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Vizio takes jab at curved TVs with spoof ad

Vizio takes jab at curved TVs with spoof ad

Curved televisions and monitors are the latest trend, but Vizio, at least, isn't happy with them. Simultaneously bashing the technology and dashing any hopes that it would be rolling out its own version, the company has created a cheesy spoof advertisement hawking a pair of "anti-curve" glasses, which look like a VR headset and include a bonus drink holder for those especially lazy days. Of course, the glasses aren't real, but to make up for the time you spent watching, Vizio has nestled a real perk amidst the humor.

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Vizio P-Series 4K TVs to get three new content apps

Vizio P-Series 4K TVs to get three new content apps

Vizio showed off its budget-friendly P-Series 4K Ultra HD televisions at the beginning of the year, and this past September it rolled out pricing and availability for the sets. The P-Series brought with it some smart features that could utilize its ultra high resolution, and now in time for the holiday season the maker has announced an inbound update that will bring more content apps -- with support for UHD -- to the models, including access to Amazon Instant Video and more.

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Hulu strikes deal with FX Productions for exclusive streaming

Hulu strikes deal with FX Productions for exclusive streaming

Hulu has announced a new "landmark" deal with FX Productions that will bring additional television content from FXX and FX to the subscription video streaming service. This is the third content announcement the company has made in nearly as many days, and is perhaps the most substantial of the bunch. The agreement was made with Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution, and under it Hulu says it'll offer the largest FX Networks content selection among subscription VOD services. This is a multi-year deal.

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Virgin’s KipstR wearable records shows when you fall asleep

Virgin’s KipstR wearable records shows when you fall asleep

Virgin has revealed its own wearable, a wristband called KipstR created with the help of two teenagers: Jonathan Kingsley, age 14, and Ryan Oliver, age 15. Rather than tracking fitness, KipstR keeps tabs on whether the user is awake or asleep. If you fall asleep while wearing the device, it will trigger your TiVo to record whatever show you were watching when you fell asleep. The device and collaboration is said to be part of Virgin's 'Switched on Futures' initiative.

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LG webOS 2.0 for Smart TV brings the speed

LG webOS 2.0 for Smart TV brings the speed

LG has made clear their intentions to bring the next generation of TV user interface to the masses with webOS TV 2.0. This system will be appearing on next-generation televisions from LG, and will include features that make it both faster and more convenient to the user. This system will be appearing only on LG Smart+ televisions, and it's unclear at the moment which currently-released televisions will be getting the update - if any will, that is to say.

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Discovery network shows slated to hit Hulu on Jan 1

Discovery network shows slated to hit Hulu on Jan 1

More people are ditching cable and turning to video streaming services, according to Nielsen, and following the trend is an increase in the number of shows -- including original content -- available through places like Netflix. For its part, Hulu will be adding some popular series from Discovery Network with the turn of the New Year, including the popular fishing series Deadliest Catch and MythBusters.

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TV viewership dropped last quarter, online streaming skyrocketed

TV viewership dropped last quarter, online streaming skyrocketed

The latest report from Nielsen shows the growing change in how consumers are watching their favorite shows. Last quarter, the number of people watching traditional television dipped by 4-percent, but those watching shows through online streaming services skyrocketed by 60-percent. This is in comparison to the same quarter (Q3) last year, and it is anticipated the increase in streaming video adoption will impact traditional TV. This news comes shortly after Netflix's CEO Reed Hastings predicted that traditional TV will be effectively dead by 2030.

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Dish Network to lose CBS stations tomorrow if deal isn’t made

Dish Network to lose CBS stations tomorrow if deal isn’t made

Dish Network recently worked out a temporary deal with Turner Broadcasting, something that took place after several stations went dark due to contract disputes. While that was going down, Dish was also in a squabble with CBS, something that itself has now come down to the wire. After about half a year of negotiations, the two companies have failed to find mutual terms, and if something doesn't happen very soon, subscribers will see CBS stations go dark late tomorrow.

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Netflix adds Black Mirror sci-fi series to US roster

Netflix adds Black Mirror sci-fi series to US roster

Netflix has begun adding more content to its service, as we noted recently, and with it comes the British science fiction series Black Mirror for users in the United States. The show is bid as an anthology series, and is presented as seasons consisting of three episodes each. Both the first and the second season are now available for streaming in the US, with the first season having been aired back in 2011, and the second in 2013.

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Agent Carter will launch with 2-hour premiere on Jan 6

Agent Carter will launch with 2-hour premiere on Jan 6

Marvel's anticipated Agent Carter will be launching with a two-hour premiere, Marvel has announced. The show will debut on January 6 at 8PM ET, and will feature Hayley Atwell as Agent Peggy Carter. We've previously detailed the show, which is a spin-off of Joss Whedon's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. The show will be airing on ABC, and was inspired by the recent Captain America movies, according to the maker.

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