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New Apple TV review roundup: Huge promise, huge missed opportunities

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From the looks of it, Apple TV isn’t the perfect answer for your television needs, but it’s definitely a step in the right direction when it comes to enhancing entertainment in the living room. In time, the Apple TV platform might evolve to really become a real cable-killing set-top box if Apple ever offers its own online streaming service. – Chris Smith, BGR

Watch the full trailer for Marvel’s Jessica Jones, coming to Netflix next month

Jessica Jones, which will be the second Marvel Netflix series after Daredevil, promises to be a darker series than what we’re normally accustomed to from Marvel movies. Jones is a former super hero who now works as a private investigator so she can, in her own words, afford booze. The show is going to take on many mature themes including sexuality and alcohol abuse, among other things, and it looks like one of the best Marvel series we’ve seen yet. – Brad Reed, BGR

Confirmed: Apple TV release set for next week, preorders begin on October 26

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According to Cook, pre-orders the upcoming Apple TV will open up next Monday on October 26. Not to worry, shipments are slated to begin later on in the very same week. This is undoubtedly welcome news for those who have been waiting a while for Apple to finally step up its Apple TV game. – Yoni Heisler, BGR

Apple’s brilliant decision to drop its HDTV plans in favor of a new Apple TV

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For starters, there’s not that much money to be had in the HDTV business given that the industry is famously plagued by low margins. Second, and more importantly, the TV market is already filled with high-quality sets that consumers are overwhelmingly happy with. Walk into any Best Buy and it’s clear that 4K HDTVs from the likes of Sony, Samsung, and LG leave little to be desired from both a picture quality and industrial design perspective. Remember, Apple’s bread and butter is entering new markets where there’s lots of room for innovation and differentiation. The HDTV market, in that regard, doesn’t quite present that type of opportunity. – Yoni Heisler, BGR

Netflix raises subscription prices – streaming will now cost $9.99

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What does this mean for Netflix’s bottom line? Analyst Neal Cybart writes that increasing streaming prices by $1 will generate an extra $750 million in revenue per year. Netflix right now has an estimated 65 million subscribers worldwide and is still in the middle of an ambitious expansion. – Brad Reed, BGR

Comcast’s brilliant plan to make you accept data caps: Refuse to admit they’re data caps

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The trouble with this, of course, is that the amount of data that Internet applications consume is constantly growing. So while using 300GB a month might seem like a lot to some people right now, it won’t be once more people start streaming Netflix in 4K. And anyone who downloads games from the web right now can easily go over their monthly cap in no time — for instance, consider that Grand Theft Auto V weighs in at just under 49GB, which means that downloading just one game can blow through 16% of your monthly cap. Put simply, these happy freedom caps have nothing to do with fairness. Rather, they’re a business decision made by Comcast to help generate more revenue to make up for declining pay TV subscribers. – Brad Reed, BGR

Unlocking iPhone 6s: What you need use the new iPhone on any carrier you want

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As The App Factor reminds us, buying the device directly from Apple is the easiest way to get an unlocked iPhone. All iPhones sold by carriers (on contract, on installments plans, and full-price) will be locked to that operator even if you pay full sticker price for your chosen flavor. You’ll be able to unlock the device only after you pay for it in full, regardless of what your wireless plan choice is. Only then will any operator unlock the device so that you can use it with a SIM card from a competitor. – Chris Smith, BGR

Netflix lists the reasons it won’t offer offline downloads for shows and movies

“As an example, what if we can put Netflix in a rack box that essentially contains all of Netflix content that you could imagine putting in an airplane server, right along with our existing offerings? That for me is a more interesting thing; can we make Netflix work on a plane, can we make it work on a train, in hotels? That doesn’t necessarily get you Netflix everywhere, all the time. But I think if we can make that work well, that’s a more interesting proposition than trying to change consumer behaviors.” – Neil Hunt, Netflix via Jacob Siegal, BGR

Every single new movie and TV show coming to Netflix in September

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September 1st:
  • 72 Dangerous Animals: Australia: Season 1
  • The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lava Girl (2005)
  • Arthur: Season 17
  • Avengers Confidential: Black Widow & Punisher (2014)
  • Battle Creek: Season 1
  • Blackbird (2014)
  • Capital C (2014)
  • Combustion (2013)
  • Da Jammies: Season 1
  • Divorce Corp. (2014)
  • First Blood (1982)
  • Giggle and Hoot’s Best Ever! (2014)
  • Hamlet (1990)
  • Hardball (2001)
  • Heather McDonald: I Don’t Mean to Brag (2014)
  • Lawrence of Arabia: Restored Version (1962)
  • The League: Season 6
  • Los Hombres También Lloran: Season 1
  • Master of the Universe (1987)
  • Mississippi Damned (2009)
  • Mister Roger’s Neighborhood: Volume 1
  • Mouk: Season 1
  • Our Man in Tehran (2013)
  • The Monster Squad (1987)
  • Pandas: The Journey Home (2014)
  • Person of Interest: Seasons 1-3
  • Puffin Rock: Season 1 (Netflix Original)
  • Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985)
  • Rambo III: Ultimate Edition (1988)
  • Shake the Dust (2014)
  • Sleepy Hollow (1999)
  • Such Good People (2014)
  • Up in the Air (2009)
  • Zathura (2005)
  • Zoo Clues: Season 1

Jacob Siegal, BGR    (Full Story:http://bgr.co/1MXyDzl)

Comcast to offer gigabit Internet nationwide by 2018

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Comcast is looking to upgrade its DOCSIS 3 technology (Data Over Cable Service Interface Specification) to DOCSIS 3.1. If that transition goes as smoothly as anticipated, Comcast’s network will be able to handle Internet speeds of at least 1Gbps. Down the line, Howald said that the network will be able to offer Internet speeds as fast as 10Gbps. – Yoni Heisler, BGR
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