Showtime’s Streaming Service Launches, TiVo Offers Aereo Subscribers a Deal, and Comedy Central Lands on Roku

Showtime’s Streaming Service Now Available – Nipping at the heels of HBO Now is Showtime’s streaming service, which is now available on Apple and Roku devices along with Hulu and Playstation Vue. More devices will be supported in the future, though there is no timeline for that. (Via Engadget)

TiVo Offers Old Aereo Subscribers a Deal – TiVo purchased what was left of Aereo after the Supreme Court ruled that it could no longer operate. Since that purchase included Aereo’s customer database, TiVo is now extending a deal to those old Aereo subscribers, which includes an OTA box, a streaming device, and access to its services for just $20/month for two years. (Via Engadget)

Comedy Central Channel Hits Roku – A Comedy Central channel was quietly made available to Roku users recently. To access the full library of content you will need to enter cable credentials, though there is still some free content available outside of the walled garden for us cable cutters. (Via Engadget)

Ads Coming to Roku Devices, Play MKVs on Your PS4, Kodi Available on Google Play, Nick on Roku, Netflix UK Price Increase, and More!

It’s been a while, guys. I’ve missed you.

Roku to Get Interactive Ads – A few of your favorite Roku channels/apps could soon be showing you targeted, interactive ads. Yay. (Via Engadget)

The PS4’s Media Player Can Play MKVs – One of the most popular video containers you’ll find when downloading videos online is MKV. The PS4’s new Media Player app can play MKVs along with other formats over USB and WiFi. (Via Kotaku)

Sony’s Playstation Vue to Offer Individual Channels…Kind of – Sony’s PlayStation Vue Sling TV/cable/satellite alternative will give you the option of a la carte channel subscribing…for three channels. (Via Gizmodo)

Kodi Now Available on Google Play – Kodi (formerly XBMC) can now be downloaded/installed directly from the Google Play store on your Android device, including Android TV devices like the Nexus Player and Shield Android TV. Take that, Amazon Fire TV. (Via Lifehacker)

Netflix Released Orange is the New Black Early – I’m a little late with this, but Netflix dropped the latest season of Orange is the New Black early, releasing the entire third season during prime time rather than at 3 AM ET. Makes sense! (Via Engadget)

Nick Now on Roku Devices – The Nickelodeon streaming app is now available for Roku devices along with iOS and Android devices, Amazon, and the Xbox 360 console. (Via Engadget)

Police Raiding Sellers of Android Streaming Boxes – The sellers of those crappy Android boxes you find at flea markets, pre-loaded with links to awful pirated streaming sites are now being raided by the police. Good! They give Kodi/XBMC a bad name, which has no doubt led to the popular media player software to get yanked from Amazon’s app store. (Via TorrentFreak)

Amazon to Finance Terry Gilliam’s Don Quixote Movie – Amazon will help Terry Gilliam finally create The Man Who Killed Don Quixote by bankrolling the film. (Via Engadget)

Razer Buying Ouya – Two struggling media streaming/console devices could merge in the future, as Razer (creators of the Android TV device the Razer Forge TV) have purchased Ouya. (Via Gizmodo)

Netflix Raises Prices in the UK – Netflix has raised the cost of its basic HD plan by £0.50, from £6.99 to £7.49 per month. (Via Engadget)

Marriott Partners with Netflix – Marriott has partnered with Netflix to bring its guests access to the streaming service in its rooms, though it will only be rolled out to a paltry 300 hotels in the US by the end of 2016. (Via Engadget)

CraveTV Compared to Netflix, Netflix Producing New Brad Pitt Movie, Showtime Coming to Roku, and More!

CraveTV Compared to Netflix – 90% of what’s available on Bell’s streaming service CraveTV isn’t available on the Canadian or American versions of Netflix. That doesn’t mean it’s worth subscribing to, though. (Via iPhone in Canada)

Netflix to Produce Brad Pitt Movie – Netflix is partnering with Brad Pitt’s production company to produce War Machine, a satirical look at the war in Afghanistan. (Via Engadget)

Showtime Coming to Roku and Sony Products – Showtime’s upcoming streaming service will not only be available to Apple TV and iOS users, but it will also land on Roku streaming devices, select Sony televisions, and Sony’s Playstation Vue streaming service. (Via Engadget)

How to Use a Chromecast Without Internet Access – It’s plausible that someone could have media stored locally they want to stream to the Chromecast, but they don’t have an internet connection. There is a way to do this. Lifehacker shows you how. (Via Lifehacker)

Seinfeld and AMC Shows on Hulu, Popcorn Time Blocked in the UK, How to Install Private Roku Channels, and More!

Amazon Instant Video Now Streams in HD and Over Data – Previously, iOS Amazon Instant Video users could only stream video over WiFi, and the video was limited to standard definition. These restrictions have now been lifted, and iOS users can now stream video in HD, whether they’re connected to WiFi or their data plans. (Via Lifehacker)

Seinfeld and Fear the Walking Dead Coming to Hulu – Hulu has landed the exclusive streaming rights for the entire Seinfeld catalog along with Fear the Walking Dead. The latter show is part of a new exclusive deal to bring AMC shows along with content from IFC, BBC America, Sundance TV, and WE tv to Hulu. (Via Engadget)

Green Eggs and Ham Coming to Netflix – Ellen DeGeneres and Netflix have teamed up to bring a 13-episode series based on the Green Eggs and Ham Dr. Seuss book to Netflix in 2018. (Via Engadget)

Popcorn Time Blocked in the UK – The High Court in the UK has ruled that ISPs must block access to the Netflix for pirates from their customers. There are likely easy ways around this, either with a DNS service or VPN. (Via Engadget)

How to Install Private Roku Channels – Did you know there are private channels that you can add to your Roku, ones that aren’t officially listed on your Roku device? Lifehacker has a guide for you on how to install them, and a list of which are some of the good ones to explore. (Via Lifehacker)

Cablevision Now Offering Hulu – Cablevision was one of the first TV providers/ISPs to offer HBO Now access to its customers, and it also recently launched a bundle for cable cutters that included an OTA antenna. Now the cable TV company is offering Hulu to its customers as well. (Via Engadget)

Netflix’s Planet Earth Follow-Up, Game of Thrones Season 5 Leaks, HBO Now Launches, Xbox One Gets TV Tuner, and More!

I apologize for the lack of updates recently, so there’s a lot to cover today. I’ve been doing some home renovations but they’re winding down soon and updates should return to a few times per week as usual.

Scrotal Recall – Netflix has a show about a guy with an STD called Scrotal Recall. (Via Gizmodo)

Netflix Will Overhaul its User Interface – Apparently Netflix will be redoing the user interface of its streaming apps on devices like the Roku. Most Netflix apps have decent user interfaces, but the Roku’s is especially terrible. (Via Engadget)

Netflix to Produce Our Planet – Netflix will produce a 4K follow-up to Planet Earth called Our Planet. (Via Engadget)

Game of Thrones Season 5 Leaks – The first four episodes of the new season of Game of Thrones have leaked before the season has premiered on HBO. (Via Gizmodo)

Spike Lee Making a Movie for Amazon – Spike Lee is apparently going to make a movie for Amazon called Chiraq about Chicago’s gun violence. (Via Engadget)

HBO Now Launches on Many Devices – It was thought that the only way to watch HBO Now would be on the Apple TV, but the streaming service has launched with apps for Sling TV, Roku devices, Xbox One, Amazon Fire TV, and Android devices along with iOS devices and the Apple TV. (Via Lifehacker)

Netflix Releases Trailers – Netflix has released trailers for the new season of Orange is the New Black along with a trailer for the new show Grace and Frankie. (Via Engadget)

Xbox One Gets Over-the-Air TV Tuner – The Xbox One is getting an over-the-air TV tuner, allowing North American users to connect their OTA antennas to the gaming console. The Xbox One is shaping up to be a decent cord-cutting option. (Via iPhone in Canada)

How to Watch HBO Now in CanadaiPhone in Canada has put together a good guide on how Canadian cord cutters can access HBO Now in Canada. (Via iPhone in Canada)

Netflix Recommends TVs – Netflix has curated a list of televisions it recommends you use to watch its streaming service. Or, just buy a cheaper dumb TV and a streaming device (like a Roku) that will allow you to upgrade the hardware when you want. You can’t upgrade a smart TV for less than a hundred dollars. (Via Engadget)

Amazon Instant Video Comes to Android – It’s about time. Amazon Instant Video is finally available for Android devices, though it’s slightly cumbersome to actually load the app on your device. (Via Engadget)

CBS All Access Launches on Roku – CBS All Access has launched on Roku, bringing live and on-demand content to the streaming devices for $6 per month. (Via Engadget)

Install Popcorn Time on iOS Devices – The Netflix for pirates is now available to install on iOS devices if that sort of thing is of interest to you. (Via Gizmodo)

No 4K for Apple TV – Apple sources have stated that the next generation of the Apple TV will not support 4K/ultra HD content. A dumb move considering Apple refreshes the Apple TV device every five years or so. (Via iPhone in Canada)

New Roku Devices Have Voice Search – The Roku 2 and Roku 3 have been refreshed and now feature voice search, which is very handy in my opinion. There’s also a new “feed” to track content to see when movies and TV shows become available on streaming services. (Via Engadget)

200 International Channels Come to Sling TV – 200 international channels are now available to stream on Sling TV starting at $15 per month. (Via Engadget)

OITNB Season 3 Release Date, House of Cards Season 3 Released, Inspector Gadget Reboot, and more!

Netflix Acquires Beasts Of No Nation – Netflix has acquired Oscar-bait Beasts Of No Nation from the director of True Detective and starring Idris Elba. One catch: for the movie to be eligible for an Oscar, it must premiere in theaters before it hits the streaming service. (Via Engadget)

Here Are Netflix’s Summer Release Dates – The only date that’s of interest to me is Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp, but you can find out many other release dates as well, including season 3 of Orange is the New Black and comedy specials from Chris D’elia and Jen Kirkman. (Via Engadget)

House of Cards Season 3 is Out – In case you’ve been living under a rock, here’s a reminder that the third season of House of Cards is finally available on Netflix. For good this time. (Via Engadget)

Inspector Gadget Reboot is Coming to Netflix – Netflix is bringing back both Inspector Gadget and Danger Mouse to the streaming service. Gadget will be released before the end of the month. (Via Gizmodo)

Plex Gets Redesigned Roku Interface – One of the things I hate about the Roku is that all apps share a similar unnecessarily simplistic and ugly interface. Thankfully the Plex app has been upgraded slightly and is now less ugly and a little easier to navigate. (Via Engadget)

Daily Links for February 5, 2015

Apple TV Service Coming Soon? – It’s been a few months since the rumor mill started churning out talk about Apple’s streaming TV service, so here’s some more fuel to add to the fire. (Via Gizmodo)

GoPro Channel Lands on Roku in Spring – Are you a cable cutter who’s really desperate for some new content to watch? How about some new extreme content? If you answered yes to either of those questions, you’ll be stoked to learn that a GoPro channel for Roku devices is coming soon. (Via Engadget)

Raspberry Pi 2 Released – The original Raspberry Pi barely ran OpenELEC, so I imagine this slightly upgraded (faster processor, double the RAM) will run OpenELEC marginally better. It’s only $35, but nearly double that if you need a USB stick or SD card to run software on the device, a WiFi dongle if you need wireless capabilities, and a power supply if you don’t have a tablet charger with a micro USB cable. (Via Engadget)

Live Stream the Cricket World Cup – If you’re a cricket fan you’ll be interested in ESPN’s standalone subscription for the Cricket World Cup. Sign ups are live now and it costs just $100 for all the games. (Via Engadget)

Aziz Ansari’s Latest Special Headed to Netflix – Aziz Ansari’s latest comedy special Live at Madison Square Garden will hit Netflix on March 6, 2015 at 12:01 AM PT. (Via Engadget)

Alibaba Gives Ouya $10,000,000 – Alibaba is injecting some cash into the Ouya to keep it alive, to the tune of ten million dollars. It looks like this will be to bring Ouya’s software to streaming/gaming devices and televisions. Why Alibaba doesn’t use Android TV is beyond me. (Via Engadget)

Nickelodeon to Offer Streaming Service – Nickelodeon could potentially launch its own standalone streaming service this month. (Via Engadget)

Preview of the Playstation Vue Live TV Streaming Service – Here’s a preview of what the Sling TV competitor will be bringing to the streaming table. Sounds good, but will likely be expensive. (Via Engadget)

Nexus Player Heading to Staples – Want a Nexus Player but don’t want to pay Google’s expensive shipping cost? The Android TV streaming device is now available for purchase on the Staples website. (Via iPhone in Canada)

Netflix Confirms Wet Hot American Summer Cast – Looks like all the big names and familiar faces are coming back for the WHAS reunion along with some newcomers to Camp Firewood. (Via Uproxx)

Daily Links for January 6, 2015

Well, here’s the first post of the new year. I really slowed down at the end of 2014, but I had a lot of time off work and spent it with family and friends. That being said, a lot has happened since then, including the release of The Interview across all major streaming services, so I won’t even bother covering that. But here’s a lot of the news from the past few weeks along with coverage of what’s happening at CES that pertains to us cable cutters:

4K Movie Downloads Coming to Samsung TVs – I never understood why people were buying 4K TVs now since there’s virtually no content to watch. At least Samsung is trying to give people with 4K TVs something to watch. (Via Engadget)

Netflix Says it’s Not Cracking Down on VPN Users – A recent TorrentFreak report said that Netflix is cracking down on users who are spoofing their regions in order to access other countries’ Netflix content, specifically everyone outside of the US who wants to access US Netflix. Netflix has now commented and said it hasn’t changed anything. (Via iPhone in Canada)

Dish Sling TV Streams Live TV Channels – This looks very interesting. Dish Network’s Sling TV service is a $20/month streaming service providing live TV access to channels like ESPN, HGTV, Food Network, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, and more. (Via Lifehacker)

Android TV Sets Coming This Spring – A handful of television manufacturers including Philips, Sony, and Sharp are releasing Android TV television sets this spring. Maybe that will force Google to actually release more Android TV apps. (Via Engadget)

Razer Android TV Box Coming Soon? – Gizmodo has a look at the Razer Android TV device which was first announced by the company last year. Those who were unhappy with the Nexus Player will be pleased to see the Razer box solves some of the Nexus Player’s shortcomings with 16GB of storage and a gigabit ethernet port. (Via Gizmodo)

WWE Network Launching in UK on January 19, 2015 – The WWE Network is finally set to launch before the end of January for residents in the UK. (Via Engadget)

Roku Will Soon Support 4K Content – None of Roku’s currently available streaming devices support 4K content, but television manufacturer TCL will be baking the Roku software into its TVs, which will include 4K support for the Roku, allowing you to streaming 4K from services like Netflix. (Via Engadget)

Game of Thrones is 2014’s Most Pirated Show – For the third year in a row, Game of Thrones has the distinction of being the most pirated television show. I wonder if HBO’s new streaming service will convert some of those pirates into paying customers? (Via Engadget)

Aereo’s Selling Off its Tech – Aereo has been forced to shut down, file for bankruptcy, and now the company is selling off its hardware. (Via Engadget)

Vudu Gets New Look on iOS Devices – If you’re a Vudu user who also owns an iPhone or iPad, check out the app again, because apparently it received an update is and is more pleasant to use and look at. (Via Engadget)

Hollywood is Still Trying to Stop Popcorn Time – It’s no surprise, but Hollywood is making it really hard for Popcorn Time to operate. (Via TorrentFreak)

MTV Live Streams to iOS and Android Users – The iOS and Android MTV apps have been updated to include a live stream for both MTV and MTV2. (Via Engadget)

Plex Available for PS3 and PS4 Users – Plex is software that allows users to push content stored on their computers to a variety of devices including phones, tablets, and game consoles, either locally over ethernet or WiFi, or over the internet. The PS3 and PS4 consoles have just received Plex support. (Via Engadget)

Netflix Offline Playback Never Coming – Netflix has said that offline playback is never going to happen. (Via Engadget)

Daily Links for December 17, 2014

UFC.tv Finally Available to Apple TV Users – The UFC has finally added proper support for the UFC.tv and Fight Pass service to the Apple TV. No more AirPlay from a computer for you Apple users. (Via iPhone in Canada)

Control Netflix with Your Smartwatch – If you’re one of the 15 people with an Android smartwatch, you can now control Netflix for Android from your wrist. (Via Engadget)

Here’s What’s Disappearing From Netflix – Another month is winding down, which means another batch of movies are leaving Netflix. Here’s a list of what will be gone on January 1, 2015, so watch them while you have the chance. (Via Gizmodo)

HBO Go Now on Amazon Fire TV – HBO Go is now available on the Amazon Fire TV with Amazon Fire TV stick coming soon. (Via Engadget)

Hulu Offers Free Streaming on Android Devices – Hulu is offering free access to selected shows that are otherwise locked behind Hulu Plus. This is only available to Android users during the holiday season. (Via Engadget)

Marco Polo Ready to Stream – The 10-episode first season of the $90,000,000 Netflix show is now available to watch on the popular streaming service. (Via iPhone in Canada)

Amazon and Netflix Shows Nominated for Golden GlobesOrange is the New Black and Transparent both scored Golden Globe nominations. (Via Engadget)

Sainsbury’s Streaming Service Now on Roku – I’m not sure what a Sainsbury’s is, but I think it’s a British store, and they have their own streaming service, and it’s now available on Roku devices. (Via Engadget)

Android TV Might Get Live TV Support – According to a new app on Google Play from Google called “Live Channels for Android TV”, access to live channels on Android TV is looking like a possibility. (Via Gizmodo)

Showtime Anytime Now on Xbox One – The Xbox One now has access to the Showtime Anytime streaming service. (Via Engadget)

HBO’s Streaming Service Coming in April? – We already know that HBO will launch its own streaming service that will not require an existing cable/satellite subscription to watch. This service will apparently launch in April to coincide with the Game of Thrones premiere. (Via Engadget)

Daily Links for November 4, 2014

The reviews for the Nexus Player are starting to pour in and they’re…not that good. It seems like most of the complaints are that there aren’t enough apps and aren’t enough games, along with the fact that there’s only a limited amount of storage and that the remote feels cheap. I’ll reserve judgement until I actually receive my device, but I take these reviews with a grain of salt. You can’t expect Android TV to have all the apps and all the support of a device that’s been out for years, so you can’t compare the Nexus Player or its list of available apps to something like the Roku. In time more apps will support Android TV and the device will become more appealing.

Here’s a few reviews to check out if you’re curious: The Verge, Engadget, Gizmodo, and Ars Technica.

In the meantime, here’s the daily links:

Stream Your Disney Movies on Android – iOS has had this option for a while, but now you can legally stream Disney movies that you own rather that playing or ripping the physical disc thanks to the Disney Android app. (Via Gizmodo)

Shomi Beta Launch Today – Apparently Rogers and Shaw are beta launching their Shomi streaming service today. I’m sure waves of people will be leaving Netflix and Hulu for this service. (Via iPhone in Canada)

Shomi Makes Deal with BBC Worldwide – Shomi’s deal with BBC Worldwide will bring BBC content to the new Canadian streaming service. (Via iPhone in Canada)

Google Play Movies and TV Lands on Roku – In a bit of weird timing, a Google Play Movies and TV channel is now available on Roku devices, just as Google is launching its own streaming device Roku rival. (Via Engadget)