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5 awesome new Roku features in today’s update

5 awesome new Roku features in today’s update

Roku has pushed out a couple of updates, one to its mobile apps and another to its Roku TV models...including the ones that are a couple years old. With the mobile updates comes a new feature enabling users to listen to audio via the headphone jack on their smartphone. The Roku TV update, meanwhile, makes it possible to pause live television being delivered via a digital TV antenna rather than cable or satellite.

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Stranger Things takes spotlight in (faux) Netflix newscast

Stranger Things takes spotlight in (faux) Netflix newscast

The Stranger Things world was, well, full of strange things, and strange things tend to get a spotlight on the evening news. What better day for a news agency to capitalize on strangeness than Halloween? That’s just what 5 WIYZ has done in this new official, fake newscast. Some important series questions are asked, like whose child was it that took an armful of waffles and ran out of the grocery store?

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CBS signs deal with Google for YouTube’s streaming TV service

CBS signs deal with Google for YouTube’s streaming TV service

YouTube Unplugged, Google's subscription-based live television service, has been rumored for several months now, but it appears to have signed its first major content partner in a new deal with the CBS network. The YouTube-branded streaming video service is expected to launch in early 2017, offering users access to several TV channels for a set price between $25 and $40 per month.

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Candy Crush is heading to live action TV because reasons

Candy Crush is heading to live action TV because reasons

CBS is turning Candy Crush, the popular mobile game involving swiping candy, into a live action game show, the network has announced. It isn’t known who will be hosting this game show, nor the exact nature of the game itself and what the contestants can win. Maybe they’ll be awarded with a cache of real-life candy? No one can say. What is clear, though, is that game shows aren't what they used to be.

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LeEco’s scattershot US debut is one huge risk-take

LeEco’s scattershot US debut is one huge risk-take

You can be forgiven for never having heard of LeEco before, at least if you're in the US. Founded in 2004, the Chinese behemoth - previously known as Letv - is already one of the largest online video companies in its home country, but is also building what it describes as a "Le Ecosystem" that runs from smartphones through internet-enabled TVs, to e-commerce and even cars.

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Netflix has 1,000hrs of original content for 2017: 5 shows to watch now

Netflix has 1,000hrs of original content for 2017: 5 shows to watch now

In a recently released letter to shareholders, Netflix paints a picture of good fortunes surrounding its original content, something it plans to ramp up greatly in coming months and years. In its recent third financial quarter, Netflix saw its streaming revenue from around the world pass the $2 billion mark for the first time. The company directly cites original content as being a large reason for that growth, and so it's no surprise Netflix has 1,000 hours of original content planned for 2017.

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Studio Ghibli’s first TV anime series picked up by Amazon

Studio Ghibli’s first TV anime series picked up by Amazon

Fans of renowned anime movie production house Studio Ghibli, take note: the studio's first TV series, Ronja, the Robber's Daughter, has been picked up for the US by Amazon. The 26-episode series will join the streaming video offerings available to Amazon Prime subscribers later this year. As Ronja (also written as "Ronia") will be joining Amazon's children-focused content, it will be getting an English dub, but none other than Gillian Anderson of X-Files fame has been signed to do the narration.

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LeEco leaks US launch products before announcement event

LeEco leaks US launch products before announcement event

Chinese tech and mobile device company LeEco has been planning an announcement event for October 19th for several weeks now, and it's expected to focus on the US debut of their smartphone and other products. Unfortunately, LeEco has just spoiled its own party by accidentally listing almost every device on its online store yesterday. The links were quickly pulled, but not before eager users could get a good look at specs and pricing details.

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First Iron First trailer debuts at NYCC, Sigourney Weaver revealed as Defenders villain

First Iron First trailer debuts at NYCC, Sigourney Weaver revealed as Defenders villain

The Marvel universe taking shape on Netflix has steadily been gaining steam with the debuts of Daredevil and Jessica Jones, leading up to the newest hit, Luke Cage, and now some light is being shed on the next series. At the New York Comic Con this weekend, the first real trailer was revealed for Iron Fist, the story of a young man who returns to New York City after many years away, trained in martial arts to become a living weapon.

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LG webOS Smart TVs gain online payment support

LG webOS Smart TVs gain online payment support

Back in the days, TVs became the hub of the house. These days, each family member usually carry their own mini-hubs in the form of smartphones and tablets. Trying to reclaim their territory, TV makers have made TVs smarter so that they could do anything their owners want. Including shopping, at least for digital goods. To that end, LG has announced its partnership with Paymentwall to bring the ability to make online purchases on a host of its Smart TVs, powered by its custom webOS 3.0 platform.

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The CW network releases cable subscription-free Apple TV app

The CW network releases cable subscription-free Apple TV app

US television network The CW is making the jump into set-top box streaming in a way that can only be described as a cord cutter's dream come true: with no requirement for a cable subscription. In addition to updating its iOS app, the network has released a new app for the fourth-gen Apple TV that allows viewers to watch The CW — including brand-new episodes of its shows — for free with no login or authentication of a cable subscription.

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‘Simpsons’ full series marathon coming to FXX (again) in November

‘Simpsons’ full series marathon coming to FXX (again) in November

This isn't deja vu, it's just happening again: FXX plans to have another The Simpsons every episode marathon starting around Thanksgiving and running into early December, the same thing it did back in 2014. The first "Every Episode Ever" marathon was a big hit following FX's acquisition of The Simpsons back catalog rights, and involved airing every episode of the series in order.

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