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CBS All Access launches on Roku with live streaming and VOD

EngadgetHD - April 7, 2015 - 1:31pm

CBS All Access streaming service is now available for Roku for $5.99 a month. Roku owners can download the app via the Roku Channel Store and sign up here. In addition to streaming new shows like NCIS, The Big Bang Theory and The Good Wife, the service has an extensive back catalog of classic CBS shows like Star Trek, Cheers, Jag and Engadget favorite, Touched by an Angel. Live streaming of CBS affiliates is available in 14 markets including Los Angeles, Chicago, New York and Philadelphia with more on the way. If you're not in one of those metropolitan areas, you'll get access to new episodes the day after broadcast. That's a bummer, but CBS says subscribers will have access to additional content during the Grammys, Country Music Awards and Victoria's Secret Fashion Show. All Access is already available for iOS and Android. But, with today's Roku news, you won't have to MacGyver a casting solution to watch MacGyver on your HDTV.

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Netflix's first batch of recommended TVs include LG, Sony and Roku sets

EngadgetHD - April 7, 2015 - 12:34pm

Among a slew of CES announcements in January, Netflix revealed that it would be recommending specific TVs for its streaming service. Today, the company finally revealed its first round of specially anointed sets, all of which will bear the "Netflix Recommended TV" label. Those include the LG's 4K UHD TVs with webOS 2.0, all of Sony's Android TVs, and Roku's sets from Hisense, Insignia and TCL. So what, exactly does the special label get you? In short, much faster access to Netflix. The company says they'll all launch its app faster than other devices (though we still don't know how much faster), and they'll also get access to new features sooner. In fact, Sony and Roku's TVs will soon have the option to turn on and launch Netflix with a single button. That's all great news for couch potatoes, but bad news for your productivity.

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JXE Streams: We conquer our fear of 'Dark Souls 2' on PS4

EngadgetHD - April 7, 2015 - 11:30am

It's been just under two weeks since Bloodborne brutalized me on JXE Streams. After years of building up the gumption to actually tackle one of From Software's vicious action role-playing games, I finally braved its rank, monster-filled hallways. Know what? I loved it; the tension, the terror and the challenge are intoxicating. Not content to only explore Bloodborne's Victorian nightmare, I've decided to finally try its swords-and-sorcery predecessor, Dark Souls 2. We streamed Dark Souls 2 when it came out on PC in 2014, but this is the brand new PlayStation 4 version. We'll play it for the first time live, for your pleasure.

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Vivendi in talks to buy Dailymotion, PCCW out

BroadbandTVNews - April 7, 2015 - 10:04am

For the second time, French government seems to have prevented Orange’s video portal Dailymotion falling into the hands of a foreign company. Read the story »

HBO Now is live on Apple devices

EngadgetHD - April 7, 2015 - 8:29am

HBO's cable-free streaming service, HBO Now, is available right this very second on Apple TV, iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch, HBO says in a press release. Interested cable-cutters can see sign-up instructions and access HBO Now on desktops here. The service is exclusive to Apple devices for now -- Cablevision is offering its internet customers subscriptions too -- and costs $15 a month. Remember, the new season of Game of Thrones launches in just five days, so if HBO Now's exclusivity deal with Apple sounds as restrictive as a Dothraki barber shop, that's only because it is. The FAQ says an Android app is "coming soon" (probably outside Apple's 90-day exclusive window), and content-wise it should match what we've seen from HBO Go.

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Engadget giveaway: win a Microsoft Surface Pro 3 courtesy of AMIDuOS!

EngadgetHD - April 7, 2015 - 8:00am

Microsoft's found its stride with the Surface Pro 3, offering a portable yet powerful PC experience in a tablet form factor. Our readers even voted it the best overall gadget of 2014. Developers for the Windows platform, though, seem to be in short supply, leaving many popular apps out of reach (or out of date) for Microsoft fans. American Megatrends Inc. (AMI) has come up with a solution to the problem with its AMIDuOS software. If you've converted from Android to Windows, you can use the software to access your existing apps without an additional purchase. You'll also have access the latest versions without waiting for them to hit Microsoft's ecosystem. AMIDuOS works with PCs and tablets running Windows 7, 8 or 8.1 (32/64-bit) and offers instant switching -- you can even pin Android apps to the Start menu. To help one Engadget reader escape ecosystem isolation, the company has provided a 64GB Surface Pro 3 along with a lifetime license for AMIDuOS. Feeling lucky? Just head to the Rafflecopter widget below for up to three chances at winning.

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EKT opens Latam office in Bogotá, Colombia.

BroadbandTVNews - April 7, 2015 - 4:52am

EKT (Eagle Kingdom Technologies), a company specialised in the design and manufacturing of A-Grade Set Top Box solution, has opened up its LATAM office in Bogotá Colombia. Read the story »

Robotic glove could help stroke survivors

Reuters Technology - April 7, 2015 - 4:10am
Stroke survivors may soon be able to improve their rehabilitative success at home by using a robotic glove fitted with sensors, developed by European scientists. Jim Drury reports.

Czech Digi sale approved

BroadbandTVNews - April 7, 2015 - 4:03am

The Czech Office for the Protection of Competition (UOHS) has approved the sale the DTH platform Digi Czech Republic. Read the story »

Sling TV launches international bouquets

BroadbandTVNews - April 7, 2015 - 3:33am

DishWorld, the live streaming multi-language television service, is now Sling International providing nearly 200 channels from 18 language groups across all supported Sling TV devices. Read the story »

Poland eyes must-carry change

BroadbandTVNews - April 7, 2015 - 2:29am

Poland is facing the prospect of a major change to its must-carry rules. Read the story »

Viloud launches DIY smart TV app

BroadbandTVNews - April 7, 2015 - 2:16am

Viloud is a new platform to create a fully customised TV channel with the ability to add content from YouTube, Vimeo or direct link.
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Fox drops out of TV rights auction

BroadbandTVNews - April 7, 2015 - 1:59am

Fox International Channels has decided not to bid for the lucrative TV rights to Poland’s premier football league Ekstraklasa. Read the story »

Viaccess-Orca TV Connect 2015 exhibitor preview

BroadbandTVNews - April 7, 2015 - 1:56am

At TV Connect 2015, Viaccess-Orca will demonstrate how broadcasters and content service providers can deliver the ultimate content experience to viewers on multiple devices. Read the story »

A+E Networks unveils new format slate during MIP TV

BroadbandTVNews - April 7, 2015 - 1:39am

A+E Networks launches a new slate of lifestyle and social experiment formats at MIP-TV 2015. Read the story »

You can (legally) download the 'Star Wars' movies starting Friday

EngadgetHD - April 6, 2015 - 7:37pm

While the world waits for the next entries in the Star Wars saga (Episode VII on December 18th, followed by the Rogue One spinoff next year and Episode VIII in 2017), Disney, Fox and Lucasfilm have finally worked it out so you can buy the movies as digital copies. Sure a Blu-ray set came out a few years ago, but if physical media isn't your thing then Friday is the big day (yes, they're still the "special" editions). The movies will be available globally through retailers like Vudu, Xbox, PlayStation, Google Play, iTunes, Amazon and others. If you need a reason to do the digital double-dip, take a peek at the promised new extras, like "Discoveries from Inside" featurettes for each movie, and "Conversations" between key contributors. Vudu is taking pre-orders on the full set for $90 (US) and Google Play shows the individual movies for $20 each -- in case you're wondering, the Blu-ray set is listed on Amazon for the same price.

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What's on your HDTV: 'Game of Thrones', 'Daredevil', 'Silicon Valley'

EngadgetHD - April 6, 2015 - 5:06pm

March is over, and in a few hours March Madness will be too. As the NCAA Men's basketball tournament wraps up -- as well as the first season Better Call Saul -- we're eyeing another championship series with intrigue and plenty at stake: HBO's Game of Thrones, now returning for its fifth season. It's accompanied by Silicon Valley, while on FX the season premiere of Louie comes along with The Comedians, starring Josh Gad and Billy Crystal. Last but not least is Netflix, premiering its first team-up with Marvel, Daredevil. Look after the break to check out each day's highlights, including trailers and let us know what you think (or what we missed).

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Hulu's GIF library offers visuals for your reaction tweets

EngadgetHD - April 6, 2015 - 11:59am

Websites like Giphy and others are useful for supplying a GIF to get your point across. Hulu is looking to help too, so long as your thoughts/feelings/hot takes can be summed up with an image from one of the TV shows streamed there. The company launched it's own repository, which is appropriately housed on Tumblr, allowing you to search for specific shows, actions and reactions to find the perfect moving picture for your needs. Heck, there are even gems like this one from Star Trek: The Original Series.

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Intel's PC on a stick is now available for pre-order

EngadgetHD - April 6, 2015 - 8:06am

Like the idea of Intel's Compute Stick turning your TV into a full-fledged Linux or Windows PC? You can finally plunk down some cash to get one. Online stores (including Amazon and Newegg) have started taking pre-orders for the HDMI dongle, which is now expected to ship by late April rather than the originally planned March release. Be careful about jumping in with both feet, though. While Newegg is selling the Windows 8.1 version of the Compute Stick for the expected $150, some retailers are charging over $100 for the Linux model instead of the official $89 -- you'll want to do some comparison shopping first.

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Source: Amazon, Newegg

Sling TV is sorry for messing up your Final Four basketball stream

EngadgetHD - April 6, 2015 - 7:22am

Dish's Sling TV streaming service got its first big stress test during the NCAA's Final Four games this weekend... and, well, it didn't cope gracefully. The company has apologized after Sling TV buckled during the college basketball semifinals, producing errors and otherwise keeping many people from following the action. Reportedly, a combo of "extreme sign-ups and streaming" triggered the meltdown -- Dish wasn't prepared for the flood of new customers, and had to juggle the load across its networking partners to get things back to normal. That's an auspicious sign for Sling TV's future (there's clearly a lot of demand for live sports online), but let's hope that it's better prepared for the next big wave of cord cutters.

[Image credit: Chris Steppig/Getty Images]

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