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TBS to bring e-sports tournaments to prime-time TV

TBS to bring e-sports tournaments to prime-time TV

The idea that one day e-sports would become so big that video game tournaments would broadcast on live TV has been thrown around for a few years now, but it looks like the time has finally come. Turner Broadcasting System (TBS) is working to create a video game league that will run live e-sports events on prime-time TV. TBS is partnering with talent agency WME/IMG, which represents Hollywood stars and professional athletes, to launch the yet-unnamed league sometime next year.

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Jack Ryan show based on Clancy novels heading to TV

Jack Ryan show based on Clancy novels heading to TV

A television show based around Jack Ryan, a fictional character and CIA operative from Tom Clancy’s novels, is reportedly in the works. Theatrical films about the character have already been created; the upcoming series will reportedly not follow as faithfully to the book series as the movies did, but will instead offer an inspired contemporary take on the CIA analyst. The series reportedly garnered ample attention and multiple bids from networks.

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Amazon Video details its six new fall pilots

Amazon Video details its six new fall pilots

While still celebrating the Emmy wins for its original series Transparent, Amazon has just announced six new pilots for this fall that will hit the Prime Video streaming service. It's a smaller number of test episodes than in previous years for Amazon, but there is an impressive amount of talented veterans involved. The shows are mix of half-hour comedies and dramas, however Amazon will have to judge how they're received by viewers and critics before choosing which ones get an order for a full season.

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Amazon details its upcoming Fall 2015 original pilots lineup

Amazon details its upcoming Fall 2015 original pilots lineup

Amazon has detailed its planned Fall 2015 pilot season, of which there will be half a dozen new pilots for shows that, hopefully, prove popular with Prime subscribers. The shows will be coming from a number of well regarded creators, including Shane Black, who has Iron Man 3 under his belt, among others, and Nicole Yorkin and Dawn Prestwich of The Killing. The shows will be debuting for subscribers located in the United States, UK, Germany, and Austria.

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Samsung Serif TV is inspired by font design

Samsung Serif TV is inspired by font design

Curved displays notwithstanding, the physical design of televisions hasn't really changed, except to get thinner and thinner. They are simply rectangle screens with a minimal border frame. Well, Samsung has come up with something different, and it's inspired font design: the Serif TV, as in a serif typeface, or one with those little ligatures on the letters. The TV is the result of a collaboration with French designers Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, and is said to have originated from the capital letter "I" in a serif font.

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‘How to Get Away with Murder’ is now streaming on Netflix

‘How to Get Away with Murder’ is now streaming on Netflix

How to Get Away with Murder is ABC’s show, but it is now available for watching elsewhere — namely, on Netflix. The video streaming service has managed to grab the exclusive worldwide streaming rights to the show, and launched the first season on its service this past Friday. The first season’s streaming arrives ahead of the next season’s launch on ABC later this week.

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Taken prequel TV show heading to NBC

Taken prequel TV show heading to NBC

A prequel to the Taken movies is heading to primetime TV in the form of a new NBC series. This new series will revolve around Bryan Mills, the movies’ main character, as a young man; a time before he had a child and a wife. Viewers will watch him develop into the man they watched in the movies, including how he came to acquire his “particular set of skills”. Some creative liberties will be taken (heh) however, including having the show set in the present time rather than years ago.

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Sharp to sell world’s first 8K TV for $133k

Sharp to sell world’s first 8K TV for $133k

Do have a lot of money burning a hole in your pocket? Like a whole lot? Well, it probably still won't be enough to afford Sharp's just announced 8K TV. Announced in Japan, Sharp seems to be just jumping past the whole 4K thing and will begin selling the 85-inch LV-85001, said to be world's first production 8K TV, next month. The price for this ultra-high resolution beast? An incredible 16 million yen (about $133,000).

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Sony bringing HDR to more 2015 4K TVs

Sony bringing HDR to more 2015 4K TVs

Today Sony announced that they'll be bringing High Dynamic Range support to "more" of their 4K Ultra HD television sets. Two models already have support for this feature, while three more are set to earn an update in the near future. This update brings Sony's HDR to content that supports it - Amazon Video is one example. With this feature, users see a higher dynamic range of color, luminosity, brightness - for a more distinctive viewing experience. More detail, more color, more intensity.

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NASA to launch first non-commercial UHD TV channel

NASA to launch first non-commercial UHD TV channel

NASA has announced a new partnership with Harmonic that will result in the first non-commercial Ultra-High-Definition (UHD) television channel in North America. Harmonic is a global company offering video delivery infrastructure, and NASA, of course, is no stranger to 4k content — most of which presently goes to the space agency’s YouTube channel. The new channel will be called NASA TV UHD.

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American Horror Story: Hotel set shown off in new trailer

American Horror Story: Hotel set shown off in new trailer

The next season of American Horror Story, Hotel, will be launching next month on FX. We’ve seen it teased with very brief and vague teasers, but earlier today a new 30 second spot was dropped on the official AHSH Twitter page, and in it we get a big look at the upcoming show -- the hotel in which it is set, as well as the roster of characters both familiar and new in all their frightening, trippy getup. The new season premieres on October 7.

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Dish and Common Sense Media partner to offer ratings, reviews

Dish and Common Sense Media partner to offer ratings, reviews

Dish Network has partnered with Common Sense Media to bring its subscribers age appropriateness ratings for content, as well as reviews, helping parents (and others) make informed decisions about what is and isn’t appropriate for their family. The reviews and ratings are already available on the DishAnywhere.com website, and will be available soon on both the Hopper Whole-Home HD DVR and the Dish Anywhere mobile app.

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