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Sesame Street gets “exclusive” with HBO

Sesame Street gets “exclusive” with HBO

Sesame Street is about to break standards for television shows that've been on for 45 seasons. Not that a lot of shows have been on for that long, of course. But here the Sesame Street show is prepared not to go off and fade away, but to grow. Signing a deal with HBO, Sesame Workshop has promised five seasons to HBO with "almost twice as much new content as previous seasons." This content will be "exclusive" to HBO for nine months after each episode is aired, after which PBS will be allowed to show reruns for free.

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HBO announces Westworld, its new sci-fi western drama

HBO announces Westworld, its new sci-fi western drama

While Sunday night saw the season two finale of the crime drama True Detective, HBO also used the time slot to announce Westworld, a new show set to debut in 2016. There was a 30-second teaser shown as well, giving off the impression the show will be a western, however there are also heavy sci-fi elements as well. Westworld will feature hour-long episodes, and is based on the 1973 movie of the same name by Michael Crichton.

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HBO Now adds Chromecast support on iOS & Android

HBO Now adds Chromecast support on iOS & Android

Good news today for Google Chromecast owners that have been craving their favorite HBO shows: the HBO Now service has added support for streaming to the TV dongle. The new feature comes via app updates for both iOS and Android versions of HBO Now, which are already available on their respective app marketplaces. HBO Now was first launched on iOS devices including the iPhone and iPad earlier this year, and quickly gained popularity, followed by its arrival on Android only a few weeks ago.

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True Detective season 2’s finale boosted to 90 minutes

True Detective season 2’s finale boosted to 90 minutes

In what what seems to be a quickly growing trend among television shows, the True Detective season 2 finale has been extended to 90 minutes in length, making it as long as some theatrical movies. This will give the network extra time to flesh out the finale and wrap things up both neatly and in a satisfactory manner -- not to mention it gives fans a little extra fix upon the season's end. The upcoming finale episode will be airing on August 9. Teaser after the jump!

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Game of Thrones S5 downloads arrive early on August 31

Game of Thrones S5 downloads arrive early on August 31

Game of Thrones stands chief among all shows, at least when you look at how many people are pirating it. That piracy was aided by early leaks of season 5 episodes, and all in all HBO is scrambling to squeeze some pocket change from those Internet rebels. As such, it isn’t surprising HBO has decided to launch the digital downloads for season 5 before it releases the Blu-ray and DVD versions (though the network probably won’t cry if you pre-order them anyway). Downloads start next month.

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Verizon will offer HBO Now through its Go90 streaming service

Verizon will offer HBO Now through its Go90 streaming service

Verizon and HBO announced a new deal today under which the wireless carrier will offer HBO Now (which doesn't require cable credentials, unlike HBO Go) on its own digital platform. Under this agreement, Verizon has been given the thumbs up to distribute HBO Now to its own users, and it’ll be doing so, in part, through its own video streaming service Go90. We’ve previously heard talk about Go90, though the name has only just now been announced. The service will be launching some time this summer if all goes as planned.

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HBO NOW on Android, coming to Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast soon

HBO NOW on Android, coming to Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast soon

This morning HBO updated their HBO NOW app to work on a wider variety of devices, including most modern Android devices. This widens the number of devices the app works on by a whole lot. Previously only working on Apple devices, this HBO content app now works in Apple TV, iPhone, iPad, Android Tablets, Android smartphones, and the Amazon Fire Tablet lineup. HBO also suggested that they'll be bringing the app to Amazon Fire TV soon alongside a version for Amazon Fire TV Stick and Google's Chromecast.

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Confirmed: HBO NOW is coming to Android and Chromecast

Confirmed: HBO NOW is coming to Android and Chromecast

It's the news Game of Thrones fans have been desperate to hear: HBO NOW is coming to Android and Chromecast. The streaming system, which has already been making waves over on Apple TV, a way for cord-cutters to subscribe just to HBO's content without having to get a full cable subscription. Meanwhile, with support for both Android and Chromecast, you'll be able to take that HBO NOW subscription on the move rather than be locked to your lounge.

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HBO’s Game of Thrones continues to smash piracy records

HBO’s Game of Thrones continues to smash piracy records

HBO seems to have one of the best problems that a television network could have. Their mega hit Game of Thrones continues to break internet piracy records, and the show gets more viewers from illicit methods than many other TV shows get legitimately. It must be some form of a compliment when fans of the show who don't have HBO will do anything they can to catch the latest episode. And in fact it's the latest episode that once has once again set a new piracy record.

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New True Detective season 2 trailer teases depths of depravity

New True Detective season 2 trailer teases depths of depravity

When we got our first glimpse at season two of True Detective, it offered a moody, tense glimpse into who we’d see struggling between right and wrong on-screen. For fans, it was also confirmation that the teasers laid out ahead of the teaser were at least mainly accurate. Now, we’re getting a second look at the second season, and can glean a bit more about the narrative. Still moody, still tense, and still edgy from the first scene, we now know there are also dead bodies.

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True Detective season 2 will offer up ‘uncanny reality’

True Detective season 2 will offer up ‘uncanny reality’

With HBO’s True Detective, we know very little until we know it all. The show and its creators have done a marvelous job of shrouding the show in mystery, seeding tidbits of info as they wish. Season one of the show was wrought with occult mysticism and dangerously taboo storylines. Season two won’t have such narratives, but it promises to be intriguing nonetheless. A recent teaser for season two of True Detective gave us a look at the actors involved, and now we know more about what they won’t be up to.

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HBO’s ‘Silicon Valley’ inspires real compression algorithm Piper Pied

HBO’s ‘Silicon Valley’ inspires real compression algorithm Piper Pied

In the HBO comedy Silicon Valley, Richard and his team, Pied Piper, accidentally create a lossless compression algorithm, whipping all of the big tech companies of the fictional world into a frenzy over the potential in the inadvertent discovery. Today, at the Disrupt New York Hackathon, a team of siblings, Nancy Ghaly and Peter Ma debuted their own lossless compression algorithm. Taking inspiration from the HBO series, the duo named it Piper Pied. The real-life Piper Pied is a compression algorithm that identifies people's faces and compresses the data around them.

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