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LEGO Ideas 9 and 10: Big Bang Theory and Birds

LEGO Ideas 9 and 10: Big Bang Theory and Birds

This week the folks at LEGO Ideas have made their next couple of sets known. These are sets originally created by fans of the LEGO universe who've submitted ideas for judgement by the public. Once the public votes and a certain number of positive votes are counted, the product goes to LEGO for judgement - these two newest sets have made it through to production. They include a learning "Birds" set and a set based on the television show The Big Bang Theory.

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Aereo goes on life support, shuts down Boston office

Aereo goes on life support, shuts down Boston office

The last time we visited the whole “What’s TV and what’s Internet?” thing, the FCC was considering change to the way they treated both types of services. As legacy cable service starts to operate more like a digital offering, the lines are blurring. In that vein, we held out a small amount of hope Aereo would survive their setbacks, and hold out long enough to see the FCC make a bigger ruling in their favor. Aereo might have the same thing in mind, as they cut down staff significantly, closing at least one office entirely.

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Showtime to join HBO, will stream content in 2015

Showtime to join HBO, will stream content in 2015

The promise of HBO without a cable subscription has many excited for what’s on the horizon for non-cable TV service. Not to be outdone, CBS is now saying Showtime will join the streaming fracas in 2015. In the company’s third quarter earning’s call, CBS Chief Executive Leslie Moonves was more than on the fence about Showtime’s streaming-sans-cable aspirations in 2015, saying it’s “fairly definitive”. In the hopes we won’t take it lightly, Moonves also called what’s coming “over the top”.

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Roku gets Play Movies & TV to duel with Android TV

Roku gets Play Movies & TV to duel with Android TV

Roku was on the forefront of making low-cost, reliable streaming devices for your living room, bedroom, or anywhere else you might have a TV and a shelf. They held sway until the Chromecast came in and knocked them off their low-cost pedestal, too. Unrelenting, Roku took steps to make sure we used their service, even letting us stream pics and video from our Android devices. Now they’re taking another step closer to Google, and will start offering up Play Movies & TV via your Roku.

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Sharp AQUOS 4K LED TVs debut with THX certification

Sharp AQUOS 4K LED TVs debut with THX certification

If there's one certification process you're going to want to pass with your newest 4K TV here in 2014, it's THX. Sharp have gone through said process with their newest UD27 line of Ultra HD (aka 4K) TVs, bringing on sets that've therefor passed more than 400 picture quality tests set up by THX. Precise color, sharpness, and richness throughout. Two new model Sharp AQUOS TV sets are coming soon - they're great, but unless your wallet is busting, they might just be out of your price range.

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Google Play Movies & TV update: Material Design and second-screen

Google Play Movies & TV update: Material Design and second-screen

Watching movies or TV via Google Play just got a bit prettier, and lot more useful. An update, rolling out today, brings Google’s Material Design to the app, and adds a bit of second-screen functionality. Streaming movies to your Nexus Player or Chromecast might just give you some info about what you’re watching, like which actors are involved or what that song playing is. If you’re the kind of person who’s mind wanders a bit during a movie, this update will bring you back into focus a bit.

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Netflix releases first “Marco Polo” trailer

Netflix releases first “Marco Polo” trailer

With all of Netflix's announcements over the past couple months, you may have forgotten the series it revealed at the start of the year: Marco Polo. Details on the series were dropped way back in January alongside the promise that we'd be seeing the episodes arrive late in the year. All of that is spot on and the plans are still in place, and Netflix is getting it subscribers ready by publishing the first teaser trailer ahead of the series' December 12 debut.

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Proposed FCC rule change blurs Internet/Cable TV lines

Proposed FCC rule change blurs Internet/Cable TV lines

The FCC might be a slow-moving agency, like any in Government, but they’re oddly in-tune with what consumers want (most of the time). A new proposal by FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler would give many TV addicts exactly what they want, giving Internet TV providers the same footing as legacy Cable TV providers. If passed, the new rules would make it impossible for a broadcaster to refuse to allow an Internet TV provider the right to carry their service specifically because they weren’t a cable provider.

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Your internet is about to be rated like a TV show

Your internet is about to be rated like a TV show

This week the folks at Adobe and Nielsen have made clear their intent to rate the internet. These ratings won’t necessarily be used the same way movie ratings are - you probably won’t be banned from seeing an R-rated website if you’re under-age any more than you’re banned today. But Nielsen’s Digital Content Ratings data will be available in Adobe Marketing Cloud products, and Nielsen measurement data will be embedded in Adobe Primetime for broadcast TV. It's all for the greater good of advertising, really.

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Dish Network and Turner squabble, channels go dark

Dish Network and Turner squabble, channels go dark

Contract disputes are a common thing, and we've seen them span all varieties of companies: Amazon has had its share of battles this year, for example, and we've seen television watchers suffer as a result of soured negotiations. That latter issue has again arisen, this time affecting Dish Network subscribers who enjoy watching certain channels, CNN among them. It seems the satellite company is in a dispute with Turner over contractual issues, and as a result several channels -- fairly notable and high-demand ones -- have been pulled.

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