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Amazon locks Star Wars, Marvel DVDs and Blu-rays behind Prime paywall

Amazon locks Star Wars, Marvel DVDs and Blu-rays behind Prime paywall

Amazon has mildly annoyed some consumers by locking Star Wars and Marvel physical movie discs behind a Prime paywall. Anyone who tries to order DVDs and Blu-ray discs from either franchise via the online retailer must subscribe to Prime, otherwise the purchase is unavailable. The good news is that Amazon is only one of many online retailers and you don't need it to get any of these movies.

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AT&T announces a new streaming service, surprises everyone

AT&T announces a new streaming service, surprises everyone

AT&T, if you haven't already heard, wants to buy Time Warner's broadcasting business. The government, on the other hand, doesn't seem to think that such a merger is a good idea, and it's brought an antitrust lawsuit against AT&T in an attempt to block the deal. Yesterday, AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson took the stand to explain why he thinks the merger wouldn't harm customers, and in the process, he announced a new streaming service that's set to debut in just a few weeks.

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Netflix theater purchase may open door to major film awards

Netflix theater purchase may open door to major film awards

Netflix has come a long way since its days of mail-order DVDs. The streaming company is driving original content production, pumping out its own shows and movies that, in many cases, have earned it critical acclaim. The industry has, at times, pushed back against Netflix's evolutionary presence, but it can't slow the company down. Underscoring that reality, Netflix is reportedly looking to buy physical theaters.

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Netflix mobile previews roll out today on iOS

Netflix mobile previews roll out today on iOS

Finding something good to watch on Netflix can be quite the chore. There's a lot of content - some of it good, some of it not so much - available through the service, which can lead to choice paralysis for those who log in without a clear idea of what they're looking for. Netflix is hoping to help make the decision easier with new mobile previews, which are rolling out today on iOS.

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ESPN+ streaming sports service arrives on Roku devices

ESPN+ streaming sports service arrives on Roku devices

Sports fans recently got access to a new service that provides games and more for a low monthly fee, cable not required. Called ESPN+, the service offers access to the network's original content, such as 30 for 30, as well as some live games from major leagues and access to events. As of today, the streaming sports platform is now available through Roku devices.

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Netflix 125m subscribers mean more new shows and movies

Netflix 125m subscribers mean more new shows and movies

Netflix has delivered its financial results for the first quarter of 2018, and things are looking pretty great. Netflix revealed that it is now up to 125 million subscribers around the world, which is a truly eye-watering number. As you might imagine, revenue was on the increase as well, which means that Netflix had a solid quarter to start to year.

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Hulu slashes HBO add-on cost, but the discount won’t last

Hulu slashes HBO add-on cost, but the discount won’t last

Want to watch the next season of Westworld but don't want to pay premium for an HBO subscription? If so, Hulu's latest deal will no doubt be appealing. For a short time, the streaming service is offering its customers HBO as an add-on service for about one-third its normal monthly rate, making it about the same price as a fancy coffee. The slashed rate is temporary, though.

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Internet Archive’s Arcade now adding “hundreds” of new games

Internet Archive’s Arcade now adding “hundreds” of new games

Emulated games from the otherwise-lost history of video games are coming to the Internet Archive. The original Internet Arcade project was started all the way back on August 6th of 2014, but only this year really blew up to its current size. In fact, the most massive portion of games in the archive now were just added this week - and will continue over the next few days!

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Xfinity X1’s TV bundles with Netflix are coming this month

Xfinity X1’s TV bundles with Netflix are coming this month

Comcast plans to bake a Netflix subscription into its TV bundles, giving X1 subscribers package options that will condense the payments into a single bill. The two companies have been working together since late 2016, when Comcast first released its Xfinity X1 Netflix app that integrated the on-demand service into the set-top box.

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Planet X and this April’s apocalypse: Great sci-fi potential

Planet X and this April’s apocalypse: Great sci-fi potential

Today we're going to discuss why the theory of a Planet X apocalypse is both ridiculous and an awesome idea for a sci-fi movie. The most recent call for the end of life on our planet comes from one madman who's out to sell a lot of books. And his name is not L. Ron Hubbard. This prediction begins with Planet X, otherwise known as Nibiru, which no telescope nor any other instrument of science has ever been able to detect before.

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Can Apple bring itself to save HomePod?

Can Apple bring itself to save HomePod?

HomePod was meant to be Apple's triumphant splash in the smart speaker market, but the reality has been a little less rewarding. Official sales numbers still haven't been shared - and, most likely, never will - but reports this week suggest demand for the Siri-powered speaker has been a fraction of what Apple predicted. Ironically, though, there are a few fairly straightforward ways that HomePod could be improved. Apple could even do some of them without needing to change its hardware at all. The question is not so much how Apple could do it, really, it's if Apple could.

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ESPN+ launches: Live and on-demand sports for cord-cutters

ESPN+ launches: Live and on-demand sports for cord-cutters

ESPN's brand new all-on-one sports app has launched, bringing its new ESPN+ cord-cutting subscription to iOS, Android, and Amazon Fire devices. Teased earlier this month, the new app completely redesigns ESPN's interface. While you don't need to be an ESPN+ subscriber to get some benefit, however, it's clear that the new on-demand and live streaming is the centerpiece.

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