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Amazon inks HBO deal for Prime Instant Video and Fire TV app

Amazon inks HBO deal for Prime Instant Video and Fire TV app

Amazon has inked a deal with HBO which will see Fire TV gain an HBO GO app, and Prime Instant Video the home for select back-catalog access to shows like The Wire, True Blood, and The Sopranos, as well as new content in the future. The agreement, which Amazon - sparing no hyperbole - is describing as "unprecedented", is the first time HBO has licensed out its content to an online streaming service, and comes only days after Netflix announced it would be putting up its rates to offset the increased cost of bolstering the shows it offers.

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Roku YouTube channel officially added

Roku YouTube channel officially added

Roku has added YouTube access to all of its current-gen set-top boxes, with the new YouTube channel working any any Roku launched after July 2011. The much-demanded streaming support will mean that users can finally retire the unofficial YouTube channels they've been forced to turn to in order to get Google's service on their TV.

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Netflix hiking price of streaming

Netflix hiking price of streaming

Netflix has revealed plans to put up its prices, though the increase in fees will initially only affect new subscribers rather than those already using the streaming service. The confirmation of more expensive access came as part of Netflix's Q1 2014 financial results, in which it also announced plans to increase support for TiVo boxes and Amazon's Fire TV.

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Netflix outs Orange is the New Black season two trailer

Netflix outs Orange is the New Black season two trailer

The latest trailer for hit Netflix TV series Orange is the New Black is out, ahead of the show returning for its second season in a few months time. One of Netflix's home-grown creations, Orange is the New Black season two sees the return of Taylor Schilling, Jason Biggs, Kate Mugrew, and others from the first season, as well as adding new cast members like Lorraine Toussaint.

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Sonos finally embraces WiFi as Bridge sidelined

Sonos finally embraces WiFi as Bridge sidelined

Sonos plans to do away with its wired network requirement, retiring the Sonos Bridge for most users by finally connecting to a music listener's WiFi instead. So far, Sonos has always demanded at least one wired ethernet connection, for a single speaker or Bridge, after which it creates its own proprietary mesh network between the rest of the speakers. Soon, though, that will all change.

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Amazon reveals new Instant Video pilots for 2014

Amazon reveals new Instant Video pilots for 2014

After the launch of the Fire TV, Amazon is ramping up on its content drive with two new pilots, including a dramatic comedy The Cosmopolitans, and a drama called Hand of God. The new shows, expected to arrive later in 2014 as part of Amazon Instant Video, feature casts including Adam Brody, Chloe Sevigny, Ron Perlman, and Dana Delany.

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