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Gillian Anderson as Carmen Sandiego: the anti-Scully

Gillian Anderson as Carmen Sandiego: the anti-Scully

A number of photos appear showing Gillian Anderson in a bright red full-length coat and hat, prompting rumors of a return of Carmen Sandiego. What happens when you put on a wide-brimmed bright red hat and a bright red coat and sit in a bus terminal? People assume you're hiding something. People assume you're part of the international 90's hit TV series Where In The World Is Carmen Sandiego. Sadly, they'd be wrong. They'd be entirely, shockingly, and unabatedly wrong, PBS for Kids style.

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Xbox One TV Tuner Review

Xbox One TV Tuner Review

The following review is of two devices, combined making the Xbox One capable of running over-the-air digital TV. The first item is the Hauppauge digital TV Tuner for Xbox One. The second is the Mohu Leaf 50 antenna. These two devices are what's needed to pick up TV - if you're not about to pay cash for your local major cable provider and want to enjoy over-the-air TV right alongside gaming content on your Xbox One. While the process of purchase might be odd, the result is excellent.

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Netflix is killing Reality TV

Netflix is killing Reality TV

Reality TV shows and "unscripted" shows are on their way out, so says the chief content officer at Netflix. Speaking at an investor conference this past week, Netflix' chief content officer Ted Sarandos suggested that "the kind of disposable nature of reality, basically doesn't have much of a long shelf life. It hasn't been a great category for us." As the reality television show dies, so re-rises the scripted show and Netflix Originals series like The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and House of Cards.

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X-Files 2016 return premieres on January 24th on Fox

X-Files 2016 return premieres on January 24th on Fox

This morning Fox announced that the X-Files would be premiering on the 24th of January, 2016. But wait a second, you might be saying - didn't I hear that the X-Files would be coming to Netflix or something? Didn't they say it'd be coming to the internet in the year 2015? Not so fast there Rumors McGee, that's not exactly what was ever officially stated. Here we're running down the details of when and where you're going to be able to see the real X-Files next (and probably last) season. It's going to be on Cable Television, first and foremost.

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Comcast dives in on 4K hardware with “Xi4” set-top box

Comcast dives in on 4K hardware with “Xi4” set-top box

This week the folks at Comcast have decided there's plenty of 4K content out in the wild. Enough, at least, to release a 4K Ultra High-Definition Set-Top Box for consumers. The "X1 set-top box" has been announced on the X1 platform, delivering Xfinity TV costumers with 4K UHD content. For those of you that aren't familiar, "UHD" also means "Ultra-HD", and essentially means the same as the term "4K", or a resolution of 3840 × 2160 pixels across a single screen - your screen, the screen you have in your living room.

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Verizon’s FIOS “Skinny Bundle” vs the competition (basically)

Verizon’s FIOS “Skinny Bundle” vs the competition (basically)

So Verizon is launching a new TV service that allows you to pick just a few channels instead of several hundred. So what? How does that compare to the rest of the TV services on the market today? What we're doing here is taking a run down the networks that offer similar services - the few that do - to show you what the real skinny is. Verizon's so-called "skinny bundle" is supposed to launch on the 19th of April - that's just a few days away. Before then, have a look at this.

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DISH adds Netflix and Vevo to Hopper DVR, Joey

DISH adds Netflix and Vevo to Hopper DVR, Joey

This week the folks at DISH Network have added Netflix multi-room functionality for their Joey-using clients. In addition to extending the abilities of Netflix, DISH is bringing Vevo - for music videos - to the Hopper DVR experience. DISH suggests that the addition of Netflix in this manner to Joey units makes them "the first major U.S. pay-TV provider to offer its customers a whole-home Netflix experience." To be clear, this isn't the first time Netflix has been on the Hopper DVR - it's the first time it's been extended to the Joey system.

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Vizio takes 4K TV down to $600, aiming for middle-class USA

Vizio takes 4K TV down to $600, aiming for middle-class USA

The last time we spoke about "affordable" 4K TVs, Vizio was the brand we were speaking about. That was back in September of 2014, and the word "affordable" was tossed around rather willy-nilly. At $999, a television isn't exactly the sort of equipment the average middle-class citizen is going to be picking up more than once every few years. Fast forward to April 2015 and Vizio's newest stab at the market is a 4K TV with a price just 60% of that which they presented a half a year ago.

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Xbox One live TV arrives with this little stick

Xbox One live TV arrives with this little stick

You wouldn't guess it by the looks of the device, but this little piece of equipment is the official go-to device for Xbox One live TV. Microsoft is promoting this device, the Hauppauge WinTV-955Q, paired with an HDTV antenna, to bring "over-the-air TV" - also known as live TV --live, but not cable TV. This is an official partnership between Xbox and Hauppauge, and soon they'll be releasing an edition of the device called the "Hauppauge TV Tuner for Xbox One" for both the United States and Canada.

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Acer Revo One RL85 Entertainment Center gets slick

Acer Revo One RL85 Entertainment Center gets slick

The Acer Revo One RL85 Entertainment Center is a relatively small computer meant to sit out in the open - up near your television where you can see it. Inside you'll put your movies, your internet-connected video and music, and the ability to sync with devices like your smartphone or tablet. This machine works with HDMI and Mini DisplayPort for dual-display support, and the ability to power 4K2K ultra high-definition monitors as well as 4K televisions - just so long as you've got enough processing power inside.

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AT&T U-Verse with Gigapower launches in Cupertino

AT&T U-Verse with Gigapower launches in Cupertino

AT&T has announced that it has launched a new internet service speed in Cupertino, California. The new service is called U-verse with AT&T Gigapower and it brings internet download speeds of up to 1Gbps to some of the residents and businesses in the area. The new service speed is the fastest internet connectivity in the area according to AT&T.

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You don’t want a TV box, you want a Laptop

You don’t want a TV box, you want a Laptop

Now that Apple is rumored to be releasing a new Apple TV box later this year, citizens of the mobile smart device universe have their respective TV-loving ears perked up once again. Do I need a new Apple TV? Maybe an Amazon Fire TV Stick instead? Perhaps I need to get something like a Roku, or maybe a Chromecast! Or - better yet - I could just use the old laptop that's sitting in, on, or under my desk. The one I replaced years ago, but still works just fine.

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