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Roku unveils new smart TV lineup, adds Sling TV and WatchESPN

Roku unveils new smart TV lineup, adds Sling TV and WatchESPN

In August 2014, news surfaced that Roku's TV platform would be finding a home on TCL and Hisense televisions, and this morning Roku announced the second-generation version of those TCL Roku TVs. There are a total of eleven new TVs spanning three new series, each of them tailored toward a specific kind of user and bringing with them the same general functionality. The 3700 Series in particular, composed of three relatively budget offerings, will be launching later on this month, while the other two series (3800 and 3850) will be arriving some time in the second quarter of this year.

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Vizio’s new E-Series LED TVs launch with 70-inch model

Vizio’s new E-Series LED TVs launch with 70-inch model

Vizio has launched its latest E-Series budget-centric televisions, and included among them is a giant 70-inch model, bringing consumers a large option for a (relatively speaking) small price tag. There are a total of 11 new televisions, all of them being LED varieties that will soon be available through the most common retailers, as well as Vizio's own website. As you'd expect from the entry-level E-Series, the starting price of the new models is low -- $179 USD -- though the maker promises the models don't compromise on quality.

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You don’t want a TV box, you want a Laptop

You don’t want a TV box, you want a Laptop

Now that Apple is rumored to be releasing a new Apple TV box later this year, citizens of the mobile smart device universe have their respective TV-loving ears perked up once again. Do I need a new Apple TV? Maybe an Amazon Fire TV Stick instead? Perhaps I need to get something like a Roku, or maybe a Chromecast! Or - better yet - I could just use the old laptop that's sitting in, on, or under my desk. The one I replaced years ago, but still works just fine.

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Nintendo says live-action Zelda rumor is based on wrong info

Nintendo says live-action Zelda rumor is based on wrong info

Early last month, word surfaced via a source talking to the Wall Street Journal that a live-action Zelda show would be arriving on Netflix, and that it would be a high-quality offering akin to "Game of Thrones", only for kids. Such a rumor set the Internet abuzz, but nothing official about the series has been announced in the weeks since the rumor first surfaced, and now Nintendo has come around to squash our hopes. The company's CEO says that the rumors weren't based on the right info, and though he doesn't blatantly say "it's not happening", it looks less hopeful than anticipated.

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Top Gear fans drive tank to BBC in support of Jeremy Clarkson

Top Gear fans drive tank to BBC in support of Jeremy Clarkson

As the most well-known host of one of the BBC's most popular TV shows, Jeremy Clarkson of Top Gear has a record of doing and saying things that spawn controversy. Unfortunately for the show's large number of fans, Clarkson's latest actions, allegedly punching a producer, has gotten him suspended and the current season possibly cancelled. But in a show of support, and a spectacle that could be right out of Top Gear itself, fans drove a tank to the BBC's London headquarters to demand their hero be allowed to continue working.

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Snoop Dogg partners with HBO to produce new drama

Snoop Dogg partners with HBO to produce new drama

HBO and Snoop Dogg have teamed up to create a new family drama series, though specific details about the planned show haven't yet been provided. The information was announced in a statement today, and though we don't know the particulars, we do know the series will take place some time in the 1980s in Los Angeles, and will center around a family, some political issue[s], and their local community. The Boondocks writer Rodney Barnes will be writing the new series.

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Hulu nabs exclusive streaming rights to ‘Empire’

Hulu nabs exclusive streaming rights to ‘Empire’

Hulu has scored the exclusive streaming rights to Empire, a Fox television series that has wrapped up its first season. The first season proved to be a success, and those who want to get caught up can do so as of yesterday (assuming they have a Hulu Plus subscription). Empire had its two-hour finale this past Wednesday, and through Hulu Plus all of the episodes are available for streaming...and the future episodes will also be made available once they start airing again on Fox.

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American Horror Story: Jessica Lange won’t be returning next season

American Horror Story: Jessica Lange won’t be returning next season

American Horror Story has successfully brought the macabre to television viewers, something few series have been able to do successfully. The show is known for its storyline styles: each season is its own story, and brings with it many of the main actors from the previous season, giving them new identities and roles. Jessica Lange has been with the show since Season 1, having played four different characters, and now she has revealed that her role on AHS came to an end with Freak Show.

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Cablevision will offer HBO NOW to Internet subscribers

Cablevision will offer HBO NOW to Internet subscribers

Those who subscribe to Cablevision's Optimum Internet service -- but not a television plan -- will have access to HBO NOW, it has been announced. This makes Cablevision the first cable provider of its sort to offer the new HBO service without requiring a pay-TV subscription in general, and it might serve to spur other service providers into doing the same. This proves good news for cable-cutters and those who in general aren't interested in having a pay-TV subscription, but who find HBO NOW appealing for its on-demand and Internet-only availability.

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The Walking Dead spinoff series detailed: prequel timeline

The Walking Dead spinoff series detailed: prequel timeline

With The Walking Dead, viewers were thrust right into the action, scarcely seeing the world before it was filled with roving hoards of the undead. As we're reported before, fans will soon be able to enjoy the world and its madness all year thanks to a spinoff series that is in the works. Details have been slow to surface, but have been brought to light regardless and newest among them is a glimpse of the timeline: the spinoff series is set to be a prequel of sorts, starting farther back before the zombies arrive.

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