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Netflix courts cable companies to give viewers “frictionless” access

Netflix courts cable companies to give viewers “frictionless” access

Netflix last week publicly reaffirmed its steadfast desire to partner with U.S. cable companies to bundle streaming Netflix programming as an app in set-top boxes like TiVo, but so far the industry in this country has not embraced Netflix's advances. For cable companies, the streaming video service's 27 million American subscribers represent competition, not a new market or an opportunity to add value.

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Simpsons Halloween Guillermo del Toro intro gets full reference rundown

Simpsons Halloween Guillermo del Toro intro gets full reference rundown

It's that time of the year again - time for the Simpsons' Treehouse of Horror - a mini-episode-laden tribute to Halloween that's been going on for 14 straight years. What we've got this time around (for the "Couch Gag" intro to the show, at least) is a massive three-minute-long homage to the horror genre of films as directed by none other than Guillermo del Toro. This beast of sequence has well over 45 references to both the horror genre in general and the films of del Toro himself - and we're going to list them.

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YouTube Audio Library brings royalty-free downloadable tunes to public

YouTube Audio Library brings royalty-free downloadable tunes to public

The key to Open Source and Royalty-Free and Public Domain media is collaboration, and the furtherance of humankind by using what our predecessors have made and building up and outward. YouTube has taken to this call to action with great enthusiasm this week with the YouTube Audio Library, supporting the likes of burgeoning artists and ancient artists alike with a collection of freely-downloadable music they suggest could - and should - be used as backbeats for future YouTube submissions. They've made it all so easy, that is to say.

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DVDO AIR3 WirelessHD adapter delivers 1080p60 content over MHL

DVDO AIR3 WirelessHD adapter delivers 1080p60 content over MHL

DVDO has announced the AIR3, which is being touted as the industry's first 60GHz Wireless HD adapter with support for both MHL and HDMI connectivity. Or more specifically, the DVDO AIR3 is a wireless adapter that will allow the user to push 1080p60 HD content from HDMI and DVI as well as from smartphones and tablets that are equipped with MHL support. DVDO is pushing the AIR3 as being good for gamers as well as for those looking to stream video without having to string cables across the room.

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Chromecast support expands: YouTube embeds now Casting

Chromecast support expands: YouTube embeds now Casting

With the release of the Chromecast came the second wave of Google's vision for ultra-simple "flinging" of content from your Android device to a larger display. As the Nexus Q took a belly dive, the much smaller and simpler Chromecast took hold, it being small enough to fit in a person's pocket and able to connect to essentially any Android device nearly instantly. Now that this device is in the hands - or plugged into the HDMI ports - of thousands of users across the globe, Google has begun a push with YouTube to expand support and features.

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Daft Punk “Lose Yourself to Dance” comes correct with disco music video

Daft Punk “Lose Yourself to Dance” comes correct with disco music video

This week the French robot duo known as Daft Punk have unveiled their first "proper" music video for their record Random Access Memories in "Lose Yourself to Dance." This music video harkens back to the warm, sparkly beauty of the disco era with fully reflective jackets for the band, a soft filter on the camera lens, and golden lights shining on high from above. This release also sets itself up as one in a line of retro-aesthetic videos released over the past couple of years as it sticks to the theme of the record itself - new, yet classic.

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Sony Music Video Recorder HDR-MV1 official for those about to rock

Sony Music Video Recorder HDR-MV1 official for those about to rock

The Sony HDR-MV1 Music Video Recorder has been introduced this week as a device made for musicians who wish to record and share live - or staged - performances. This device works with an X-Y position MIC setup up front with 120 degrees of sound capture paired with new Linear PCM Sound technology. Once you've got your sound solidified, this camera also records video with a 120-degree viewing angle and a top-notch Exmor R CMOS sensor (ZEISS, that is).

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Sony FDR-AX1 4K Handycam official: top-quality video within reach

Sony FDR-AX1 4K Handycam official: top-quality video within reach

Aiming to make public access to the 4K video resolution a bit more affordable (though not for lack of quality in hardware), Sony has this week announced the Sony FDR-AX1 4K Handycam. This device is able to record video at 4x the number of pixels offered with "Full HD", bringing this camera's video output up to 3840 x 2160 pixels. This device isn't going to be something you pick up at your corner camera shop - we're not quite there yet with this sort of quality - but it is the closest thing we've seen to a general consumer product able to record video at such high definition.

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Black Betty 2K camera houses Mac Mini for all-in-one studio setup

Black Betty 2K camera houses Mac Mini for all-in-one studio setup

While the creators of this "Black Betty" device maintain that it's not a camera at all, you'll find shooting, editing, and uploading video on it to be included, all in the same amalgamation of plastic, metal, and glass. This is the first Black Betty custom camera housing, and it works with an Apple Mac Mini inside and a Silicon Imaging SI-2K Mini Camera Head to create a single beast capable of creating high-quality video ready to upload to the web. And it does it all with just two physical buttons.

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Google Hangouts go HD with VP8 switch [UPDATE]

Google Hangouts go HD with VP8 switch [UPDATE]

Starting this month, users will be experience an increased bit of quality in their Google+ Hangouts video chat as result of the company switching over to a new form of video codec. The video codec itself isn't new, it having been released all the way back in 2010, but it's new to this Google system, and just as video chat begins to hit the likes of smartphones and tablets with Hangouts, Google has let it be known that they'll be bringing a higher definition to the web as well. Speaking with Janko Roettgers of GigaOM, Google's Vice President of Engineering Chee Chew let it be known that Google is switching from H.264 to the codec known as VP8.

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