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Hulu is developing several pop culture documentaries, including Batman and Bond

Hulu is developing several pop culture documentaries, including Batman and Bond

While Netflix continues to bolster its original content lineup with new series, streaming video rival Hulu has announced it's working on a line of new original documentaries. Craig Erwich, Hulu's senior vice president of global content, revealed on Friday that the service will establish its Limelight Documentary Series with several exclusive documentaries focusing on little-known people and stories in the world of pop culture.

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BBC will broadcast Rio Olympics in 360-degree video

BBC will broadcast Rio Olympics in 360-degree video

Olympics fans looking forward to the 2016 Summer Games in Rio take note: the BBC has announced it's launching a service that will allow viewers to watch a large portion of the event in 360-degree video. And you don't need an expensive VR headset like the Oculus Rift or HTC Vive either; any unit compatible with an iPhone or Android device will suffice, giving you the opportunity to watch as many as 100 hours of sports coverage as if you were there.

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Daredevil S3, Jessica Jones S2 won’t hit Netflix until 2018

Daredevil S3, Jessica Jones S2 won’t hit Netflix until 2018

Marvel's growing TV universe on Netflix seems to be well on its way to reaching the same success the Avengers movies have seen in theaters. When the first season of Daredevil premiered, it turned out to be a big hit among fans, and since then we've the show's first spin-off, Jessica Jones, another three series coming between now and 2017, and the recently confirmed Punisher series. The bad news in all of this? Netflix has confirmed it's sticking to just two Marvel series per year.

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Apple signs ‘Carpool Karaoke’ as Apple Music exclusive

Apple signs ‘Carpool Karaoke’ as Apple Music exclusive

Unless you've been living under a rock recently, you've likely seen what a hit "Carpool Karaoke," the segment from CBS's Late Late Show where host James Corden drives around with a celebrity or musician singing hit songs, has become, especially on YouTube. It's become so popular that even Apple has come knocking, as the Cupertino giant has signed a deal for the rights to turn Carpool Karaoke into an exclusive TV show for Apple Music.

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Marvel & Netflix at SDCC: Luke Cage, The Defenders, and Daredevil S3

Marvel & Netflix at SDCC: Luke Cage, The Defenders, and Daredevil S3

This year's San Diego Comic-Con has officially kicked off, and Marvel and its streaming video partner Netflix were present to reveal a number of new series on the way, building on their success with Daredevil and Jessica Jones. Adding to April's announcement of a new series for The Punisher were debut trailers for Luke Cage, The Defenders, and Iron Fist.

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Netflix blames confused customers not rising prices for Q2’s failings

Netflix blames confused customers not rising prices for Q2’s failings

Netflix fell far short of its goals for subscriber growth in Q2 2016, blaming customer confusion around price rises for missing its 2.5m target. The streaming video service had predicted adding 2.5m users worldwide in the three month period, but confirmed today that only 1.68m were added, as churn - the number of people canceling their service - proved greater than Netflix had expected.

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CBS News app arrives on Apple TV with live streaming, Siri search

CBS News app arrives on Apple TV with live streaming, Siri search

While most TV networks have yet to launch an Apple TV app offering full access to live content without an additional cable subscription, CBS is at least making its news freely available. The network has just rolled out a new CBS News app for the latest Apple TV model, available now on the App Store. With the app, users can live stream news content from the network, as well as watch playlists on specific topics and on-demand video.

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Netflix debuts ‘Flixtapes’: shareable mixtapes for streaming video

Netflix debuts ‘Flixtapes’: shareable mixtapes for streaming video

If you grew up in the '70s or '80s, you likely remember mixtapes. If you didn't, a mixtape is like the physical form of a playlist; a collection of songs from different artists, usually grouped by a theme or mood, recorded on a single audio tape that could be shared between friends and romantic interests. Well, Netflix has just updated that ancient practice with a new feature called "Flixtapes" — a shareable playlist of movies and TV shows for, well, Netflix.

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Apple opens casting call for ‘Planet of the Apps’ TV show

Apple opens casting call for ‘Planet of the Apps’ TV show

Back in March, Apple's Eddy Cue revealed that the company was getting involved in original TV content by developing a non-scripted series about app developers and the app economy. Production is being split between Apple and television company Propagate, and the show, titled Planet of the Apps, has now started an open casting call. The announcement, posted on the show's official website, says they are looking for iOS, macOS, tvOS, and watchOS developers.

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ESPN considering streaming package with live programming

ESPN considering streaming package with live programming

While there are plenty of streaming video services for people who want to see movies and TV shows, there isn't as much selection for dedicated sports fans. That could be changing in the near future, as sports TV network ESPN is reportedly considering a streaming package that wouldn't require a cable or satellite subscription. This comes in a new report from The Information, which adds that the package would be aimed at cord cutters.

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Now Amazon’s Echo is besties with Spotify and Pandora

Now Amazon’s Echo is besties with Spotify and Pandora

Amazon's Alexa-powered Echo speaker has long been able to pull streaming music from a number of services, but now Amazon is allowing users to set their Spotify account as the default. The new functionality, confirmed by Spotify - one of the streaming options with Echo support - means that no longer do users have to specify which provider they want to hear a track or playlist from.

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Google Chrome gets built-in Cast integration

Google Chrome gets built-in Cast integration

One of the most handy features of Google's Cast television dongle is how easy it is to broadcast your Chrome browser tab onto a bigger screen. That is, as long as you have the browser extension installed. Well, that will soon no longer be the case, as Google has revealed that version 51 of Chrome for the desktop (rolling out now) will have the Cast option built right in.

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