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Chromecast update brings new look, easier casting

Chromecast update brings new look, easier casting

Chromecast has been updated for Android today, and rolls in a fresh new look and some exciting new functionality. Visually, Chromecast app owners will get that good, good Material Design makeover. Though there isn’t much to the Chromecast app as-is, the visual punch comes just in time; Android Lollipop and Material Design are rolling out to handsets now, and will be coming to more soon enough. Using the app isn’t just pretty, though — it’s easier, as friends no longer have to join your WiFi to share to your Chromecast.

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Android TV gets ‘live’ TV app, but no content

Android TV gets ‘live’ TV app, but no content

Streaming video is a proven winner, and just about everyone is getting in on the cable-cutting. Roku, Amazon Fire TV and Fire Stick, Apple TV, Chromecast, and Android TV all vie for a place behind or next to your TV. All do about the same thing, too, in feeding you content via Netflix or a similar service. A new app on Google Play suggests Android TV may be trying to distance itself from the pack by offering up live content. Whether or not that will work is another matter entirely.

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Apple TV adds new channels, YouTube refresh

Apple TV adds new channels, YouTube refresh

Apple TV is seeing some new channels today, as well as a totally refreshed version of an old favorite. The most notable news for Apple TV today comes via Google, which have upped the YouTube ante and re-worked the channel altogether. The new-look YouTube brings it into focus with Google’s other YouTube properties scattered throughout other streaming properties, with a full searchable database and easy-access subscriptions. It also has ads, which means you’ll now have access to the full library of content.

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Apple’s ‘Best of 2014′ list includes old favs, new artists, fun apps

Apple’s ‘Best of 2014′ list includes old favs, new artists, fun apps

With so much media floating around their platform, Apple has once again rolled out their year-end, best-of awards list. They’ve announced their favorites from 2014, along with a few fun surprises for us. Frozen dominated, with its album being iTunes’ best seller in 2014. Theme song Let It Go was the eighth most downloaded song all year, and two Frozen-themed apps were among the most downloaded of 2014. For the rest of apple’s favorites in 2014, keep reading!

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TV viewership dropped last quarter, online streaming skyrocketed

TV viewership dropped last quarter, online streaming skyrocketed

The latest report from Nielsen shows the growing change in how consumers are watching their favorite shows. Last quarter, the number of people watching traditional television dipped by 4-percent, but those watching shows through online streaming services skyrocketed by 60-percent. This is in comparison to the same quarter (Q3) last year, and it is anticipated the increase in streaming video adoption will impact traditional TV. This news comes shortly after Netflix's CEO Reed Hastings predicted that traditional TV will be effectively dead by 2030.

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Agent Carter will launch with 2-hour premiere on Jan 6

Agent Carter will launch with 2-hour premiere on Jan 6

Marvel's anticipated Agent Carter will be launching with a two-hour premiere, Marvel has announced. The show will debut on January 6 at 8PM ET, and will feature Hayley Atwell as Agent Peggy Carter. We've previously detailed the show, which is a spin-off of Joss Whedon's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. The show will be airing on ABC, and was inspired by the recent Captain America movies, according to the maker.

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Latest “Better Call Saul” trailer showcases Mike

Latest “Better Call Saul” trailer showcases Mike

The premiere of Better Call Saul is slowly approaching, and with it comes the latest TV spot, this one longer than past ones and bringing with it our first big look at Mike in the show. As you'd expect, his don't-cross-me persona is on display, and he gets a bit of action in during the 60 second spot. We've got all the details on the show, including when its special two-day premiere will be launching, as well as the trailer after the jump.

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House of Cards season 3 teaser out, release date set

House of Cards season 3 teaser out, release date set

After the holidays, there’s typically not a lot going on until the Spring, when going outside for extended periods of time becomes tolerable for most of the country. February is a great time to stay in and stay warm, and there’s now good reason to. Netflix has released the first teaser for House of Cards’ third season, as well as a February release date. Before you continue, mark February 27 on the Calendar; you’ll be staying in that night, and binge watching.

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Netflix details new shows and movies arriving next month

Netflix details new shows and movies arriving next month

Netflix has detailed the new shows and movies that'll be arriving next month, as well as the ones that will be disappearing on December 1 (that gives you about two days left to catch up on them). The new content will roll out over the course of the month rather than all dropping at once, and include the series' we already knew were inbound, such as Marco Polo. The first batch of content will be arriving on December 1, and included among it is Troop Beverly Hills, Madison, and A Knight's Tale.

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JVC Diamond Series 85-inch 4K TV said to have “most precise” colors

JVC Diamond Series 85-inch 4K TV said to have “most precise” colors

JVC's biggest 4K-resolution TV has been unveiled, and with it comes a big claim: the most precise color reproduction available. Whether that is true is yet to be see, as the television won't be launching until some time in January. When it does arrive, however, it'll do so with a price tag notably lower than other massive 85-inch models on the market at $7,999 USD. The television is JVC's new Diamond Series DM85UXR model, and with it comes more than a few notable features.

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