Viewers beg FCC to save rural programming amid cable mergers

There's one potential casualty of the pending cable industry mergers that most city dwellers probably haven't given much thought to: rural TV programming. But it turns out there are a lot of people concerned that Comcast and Time Warner Cable becoming one could mean the end of shows like National...

Netflix adds Bill Cosby to upcoming stand-up comedy schedule

Shows like House of Cards and Orange is the New Black are key to Netflix's original programming ambitions, but the company also has a big interest in stand-up comedy. Netflix has already produced a number of comedy specials with talents like Aziz Ansari and Russell Peters for its streaming audience, and today it announced the full slate of what's coming next. Once again, it's a list full of big...

Peel for iPhone now controls your DirectTV or Dish box without any extra hardware

DirecTV and Dish Network customers will no longer need to purchase additional hardware before they can make use of the Peel Smart Remote and TV Guide iOS app. The company today announced an update which will enable the service to communicate directly with a set-top box via a Wi-Fi connection.

Users will require at least an iPhone 4S running iOS 7 in order to access the software's more advanced features. And while currently only Dish and DirecTV subscribers will benefit from these changes, Peel aims to expand its service to include other cable and satellite operators. The company claims to have accrued over 80 million users across the world since launching in 2009. On top of providing the same functions as an archaic remote control, Peel's signature app can also assist in creating calendar reminders, recording programs on the DVR, and providing recommendations based on existing viewing habits.

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Samsung's massive bendable TV goes up for pre-order tomorrow

It might be some time before the public can get its hands on Samsung's 85-inch "Bendable TV," which can transform from a flat panel to a curved screen and back. However, a smaller alternative can soon be purchased. Beginning August 1st, the 78-inch UN78S9B model will be available for pre-orders in Korea for an estimated price of 35 million won (about $34,000). The Ultra High-Definition TV will eventually be put on display in two locations in Seoul, specifically Samsung Digital Plaza in...

Netflix is now also paying AT&T to improve streaming quality

Netflix has signed another interconnection deal with another ISP: AT&T. The two sides have reached an agreement that should over time result in better streaming performance for Netflix subscribers. Terms of the deal aren't being disclosed, so we...

Sony's PlayStation 4 can now play 3D Blu-rays

Sony has added 3D Blu-ray playback support as part of its latest PlayStation 4 firmware update. Earlier this month, Microsoft revealed that the upcoming August update for Xbox One will also introduce 3D support. Both consoles have lacked the ability to play 3D Blu-rays since launch. After being a big proponent of stereoscopic experiences (both in movies and games) during the previous generation, Sony has dragged its feet in bringing 3D to the...

Philips' light bulbs will bring 'Sharknado' into your living room

Finally there's a reason to invest in smart light bulbs. Syfy and Philips have announced that Sharknado 2: The Second One viewers will be treated to a custom light show designed to sync up with the film when it premieres on July 30th. It's all made possible with Syfy's "Sync" second-screen app, which listens for audio cues from the film and then sends lighting commands to the Philips Hue system. Beginning at 7PM, any Philips smart bulbs in...

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