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Pandora’s beefed-up Sonos control adds Alexa support

Pandora’s beefed-up Sonos control adds Alexa support

Pandora may have been overshadowed by rival streaming music services in recent years, but a new Sonos integration could push it back into the limelight. The update brings full Sonos control right into the Pandora app, including multi-room playback support. It also adds more collaborative play, allowing guests to take on DJ duties from their own phone.

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Amazon Lord of the Rings show isn’t what you think it is

Amazon Lord of the Rings show isn’t what you think it is

This morning Amazon announced that they'd really, truly secured the rights to make a Lord of the Rings TV show. This is likely the biggest win for the company in their short history in creating media content, and should span well into the future with episodic tales from Middle Earth. The first show that Amazon now owns the rights to make is a prequel to The Fellowship of the Ring.

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Disney streaming service will be cheaper than Netflix, says CEO Bob Iger

Disney streaming service will be cheaper than Netflix, says CEO Bob Iger

With Disney gradually pulling its content from Netflix, the writing has been on the wall for some time now that the house of Mickey would be rolling out its own streaming service. Now with an expected launch in 2019, featuring not only the Disney movie library but Star Wars and Marvel content as well, the company started revealing a few details, including that it plans to undercut Netflix in pricing.

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Netflix fires Kevin Spacey, actor no longer involved with House of Cards

Netflix fires Kevin Spacey, actor no longer involved with House of Cards

It's starting look more and more like House of Cards' sixth and final season isn't going to see the light of day. After announcing earlier this week that the show's production had been indefinitely halted, Netflix has stated that it's cutting all ties with Kevin Spacey and will not be involved with the actor in any way. This includes Spacey's immediate suspension from production of House of Cards.

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Amazon Fire TV (2017) Review: 4K HDR, Alexa, and a problem

Amazon Fire TV (2017) Review: 4K HDR, Alexa, and a problem

Welcome to the age of 4K HDR and a brand new Amazon Fire TV (2017), complete with Alexa to hold your hand as you wade into High Dynamic Range content. Aggressively priced at $69.99, and thoroughly undercutting the latest Apple TV in the process, Amazon's newest media streamer boasts not only 4K HDR 60 fps, but all the skills and talents its virtual assistant can offer. As I found, however, the road to multimedia nirvana is seldom smooth.

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YouTube Red’s next original series is a Tinder-based comedy called ‘Swipe Right’

YouTube Red’s next original series is a Tinder-based comedy called ‘Swipe Right’

YouTube Red's original programs have yet to catch up to those from Netflix and Amazon in terms of quality and viewership, but the premium service continues to expand its catalog of content. The company has now greenlit a scripted comedy series based on the dating app Tinder, titled — wait for it — Swipe Right, and focuses on a woman who decides to go on a date with all 252 of her Tinder matches.

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NVIDIA’s cheapest SHIELD TV brings 4K HDR fight to Apple TV

NVIDIA’s cheapest SHIELD TV brings 4K HDR fight to Apple TV

NVIDIA's most affordable SHIELD TV is now shipping, with the entry-level set-top box promising 4K HDR content support and gaming despite its lower price. Announced last month, the SHIELD TV 16GB lacks the dedicated gamepad controller that comes bundled with its more expensive siblings. However, it still could be the best option for those looking for a fairly platform-agnostic way to get streaming shows and movies on their TV.

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Every Futurama episode comes to Hulu this week

Every Futurama episode comes to Hulu this week

Good news everyone! If you've been eager to binge on Fox's other hit animated show, Futurama, you'll soon be able to watch the entire series on Hulu. This marks the first time the show will be available for streaming following its departure from Netflix this summer. Futurama will hit Hulu in the US on Monday, October 16th, and that includes all 140 episodes, along with the series' four movies.

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Hulu reveals first trailer for Marvel’s Runaways series

Hulu reveals first trailer for Marvel’s Runaways series

Netflix may have been the exclusive home to Marvel's television series for the last few years, but that's finally changing later this year when Hulu debuts its new Runaways series, based on the comics about super-powered teenagers. At New York City Comic Con this week, the streaming service revealed the first trailer for Runaways, introducing us to its six heroes and their story.

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Apple movie rentals now give you double the time to watch

Apple movie rentals now give you double the time to watch

You might not be impressed with the Apple TV 4K, but a big change to how iTunes movie rental periods are handled is likely to be much more warmly received. Apple has quietly switched up its policy on how long rented content can be watched after you've started playback, much to the benefit of iTunes users. Now, you'll have 48 hours to finish watching your rental.

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Spotify web streaming no longer supports Apple’s Safari

Spotify web streaming no longer supports Apple’s Safari

While Spotify is most commonly associated with its mobile apps, it allows desktop users to stream music through their web browser. Unfortunately that's no longer an option for those who prefer Apple's Safari, as it is no longer supported by Spotify. The abrupt change came about this weekend, surprising and frustrating many users, with the streaming service stating that Safari is now incompatible with its Web Player.

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Netflix free at T-Mobile: the fine print

Netflix free at T-Mobile: the fine print

T-Mobile USA earlier today announced that they'd be allowing Netflix to be streamed for free for certain data plans. This means that the users benefitting will not have to pay a monthly fee for Netflix because T-Mobile USA will be footing the bill. Sounds like a pretty good deal right out the gate, right? It sort of is - sort of.

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