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Amazon’s ‘Lord of the Rings’ prequel series rumored to focus on young Aragorn

Amazon Studios is betting big on its’ Lord of the Rings prequel series, which has a multiseason commitment and a budget of more than $1 billion. Rumor has it the first season will focus on a young Aragorn. – Mark Austin, Digital Trends https://buff.ly/2IwiFmp

Samsung Isn’t Interested In Buying Jay Z’s Tidal Streaming Service

Tidal may grab plenty of headlines, but it also isn’t doing very well. As of late last year, the company only had one million paying subscribers, which puts it far, far behind the massive numbers that have been secured by competitors like Spotify, Apple Music, and iHeartRadio. While Tidal isn’t as popular as those that invested in it thought it was going to be when the company relaunched here in the U.S., that doesn’t mean it is done for. High-profile releases from superstars like Rihanna and Kanye West might have both been botched in their own ways, but they also brought a lot of attention to the struggling service. – Hugh McIntyre, Forbes

Microsoft might launch a slim Xbox One version to take on the Apple TV

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The news comes from Petri IT Knowledgebase, which has heard from unnamed sources that the company is considering a lightweight Xbox one that might be released at some point in the second half of 2016. The new console will be smaller than the Xbox One and would compete directly with the Apple TV and other similar set-top boxes. – Chris Smith, BGR

T-Mobile may let you stream Netflix and HBO without using up your data plan

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[Evan Blass,@evleaks] claims that the next big perk for T-Mobile customers will allow them to stream video from apps like Netflix and HBO without having it count against their data plan. The company’s “Music Freedom” already does this for popular music services like Spotify, Apple Music, Google Play Music, and Soundcloud. So it wouldn’t be surprising to see T-Mobile call this “Video Freedom” at its Uncarrier X event scheduled for November 10th. – Chris Welch, The Verge

How to Spot A Bad Tech Rumor

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There is nowhere to follow up. Real news comes from a source that can be verified. You should be able to see something substantial to confirm what has been said. If someone says there is a study ask yourself why didn’t they post a link to it etc. Simply saying that Polls show or a study says without actually citing it implies that someone is essentially playing telephone. – Ryan Michael Downey, The Streaming Advisor

Kill your cable now: The best TV car show ever is coming exclusively to Netflix

The Daily Mirror’s sources say that James May and Richard Hammond have turned down the BBC’s $7.1 million offer to return to Top Gear for two more years. Instead, the two are apparently planning to join Clarkson and executive producer Andy Wilman in a “big-money” deal with Netflix. […] Assuming the rumors are true, then you have one more reason to cut the cord, as the best TV car show on earth might soon be hitting your Netflix queue. – Chris Smith, BGR