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Netflix and Sony TV team on exclusive show from Damages creators in 2014

Netflix and Sony TV team on exclusive show from Damages creators in 2014

Sony has become the first major studio to jump in bed with Netflix, announcing that its Sony Pictures Television arm will produce a psychological thriller for the streaming provider in 2014. The show, which will be created by the team behind award-winning FX drama Damages, is currently unnamed but will be premiered on Netflix, the WSJ reports, in all locations where the company offers its on-demand service.

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Sonos PLAY:1 Review

Sonos PLAY:1 Review

Once upon a time, Sonos was a tough sell. Whole-house streaming audio had its appeal, certainly, but it was also expensive. The wireless audio market has come on strong since the first Sonos all-in-one speaker, the PLAY:5, in 2009 though, and with Apple's AirPlay, not to mention various WiFi and Bluetooth models from rivals, it's time for a new entry-level option, the Sonos PLAY:1. At $199.99 apiece it's Sonos' most affordable speaker yet, billed as not only the ideal accessory for smaller rooms, but well-suited to act as the rear surround pair to the PLAYBAR. Competition is strong, though, so does the PLAY:1 do enough to keep Sonos ahead of the pack? Read on for the full SlashGear review.

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Sonos PLAY:1 official: Streaming speaker happy by the bath

Sonos PLAY:1 official: Streaming speaker happy by the bath

Sonos new baby, the PLAY:1, for its wireless streaming range doesn't come as a great surprise - we showed you exactly what it looks like last week - but the $199.99 bathroom-friendly speaker is certainly welcome. On sale from today, the $200 entry-level option to Sonos whole-home audio range serves a few roles in the line-up: a more affordable model for smaller rooms and first-time buyers; a cheaper way to set up a stereo pair; and as the perfect rear surround speaker accompaniment to the Sonos PLAYBAR we reviewed in March.

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HBO Needs to Be the Next Netflix

HBO Needs to Be the Next Netflix

Netflix and HBO don’t like each other. Well, at least HBO doesn’t seem to like Netflix. And Netflix? Well, it would love to have HBO content on its streaming service, but it’s not fond of the fact that HBO has no desire to do so. In fact, HBO has clearly drawn a line between its service and Netflix.

HBO reasons that such a move makes sense. After all, the company has been successful at offering cable-subscription services for years and with new, original programming to offer like True Blood, Game of Thrones, and The Newsroom, it’s obviously seeing an opportunity to expand its presence in the entertainment world and achieve something far more grand.

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Aereo faces Supreme Court as broadcasters wheel out big guns

Aereo faces Supreme Court as broadcasters wheel out big guns

Aereo may have to convince the US Supreme Court that it does not violate TV broadcaster copyright, with Fox, NBCUniversal, and others petitioning to have the case reviewed with a matter of urgency. According to the TV companies, which also include Disney's ABC and CBS, different rulings on Aereo's OTA-to-internet business model are leading to mixed messages across the US, CNET reports, and harming the television industry in the process.

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Aereo avoids Hearst injunction in online streaming saga

Aereo avoids Hearst injunction in online streaming saga

Aereo has scored another win against the traditional cable companies, avoiding a preliminary injunction Hearst had been chasing after the judge deemed the initial evidence wasn't strong enough to justify it. "Hearst has not demonstrated a sufficient likelihood of success on the merits nor the requisite irreparable harm and therefore it is not entitled to that 'extraordinary and drastic remedy.'" federal judge Nathaniel M. Gorton of the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts ruled today.

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Bose SoundTouch takes on Sonos in whole-home streaming

Bose SoundTouch takes on Sonos in whole-home streaming

Bose has launched a whole-home streaming music system to take on Sonos, Bose SoundTouch, pushing locally-stored and internet music to multiple speakers over a WiFi connection. The three speakers in the new streaming range - the SoundTouch 30, the SoundTouch 20, and the SoundTouch Portable which is the only model with an integrated battery - aim to make finding favorite stations more straightforward with six preset buttons on each unit. Once set up, the presets are synchronized across every speaker in the network, with the source shown on an OLED display on the front.

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Sonos PLAY:1 leaks in full

Sonos PLAY:1 leaks in full

Sonos's entry-level Play:1 speaker surprise was spoiled by Target, and now we can see what's going on inside the box, too. Target isn't processing any sales until October 13th, but SlashGear reader Steve managed to pick up a Play:1 ahead of time through eBay, and has shared some photos of the $199.99 streaming speaker with us. Check out more pictures - including comparisons with the Play:3 - after the cut.

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Breaking Bad producers turned down $75m mobile mini-episode deal

Breaking Bad producers turned down $75m mobile mini-episode deal

DreamWorks Animation offered $75m for three more Breaking Bad episodes that would have been delivered in six-minute downloadable mobile chunks, studio boss Jeffrey Katzenberg has revealed, with the rejected offer part of the outspoken exec's attempt to evolve media content to suit smartphone and tablet consumption. "My idea was literally that you'd pay 50 cents a day for 30 days," the CEO told The Guardian, "so it would be $15, and I actualyl think there are 10m people around the world that would have done that."

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Twitter TV: “See It” button launches Comcast TV from tweets

Twitter TV: “See It” button launches Comcast TV from tweets

Twitter and Comcast have inked a deal that will add a "See It" button to Xfinity TV, allowing live or DVR access to new TV show and movie content mentioned on Twitter right on the TV in their living room. The new button will show up for Comcast Xfinity TV subscribers around NBCUniversal content, and when pressed will offer the choice of watching the show there and then if it's currently playing, starting On Demand playback, or setting a DVR recording for an upcoming screening.

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