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Comcast launches Xfinity in UHD for Samsung 2014 models

Comcast launches Xfinity in UHD for Samsung 2014 models

When UHD TVs started appearing at tech events this year, one of the biggest criticisms of the new trend is that while hardware is definitely capable and tempting, there is a lack of content that takes advantage of the considerably higher pixel count. In short, there is still a lack of UHD content for these UHD TVs. Seeking to fill in that gap, Comcast has just launched a new app called Xfinity in UHD, designed to bring in UHD content for 2014 Samsung UHD TVs.

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Pandora brings back annual billing

Pandora brings back annual billing

Back in March, Pandora decided to alter their pricing scheme a bit, boosting the price on their monthly plans by about $1/month. They also discarded their annual subscription, though it wasn’t clear why. The annual billing was just a one-time fee, and didn’t really give subscribers and sort of discount. In the face of public outcry, Pandora has brought the annual subscription option back. It’s still as much as you’d pay with monthly fees, but saves you from seeing it as a recurring charge.

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Dish brings Netflix to their Hopper DVR

Dish brings Netflix to their Hopper DVR

Dish subscribers can now watch Netflix, all without having to bring in a second box. Both companies announced today that Netflix will make a home on Dish’s second-generation Hopper DVR, leading Dish to claim they’re the first major US pay-TV provider to offer Netflix. Dish also says the Netflix interface you might enjoy elsewhere will continue on inside Hopper, making a cross-platform existence a bit more palatable. Dish also says they will be rolling Netflix out to their other hardware in the coming months.

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Vessel arrives to poach YouTube stars for subscription service

Vessel arrives to poach YouTube stars for subscription service

You probably haven’t heard of Vessel, but soon it will likely become part of your daily vernacular. The startup video service is trying to bring some of the more prominent YouTube creators under their banner, which offers up both free and paid subscriptions. The free service offers up videos from entities like Funny Or Die, while the paid model brings in homegrown viral stars. The paid service also delivers videos a full week before you’ll see them anywhere else, with an attractive, incentivized model for viral video stars.

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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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Microsoft said to be working on “Arcadia” game , app streaming

Microsoft said to be working on “Arcadia” game , app streaming

Prophesied by pundits long ago, game streaming, and consequently game rentals, might be the way we consume and play interactive entertainment in the future. Sony is already doing it with PlayStation Now. NVIDIA has just jumped in with GRID. And now it seems that Microsoft is actively developing something similar, codenamed "Arcadia". That said, this streaming technology might go beyond simply streaming games and could be Microsoft's way to keep Android users from completely ignoring its Windows operating system.

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Comcast finally allows HBO GO on Roku

Comcast finally allows HBO GO on Roku

If you’ve got Comcast and a Roku, you might know the pain I’m about to describe. You find HBO GO via the Roku channel list, start to set it up, and suddenly — bam! If Comcast is your cable provider, that’s where it ended. You could find HBO programs via On Demand or the app, but that wasn’t quite as handy as your Roku. Those days are over. Comcast has announced they will be supporting Roku for HBO GO and SHOWTIME ANYTIME.

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SoundCloud introduces ‘Collection’, a customizable landing page

SoundCloud introduces ‘Collection’, a customizable landing page

In amove designed to engage users and become more contextual, SoundCloud is rolling out ‘Collection’. The new feature will make a home right on your SoundCloud landing page, and allow you to build your own list of tracks and get the latest from your “favorite creators”. Your favorite tracks will play int he order they’re listed, or you can choose to shuffle them for a random play. On a positive note, SoundCloud Collection will make it easier to find and save music you really like.

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Leak: MPAA calls Google ‘childish’, blames them for piracy

Leak: MPAA calls Google ‘childish’, blames them for piracy

Pirated content is a hotly debated topic, but the stance from film production houses is pretty clear: they’re not into it. Piracy has it’s proponents (mostly consumers who just want free stuff), but the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) isn’t one of them. With the hack on Sony, we now see just how vehemently opposed they really are. Emails traded between the MPAA and various studio bosses reveal a common enemy in Goliath, which is believed to be Google. They even accuse Google of being “childish”.

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Chromecast update brings new look, easier casting

Chromecast update brings new look, easier casting

Chromecast has been updated for Android today, and rolls in a fresh new look and some exciting new functionality. Visually, Chromecast app owners will get that good, good Material Design makeover. Though there isn’t much to the Chromecast app as-is, the visual punch comes just in time; Android Lollipop and Material Design are rolling out to handsets now, and will be coming to more soon enough. Using the app isn’t just pretty, though — it’s easier, as friends no longer have to join your WiFi to share to your Chromecast.

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