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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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Chromecast coming to VLC, according to latest changelog

Chromecast coming to VLC, according to latest changelog

If a changelog on Github can be believed (and they typically can), VLC is about to get Chromecast support. That means the app will soon be able to stream your locally stored content to your HDMI port on your TV via Chromecast. While you can already fling locally stored content to Chromecast via apps like Plex, VLC takes it a step further by offering up nearly unlimited support for file types. The streaming app may also be returning to iOS, where the Chromecast functionality should also pop up.

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Sling TV adding EPIX VoD channels to lineup soon

Sling TV adding EPIX VoD channels to lineup soon

Now that Sling is out of its wider beta program and available for all, cord cutters can actually entertain the thought of going with Dish’s TV-but-also-not-TV offering for their content delivery. The over the top Internet TV service starts at $20, which gets you a dozen or so channels, and even brings in live sports content via ESPN. If you want video-on-demand via Sling TV, there are options, but a new one might be a bit more attractive to movie fans. Today, Sling TV is announcing a deal that will bring four new EPIX channels to their lineup.

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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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House of Cards Season 3 out today, 16 days early [UPDATE: Pulled!]

House of Cards Season 3 out today, 16 days early [UPDATE: Pulled!]

The third season of House of Cards was supposed to be released to Netflix on the 27th of February. Today, House of Cards season 3 is out. That means you've got the opportunity to binge-watch the entire season very, very quickly before whoever's in charge finds out that this season has been released 16 days earlier than their press release says it will. It's time for you to go for it right now! Drop everything and run directly out the door - and make sure you don't tell anyone on your way!

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Target ends streaming video service (you didn’t know they had)

Target ends streaming video service (you didn’t know they had)

Believe it or not, Target had a streaming video service for the past 2-years. Did you know about it? Apparently not a lot of people did, as Target has decided to shut the service down. "Target has made the decision," the company said this week "to end the services offered on Target Ticket and will be focusing efforts on other entertainment offerings." This means they'll be bringing more heat to their other, slightly more physical media. Meanwhile those that actually DID know there was a Target streaming video service and actually DID purchase videos through said service will be able to access these videos through CinemaNow.

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Deezer Elite high-def auto hits Sonos international

Deezer Elite high-def auto hits Sonos international

The system known as Deezer - with their service called Deezer Elite - is suggested (by the company) to be the largest global high-definition streaming service. They're coming to Sonos with this service this year internationally, bringing Deezer Elite to the wireless speaker system for several countries around the world - beyond the USA, that is to say. Between now and March 19th, Deezer users will be able to upgrade to Deezer Elite for free. Once March 19th comes along, Deezer Elite will be available to all users at a nominal fee per month, all for the glory of high-definition audio.

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Netflix is coming to Cuba

Netflix is coming to Cuba

Now that their country is dissolving years of sideways feelings with the United States, Cubans are poised to see a flood of new technology and media. There might be no better way to get caught up with movies and TV than on-demand programming, which is exactly how Netflix sees Cubans spending their evening. Starting today, Netflix is available in Cuba, but it won’t be the same Netflix you or I might see. In a statement, Netflix says what’s available in Cuba is ‘curated’.

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Apple TV may follow Sling TV into streaming of live content

Apple TV may follow Sling TV into streaming of live content

Apple TV is a very decent streaming device, and keeps pace with others in its category nicely. The main attraction for iOS users is the ability to AirDrop their screen, making things like mobile gaming come alive on the big screen. Still, media consumption is the main aim for many users, and Apple TV does a nice job of that. A new report suggests Apple may be trying to do what Dish recently accomplished with Sling TV, and offer actual TV packages.

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