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HBO Now lands on Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick

One more connected TV platform down, but more to go for HBO’s standalone streaming video service.

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DirecTV solves its 4K TV compatibility problem with new Genie Mini set-top boxes

Subscribers no longer need a specific Samsung television to watch 4K movies, though there are a few more gotchas involved.

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Popcorn Time users are now getting sued by the movie industry

The makers of The Cobbler are trying to shake down users of the popular movie piracy software--or at least the ones who didn’t mask their activity with a VPN.

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Sideclick is shaping up to be a killer remote control for streaming video

For $30, Sideclick adds TV controls to Roku, Apple TV, and Fire TV remotes. Hands-on with a prototype shows plenty of promise.

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Apple Music retention is actually not too bad, says Apple

Apple is eager to prove that a subscription-only model is the way forward for streaming music.

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Amazon Dash Button hack goes beyond mindless consumption

With a few lines of code, Amazon’s magical buy button goes from purchasing fresh diapers to tracking the number of dirty ones.

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Comcast Xfinity's Xbox 360 app is going away soon

The cable giant says it’s making way for 'updates and improvements to our online experience,' but it’s unclear if those plans involve Xbox support.

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Fire TV is completely out of stock at Amazon

It’s unclear if a Fire TV 2 is coming, though Amazon is certainly due for a sequel.

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Turn your Fire TV or Fire TV Stick into a Chromecast (almost) with this $8 app

YouMap Cast Receiver supports sending video from phones, tablets, and the Chrome browser for a fraction of the price, though app support is spotty.

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TiVo Roamio DVR gets cheap lifetime service deal as new hardware looms

At $250 for lifetime DVR service, buyers will start saving money after 17 months.

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Columbia House is the latest victim of optical media’s irrelevance

The mail-order CD and DVD service files for bankruptcy. Sign up now and get its assets for just a penny!

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Hulu says it won't release its new original shows in binge-watch form

While Netflix and Amazon release entire seasons at once, Hulu is sticking with weekly releases for its original programming.

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Plex for iOS gets a modern makeover for streaming your media files

The new app adds some free features, plus much-improved offline playback for Plex Pass subscribers.

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Ultra HD 4K Blu-ray should arrive in time for the holidays

The 4K resolution video format will finally meet optical media for those with little bandwidth to spare.

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How to replace Windows Media Center’s DVR features in Windows 10

Windows Media Center was the best over-the-air DVR solution for PC before Microsoft removed it in Windows 10. Now, users must make the best of other options.