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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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Sling TV was the real winner of Mayweather-McGregor Fight

Sling TV was the real winner of Mayweather-McGregor Fight

As sporting events go, boxing matches are rarely must-see endeavors for a wide audience. For the dedicated boxing fan, Mayweather vs. McGregor was one of those times. For more casual fans – and those who prefer MMA – the bout was a litmus test for which discipline might be supreme. We didn’t learn much from the fight itself as that goes, but how I was able to consume the fight told me volumes about the future of TV, where Sling is already winning.

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Pandora user? There’s some big news today

Pandora user? There’s some big news today

Pandora and SiriusXM are hooking up, with a $480m investment into the streaming music business that will see it ramp up its defense against Spotify, Apple Music, and other rivals. Tipped to be in the works for some weeks now, the deal sees SiriusXM pump almost half a billion dollars into Pandora. That will allow it to adopt "a hybrid advertising/subscription model" that it claims will be more sustainable than others.

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Sense8 cancelled as Netflix pulls plug on diverse sci-fi hit

Sense8 cancelled as Netflix pulls plug on diverse sci-fi hit

Netflix has cancelled Sense8, with the show becoming the latest in the on-demand streaming TV service's growing list of axed series. Two seasons of Sense8 were produced, focusing on an eight-person group who discovered they had interlinked mental connections through which they could share emotions and more. It was the creation of Lana and Lilly Wachowski, along with J. Michael Straczynski.

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“House of Cards” Season 5 delayed amid Netflix bumper growth

“House of Cards” Season 5 delayed amid Netflix bumper growth

"House of Cards" season five won't air until Q2 2017, Netflix has confirmed today, disappointing fans of the award winning series. News that the show had been renewed for a fifth season was confirmed a year ago, in January 2016, before season four had even aired on the on-demand streaming service. However, we now know that there'll be longer to wait before we get to see it.

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Hulu is axing free streaming (but don’t panic)

Hulu is axing free streaming (but don’t panic)

Hulu is ending its free service and will demand viewers cough up a monthly subscription to watch its streaming shows, though a deal with Yahoo may soften the blow somewhat. Since it launched in 2006, Hulu has offered both free, ad-supported viewing and paid subscriptions, though unusually the latter does not necessarily guarantee no commercials in your stream.

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Amazon takes on YouTube with Video Direct service

Amazon takes on YouTube with Video Direct service

If you're a video content creator, there is really only one place to go to distribute your work. While there are other services out there, YouTube is the biggest and best place to go to upload your content and get maximum visibility. Unfortunately, many content creators have experienced major issues with having their content flagged, which has resulted in lost revenue, and even having their channel taken down. Which is why Amazon's latest announcement might be a breath of fresh air.

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Netflix will soon let you choose your mobile streaming quality

Netflix will soon let you choose your mobile streaming quality

Netflix has confirmed it has been secretly throttling video streaming to AT&T and Verizon subscribers, but now promises an update to be more transparent is in the pipeline. The on-demand video provider had been delivering low-quality streams over the two largest cellular networks in the US, the WSJ revealed earlier this week, much to the surprise of customers of those networks since there was nothing disclosing such a strategy to them.

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Apple Music renegotiates contract terms, luring independent labels

Apple Music renegotiates contract terms, luring independent labels

Apple Music launches in less than one week, on June 30th. The streaming service is making itself attractive to customers by offering a three-month trial period, hoping that users from established rivals like Spotify drop by and stick around for the premium subscription service. At first, Apple's plan was to forgo paying artists during this trial period. It was a huge blow to independent labels as they are the ones who can't risk giving up a quarter of a year's worth of revenue. Thankfully for artists, Taylor Swift called Apple out on its practices in an open letter, swaying Apple Music to change its tune.

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Tidal fires CEO amid fears of competition from incoming Apple Music

Tidal fires CEO amid fears of competition from incoming Apple Music

Tidal has just let go of its CEO, Peter Tonstad. As Tonstad was only the interim CEO, it's natural that his time with Tidal would come to an end. But, Tidal doesn't have anyone stepping in to take over as CEO, indicating the change is abrupt. Tonstad had only been with Tidal since April when he replaced the previous CEO, Andy Chen. This juggling act of power positions comes as Tidal gets a new competitor on the streaming scene, Apple Music.

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Apple’s unsigned music deals could hinder Beats global launch

Apple’s unsigned music deals could hinder Beats global launch

Apple is due to unveil its revamped Beats Music platform at WWDC which runs Jun 8th - 12th, but the global release date for the service is likely to be later, at the end of the June. Apple still has some kinks to work out behind the scenes before it can re-launch the service. The biggest hurdle before release is finalizing media licensing deals. Apple is still trying to secure favorable licensing deals with music labels.

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Seinfeld will make its streaming debut on Hulu this June

Seinfeld will make its streaming debut on Hulu this June

‘What is the deal with streaming? Is it Internet? It’s definitely not TV.’ Whatever the Jerry Seinfeld in my head who just set that joke up thinks it might be, all episodes of Seinfeld will be made available for streaming soon. Sony has licensed Seinfeld exclusively to Hulu for on-demand watching, which will debut on the service in June. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but a previous rumor put the per-episode licensing fee north of $500,000 per episode.

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