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Samsung Smart Media Player adds on-demand to dumb TVs

Samsung Smart Media Player adds on-demand to dumb TVs

Samsung has revealed a new set-top streaming box for adding Netflix, YouTube, and Amazon Instant Video to TVs that don't have internet features baked in. The Samsung Smart Media Player (GX-SM530CF) pulls over 100 of the apps Samsung usually includes in its smart TV line-up, but pipes them through to any TV with an HDMI port. There's also support for an optional CableCARD for adding local cable channels too.

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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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Nokia Netflix bundle in Lumia 1020 promo [Update: confirmed plus 925 & 625]

Nokia Netflix bundle in Lumia 1020 promo [Update: confirmed plus 925 & 625]

Nokia will bundle Netflix streaming video access with new purchases of the Lumia 1020 on select carriers, it's reported, with the media subscription aiming to sweeten the deal in the competitive UK market over the holiday period. Purchases of the 41-megapixel Windows Phone on carrier Vodafone UK will get a year's use of Netflix bundled, the Financial Times [registration required] reports, while at least one retailer, Phones4U, is offering six months of Netflix on a range of Lumia handsets.

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Netflix and US cable companies finally talk set-top app integration

Netflix and US cable companies finally talk set-top app integration

US cable companies may finally be warming up to the idea of letting Netflix establish an app presence on set-top boxes, reports the Wall Street Journal. As we reported two weeks ago, no cable company had come remotely close to embracing Netflix's long-standing advances, but it looks like Comcast Corp. and Suddenlink Communications are now negotiating with the popular streaming video service. Still, no deals have been struck yet.

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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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Netflix courts cable companies to give viewers “frictionless” access

Netflix courts cable companies to give viewers “frictionless” access

Netflix last week publicly reaffirmed its steadfast desire to partner with U.S. cable companies to bundle streaming Netflix programming as an app in set-top boxes like TiVo, but so far the industry in this country has not embraced Netflix's advances. For cable companies, the streaming video service's 27 million American subscribers represent competition, not a new market or an opportunity to add value.

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Netflix full HD streaming and AirPlay capability hit iPhone and iPad

Netflix full HD streaming and AirPlay capability hit iPhone and iPad

Netflix is one of the most popular video streaming services in the world. A couple of the things that are so appealing about Netflix to many users is that the company is constantly adding new content and has some of its own original shows that are highly appealing. Netflix has announced that it has made some changes and brought new features to users of the iPhone and iPad including full HD video.

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Breaking Bad finale sees record 10.3m viewers

Breaking Bad finale sees record 10.3m viewers

AMC's Breaking Bad finale pulled in 10.3m viewers on Sunday evening, with the five seasons coming to a close with the network's second highest ratings of the year. The show, which followed anti-hero and terminally ill Walter White over the course of sixty-two episodes as he turned to crime in order to provide for his family, saw a 3.7m surge from the penultimate episode, Nielsen says.

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Netflix Super HD goes live for all subscribers

Netflix Super HD goes live for all subscribers

Netflix has enabled Super HD video for all of its streaming subscribers, having trialled the low-compression system earlier this year in an ISP-dependent test run. Then, Netflix only offered the service - which is 1080p Full HD, but using less compression for better quality visuals - to those viewers using an ISP with a direct connection to the company's own servers. Now, however, it has lifted that limitation.

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