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Sling TV’s Final Four issues prove troublesome, but promising

Sling TV’s Final Four issues prove troublesome, but promising

Over the weekend, Sling TV slipped up. Badly. As Wisconsin downed the undefeated Wildcats of Kentucky and Duke did what Duke does, Sling TV saw major interruptions. After a massive number of sign-ups — which naturally led to a huge uptick in streaming — Sling TV failed. It was the wrong time to fail, and with the wrong content. A major Sling TV draw is live sports sans-cable, so Sling TV’s issues during the Final Four was troubling, but ultimately tells us all that Sling TV is on the right path.

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David Lynch exits new Twin Peaks project over money

David Lynch exits new Twin Peaks project over money

Director David Lynch has dropped out of the much-anticipated Twin Peaks revival, parting ways with the Showtime project after arguments over money. Rather than being a case of the high-profile director demanding a bigger fee, the issue is one of how much the new Twin Peaks should cost, with disagreements said to be around the overall budget. However, while initial reports suggested that Showtime had axed the new season of the show altogether as a result, Lynch says that may not in fact be the case.

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Doctor Who official BitTorrent Bundles released by BBC

Doctor Who official BitTorrent Bundles released by BBC

While BitTorrent has become nearly synonymous with downloads of free, pirated content, that isn't always the case, as every once in a while the peer-to-peer sharing platform is used as the official distribution method for music and video. Thanks to a team-up between the BBC and BitTorrent, this is one of those rare times, as the popular, long-running TV series Doctor Who is now making its way to the platform in an official way. The British TV network is celebrating the 10th anniversary of the show's relaunch by making two bundles available, including one for free.

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Sling TV takes over DishWorld, re-names it ‘Sling International’

Sling TV takes over DishWorld, re-names it ‘Sling International’

Today, DishWorld — the international arm of Dish Network — is being re-branded under the Sling name, and will now be known as Sling International. As Sling International, DishWorld owners can access roughly 200 channels spanning 18 languages including Spanish, Punjab, Filipino, Arabic, Hindi, Vietnamese, and both Cantonese and Mandarin Chinese. Content includes sports, news, and general entertainment, and new customers are getting a free month to give Sling International a shot. Just like with DishWorld, there is no hardware to hook up.

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Here’s how long binge-watching your favorite shows will take

Here’s how long binge-watching your favorite shows will take

House of Cards owes a bit of its popularity to binge watching. Once a season is dropped, we can watch as much or little as we like in one sitting. It’s the same reason other shows have stood the test of time; we can binge-watch in syndication for fun, or catch up with a series as it heads into a new season. But just how long will it take you to watch Game of Thrones before the April 15 Season 5 debut? Better clear a weekend.

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‘Silicon Valley’ cast to drop by Twitch ahead of season 2 [Update]

‘Silicon Valley’ cast to drop by Twitch ahead of season 2 [Update]

If you’ve got a funny show about a start-up that begins in a dingy home near Silicon Valley, it only makes sense to broadcast it on a service that once had very similar roots. In what could be a groundbreaking experiment, HBO and Twitch have agreed to broadcast the season two premiere of Silicon Valley on Twitch. The deal will stream Silicon Valley to anyone who uses Twitch, and comes with a special treat for those who tune in on Twitch; a live chat with the crew ahead of the season opener.

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Samsung’s new TV lineup includes UHD, “SUHD” models

Samsung’s new TV lineup includes UHD, “SUHD” models

Samsung has introduced a new lineup of UHD ("4k") televisions, and the maker's own premium UHD televisions, which it refers to as "SUHD" offerings. The latter of those two is promised to offer a "crystal clear" picture akin to what you see in real life. The SUHD models are also Cadmium-free, and include Samsung's Peak Illuminator. That's not the say the regular UHD models are any less notable -- they include things like PurColor tech and more for high picture quality.

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Apple may ask networks to handle their own streams for Apple TV

Apple may ask networks to handle their own streams for Apple TV

With Apple TV seeing a price drop at Apple’s latest event for the Apple Watch and MacBook, we all assume new hardware is inbound. A report subsequently outlined what the new hardware was all about (allegedly, of course), giving many of us reason to pause before getting our hands on an Apple TV at a discounted price. Hardware is nothing without god software, and int he case of Apple TV — content. Rather than try to create their own TV streaming network, Apple is reportedly asking TV networks to handle the lifting.

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Sling TV users revolt after content restrictions hit select channels

Sling TV users revolt after content restrictions hit select channels

Sling TV is an exciting option for television viewers, giving the best of television while offering the convenience and piecemeal freedom that comes with watch-it-anywhere Internet streaming. The service, which is from Dish Network, offers a core package that includes many channels streaming in real-time, counted among them being such popular offerings as ESPN, AMC, Disney, ABC Family, CNN, and more. Some users have discovered that not all is quite as it seems, however, and they have started to revolt.

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Fear the Walking Dead: watch the first trailer

Fear the Walking Dead: watch the first trailer

If you watched The Walking Dead's season 5 finale last night (fret not, there are no spoilers here), you were among the first round of people to see the series sequel's very first trailer. It aired halfway through the episode, and during its brief time lent a glimpse into the zombie virus's origins...and in doing so, it suggested that we might finally learn more about how the outbreak took place. The sequel, as we've previously noted, is called Fear the Walking Dead, and it'll be making its debut this summer, bringing us closer to having year-round Walking Dead entertainment.

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