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Netflix said to offer offline viewing before the year’s end

Netflix said to offer offline viewing before the year’s end

As the competition between streaming video services continues to heat up, one of the distinguishing features is quickly turning out to be offline viewing, or the ability for users to temporarily download media for watching in situations where an internet connection isn't available, such as along airplane flights. Netflix, the reigning king of streaming video, has long balked at offline viewing, with CEO Reed Hastings previously stating that it was "never going to happen." However, we're hearing from more sources that things could soon change.

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New Star Wars Rogue One trailer [UPDATE: Full collection and super-cut]

New Star Wars Rogue One trailer [UPDATE: Full collection and super-cut]

It's time again to begin diving in on our yearly Star Wars film, Rogue One - A Star Wars Story. That is, Star Wars: Rogue One, a Star Wars Anthology film, as it might have been called in the spring of 2015. For those of you that followed our coverage of Star Wars: The Force Awakens - you know good and well that we're not about to let a Star Wars film go getting released without analyzing it well and beyond that of a normal film.

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Comcast X1 adds more real-time sports stats ahead of new NBA season

Comcast X1 adds more real-time sports stats ahead of new NBA season

During the Rio Olympics, Comcast offered real-time on-screen stats to its X1 set-top-box customers, and now it plans to offer the same feature for all other sports you can watch via its service. The announcement comes just ahead of the new NBA basketball season, but it won't be limited to just basketball games. With the feature, you'll see things like game states, team scores, and more, as well as sport-specific details like what percentage of shots were taken from specific parts of the basketball court.

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Sphero BB-8 Force Band Review : Star Wars’ top wearable

Sphero BB-8 Force Band Review : Star Wars’ top wearable

Sphero's Force Band for BB-8 is the best example of going above-and-beyond the call of duty I've ever seen in a Star Wars toy. And I've seen a lot of Star Wars toys. While there are some mightily impressive action figures out there - some with details so striking, I can barely tell model from real life - this Force Band for the BB-8 by Sphero amplifies the Star Wars magic already present in BB-8 by Sphero, a device we maintain is the Best Star Wars Toy Ever Made.

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The Beatles LEGO Yellow Submarine detailed for release

The Beatles LEGO Yellow Submarine detailed for release

The Beatles will have their very first LEGO set in the very near future thanks to a talented member of the LEGO Ideas group. User Kevin Szeto took to the Yellow Submarine as an inspirational work of art several months ago. As an "amateur musician and songwriter," said Szeto, "I have always been drawn to the music of The Beatles. The creation of the Yellow Submarine model was really my way of showing my affection for The Beatles, as well as trying to pay a small tribute to The Beatles phenomenon."

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CBS All Access for PlayStation 4 now available

CBS All Access for PlayStation 4 now available

Not too long after launching an ad-free option, CBS All Access is now available for the PlayStation 4. The subscription service provides access to a slew of CBS content, including more than 8,500 on-demand episodes from a bunch of shows. Some users located in various U.S. cities are also given the option to stream their local CBS affiliate station live — according to CBS, this is available in places like Philadelphia, San Francisco, LA, NYC, and Chicago.

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One last (semi-secret) reason Apple bought Beats

One last (semi-secret) reason Apple bought Beats

Beyond the already-spoken reasons Apple bought Beats, it occurred to me just recently that there might've been a less obvious line of reasoning, one that had to do with the iPhone 7. On July 28th of 2016, NPD Group's Retail Tracking Service reported that, for the first time in the history of headphones, Bluetooth headphone revenue overtook non-Bluetooth. To see this coming many, many moons ahead of time, Apple may only have had to purchase the biggest brand in headphones.

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Hellboy 3 movie probably isn’t happening

Hellboy 3 movie probably isn’t happening

There’s some sad news circulating for Hellboy fans: the greatly anticipated (read: hoped for) third installment in the movie franchise, Hellboy 3, probably isn’t happening. Such news comes from Ron Perlman himself, who indicated in a recent interview that conversations about making the movie have been dropped and that everyone is busy with other things. “We don’t talk about that anymore,” Perlman said, speaking about the possibility of a Hellboy 3 movie. That leaves little hope that we'll see the trilogy brought to a proper end.

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Power Rangers movie gets dark & serious in debut trailer

Power Rangers movie gets dark & serious in debut trailer

The New York Comic-Con is being held this weekend, and movie studio Lionsgate has used the event to premiere the first trailer for the upcoming Power Rangers movie. The two and a half-minute video does a great job of setting up the superhero story many of us watched on TV growing up. Many of the familiar elements are there, including the group of five outcast/troublemaking teens that discover a meteorite and gain powers. However, it's clear the goofiness of the early '90s show has been replaced by Zack Snyder-influenced levels of serious darkness.

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First Iron First trailer debuts at NYCC, Sigourney Weaver revealed as Defenders villain

First Iron First trailer debuts at NYCC, Sigourney Weaver revealed as Defenders villain

The Marvel universe taking shape on Netflix has steadily been gaining steam with the debuts of Daredevil and Jessica Jones, leading up to the newest hit, Luke Cage, and now some light is being shed on the next series. At the New York Comic Con this weekend, the first real trailer was revealed for Iron Fist, the story of a young man who returns to New York City after many years away, trained in martial arts to become a living weapon.

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Is a Daft Punk tour for 2017 imminent with Alive2017 dot com?

Is a Daft Punk tour for 2017 imminent with Alive2017 dot com?

This morning a website appeared without preamble, a website which - by several clever means - suggests that Daft Punk will go on tour in 2017. This website is hosted by the low-level hosts at A Small Orange and seem to have blocked attempts at access through a simple IP/WhoIs blocker. Basic attempts to identify the creator have gone nowhere. Could it be that Alive2017 dot com is a forgery? Or is it just that the hype is so real that it cannot be contained by simple record label creations?

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‘Strangers Things’ gets an 8-bit video game makeover

‘Strangers Things’ gets an 8-bit video game makeover

Stranger Things was deliberately made to tap that 80s nostalgia, and now Cinefix is here to push it all the way over the edge. As with other movies and TV shows, Cinefix has taken Netflix’s latest hit and transformed it into an 8-bit video with all the stylings of a classic, blocky game. The rendition is as great as we've come to expect from Cinefix, but be cautious: if you haven't watched the actual series yet, this video will spoil just about everything for you.

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