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Apple TV updated with iPhone remote, Siri upgrade, YouTube search

Apple TV updated with iPhone remote, Siri upgrade, YouTube search

The smart TV platform Apple TV has had a kick in the pants this morning as Apple prepares WWDC 2016 for the next generation in TV-based apps. The first big update is in an app for the iPhone - a remote control with the ability to interact with touch, to move through programs, and generally play content in all the ways the Siri remote can - and more. There's motion controls for games and Siri control as well.

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Netflix’s ‘Stranger Things’ original mystery series arrives July 15

Netflix’s ‘Stranger Things’ original mystery series arrives July 15

A Netflix original series called Stranger Things will be launching next month, and ahead of that season 1 premiere is an official trailer. In it we see a show that appears to set in 1980s America (or Canada, maybe), with a seemingly ordinary family being the focus. The family’s son is out late riding his bike one night when he ventures into the woods and sees….something. We don't get to see what that something is, but Netflix does give a long look at the resulting fallout.

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‘Batman: The Killing Joke’ will spend one night in theaters

‘Batman: The Killing Joke’ will spend one night in theaters

Batman: The Killing Joke will be available in theaters for one night next month ahead of its Digital HD release. The theatrical release will be made in conjunction with Fathom Events, and will involve two showings at various theaters across the country. The showings will take place at 7:30 PM and 10 PM local time. The movie is animated and will be rated R, and is an adaption of a graphic novel with the same name by Alan Moore.

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‘Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee’ season 8 trailer reveals new guests

‘Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee’ season 8 trailer reveals new guests

Jerry Seinfeld's Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee is heading into its eighth season, and the first trailer for that season has arrived. In it we get a look at some of the comedians who will be joining Seinfeld in season 8, including John Oliver, Jim Gaffigan, Judd Apatow, Lorne Michaels, and Margaret Cho, adding them to the already extensive (and impressive) list of past guests.

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Netflix is making its first India-based original series

Netflix is making its first India-based original series

Netflix has announced plans to create an original series based on Indian author Vikram Chandra’s “Sacred Games” novel. The show will be shot in India, and will be made in partnership with Indian production house Phantom Films. Netflix describes the show as being a “Hindi-English series,” and as with the company's other original productions, the show will be available to all Netflix subscribers across the globe.

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Google Fiber TV Box gets Google Cast support

Google Fiber TV Box gets Google Cast support

Google has announced that its Fiber TV Box is getting Google Cast, the tech that most people are familiar with via Chromecast. Google Cast has already made its way into some smart TVs, among other devices; the inclusion in Google’s own Fiber TV box isn’t at all surprising and certainly welcomed. With it, owners will be able to cast content from their mobile device to their TV without a separate casting dongle.

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Mirror’s Edge is getting a TV adaptation

Mirror’s Edge is getting a TV adaptation

The original Mirror's Edge game was released in 2008 on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, and it went on to earn good reviews from critics and praise from fans. Now, eight years later, we're only a week away from developer EA releasing the sequel/reboot, Mirror's Edge Catalyst. However, we may be getting even more of Mirror's Edge, its future dystopian world, and freerunning parkour hero Faith in the future, except in the form of a TV show.

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Hulu may be stripping its anime library ahead of live TV service

Hulu may be stripping its anime library ahead of live TV service

Hulu's anime library has been shrinking, and according to a new report, it'll be losing a bunch of older anime content on June 1. Reportedly hundreds of anime episodes and shows will be disappearing at the start of next month, with publishers eventually being left offering scare content in relation to what subscribers once enjoyed. Highly popular and recent shows, though, will apparently be staying put.

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Apple TV gets SyFy Now, E! Now, and Bravo Now apps

Apple TV gets SyFy Now, E! Now, and Bravo Now apps

NBCUniversal’s TV Everywhere service has expanded via a trio of new apps being made available on Apple TV. The company has released E! Now, SyFy Now, and Bravo Now apps for Apple's set-top-box, but they're not cord-cutting options -- you'll need to have an applicable pay TV subscription to gain access to the content. Those with such a subscription will get access to full episodes, current seasons and more.

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HBO may put ‘True Detective’ on the chopping block

HBO may put ‘True Detective’ on the chopping block

The first season of True Detective was great, and it looked like the newest drama hit on HBO’s hands. That notion promptly disappeared with the second season, a notable flop that certainly didn’t follow in the first season’s footsteps. Now it’s looking pretty likely that HBO will cancel the series rather than try and alter the course. The change would follow then-head of programming Michael Lombardo’s departure.

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Amazon will release 8 new pilot episodes on June 17

Amazon will release 8 new pilot episodes on June 17

Amazon has taken the wraps off its next roster of pilots, and as before, it is hoping its members will watch them and give their feedback. The new shows will be available starting on June 17, and they’re mostly composed of kids shows, though there are a couple hour-long pilots for adults. Those latter two offerings will be made available in 4K UHD HDR, as well, assuming you have devices with applicable support.

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Philips 6000 Series 4K TVs adopting Google Cast

Philips 6000 Series 4K TVs adopting Google Cast

This week the folks at Philips have revealed that their next-generation 6000 Series 4K TVs will be adopting smartphone casting abilities via Google. Also known as "Google Cast", this technology allows the owner of an Android smartphone, Android tablet, or desktop (or laptop) computer with Chrome web browser to send media to their television over a Wi-Fi connection. This content is then played independent of the original device or controlled by the original device, dependent on the application used to do the casting.

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