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Hisense will soon run Sharp’s TV business in America

Hisense will soon run Sharp’s TV business in America

It isn't just smartphones anymore. Hisense, a popular Chinese appliance and white goods manufacturer, is joining the big leagues when it comes to making and selling high-end TVs in America. But it will do so not through its own power but through buying Sharp's manufacturing plant in Mexico and using its TV brand in both North and South America. With this, Hisense plans to rub shoulders with the likes of Samsung, LG, Sony,and Panasonic, in what is just the latest wave of Chinese brands trying to vie for a piece of the global market.

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AT&T’s first DIRECTV move: all in one plan for TV and data

AT&T’s first DIRECTV move: all in one plan for TV and data

No surprises here. Hot on the heels of the FCC approving AT&T's takeover of DIRECTV, the US carrier announces its first ever subscription plans that combines the wealth of content from broadcast television with the wealth of content from the Internet. Yes, a bundle that combines and TV and wireless, all under one provider, all with one bill. This "first-ever nationwide" bundle practically makes AT&T not world's largest Internet service provider but the world's largest pay TV operator, which is to sure to send some rivals and regulators trembling.

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Netflix changes ‘Fuller House’ plot to make it less depressing

Netflix changes ‘Fuller House’ plot to make it less depressing

Netflix, in what may be one of its more misguided reboots, has decided to bring back the 90s family-friendly television show Full House as a continuation of the original series. As we'd previously heard, it will feature some of the original cast, with the then-kids now being the show's adults going through life's mild follies and saccharine sweet learning moments. If you paid attention to the original announcement, you probably noticed something important: the storyline sounded really depressing. It seems Netflix noticed too, and it has done something about it.

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Comcast frowns at Sling TV, rejects anti-cable ads

Comcast frowns at Sling TV, rejects anti-cable ads

Sling TV was arguably the brightest light in cable-cutters' eyes, at least when it launched earlier this year. The service is an Internet-only online live TV streaming service from Dish Network, and it -- despite some hiccups -- has largely enjoyed success. The service works by breaking content up into packages: there's one core package that costs $20/month, and additional packages priced at $5/month (with a couple exceptions) that aggregates similar channels. The service is everything cable isn't, and now its provoking has earned a reaction.

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Game of Thrones S5 downloads arrive early on August 31

Game of Thrones S5 downloads arrive early on August 31

Game of Thrones stands chief among all shows, at least when you look at how many people are pirating it. That piracy was aided by early leaks of season 5 episodes, and all in all HBO is scrambling to squeeze some pocket change from those Internet rebels. As such, it isn’t surprising HBO has decided to launch the digital downloads for season 5 before it releases the Blu-ray and DVD versions (though the network probably won’t cry if you pre-order them anyway). Downloads start next month.

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Former Top Gear hosts sign with Amazon for new show

Former Top Gear hosts sign with Amazon for new show

For those who've been missing the beloved former hosts of the BBC's Top Gear, fear not, as Amazon has just announced its signed Jeremy Clarkson, James May, and Richard Hammond for a new car show exclusive to the streaming video service of Amazon Prime. Once Clarkson was fired from Top Gear earlier this year and his two co-hosts quit in unison, it became apparent almost immediately that they were looking to take their act somewhere else.

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Netflix: BoJack renewed, Longmire inbound, and more

Netflix: BoJack renewed, Longmire inbound, and more

Netflix has detailed some big upcoming additions that (most of) its subscribers can expect. BoJack Horseman has been renewed for a third season, for example, showing that Netflix has been successful with its original animation for adults. It has a slew of other original content inbound, as well, including the long-awaited return of Longmire, which was picked up by Netflix after being canceled by its network. That series, however, will only be available to view in the US, Canada, New Zealand, and Australia.

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ESPN’s (possible) future: direct subscriptions, no cable required

ESPN’s (possible) future: direct subscriptions, no cable required

The television industry is in a state of limbo -- viewers are moving en masse to so-called cord cutting options like Netflix, Sling TV, and on-demand streaming services. Networks have been slow to accept these services, however, having a careful juggling act to maintain in regards to things like advertisers and DVD sales. Report after report has shown that consumers are moving on regardless of industry resistance, and this year has been particularly kind with the advent of things like Sling TV and Showtime's new streaming option. The future looks even brighter.

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Ronald McDonald to direct Minecraft movie

Ronald McDonald to direct Minecraft movie

Wait a second, you might be saying, did the new Minecraft movie get the head of a fast-food franchise to direct? Not really. Sort of - but not really. Instead, they got the character Ronald McDonald, otherwise known as "Mac" from the TV show "It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia" to direct their film. More accurately, they got the creator of the series, who is also that same actor, Rob McElhenney, to direct the Minecraft movie. This is big news, guys, this is huuuge news.

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Netflix original series ‘Narcos’ detailed in new trailer

Netflix original series ‘Narcos’ detailed in new trailer

Netflix hasn't slowed its original series ambitions despite preparing for its next big thing: original movies, which will begin rolling out in October. The number of original episodic series Netflix offers is extensive at this point, and includes everything from House of Cards to Marvel's Daredevil series (currently one of its most popular offerings). Another original series has been mentioned over the past several months: Narcos. The video streaming service released a trailer for it today.

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Apple TV’s cable-killer said close to all-important deals

Apple TV’s cable-killer said close to all-important deals

Apple is hoping to do to cable TV what Apple Music looks set to do to radio, with deals for a broadcast TV service reportedly close to being finalized. The Cupertino firm's ambitions to offer live TV content - only without the typical cable pricing - are long-standing, dating back to the days when Steve Jobs was still at the helm according to some rumors, but have traditionally stumbled on the scale of the agreements Apple would need to organize with networks and affiliates. Now, insiders claim, Apple may have figured out a workaround.

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American Horror Story: Hotel revealed in first teaser trailer

American Horror Story: Hotel revealed in first teaser trailer

Summer is moving along quickly and starting next month television shows will be firing up their latest seasons. The next season for American Horror Story will be arriving in the near future, and today fans got their first look at what the fifth season -- dubbed "Hotel" -- will offer. As promised, Lady Gaga will be starring this upcoming season (we get a look at her character in the teaser), and she's playing an "evil" character per her request. No one else appears in this teaser, but more videos are soon to follow.

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