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Better Call Saul smashes record with highest cable debut ratings

Better Call Saul smashes record with highest cable debut ratings

As we noted recently, the Breaking Bad spin-off Better Call Saul premiered on Sunday night following the return of The Walking Dead, and in doing so it smashed through previous records to become the highest-rated cable series debut ever. The series hit a 3.4 adults 18-49 rating among its 6.9 million viewers, blasting through the previous record while confirming those raving early reviews that kept rolling in. For those curious, The Walking Dead's return did pretty well, too.

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Better Call Saul and Walking Dead premiere tomorrow

Better Call Saul and Walking Dead premiere tomorrow

The weekend is officially upon us, and for some that means hunkering down for quality time in front of the television. While Netflix is always a good choice, tomorrow is a special day for some TV viewers: The Walking Dead returns and the Breaking Bad spin-off Better Call Saul makes its official debut. Both will be arriving on AMC back-to-back, making for an eventful Sunday night, with The Walking Dead's return arriving first followed by the Better Call Saul premiere.

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BattleBots to return this summer via ABC

BattleBots to return this summer via ABC

BattleBots may not have been on air long, but it earned quite a reputation during its brief couple of years on Comedy Central. It has been more than ten years since we watched homemade robots battle it out, but the memories remain fresh and, in a few months, they'll be born anew when the series reboot arrives on ABC. The core of the show -- robots battling against each other -- will remain, but the network has been tipped as planning some changes over the original series, something that makes sense given changes in both technology and viewer preferences over the last decade or so.

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HBO’s Silicon Valley season 2 trailer out, has secrets

HBO’s Silicon Valley season 2 trailer out, has secrets

The first season of HBO’s Silicon Valley was a funny look at startups, and a satirical look at what it takes to go from really awesome idea to upstart company. Ending on a high note, the series is back for season two, continuing on the path of greatest resistance: starting your own company. Though some cast members are gone, the core group remains, diligent as ever to get Pied Piper off the ground, compressing digital audio files. As you can see in the trailer below, the music service isn’t the whole story.

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Verizon sells three states’ worth of FIOS to Frontier

Verizon sells three states’ worth of FIOS to Frontier

In a $10.5 billion deal, Verizon just sold three states’ worth of wireline subscribers to Frontier. Customers in California, Texas, and Florida will soon be Frontier customers, rather than Verizon FIOS users. Via their announcement, Verizon says “at the end of fourth-quarter 2014, these operations served approximately 3.7 million voice connections; approximately 2.2 million high-speed data customers, including approximately 1.6 million FiOS Internet customers; and approximately 1.2 million FiOS Video customers.” Verizon’s reason for selling? To focus on the East Coast.

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Apple TV may follow Sling TV into streaming of live content

Apple TV may follow Sling TV into streaming of live content

Apple TV is a very decent streaming device, and keeps pace with others in its category nicely. The main attraction for iOS users is the ability to AirDrop their screen, making things like mobile gaming come alive on the big screen. Still, media consumption is the main aim for many users, and Apple TV does a nice job of that. A new report suggests Apple may be trying to do what Dish recently accomplished with Sling TV, and offer actual TV packages.

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GoPro channel for Roku coming this Spring

GoPro channel for Roku coming this Spring

That Roku attached to your TV might be a lot more exciting very soon. GoPro, who have their cameras attached to people not watching a lot of TV, are creating a Roku channel. This “custom designed” channel is billed as a “one-stop video destination that delivers on-demand GoPro content to millions of Roku customers.” The channel will have the normal complement of high-wire antics and free-falling stunts, but also give people watching an idea of how it was done.

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Sony’s impressive earnings still sour for mobile division

Sony’s impressive earnings still sour for mobile division

Sony’s latest earnings report wasn’t bad news, as you might have expected. In fact, it was their best earnings announcement in quite some time, even with the crippling hack, which cost them $15 million. Across the board, Sony was up, and shipped more Xperia smartphones than they ever have, and moved a lot of PlayStation 4s. Sony also experienced growth in sales of sensors. Still, Sony is primed to lay off several thousand by the end the financial year, which closes in March.

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‘The Walking Dead’ mid-season premiere: watch the first 2 minutes

‘The Walking Dead’ mid-season premiere: watch the first 2 minutes

The Walking Dead's return is only a handful of days away, and to keep us anxious for the debut have been a series of painfully sparse teaser trailers. Now that we've scored glimpses and peeks at what the rest of the season will hold, AMC has decided to ramp up its cruel teases by releasing some footage: exactly two minutes from the start of the return's first episode. There's nothing about the footage that can be considered spoiler-worthy (unless you haven't caught up with all the available episodes yet).

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Pronto review: Great for cable TV, but falls short elsewhere

Pronto review: Great for cable TV, but falls short elsewhere

As portable a device as I’ve seen come across my desk in some time, Pronto intends to make a home on my mantle, next to my TV. Or maybe 30 feet away! This little rectangular box of plastic wants to control all my living room (or bedroom) devices via Bluetooth, and allow me to control it via an app on my iPhone. Part universal remote, part new-look TV interface on the phone, Pronto definitely sounds the part, but does it stack up? Let’s find out.

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