conjunction with Vertigo Entertainment, Plan B Entertainment, and Initial Entertainment Group. This new series, according to a recent report, has been written by Jason Richman and will fall within the ‘crime drama’ genre. This in the first time Warner Bros TV has made a major sale to Amazon Studios.

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VIZIO SmartCast app enhanced, Google Play Movies & TV coming

VIZIO SmartCast app enhanced, Google Play Movies & TV coming

Even with Android TV, Google’s formal presence on TV sets and boxes remains rather week. That, however, doesn’t always matter considering how its Google Cast technology exists in every Android TV and beyond, providing a bridge to Google’s services and content. Case in point is VIZIO’s Cast-ready SmartCast products, which, thanks to an updated SmartCast app, will soon be able to stream videos from Google’s own selection of movies and TV shows from Google Play Movies & TV, in addition to other services like Netflix, VUDU, and Hulu.

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‘Narcos’ season 2 arrives September 2, new trailer teases premiere

‘Narcos’ season 2 arrives September 2, new trailer teases premiere

Netflix has a lot of great shows, and it has a lot of obscure low-quality shows. The divide between the two is vast, and distinctly existing on the “great” side of the spectrum is Narcos, an original series chronicling the lives of DEA agents, drug lord Pablo Escobar, and the terror that rises in his wake. The show received ample praise in its first season, and soon after launching it Netflix promised there'd be a second season. Now that second season is nearly upon us, and Netflix has released a new trailer teasing it.

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Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit 30-disc bundle will set you back $720

Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit 30-disc bundle will set you back $720

Warner Bros. has announced a new collection for those who love Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies. This new Limited Edition packages the extended versions of all six films together in a 30-disc set called The Middle-Earth Collection, including art books and disc cases made to look like leather-bound books. Sounds pretty nifty doesn't it?

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Tokyo 2020 Olympics vid pokes good fun at Japan’s gaming, anime culture

Tokyo 2020 Olympics vid pokes good fun at Japan’s gaming, anime culture

As the Rio 2016 Olympics comes to a close, it was time for the baton to be passed to Japan, who will be hosting the next big international competition. And what better way to introduce the world to the new host than to show them just how wacky the Japanese can be. In a good way of course. In its pitch video for the 2020 Olympics, Japan made some lighthearted, tongue in cheek jokes about the countries perceived obsession with gaming and anime. They even got the highest political power in the country to jump in, almost literally.

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Original 1960s Batman TV show cast returns for new animated movie

Original 1960s Batman TV show cast returns for new animated movie

There's been a lot of poorly received Batman releases in the last year, from the disappointing Batman v Superman movie, to the recent animated adaptation of The Killing Joke and its portrayal of violence against women. But just when you think DC has ruined the Batman excellence that was built up with Christopher Nolan's trilogy comes something straight out of left field: a new animated movie with the cast of the original 1960s Batman TV show providing the voices.

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New Frank Ocean album, Blonde, released as an Apple exclusive

New Frank Ocean album, Blonde, released as an Apple exclusive

The hotly-anticipated album by Frank Ocean has finally been released, with Blonde hitting iTunes as an Apple exclusive. The release, Ocean's second studio album after the incredibly well-reviewed Channel ORANGE of 2012, was initially expected to be named Boys Don't Cry.

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