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The Simpsons to no longer see Blu-ray, DVD releases

The Simpsons to no longer see Blu-ray, DVD releases

If you've been a collector of the DVD sets of The Simpsons for the last few years, you're going to have some empty shelf space after the season 17 box. Revealed via a Twitter post from the series' showrunner Al Jean, Fox Home Entertainment has decided to stop releasing individual seasons on DVD and Blu-ray. While Jean and the show's other creators expressed disappointment in the change, Fox says the decision was based on the need to move away from physical formats and focus on digital.

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Next Apple TV rumored to be missing 4K video performance

Next Apple TV rumored to be missing 4K video performance

A new incarnation of Apple TV will be revealed later this year, and the rumors are in: it will be lacking 4K video support. Apple is usually viewed as an early adopter of new, futuristic technology. So, why isn't it clamoring to be the one of the first set-top boxes for the cable-cutting crowd to offer 4K video capability, especially if the A8 chip running the latest generation of iPhones is reputed to be capable of 4K?

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Roku tipped to release two revised streaming boxes in April

Roku tipped to release two revised streaming boxes in April

It appears streaming video hardware maker Roku is close to releasing two new models, if a recent FCC filing is to be believed, that is. Fans shouldn't get their hopes up too high, however, as it appears these boxes are to be slight revisions of the existing Roku 2 and Roku 3 models. Other evidence is pointing towards a mid-April release, which means this is most likely a response to the Apple TV recently dropping to $69.

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Check out YouTube’s Ultra HD 4K video experiments at 60 FPS

Check out YouTube’s Ultra HD 4K video experiments at 60 FPS

Super-smooth video is coming to YouTube in the form of 4K 60 FPS video. YouTube is gearing up to be a competitor for Twitch TV, so it needs to be able to replay gameplay clips at the same amazing level of graphics as the actual games. 4K display is becoming the new standard for ultra-real VR headsets like Oculus, and we've seen 4K 60 FPS on the newest generation consoles like the XboxOne and PS4. Unless your device has the capability to run 60 FPS video at a 3840x2160 resolution, you are not going to see these clips in all of their Ultra HD glory.

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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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YouTube beta feature allows viewing from multiple angles

YouTube beta feature allows viewing from multiple angles

YouTube is rolling out a new experiment today, allowing you to see videos from multiple angles. The feature, in beta of course, brings in multiple camera angles you can cycle through as the video is playing. There’s currently only one video that is known to have this multi-angle feature, which of course would need to be shot with multiple cameras from different perspectives. The goal seems to be aimed at encouraging creators to upload to YouTube, but it could have a more social aspect, too.

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YouTube matures, uses HTML5 video by default

YouTube matures, uses HTML5 video by default

Further driving the obsolescence of technology like Flash, Google is announcing that YouTube will default to using HTML5 video by default, at least on the most recent versions of major browsers. While it might take some time before the web is truly rid of Flash, it is a brave move forward especially for a service that is absolutely reliant on the smooth and flawless delivery of multimedia content. It also shows how much the web has grown up to replace the benefits once provided only by the likes of Flash.

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HTC Re adds YouTube live streaming

HTC Re adds YouTube live streaming

HTC's periscope-shaped Re is getting a firmware update, adding YouTube live streaming to turn the camera curiosity into a mobile broadcast tool. The software - which will be pushed out initially through the Google Play store - updates the Re companion app which runs on the paired smartphone. HTC is envisioning the enhanced camera as being used to beam performances and school plays to distant grandparents, or to make friends green with envy by showing them your scuba diving.

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VR TV Episodes headed to Samsung Milk VR

VR TV Episodes headed to Samsung  Milk VR

Tim Baxter walked onstage today at Samsung's CES 2015 presentation to suggest they'd be bringing another year of full coverage for smart devices for all areas of your life. Live Smarter, said Baxter, with Samsung TVs, working with Curved UHD TV, 800 Retail Experience Zones, and massive amounts of content. Samsung, he said, has 60% of the UHD market share in the United States. Half of their UDH TV sales are curved TVs, he said, and "this is what market leaders do" - working in the UHD market where market growth was projected at 4x through the year 2015 - according to Samsung, that is.

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Netflix offline ‘never going to happen’ says exec

Netflix offline ‘never going to happen’ says exec

Netflix is available on just about every device you might have, but it’s not available anywhere you go. The streaming service still needs a solid signal, and if you’re trying to stream over cellular, that’s sometimes an issue. Offline playback seems a solid workaround to such connectivity woes, but that’s not really Netflix’s problem, is it? Netflix Director of Corporate Communications and Technology, Cliff Edwards, said offline playback is “never going to happen”, and that providing the feature is a “short term fix for a bigger problem”.

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