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  • Itron to acquire SmartSynch for $100M for smart grid tech
    Itron to acquire SmartSynch for $100M for smart grid tech

    Meter giant Itron has made a rare smart grid acquisition. On Wednesday afternoon Itron announced that it plans to acquire smart grid cellular networking company SmartSynch in a deal worth around $100 million. SmartSynch has championed the use of cell

    • Posted June 19, 2016
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  • Netflix CFO: Service Will Be Cheaper in High-Piracy Countries
    Netflix CFO: Service Will Be Cheaper in High-Piracy Countries

    In the category of "Something You Have to Say to Investors but Probably Don't Want the Whole World Knowing," we have a new entry by Netflix CFO David Wells. It's titled, "Netflix Will Be Cheaper in Countries That Pirate More." BGR is r

    • Posted April 9, 2016
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  • Netflix brings The Magic School Bus into the internet era with a new series
    Netflix brings The Magic School Bus into the internet era with a new series

    Netflix made a big push into educational video when it picked up Scholastic's TV shows, and we now know that this effort has paid off -- The Magic School Bus has been "remarkably popular," Netflix tells the New York Times. It only makes sense, then,

    • Posted December 10, 2015
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  • Marvel's giving Daredevil another shot, this time with more Netflix and (hopefully) less Affleck
    Marvel's giving Daredevil another shot, this time with more Netflix and (hopefully) less Affleck

    Between The Avengers, X-Men and the 900th Spider-man reboot, Marvel's feeling the movie love. The company's also doing all right on the TV front, thanks to the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. The next step? Netflix, obviously. You can already find a number of

    • Posted December 1, 2015
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  • Editor's Letter: The new consoles are coming
    Editor's Letter: The new consoles are coming

    In each issue of Distro, editor-in-chief Tim Stevens publishes a wrap-up of the week in news. This week I'm writing from a special place: from the perspective of a Google Glass owner. Well, to be honest I'm not wearing them this exact moment -- I'm a

    • Posted November 22, 2015
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  • Google TV's PrimeTime app update welcomes Amazon Prime content
    Google TV's PrimeTime app update welcomes Amazon Prime content

    An update to the PrimeTime Android app for Google TV has been released, bringing with it some bug fixes, as well as a "subscription selector" which means Netflix, HBO Go and Amazon Prime content now shows up as free if you're paying for any of those

    • Posted November 20, 2015
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  • Time Warner CEO talks HBO Go expansion, first UltraViolet digital locker-enabled movies
    Time Warner CEO talks HBO Go expansion, first UltraViolet digital locker-enabled movies

    The second quarter 2011 results for Time Warner came out today and while news of a successful quarter intrigues investors, we're keying in on the always chatty CEO Jeff Bewkes' comments about new technology including HBO Go, UltraViolet and even Netf

    • Posted October 19, 2015
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  • LG's CES 2011 HD lineup: SmartTV platform, network Blu-ray players and HDTVs
    LG's CES 2011 HD lineup: SmartTV platform, network Blu-ray players and HDTVs

    Thanks to a couple of carefully planned slips over in South Korea, hardly anything about LG's CES 2011 is apt to take you fully by surprise. But if you just so happened to disconnect over the holidays, we'll break it all down below to ensure you rema

    • Posted October 7, 2015
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  • Netflix launches in Canada today: streaming only service for C$7.99 per month
    Netflix launches in Canada today: streaming only service for C$7.99 per month

    As expected, Netflix has kicked off its first offering outside the United States by opening up a Watch Instantly portal for Canadians this morning at Netflix.ca. With no discs available at all, the only option is a $7.99 Canadian ($7.80 US) plan for

    • Posted September 30, 2015
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  • FeedFliks adds HD only filtering to its Watch Instantly search, bringing joy to lazy videophiles everywhere
    FeedFliks adds HD only filtering to its Watch Instantly search, bringing joy to lazy videophiles everywhere

    For those who haven't heard of it, FeedFliks is a web-based tool that accesses Netflix's API to help obsessive subscribers get their "money's worth" from the movie service. Using the tool, visitors can view info related to their rental habits through

    • Posted September 29, 2015
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  • Netflix app headed for the iPhone
    Netflix app headed for the iPhone

    After two months of burning up the iPad, Netflix is ready to devour its latest platform: the iPhone. Just like the iPad app -- where it reigns as the number one downloaded entertainment app, Netflix will have you know -- it's free, and you can pick u

    • Posted September 23, 2015
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  • Netflix, Best Buy deal brings Watch Instantly streaming to even cheaper Blu-ray players
    Netflix, Best Buy deal brings Watch Instantly streaming to even cheaper Blu-ray players

    Though they've been floating around retail channels for a few weeks, Best Buy and Netflix have finally made official a partnership bringing streaming to the latest Insignia Blu-ray players. The NS-BRDVD3 runs $179, while the NS-WBRDVD edition tosses

    • Posted September 10, 2015
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  • Hands-on with LG's BD300 Netflix / Blu-ray deck
    Hands-on with LG's BD300 Netflix / Blu-ray deck

    When we waltzed over to have a gander at LG's recently priced BD300, one of the reps on hand wasn't so keen on letting us take close-ups. Not one to just roll over and accept a command, we casually walked over to the other BD300 kiosk, flashed the En

    • Posted August 14, 2015
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  • YouTube to Launch Ad-Free Subscription Service
    YouTube to Launch Ad-Free Subscription Service

    On Wednesday, YouTube confirmed long-running rumors that it would soon start up an ad-free version of its service for a monthly fee. The company sent a letter to its partners that explain the forthcoming service, which will require them to agree to a

    • Posted June 2, 2015
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  • Hulu, Amazon, Yahoo Fighting Over Seinfeld Catalog
    Hulu, Amazon, Yahoo Fighting Over Seinfeld Catalog

    Consider it the Holy Grail of video streaming: the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday that streaming services like Hulu, Amazon, and Yahoo are looking to snap up the rights to offer their subscribers the entire 180-episdoe catalog of Seinfeld epi

    • Posted May 27, 2015
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  • LG Revolution using 1GHz Snapdragon MSM8655, not NVIDIA's Tegra 2
    LG Revolution using 1GHz Snapdragon MSM8655, not NVIDIA's Tegra 2

    Consider it a mystery solved. Throughout the week here in Barcelona, we've spent an inordinate amount of time chasing down suits from LG, Qualcomm, NVIDIA and Verizon Wireless to answer one simple question: "What's up with the processor in the Revolu

    • Posted February 28, 2015
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  • Qualcomm ships dual-mode Gobi3000 WWAN chip, intros LTE / HSPA+ chipsets galore
    Qualcomm ships dual-mode Gobi3000 WWAN chip, intros LTE / HSPA+ chipsets galore

    Qualcomm just refined the term "blowout" here at Mobile World Congress. It's obviously a critical show for the wireless supplier, and while the 2.5GHz Snapdragon CPU is the undisputed highlight, there's quite a bit of chipset action worth paying atte

    • Posted February 28, 2015
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  • Netflix iPad app updated to support video out to TVs and monitors
    Netflix iPad app updated to support video out to TVs and monitors

    We're still not exactly sure why so many people have complained about the Netflix iPad app's lack of video-out support, but rest easy folks -- your cries of despair have been heard. Version 1.0.2, now live in the App Store, supports video out using t

    • Posted February 27, 2015
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  • Get the most out of Netflix with these tools -- while you still can
    Get the most out of Netflix with these tools -- while you still can

    We've heard your complaint: you can't find anything to watch on Netflix. Despite all the A/B testing, app updates and data Netflix is measuring behind the scenes, the way it presents the library makes it nearly impossible to see everything that's ava

    • Posted February 27, 2015
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  • Netflix enters the TV game with first original series
    Netflix enters the TV game with first original series

    Earlier this week we reported that US movie streaming service Netflix was planning to take on the cable TV world by buying the rights to its first original series. Well now it has. The monthly subscription service has outbid cable giant HBO for the n

    • Posted February 26, 2015
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