CES 2014: Day Three Roundup

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4K Gaming Monitors, Google Glass gets competition, and T-Mobile Declares War By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) Day Three of CES was mostly about wearable computing - as there are dozens of competitors to Google Glass in Las Vegas this week.  And 4K gaming monitors that will bring ultra-realism to … [Read more...]

Disney Wraps Up Star Wars: The Clone Wars Saga With Dark Horse Finale

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By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) Looks like Disney is aiming to kill two birds with one stone by giving Dark Horse free reign to finish up the Star Wars: The Clone Wars saga with a comic book series, rather than a final group of TV episodes to tie everything up. Comic Book fans are sure to embrace … [Read more...]

Kooky thoughts and tweets keep Bill Cosby comically busy

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By Mary Milliken - LOS ANGELES (Reuters) In this new year, Bill Cosby offers an encouraging tale to late bloomers operating several notches below their potential. There he was in 1960 in a remedial English class in college, where he had entered in his twenties with a total 500 SAT exam score … [Read more...]

If 8K Isn’t the Future, Ultra Wide Screen Will Be

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Screens going larger, and wider By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) While we're just getting our toes dipped into the 4K kiddie pool, 8K is peering over the horizon with Japanese television network NHK planning broadcasts by 2016.  But what is wowing people at CES this week isn't just the stunning … [Read more...]

CES 2014: Day Two Roundup

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Yahoo goes after Google, Maker Bot gets Huge, and Sony Games in the Cloud By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) Day Two of CES has some interesting developments which were innovative, but also pointed to the big boys going after each other.  Such is the nature of the electronics industry, and such is … [Read more...]

Doctor Who: Official Image of Peter Capaldi On Set

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By Mark Hodge (doddleNEWS) Doctor Who fans have been enjoying a golden age of late, following the anniversary special and the arrival of Peter Capaldi as the twelfth Time Lord. Now, the BBC has posted an official picture showing the actor's first day on set of the new series, along with a … [Read more...]

CES 2014: 4K Shifts Into High Gear

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By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) CES 2014 has gotten off to a rip-roaring start, and it's looking to be yet another 4K show, filled with awesome screens, startling innovation, and hopefully, lower prices. But the real harbinger for ultra high definition (UHD) is the dearth of content which has held … [Read more...]

CES 2014: Day One Roundup

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4K TVs with Bendable Screens, low cost 4K cameras and wearable computers By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) Day One of CES had it's own special kind of drama as Transformers director Michael Bay became victim of a malfunctioning teleprompter that threw him off during the Samsung press conference. So … [Read more...]

Google’s Competing 4K Video Codec Could Replace H.265

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Hardware Support Includes Major TV Manufacturers By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) Google has been quietly working with Web-M on a competing ultra high definition codec that would go head to head with H.265.  Dubbed VP9, the 4K codec is now receiving some serious support from hardware … [Read more...]

Analysis – Apps for mobile viewing challenge cable operators, TV networks

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By Liana B. Baker (Reuters) U.S. cable and satellite television operators, already locking horns with programmers over subscriber fees, are now squaring off over the mobile apps that viewers are increasingly using to watch TV. Internet-based services such as Netflix Inc have gotten millions of … [Read more...]

Oldest living Gone with the Wind actress dies in South Carolina

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(Reuters) Actress Alicia Rhett, who was the oldest surviving cast member of the classic 1939 film "Gone With The Wind", died in South Carolina on Friday, officials at her retirement community said. She was 98. Savannah, Georgia-born Rhett portrayed India Wilkes, sister of Ashley Wilkes in the … [Read more...]

Trailer: Veronica Mars Movie

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By Mark Hodge (doddleNEWS) While Zach Braff was getting slammed from all angles for using Kickstarter to fund his latest feature, the producers of Veronica Mars had already raised $5.7 million without any fuss. Now, the big-screen version of the teen detective show is nearly here, and judging … [Read more...]

NFL Playoff Games to be streaming for first time

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Live streams to begin this weekend with Wildcard games By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) The NFL has announced for the first time ever, every playoff game leading up to Super Bowl XLVIII (Super Bowl 47 for those Roman numerically challenged) which will be on Sunday, February 2, 2014 from Giants … [Read more...]

Netflix Testing Lower Cost Standard Def Streaming Plan

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Also includes multi-stream family plans By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) Cord cutters looking to save a wee bit of cash, and by wee bit I mean $1 a month, can rejoice as Netflix is testing a new individual streaming plan which would support only standard definition video to one screen for $6.99 a … [Read more...]

21st Century Fox sells Star China TV stake

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(Reuters) 21st Century Fox said on Thursday it would sell its 47 percent stake in Star China TV to the TV channel operator's management and private equity fund China Media Capital. Star China TV, formed in 2010 and majority owned by China Media Capital, operates Mandarin channels such as Xing … [Read more...]

Britain’s Channel 5 owner exploring possible sale – FT

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(Reuters) The owner of Britain's free-to-air Channel 5 is exploring a possible sale of the TV broadcaster, the Financial Times reported, citing two people familiar with the situation. Barclays is advising on options for the television network, while the sale is expected to raise about 700 million … [Read more...]