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Verizon’s FIOS “Skinny Bundle” vs the competition (basically)

Verizon’s FIOS “Skinny Bundle” vs the competition (basically)

So Verizon is launching a new TV service that allows you to pick just a few channels instead of several hundred. So what? How does that compare to the rest of the TV services on the market today? What we're doing here is taking a run down the networks that offer similar services - the few that do - to show you what the real skinny is. Verizon's so-called "skinny bundle" is supposed to launch on the 19th of April - that's just a few days away. Before then, have a look at this.

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DISH adds Netflix and Vevo to Hopper DVR, Joey

DISH adds Netflix and Vevo to Hopper DVR, Joey

This week the folks at DISH Network have added Netflix multi-room functionality for their Joey-using clients. In addition to extending the abilities of Netflix, DISH is bringing Vevo - for music videos - to the Hopper DVR experience. DISH suggests that the addition of Netflix in this manner to Joey units makes them "the first major U.S. pay-TV provider to offer its customers a whole-home Netflix experience." To be clear, this isn't the first time Netflix has been on the Hopper DVR - it's the first time it's been extended to the Joey system.

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Vizio takes 4K TV down to $600, aiming for middle-class USA

Vizio takes 4K TV down to $600, aiming for middle-class USA

The last time we spoke about "affordable" 4K TVs, Vizio was the brand we were speaking about. That was back in September of 2014, and the word "affordable" was tossed around rather willy-nilly. At $999, a television isn't exactly the sort of equipment the average middle-class citizen is going to be picking up more than once every few years. Fast forward to April 2015 and Vizio's newest stab at the market is a 4K TV with a price just 60% of that which they presented a half a year ago.

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Xbox One live TV arrives with this little stick

Xbox One live TV arrives with this little stick

You wouldn't guess it by the looks of the device, but this little piece of equipment is the official go-to device for Xbox One live TV. Microsoft is promoting this device, the Hauppauge WinTV-955Q, paired with an HDTV antenna, to bring "over-the-air TV" - also known as live TV --live, but not cable TV. This is an official partnership between Xbox and Hauppauge, and soon they'll be releasing an edition of the device called the "Hauppauge TV Tuner for Xbox One" for both the United States and Canada.

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Acer Revo One RL85 Entertainment Center gets slick

Acer Revo One RL85 Entertainment Center gets slick

The Acer Revo One RL85 Entertainment Center is a relatively small computer meant to sit out in the open - up near your television where you can see it. Inside you'll put your movies, your internet-connected video and music, and the ability to sync with devices like your smartphone or tablet. This machine works with HDMI and Mini DisplayPort for dual-display support, and the ability to power 4K2K ultra high-definition monitors as well as 4K televisions - just so long as you've got enough processing power inside.

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AT&T U-Verse with Gigapower launches in Cupertino

AT&T U-Verse with Gigapower launches in Cupertino

AT&T has announced that it has launched a new internet service speed in Cupertino, California. The new service is called U-verse with AT&T Gigapower and it brings internet download speeds of up to 1Gbps to some of the residents and businesses in the area. The new service speed is the fastest internet connectivity in the area according to AT&T.

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You don’t want a TV box, you want a Laptop

You don’t want a TV box, you want a Laptop

Now that Apple is rumored to be releasing a new Apple TV box later this year, citizens of the mobile smart device universe have their respective TV-loving ears perked up once again. Do I need a new Apple TV? Maybe an Amazon Fire TV Stick instead? Perhaps I need to get something like a Roku, or maybe a Chromecast! Or - better yet - I could just use the old laptop that's sitting in, on, or under my desk. The one I replaced years ago, but still works just fine.

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X-Files 2015 guide: catching up with Mulder and Scully

X-Files 2015 guide: catching up with Mulder and Scully

This week it's been confirmed by Fox and the original creator of the X-Files that a new series is about to be made. This new X-Files has tapped the original Agent Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson) and Agent Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) to return for a 6-episode mini-season. For those of you ashamed at having never watched the original series or similarly ashamed that you've forgotten the details, the following miniature guide with gifs is made just for the likes of you.

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X-Files return official for 6 episodes

X-Files return official for 6 episodes

This week the folks at Fox have made official the return of the X-Files TV show. A run of 6 episodes will be airing soon - though the exact release date has been withheld as yet. The production of this series will begin in the Summer of 2015 - very soon. "I think of it as a 13-year commercial break," said creator/executive producer Chris Carter, "The good news is the world has only gotten that much stranger, a perfect time to tell these six stories." Six individual stories, that is to say, not one long-running episode split into six.

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PlayStation Vue: here’s what you need to know

PlayStation Vue: here’s what you need to know

Sony's newest TV-based venture is PlayStation Vue, a system that works specifically on their PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 gaming devices. Now that we're well and away from the launch of the PS4, a device that Sony assured the public was a "gamer-centric" system back in 2013, it's time to get serious about bringing on television services. For the time being, PlayStation Vue - a TV channel service - will be available to Chicago, New York City, and Philadelphia only, though more cities are on the way in the near future.

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Freebox mini 4K brings Android TV international

Freebox mini 4K brings Android TV international

This week the Freebox mini 4K has been revealed with Android TV. This is a device that's not much of a looker on the outside - it's meant to be hidden to the side or below your TV - but inside, a fully-functional 4K TV box resides. This device is the start of something big - it's not ready for the USA yet, but it could be soon. For now you'll be renting this device for 29.99 Euro a month - that includes internet, as well.

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