Verizon and Redbox shut down Redbox Instant streaming service

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In late 2012, Verizon and Redbox rolled out Redbox Instant, a streaming service for Verizon customers that was “targeted squarely at movie lovers.” Apparently, Redbox Instant just hasn’t panned out, and the two companies have decided to shut the service down, Re/code reports, due to a lack of interest from users.

According to a message published to the Redbox Instant site, Verizon and Redbox will shutter the service on Octover 7th because “it was not as successful as we hoped it would be.”

The story behind the story: Redbox Instant was but one of a number of attempts by carriers and service providers to try to compete with video streaming services from the likes of Netflix and Amazon. So far, many of these services just haven’t worked out. Dish Networks’s plan to turn Blockbuster into a full-fledged Netflix alternative went nowhere, and Xfinity’s Streampix service hasn’t received a very good reception, as DSLReports noted in late September

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Thom Yorke's BitTorrent Bundle album hits 1m downloads in a week

Ian Paul ian@ianpaul.net, PCWorld Follow me on Google+

Ian is an independent writer based in Tel Aviv, Israel. His current focus is on all things tech including mobile devices, desktop and laptop computers, software, social networks, Web apps, tech-related legislation and corporate tech news.
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The results are in and the recent BitTorrent Bundle experiment from Radiohead front man Thom Yorke was a success—at least according to BitTorrent Inc. The company recently announced that the bundle, featuring Yorke's new solo album Tomorrow's Modern Boxes, was downloaded more than 1 million times since its release last Friday.

The only catch is BitTorrent's one million figure counts both free and paid downloads. The free version offers one single and accompanying video from the album, while the $6 paid version offers the entire album of eight songs, as well as the video for the single A Brain In A Bottle.

Yorke decided against releasing pure sales figures and opted for the combined downloads figure, according to Consequence of Sound.

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Netflix continues assault on movie establishment with four new Adam Sandler films

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Netflix is continuing its push into original feature films by signing on Adam Sandler for four exclusive movies.

The comedy star's Happy Madison Productions will “work alongside Netflix” to develop the films, Netflix said in a statement. Sandler will produce and star in the movies. There's no word on what the films will be about, what their budgets will be or when they'll arrive, and the deal doesn't including any of Sandler's existing studio commitments.

What this matters: This is Netflix's second feature film announcement of the week, having revealed plans for a Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon sequel on Monday. The company has made clear that it's unhappy with Hollywood “windowing” that keeps new movies off of streaming services for long periods of time, so it's fighting back by funding its own features.

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TiVo's Android app now lets you stream recorded TV shows

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Derek Walter is a freelance technology writer based in Northern California. He is the author of Learning MIT App Inventor, a hands-on guide to building your own Android apps.
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You won't have to wonder what happened in the latest Game of Thrones episode next time you're lounging by the poolside on vacation. Just whip out your phone and watch the battles for glory—at least if you're a TiVo subscriber.

TiVo's Android app now streams programming saved on your DVR. It also has added capabilities to serve as a hub for all your TiVo services, including controlling the TiVo box as well as showing cast information and other details about the show you're watching.

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Watch live or recorded programs on the TiVo Android app.

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Comcast brings stream-anywhere cloud DVR to major cities

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Comcast is rolling out its cloud DVR service across the country, beginning the long slog toward a future without set-top boxes.

The new service will let customers stream DVR'd TV recordings to PCs, Macs, iOS devices, and Android devices, even outside the home. It's similar in function to Dish's Hopper DVR, but because the recordings are stored in the cloud, it could eventually allow for new features such as unlimited tuners and unlimited storage, GigaOM reports.

What this means: This is just the first step toward eliminating the DVR box altogether. At first, cloud DVR will simply allow Comcast to install set-top boxes without hard drives, but it's not hard to imagine an all-streaming service supplemented by cloud recordings, delivered straight to connected TVs, phones, tablets and laptops. As GigaOM points out, Comcast already offers a streaming service—albeit without DVR—at select universities.

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Move over Chromecast: $25 Firefox-powered Matchstick streaming adapter revealed

Ian Paul ian@ianpaul.net, TechHive Follow me on Google+

Ian is an independent writer based in Tel Aviv, Israel. His current focus is on all things tech including mobile devices, desktop and laptop computers, software, social networks, Web apps, tech-related legislation and corporate tech news.
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Remember back in June when we told you about a Firefox OS-powered HDTV dongle that was in the works? Well, the device is almost here and it's called Matchstick, according to a blog post on Mozilla's site.

The new dongle is not the work of Mozilla, but the project does have the blessing of the open source organization, and it's not hard to see why. The company behind the dongle, also called Matchstick, is promising a 100 percent open platform for hardware and software, with no gatekeepers or review period for Matchstick apps.

If a developer can write it, Matchstick will run it, the developers say.

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Five things Apple should fix in the next Apple TV update

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Apple TV got a software update last week that didn’t exactly blow our hair back—the icons got a new, flat, iOS 7-and-8-ish look, and we got Family Sharing support, a new Beats Music channel, and that’s about it. The new icons are pretty and all, but the experience of actually using the Apple TV didn’t noticeably improve. Here are five suggestions for Apple to make the next Apple TV update a real upgrade.

One login

The most frustrating thing about the Apple TV is how each channel that requires a pay TV provider description makes you log in separately—and they don’t all support the same roster of providers. If you have Time Warner Cable, there’s no way of knowing which channels that works with without having to check each channel individually, hunting around for the login screen, since they don’t all have it in the same place. It’s maddening.

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