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Netflix and Comcast ink deal to stop streaming headache

Netflix and Comcast ink deal to stop streaming headache

Netflix will pay Comcast for speedy access to the cable company's customers, it's been revealed, with a long-term deal to settle the sluggish streaming many had complained of, but which some argue could set a dangerous precedent. The streaming media company had been at loggerheads with the ISP for some months, but Comcast refused to join the Open Connect content delivery system Netflix is pushing, describing it as "seeking unprecedented preferential treatment" and discriminating against customers.

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Amazon streamer and Spring Apple TV tipped in Best Buy leak

Amazon streamer and Spring Apple TV tipped in Best Buy leak

Amazon's widely-anticipated set-top box and what could be a refreshed Apple TV have been tipped for a spring launch according to a leaked Best Buy document, amid speculation of a sizable push by electronics firms to cater to cord-cutters. The planogram, said to be for Best Buy's May shelf reset and passed to Zatz Not Funny!, compares the new Amazon streamer with Google's Chromecast, along with what appears to be an updated Apple TV.

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Amazon set-top box tipped for March release

Amazon set-top box tipped for March release

Amazon's much-rumored set-top box, which would challenge Apple TV, Roku, and Chromecast among others, is targeting a March launch, new rumors suggest, after the retailer ditched plans to have the media streamer on its virtual shelves in time for the 2013 holidays. The box - believed at different times to be codenamed "Cinnamon" and potentially launch under the brand name "Firetube" - would leverage Amazon's existing Prime on-demand media catalog, and more.

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LG slashes curved OLED to drive display tech

LG slashes curved OLED to drive display tech

LG is aiming to give curved OLED TVs a serious push into the living room, slashing the price of its first set as it tries to "significantly grow" demand for OLED in 2014. The LG 55EA9800, a 55-inch curved OLED Full HD TV, was announced back at CES 2013 and went on sale in the US in April last year, though at the fairly off-putting price of $14,999.95. Now, less than a year later, LG has trimmed that down by more than half.

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Beep sees ex-Googlers take on Sonos with sleek streamer

Beep sees ex-Googlers take on Sonos with sleek streamer

A team of former Google employees are taking on Sonos with a new music streamer, aiming to do for whole-home media playback what Google's own Chromecast did for easy video access. Beep is up for preorder now, a stylized volume knob that's actually a touch-sensitive control, and which funnels music over your WiFi network to whichever speakers you plug in. Then, using Beep's control apps for iOS and Android, users can pipe audio from Pandora and their phone or tablet.

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Synology adding Chromecast streaming to NAS boxes

Synology adding Chromecast streaming to NAS boxes

Synology is adding Google Chromecast support to its range of network-attached drives, allowing photo, audio, and video saved on the shared storage to be streamed to a TV. The feature, freshly enabled in the DSM 5.0 beta, will turn a phone or tablet into a remote control for playback of content stored on a Synology DiskStation, though right now the NAS company is still waiting on Google for the final go-ahead.

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