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Upcoming Roku Express, Premiere, Ultra boxes leaked in photos

Upcoming Roku Express, Premiere, Ultra boxes leaked in photos

The living room entertainment market is getting a bit more crowded, with an increasing number of players in the smart TV, set-top box, and streaming markets. In order to maintain its prominence as the set-top box brand, Roku is expected to do a refresh of its entire line, from top to bottom. Instead of the numbered models from 1 to 4, this latest leak shows five, yes five, models to take their place. With features that sometimes bleed into each other, the Roku Express, Express Plus, Premiere, Premiere+, and Ultra could give consumers more options, or confuse the hell out of them.

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Yahoo View hits iPhones and iPads

Yahoo View hits iPhones and iPads

Just last month, Yahoo made a grab for the cord cutters market by launching Yahoo View, a by-product of its partnership with Hulu. Through that service, primarily available on the desktop via web browsers, Yahoo users could get access to free content from ABC, NBC, FOX, and others. Now Yahoo is taking that one step further into the realm of mobile, by making a Yahoo View app available for both iPads and iPhones, making sure you can enjoy those same TV shows and movies anywhere your feet, or wheels, take you.

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Netflix plans to offer 50% original programming in next few years

Netflix plans to offer 50% original programming in next few years

If you're a fan of shows like House of Cards and Stranger Things, then you'll most likely be pleased with Netflix's vision for the future. Netflix CFO David Wells has revealed that the company plans to be offering a 50/50 mix of content within the next few years, with 50% of that content being original programming and the other 50% being licensed content from other networks.

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Amazon’s Alexa integrates with another big speaker brand: Denon HEOS

Amazon’s Alexa integrates with another big speaker brand: Denon HEOS

Also known as one of the biggest rivals to speaker company and system Sonos*, Denon creates HEOS, a speaker system that'll soon work with Amazon Alexa. This system will be updated in the first quarter of 2017, where a wide variety of speakers with the HEOS brand will be given a software update to allow Amazon Alexa to give their voice control powers a big boost.

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The CW prepares to launch subscription-free streaming

The CW prepares to launch subscription-free streaming

The CW is making a big move many of its peers are still too afraid to make: it is getting ready to launch subscription-free streaming across just about every major device, including Apple TV, Fire TV, Chromecast, Roku, and Xbox, as well as on iOS and Android, and over AirPlay. Because it will be subscription-free streaming, you won't need an applicable for-pay cable plan in order to sign in and access the content.

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Resident Evil: Vendetta trailer offers first look at CG movie

Resident Evil: Vendetta trailer offers first look at CG movie

Late last week, Capcom released some still images from the movie Resident Evil: Vendetta, promising to show off the movie’s first trailer at the Tokyo Game Show. That happened early yesterday morning, and now the footage has made its way to YouTube, giving fans their first look at the film. If all goes as planned, the movie will be hitting theaters (in Japan, at least) next spring, presenting established characters in a new storyline.

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Now you can buy Fandango movie tickets right on Facebook

Now you can buy Fandango movie tickets right on Facebook

Fandango, one the most popular ways to buy movie tickets online, has just partnered with Facebook to launch a feature allowing users to look up and pay for tickets right within the social networking app. In a surprising twist, it actually sounds like something that will be useful, unlike the whole messenger chatbot trend going on right now. Users can simply lookup a movie on Facebook, and buy their tickets right from the film's page.

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You can watch the Drone Racing League on ESPN starting next month

You can watch the Drone Racing League on ESPN starting next month

Televised sports have come to include a lot different things in the last few years. Some time ago it started with televised poker tournaments, and these days competitive video games are getting their time in light with many networks investing in eSports. It appears the next big activity is going to be professional drone racing, as ESPN has announced a new broadcasting deal with the Drone Racing League (yes, that's already a thing).

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Russian ‘Guardians’ superhero movie gets an English trailer

Russian ‘Guardians’ superhero movie gets an English trailer

In case you missed the news, Russia has its own city-destroying superhero movie in the works, and it involves a guardian man-bear with a gatling gun. A previous trailer the movie has been around for months, but it was released in Russian (as we'd expect it to be). Thankfully for those of us on this side of the pond, the trailer -- as well as a new second trailer -- has been dubbed in English and released as one extra-long teaser. In it we discover a storyline as old as humans, and one not unlike past Hollywood blockbusters.

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Ex-Top Gear hosts’ ‘The Grand Tour’ hits Amazon on November 18

Ex-Top Gear hosts’ ‘The Grand Tour’ hits Amazon on November 18

Fan of the BBC's previous version of Top Gear — that is, the one with well-known hosts Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, and James May — have been missing their fix of cars, snark, and silly antics for well over a year now. The trio departed from the show in early 2015 following Clarkson's dismissal, but it didn't take long for them to re-group and come up with a new show. That show, titled The Grand Tour, was picked up by Amazon, and now finally has a premiere date.

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Resident Evil: Vendetta CG movie arrives Spring 2017

Resident Evil: Vendetta CG movie arrives Spring 2017

There’s an animated movie based on the Resident Evil franchise in the works, and it is called “Resident Evil: Vendetta.” The movie will be available in spring 2017, according to the official movie website. As well, Capcom has teased the upcoming title by releasing some still images taken from show footage, presenting them at the Tokyo Game Show today. The company also plans to release a trailer of some sort this weekend, giving fans their first look at the movie.

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PlayStation Vue will soon offer HBO and Cinemax

PlayStation Vue will soon offer HBO and Cinemax

PlayStation Vue, Sony’s over-the-Internet live television service, will soon offer HBO and Cinemax as channel options for those who want them. The announcement coincides with another one — HBO Now will soon be available on both the PlayStation 3 and the PlayStation 4, giving those with a standalone HBO Now subscription — regardless of whether they have Vue — the ability to watch shows through it on their PS console. The HBO Now support, of course, won’t cost anything.

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