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Roku announces Sharp as partner, Insignia TVs coming this month

Roku announces Sharp as partner, Insignia TVs coming this month

Roku may have unleashed two new streaming boxes for us, but that doesn’t mean they’re ditching integrated TV. Today, Sharp and Roku have announced a new lineup of Roku-ready TVs, which will hit Best Buy stores in the US and Canada exclusively. There will initially be two models — at 43 or 50 inches, both TVs will have a 1080p resolution and 60Hz refresh rate (native). Sharp’s Roku TVs will also come with the Netflix Recommended branding, much like the Insignia Roku TVs the company says are also coming this month.

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Comcast dives in on 4K hardware with “Xi4″ set-top box

Comcast dives in on 4K hardware with “Xi4″ set-top box

This week the folks at Comcast have decided there's plenty of 4K content out in the wild. Enough, at least, to release a 4K Ultra High-Definition Set-Top Box for consumers. The "X1 set-top box" has been announced on the X1 platform, delivering Xfinity TV costumers with 4K UHD content. For those of you that aren't familiar, "UHD" also means "Ultra-HD", and essentially means the same as the term "4K", or a resolution of 3840 × 2160 pixels across a single screen - your screen, the screen you have in your living room.

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Netflix reveals upcoming TV series based on Dr. Seuss classic

Netflix reveals upcoming TV series based on Dr. Seuss classic

The Dr. Seuss classic Green Eggs and Ham is about to become a Netflix Original television series, it has been revealed. The series will be the streaming service’s first original programming with Warner Bros., if you don’t count the fourth season of Longmire via Warner Horizon. This new element of the two companies’ relationship will (hopefully) prove well for subscribers, but is said to have been a hassle for those behind closed doors, with the deal between Netflix and Warner Bros. reportedly taking more than a year to finalize.

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Seinfeld will make its streaming debut on Hulu this June

Seinfeld will make its streaming debut on Hulu this June

‘What is the deal with streaming? Is it Internet? It’s definitely not TV.’ Whatever the Jerry Seinfeld in my head who just set that joke up thinks it might be, all episodes of Seinfeld will be made available for streaming soon. Sony has licensed Seinfeld exclusively to Hulu for on-demand watching, which will debut on the service in June. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but a previous rumor put the per-episode licensing fee north of $500,000 per episode.

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ESPN sues Verizon over new FiOS bundling

ESPN sues Verizon over new FiOS bundling

A few weeks ago, Verizon announced they were getting away from the stodgy model of large, confusing TV packages. Instead of bringing bundles with 30-plus channels, FiOS customers would be able to select from much smaller bundles, a move akin to Sling TV. ESPN was none-too-happy about the move, saying it violated contracts that are intended to keep all Disney properties lumped into one package. Verizon ignored ESPN’s objections, and went ahead with their ‘pay for what you want’ packages. Now, ESPN is suing, claiming breach of contract.

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Cablevision throws in antennas to woo cord cutters

Cablevision throws in antennas to woo cord cutters

Cablevision is trying to court cord cutters that are getting away from expensive cable plans with an old school way to get local broadcast TV channels. The company is tossing in antennas with its lower cost internet packages for free as a way to allow people to watch local TV. The two lower tier internet plans that include the antennas were announced recently.

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Hulu’s new Turner deal adds Adult Swim, Cartoon Network shows

Hulu’s new Turner deal adds Adult Swim, Cartoon Network shows

Hulu has been slowly but surely adding content, fleshing out its library with an impressive number of often watched shows. Today the service announced another deal with Turner Broadcasting, this one bringing with it a host of animated series’ and shows from Cartoon Network and Adult Swim. Though it has long offered some of the more popular primetime animated series like Family Guy, this time around it has expanded upon them with things like Aqua Teen Hunger Force and Robot Chicken, among several others.

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Netflix confirmed in order for ‘Full House’ spinoff

Netflix confirmed in order for ‘Full House’ spinoff

Earlier this month, an anonymous source surfaced saying Netflix was toying with a spinoff of the 90s sitcom Full House, and that if the rumored series came to fruition it would be called Fuller House. The sources had made it sound like the reboot was a near-deal, and now a few weeks later it has all been proven true with an official announcement: Netflix is bringing back Full House in 2016, and some of the original cast members will be coming with it.

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Vimeo’s ‘High Maintenance’ web series heading to HBO

Vimeo’s ‘High Maintenance’ web series heading to HBO

Around this time last year, we reported that Vimeo, the video hosting website, had funded another half a dozen episodes of the Web video series “High Maintenance”. Though it hasn't been a widely known series, the show has enjoyed a faithful following, and it has now caught the attention of HBO where it will, no doubt, get a lot more exposure. According to reports, HBO has ordered six episodes of the show, and will also be making the existing episodes available to its subscribers.

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Sony’s 2015 UHD 4K TV lineup: Android TV, ridiculously thin

Sony’s 2015 UHD 4K TV lineup: Android TV, ridiculously thin

Sony has just unveiled another team of Ultra HD Smart TVs, but this time the focus isn't on curves like its rivals in the industry. Sony's 2015 4K lineup is somewhat a bit more traditional but still a bit groundbreaking. For one, they are one of the few Smart TVs that have started bearing Android TV inside, finally making the ancient dream of "Google TVs" finally come true. And for another, at least two of them are so thin that they are thinner than the thinnest smartphone.

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