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Thinking about cutting the cord? Then Check Out SelectTV

Charmaine Blake

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You already have Netflix and Hulu time to add another streaming service to your arsenal.

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Everyone seems to be cutting the cord and ditching cable. We’re still watching an obsessive amount of TV – we’re just watching it on other platforms. But many of the cord-cutting options can be frustrating: there are gaping holes in content coverage and a never-ending maze of confusing, non-integrated interfaces.

Fortunately, there’s a new service that cleverly solves this problem and gives you all the content you could ever want: SelectTV by FreeCast.

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SelectTV lets you watch content from every broadcast, cable, internet, on demand, and streaming platform in one simple, unified interface. No more switching between confusing apps and learning proprietary systems – SelectTV makes flipping between ABC, YouTube, and Netflix as easy as old-school channel surfing.

SelectTV works with iOS, Android, Mac, PC, and Chromecast and lets you stream on multiple devices simultaneously. It also has an enormous library that dwarfs the competition: over 400,000 TV episodes, 100,000 movies, 50,000 radio stations, and 2,000 live channels. It also features curated internet channels like Mashable (hey that’s us!), BuzzFeed, and Nerdist and also offers thousands of free online games.

Obviously, SelectTV isn’t the only cord-cutting game in town, but it has several unique advantages over the competition. To start, there’s the fact that it’s on sale for only $19 a year. Most services charge more than $19 a month.

SelectTV gives you a free HD antenna so you can access live local channels and sports, leaving little opportunity for you ever to miss a TV event. You’ll also get nine months of free premium add-ons – HBO Now, Showtime, Netflix, Hulu, CBS All-Access, SlingTV, and Amazon Prime Video.

A one-year subscription to SelectTV normally costs $29.99, but you can get it now for just $19, a savings of 36%.

Read more: https://mashable.com/2018/04/18/select-tv-service-one-year-subscription-sale/

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Amazon is looking beyond the small screen with potential cinema chain

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Amazon could be looking to buying a chain of cinemas.

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“Amazon has already established brick-and-mortar stores selling its products and groceries, and now it apparently wants a slice of the cinema business.

As reported by Bloomberg, Amazon is looking to acquire Landmark Theatres, which claims to be the largest cinema chain dedicated to independent and foreign films, with 52 theatres in 27 markets.

The e-commerce giant is reportedly working with other suitors to buy the chain from Mark Cuban and Todd Wagner-backed Wagner/Cuban Cos. There have been no decisions made, and with talks still to come, it’s not set in stone that a deal will go ahead.

The potential move into brick-and-mortar cinema echoes Amazon’s efforts to look further than its online presence in recent years, as evidenced by its real-life bookstores and its foray into checkout-free grocery shopping, Amazon Go, not to mention its $14 billion acquisition of grocery chain Whole Foods.

But Amazon’s potential entry into physical cinemas could help further sure up the profile of its Amazon Studios films, such as Manchester by the Sea, an Amazon Original which was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture in 2017.

Despite the accolades, there is general tension between newfangled streaming services and the film industry. These concerns are primarily directed to the biggest disrupter of them all, Netflix, which is aggressive in its stance to only show its own films on its service.

Steven Spielberg said earlier this year that Netflix films which either don’t show in cinemas, or only for a short time to satisfy movie awards criteria, shouldn’t get accolades like an Oscar.

“Once you commit to a television format, you’re a TV movie. If it’s a good show, deserve an Emmy, but not an Oscar,” Spielberg told ITV News.

“I don’t believe films that are just given token qualifications in a couple of theaters for less than a week should qualify for the Academy Award nomination.”

Although Amazon is also a disruptor, it sticks to convention when it comes to distribution. It runs movies in cinemas for months before they sit on Prime Video, and is public about ensuring its films screen in theaters.”

Read more: https://mashable.com/2018/08/16/amazon-cinema-landmark-theatres/

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Rokus free, ad-supported streaming channel is now live on the web

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“Roku is today bringing its free, streaming entertainment destination, The Roku Channel, to non-Roku devices for the first time, with a launch on both the web and on select Samsung smart TVs, ahead of a wider cross-platform rollout. The channel, which offers free, ad-supported movies and TV shows, will be available across PCs, mobile phones and tablets, the company says. In addition, Roku is updating the navigation on its own devices, including Roku players and Roku TVs, to include a new feature called “Featured Free,” which will directly point users to free content from The Roku Channel, as well as other apps, like ABC, The CW, CW Seed, Fox, Freeform, Pluto TV, Sony Crackle, Tubi and more.

The Roku Channel first launched last September, as a way for Roku to differentiate its connected media devices and TVs running Roku software from rivals like Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV and Chromecast.

Despite Roku’s popularity — it’s leading the internet video streaming device market — the company hadn’t really used its platform to promote its own content — the way Amazon pushes Prime Video shows on Fire TV owners, for example — until then.

The channel itself is populated with movies that Roku gained access to through licensing deals with studios like Lionsgate, MGM, Paramount, Sony Pictures Entertainment and Warner Brothers. However, it also leveraged Roku’s strength as…………………..”

Read more: https://techcrunch.com/2018/08/08/rokus-free-ad-supported-streaming-channel-is-now-live-on-the-web/

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Amazon Prime Video is coming to Comcasts cable boxes

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Comcast and Amazon today announced a new partnership that will see Amazon’s Prime Video service integrated into Comcast’s Xfinity TV set-top boxes. This is the first time that Prime Video content would be added to a cable operator’s platform in the U.S.. It’s also a particularly interesting choice on Comcast’s part,  given that Amazon is directly competing with pay TV providers through its Prime Video Channels a la carte TV subscriptions. And these will be available to Comcast’s customers via the Xfinity X1 set-top box as a result of this deal.

Today, Amazon offers over 160 premium Prime Video channels, including HBO, Showtime, Starz, Cinemax and others that have been previously sold as add-ons to cable TV subscriptions. Being able to access to these channels……………..”

Read more: https://techcrunch.com/2018/08/02/amazon-prime-video-is-coming-to-comcasts-cable-boxes/

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