Category Archives: Apps & Devices

Spectrum has a streaming service that’s basically its cable package for $15 a month

The “streaming service” of sorts is called Spectrum TV Essentials and it includes popular cable networks like the The Weather Channel, Food Network, Nickelodeon, and MTV. Unlike other streaming services that offer individual movies and shows, TV Essentials basically takes a few dozen of Spectrum’s channels and offers them to its internet subscribers. These are the channels the cable company offers already in its standard packages, albeit for much higher price tags. In fact, it’s so familiar that it sounds like the a la carte plan that Spectrum’s sales representatives offered quietly to customers in 2018 to lure them back to cable. – Shannon Liao, The Verge » https://ift.tt/2IrTAcz
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Samsung Will No Longer Release New Blu-ray Players In the U.S.

Samsung will exit the U.S. Blu-ray player market — and has abandoned plans to introduce a new high-end 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray model that was originally meant for release later this year. – Simon Cohen, Digital Trends » https://ift.tt/2GUAKIv

CBS reaches its 8 million streaming subscribers goal two years early

Despite passing its subscriber goal early, CBS was down about 3 percent after hours after its results fell short of analyst expectations. The company reported earnings per share of $1.50 per share ex-items compared to $1.52 per share analysts were expecting. CBS reported revenue of $4.02 billion compared to $4.13 billion expected. – Lauren Feiner, CNBC » https://cnb.cx/2DKHwxt

EPIX NOW Streaming Service Launches With Film Library, Original Programs

Starting today, the service features MGM’s full library of original programming and blockbuster movies, including offerings from MGM, Paramount and Lionsgate. The app is available for download today in the App store for iPhone, iPad and Apple TV, and in Google Play for Android phones and tablets. It will also be coming soon to Roku devices and Amazon Fire TV. The service will continue rolling out across additional devices over the course of the year. – Bruce Haring, Deadline Hollywood » http://bit.ly/2MZNaQg

Netflix launches ‘smart downloads’ feature on iOS to automate offline viewing

To use smart downloads on iOS, you can toggle the option in the Netflix app settings. It then turns itself on when you’re connected to Wi-Fi, to ensure your data plan won’t be used and your device storage won’t fill up as you watch offline. The feature will alert you when the episode in question has been downloaded. – Sarah Perez, TechCrunch » https://tcrn.ch/2GvLzAA
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