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Amazon adds X-Ray to Fire TV: No more “who’s that guy?”

Amazon adds X-Ray to Fire TV: No more “who’s that guy?”

Based on the principle that there's nothing so frustrating as watching a show and thinking "who is that guy?" Amazon is adding X-Ray to Fire TV. The system, which has been flagging up actors and songs on Amazon Fire tablets for the past few years, will now be pulling up those details on Fire TV's streaming movies and shows, accessed with a stab at the "up" button on the remote, as well as offering easy navigation to the relevant point in the show.

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Amazon outs HDR Prime Instant Video plans for 2015

Amazon outs HDR Prime Instant Video plans for 2015

Amazon has quietly announced plans to add HDR video support to its Prime Instant Video service, with improved picture quality on the cards for later this year. The boost will come with Amazon's own Originals content initially, though the company says that it's working with Hollywood to deliver third-party shows and movies in HDR too. However, while the rollout may be fairly ambitious, not everyone will be able to enjoy it.

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Amazon Prime Music Stations finally make it to Android

Amazon Prime Music Stations finally make it to Android

Amazon Prime Music Stations have finally made it to Android, with the ad-free streaming service now compatible with regular phones and tablets running Google's OS. Amazon's rough equivalent of Pandora, Prime Music Stations kick off with an initial genre or artist as the "seed", and then automatically curate a playlist to match. Until now, though, Android has been the odd one out from the main platforms, with Prime Stations already offered across web and desktop on Mac and PC, on iOS, and on Amazon's own Android-forked Fire HD and HDX tablets.

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David Lynch exits new Twin Peaks project over money

David Lynch exits new Twin Peaks project over money

Director David Lynch has dropped out of the much-anticipated Twin Peaks revival, parting ways with the Showtime project after arguments over money. Rather than being a case of the high-profile director demanding a bigger fee, the issue is one of how much the new Twin Peaks should cost, with disagreements said to be around the overall budget. However, while initial reports suggested that Showtime had axed the new season of the show altogether as a result, Lynch says that may not in fact be the case.

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Hulu grabs CSI streaming exclusive (sorry, Netflix)

Hulu grabs CSI streaming exclusive (sorry, Netflix)

The on-demand content grab continues, with Hulu announcing it'll be the only place to go if you're a CSI: Crime Scene Investigation fan thanks to an exclusive licensing deal. Notable for being the first time any of the CSI shows have been offered through a subscription video-on-demand service, the agreement - described as "multi-year" though with nothing more specific than that - will see over 300 existing episodes offered for binge-watching, in addition to making Hulu the place for new episodes as CBS airs them. That includes CSI: Cyber, the newest addition to the franchise which is about to debut.

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Amazon gives “The Man in the High Castle” full season go-ahead

Amazon gives “The Man in the High Castle” full season go-ahead

Amazon has given the go-ahead for a full season of The Man in the High Castle, with the first episode of the Philip K. Dick story being Prime Instant Video's most popular pilot so far. The pilot trial has several other winners, too, with a total of five shows being tested through the on-demand service and finding favor among viewers. It's no small project, either, with contributions from such established names as Ridley Scott, Shawn Ryan, and Frank Spotnitz all involved.

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Modern Family “Connection Lost” iPhone episode behind-the-scenes

Modern Family “Connection Lost” iPhone episode behind-the-scenes

What defines the Modern Family? If it's ABC's popular sitcom of the same name, then that's a question spanning six seasons, and now adding Apple to its roster of same-sex and inter-generational marriage, awkward siblings, and cross-cultural differences. For upcoming episode "Connection Lost," however, the challenge got even greater: shot almost entirely on iPhone 6 in just two days, processed on a Mac Pro, and taking place entirely on the desktop of OS X Yosemite. I headed to 20th Century Fox studios in LA to preview what co-author and director Steve Levitan describes as "the most labor-intensive episode" that the Modern Family team has ever attempted.

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Sling TV hits Amazon Fire TV as Appstore swells 5x

Sling TV hits Amazon Fire TV as Appstore swells 5x

Sling TV has arrived on arrived on Amazon's Fire TV and Fire TV Stick set-top boxes, with the streaming service targeting cord cutters arriving alongside a number of formally PC/console-only games as Amazon strengthens its living room play. Launched last month, Sling TV costs $20 a month and offers a variety of sports and entertainment channels like ESPN. Opening up to general subscribers earlier this month, Sling TV may not need a full cable subscription, but it does need some sort of streaming device to run on, and Amazon is hoping a limited time deal for a freebie Fire TV stick will help make their dongle the one people opt for.

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Qualcomm’s Chromecast-killer is the dongle your TV wants

Qualcomm’s Chromecast-killer is the dongle your TV wants

The competition for a place in one of your TV's HDMI ports looks set to get fiercer, with Qualcomm showing off its take on the streaming adapter, a Snapdragon-based mini Android computer smaller than a box of matches. Dubbed the Qualcomm 4K Streaming Adapter, the bright red box - currently a working reference design - squeezes what's effectively a full Android smartphone, albeit without the touchscreen and battery, into a plug-and-play dongle for your home entertainment needs. While we've seen streaming sticks before, what we haven't seen is such a comprehensive range of wireless options: everything from the latest WiFi, though to LTE Broadcast support, and more.

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