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Sharp to sell world’s first 8K TV for $133k

Do have a lot of money burning a hole in your pocket? Like a whole lot? Well, it probably still won't be enough to afford Sharp's just announced 8K TV. Announced in Japan, Sharp seems to be just jumping past the whole 4K thing and will begin selling the 85-inch LV-85001, said to be world's first production 8K TV, next month. The price for this ultra-high resolution beast? An incredible 16 million yen (about $133,000).

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Sony bringing HDR to more 2015 4K TVs

Today Sony announced that they'll be bringing High Dynamic Range support to "more" of their 4K Ultra HD television sets. Two models already have support for this feature, while three more are set to earn an update in the near future. This update brings Sony's HDR to content that supports it - Amazon Video is one example. With this feature, users see a higher dynamic range of color, luminosity, brightness - for a more distinctive viewing experience. More detail, more color, more intensity.

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NASA to launch first non-commercial UHD TV channel

NASA has announced a new partnership with Harmonic that will result in the first non-commercial Ultra-High-Definition (UHD) television channel in North America. Harmonic is a global company offering video delivery infrastructure, and NASA, of course, is no stranger to 4k content — most of which presently goes to the space agency’s YouTube channel. The new channel will be called NASA TV UHD.

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American Horror Story: Hotel set shown off in new trailer

The next season of American Horror Story, Hotel, will be launching next month on FX. We’ve seen it teased with very brief and vague teasers, but earlier today a new 30 second spot was dropped on the official AHSH Twitter page, and in it we get a big look at the upcoming show -- the hotel in which it is set, as well as the roster of characters both familiar and new in all their frightening, trippy getup. The new season premieres on October 7.

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Dish and Common Sense Media partner to offer ratings, reviews

Dish Network has partnered with Common Sense Media to bring its subscribers age appropriateness ratings for content, as well as reviews, helping parents (and others) make informed decisions about what is and isn’t appropriate for their family. The reviews and ratings are already available on the DishAnywhere.com website, and will be available soon on both the Hopper Whole-Home HD DVR and the Dish Anywhere mobile app.

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Comcast’s adding new features for football fans

Comcast is catering to the wants of its subscribers, at least the subscribers who enjoy football season. On Thursday, the service provider announced that it is making its X1 Sports mobile app “the ultimate football companion” for football season — for both the NCAA and NFL seasons. Comcast says it’ll be bringing users more football content than before, including everything from visualizations that make it easy to catch up on what has already gone down to real-time stats on games.

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Philips unveils new 4K UHD Android TV lines at IFA 2015

Along with the jump to 4K UHD resolutions, TV makers are also jumping on the "smart" bandwagon by putting out a selection of smart TVs. While some are still waiting for Apple's play with the upcoming Apple TV, others are already rallying behind Google's representative, the aptly named Android TV. One of those manufacturers is Philips, and at IFA 2015 this week, it has revealed three new smart TV lines, all bearing 4K UHD resolutions and Android TV, and each with a special feature of its own.

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GoT’s Euron Greyjoy to be played by Pilou Asbæk

Television shows are just starting up again after a long summer, and with them come increasing announcements about the present and future of well known entertainment. That includes information about the upcoming season of Game of Thrones, of which the actor who will play Euron Greyjoy has been revealed: Pilou Asbæk, perhaps best known for his recent role in the movie Lucy. HBO currently lists Season 6 as premiering in Spring 2016.

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Verizon Go90 pay TV will have limited choices at launch

With the competition between the top US carriers becoming even more pronounced, almost vicious, Verizon is looking for new sources of profit. Earlier this year, it revealed plans to have its own subscription-based mobile TV service, which it would later name as Go90, after the 90-degree turn we do on our smartphones to watch video content. While sources claim that the service is already in its testing phases, Go90 might not have the grand launch and channel choices that Verizon might have envisioned and hoped for.

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Sony BRAVIA X91C upsizes UHD HDR smart TV to 75 inches

At IFA 2015, Sony is doing more than just revealing smartphones or experimental smartwatches. It is bringing its entire consumer electronics line forward. One of its strongest product lines is undoubtedly its BRAVIA TVs and today it has announced a firmware update that bring some of its 4K UHD TV sets into the age of HDR, promising better luminosity and contrast. Taking the spotlight among this is the new BRAVIA X91C which combines resolution, smartness, and brightness together in a large but slim 75-inch frame.

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Amazon to make original series based on Galaxy Quest

The 1999 movie Galaxy Quest will be returning as an Amazon original series, it has been announced. The movie featured Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman, Tony Shalhoub and other well known celebrities, and centered around a group of actors who end up sucked into a real-life science fiction adventure. The show's premise is one that will work well for an episodic series, and the movie's sustained fanbase makes this a solid move on Amazon's part.

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Ashley Madison TV show project revealed

Amidst all the news revolving around the Ashley Madison hack is one bizarre report: a TV project based on the hack is in the pipeline. It seems the plan at this point is to shop the show around, and whether any networks will bite is yet to be seen. But regardless, OutEast Entertainment is set to produce a project for television, and there are already two writers in place. While unexpected, the news isn't very surprising.

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