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Netflix inks documentary deal with Leonardo DiCaprio

Netflix inks documentary deal with Leonardo DiCaprio

Netflix is continuing to add to its slew of original content. Netflix announced a new deal with Leonardo DiCaprio to exclusively air his future documentary projects. This is not Netflix first venture with DiCaprio. Leonardo DiCaprio was the executive producer on his previous collaborations with Netflix, Virunga. Leonardo DiCaprio executive produced the Netflix collaboration Virunga, which is a documentary about protecting a group of endangered gorillas in the midst of the bloody Congo civil war. Netflix and DiCaprio's future offerings will likely play along the same themes of environment and conservation.

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Report: HBO’s streaming service coming in April, Apple may be partner

Report: HBO’s streaming service coming in April, Apple may be partner

HBO is getting into streaming, that much we already knew. The company already announced they’d be ditching the need for cable, and offer a streaming-only option for cord cutters. We also knew it was tentatively set for debut alongside season five of Game of Thrones. Now, we’re getting word HBO is planning to call this service HBO Now, with the service again said to launch in time for Game of Thrones. We’re also hearing HBO is entertaining the idea of launch partners, most notably Apple.

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Sling TV has AMC, IFC, new add-on bundle live

Sling TV has AMC, IFC, new add-on bundle live

Sling TV is already the best choice for cord cutters who still want a taste of actual, live television. Today, Sling TV is getting a bit better with the addition of more channels, some of which are being added to the basic package. The $20/month basic channel package will now have AMC and IFC, bringing the total to 16 live TV channels for Sling’s base offering. Sling TV is also rolling out a new add-on package called “Hollywood Extra”.

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Livestream unveils Broadcaster Mini, brings streaming to all

Livestream unveils Broadcaster Mini, brings streaming to all

A live feed of events is something we often take for granted. For major TV or film studios, it’s not so hard to do. They’ve got the equipment and know-how. You and I, on the other hand, probably aren’t so savvy, but still might want to go live. Livestream, who have been pioneering the consumer streaming effort for years,have introduced a smaller version of their hardware called the Livestream Broadcaster Mini. It attaches to just about any camera, and streams live with the push of a button.

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Chromecast support (finally) comes to Vimeo on iOS

Chromecast support (finally) comes to Vimeo on iOS

Consuming video on your mobile device is awesome, but sometimes you want more. Some videos just need to be seen on the bigger screen. If you happen to be on the couch, the TV might appear to be mocking you with it’s big display, which is just meant for video. Today, Vimeo is announcing they’re about to bridge that gap for iOS users. Via an update to their app, available for iPhone and iPad, Vimeo viewers will now be able to Chromecast their favorite videos!

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Netflix announces new CGI Inspector Gadget and more kids programming

Netflix announces new CGI Inspector Gadget and more kids programming

Adult children of the 1980's rejoice. Inspector Gadget is back in March 2015! Netflix has announced their new children's programming lineup. It is adding five new shows including remakes and original content to their latest kids programming announcement. Gadget won't be back in is faded, flat color scheme as you remember him. This is a CGI Inspector Gadget series. Netflix is also creating a remake of the British spy cartoon Dangermouse. Also new to Netflix are the shows Bottersnikes and Gumbles, Super 4, and Some Assembly Required.

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Google now lets you store 50,000 tracks in Play music

Google now lets you store 50,000 tracks in Play music

If you uploaded music to Play Music, but ran through the 20,000 song limit pretty quickly, we’ve got great news. Today, Google has upped the ante on Play Music’s song upload limit. Now, you can upload up to 50,000 tracks to Play Music, so music buffs (and former iTunes users) can now upload a much larger library. Best of all, this storage option costs you nothing — it’s 100% free, and doesn’t count against Drive or other Google-y cloud storage, like Gmail.

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Apple hiring for iTunes, could be for over-the-top streaming service

Apple hiring for iTunes, could be for over-the-top streaming service

While nothing is confirmed or known beyond some strong rumors, Apple’s streaming music service is probably incoming. Though late to the game, Apple still sits on the iTunes library, which is the most attractive ‘get’ for streaming fans. Their Beats acquisition gave an early signal on Apple’s intent, as it was the most glamorous acquihire by any tech company, ever. Now, a new job posting has us scratching our heads again, as Apple is searching for an editor with strong connections to the music industry.

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New House of Cards teaser leaves us hungry for more

New House of Cards teaser leaves us hungry for more

House of Cards is characteristic of change; most notably in how we watch television. The series gave way to binge watching, where all episodes were simply dumped online, ready for our streaming wants. Seasons one and two got Frank and Claire Underwood to the White House via various methods of chicanery, and has brought them to the brink. With season three teasers, we’ve already seen a strained relationship between the two, and the latest installment gives us a bit more insight to the growing divide in (fake) Washington D.C.

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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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