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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

Netflix quietly rolls out HDR video streaming support for Galaxy Note 8

Netflix has added the Galaxy Note 8 to its list of HDR-supported devices, which should make the format relevant to a much bigger audience when the phone is released on September 15th. The Note 8 will be the fourth phone to support Netflix HDR video playback, joining the LG V30, and Sony’s Xperia XZ1 and XZ Premium. – Dani Deahl, The Verge http://ift.tt/2eynYA3

Yup, Verizon and AT&T Are a Lot Slower After Adding Unlimited Plans

Without some sort of independent internal audit, I won’t believe a single complaint from Verizon or AT&T that they need to throttle video to keep up with T-Mobile. While there’s no reason to believe these companies are intentionally manipulating their own service, we have little reason to trust them: telecoms are often a bunch of scummy liars. In rankings of the world’s fastest mobile internet speeds, the US is in 28th place. All these companies need to get their act together. – Rhett Jones, Gizmodo http://gizmo.do/gkkejCX

New Jersey Investigating Comcast’s Use Of HD Fee To Raise Basic Cable Rates

Ultimately, the question is whether or not these fees count as rate hikes — not just for customers with the lowest-cost tiers, but for all pay-TV subscribers. Comcast maintains that the HD Tech Fee is simply a surcharge for customers who “possess High Definition equipment to enable access to high definition service.” Almost all cable channels now readily available in HD; manufacturers aren’t really making standard-definition TV sets or anymore, and you don’t see set-top box makers pumping out brand new SD receivers. – Chris Morran, Consumerist

HD still driving European channel growth

The European Audiovisual Observatory’s MAVISE database says as of 2015 there were 5,370 available channels, excluding local channels and windows. High Definition accounted for 57% of the net channel increase over the six-year period. Other genres with significant net channel growth in the same time period were sport (11% of the total net increase) and entertainment channels (6% of the total net increase). – Julian Clover, Broadband TV News

Netflix will increase the price of streaming for its most loyal members

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While the record quarterly growth in subscribers (and resulting rising share price – up 124 percent in 12 months) give the company reason to cheer, the company’s most loyal subscribers in the US will get slapped with a price increase later this year. Customers on ‘grandfathered’ plans (ie. people who signed up years ago before new pricing tiers were introduced) that cost $7.99 for HD streaming will be given the option to continue streaming in standard definition (SD) instead or to pay $9.99 per month to continue watching in HD. – Ben Woods, The Next Web
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Streaming ‘Star Wars’ cheaply via VidAngel

Vidangel, a video-streaming service based in Utah, might be a solution for the impatient — if you’re willing to go through a few extra steps. It works like this: To circumvent any copyright issues, you sign up for an account and buy a movie — say, the original Star Wars — for $20. You own the movie, but VidAngel streams it on its website. Once you’re done watching, you can keep it by having VidAngel send you the DVD. Or you can sell it back to VidAngel within 24 hours of viewing it for $18 to $19. So basically, you’ve just watched the HD version for $2. (The standard definition costs $1.) – Roger Yu, USA TODAY

The Livestream Movi puts the power of a multi-camera setup in your pocket

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The $399 Movi, which ships in April, is small, about 2.5 inches long by 2 inches wide. The camera’s covered in a nice black or white soft touch finish, with red accents on the microphone grill and at the top of the device. The lens has a 150-degree field of view — about as wide as most small action cameras, though not as wide as the 170-degree lens found on a GoPro — and the battery will last you an hour. […] Livestream has built a 4K camera that isn’t necessarily going to floor you with beautiful imagery. Instead, the company focused on creating software lets you crop in on that 4K image while you’re live streaming to set up a number of completely different shots, essentially mimicking a multi-camera setup with just one pocket-sized camera and an iPhone. – Sean O’Kane, The Verge

How to Stop T-Mobile From Reducing YouTube Video Quality


One of the fine print details of the Binge On service is that all forms of streamed video are reduced to 480p quality — and apparently that includes video from services that aren’t even part of the Binge On program, like YouTube. So if you’re enrolled in the Binge On program, you’ll notice that YouTube videos look worse and still count towards your mobile data cap. And the unfortunate thing is that there’s only one way to solve it right now: disable Binge On completely. – Joel Lee, Make Use Of

How to stream Netflix in the highest possible quality

If you’re keen on viewing Netflix content in full 1080p HD quality, you’ll have to use either Safari on OS X or Microsoft’s Edge (or even Internet Explorer) on Windows. Meanwhile, watching Netflix on either Google Chrome, Opera, or Mozilla Firefox limits you to just 720p HD video. […] Of course, if you’re dead serious about enjoying the best quality video Netflix has to offer, you’ll want to make sure that you have an Internet connection that can keep up. To that end, Netflix recommends a connection of 5 Megabits per second for consistent 1080p HD video quality. – Yoni Heisler, BGR
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