Amazon is loading up a new pilot season of original TV shows, and while Netflix’s content juggernaut was shut out at the Emmys, at least it was nominated. So what can Hulu do? In addition to its own list of original shows, exclusively licensed content from UK channels and Criterion, it’s added the Starz hit series Party Down, just in time for your Labor Day weekend viewing binge. The show only ran for two seasons, but all 20 episodes are ready to watch for Hulu Plus subscribers, featuring Adam Scott, Lizzy Caplan, Jane Lynch, Ken Marino, Martin Starr and Megan Mulally as employees of a Hollywood catering service. If you’ve somehow missed it until now, this is the perfect time to watch — we teared up when the show disappeared from Netflix along with all of the other Starz Play content a couple of years ago. Now Hulu has picked up the license, and even if you’re not a subscriber you can watch the first five episodes for free on the show page right here.

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Skylanders Swap Force is the next annual entry in the 'toys to life' gaming franchise, we go hands-on - published on: Technology Companies List

Three years, three games. Skylanders Swap Force — the latest crossplatform entry in the mega-successful Skylanders game franchise — cements Activision’s annual approach to its “toys to life” series. The games merge toy figurines with RFID technology to allow in-game avatar representations of the toys to move from game console to game console, all the while storing unique information about that character. It’s essentially the equivalent of how fighting games work in Japanese arcades, albeit with children’s toys and a relatively simple action game: you level …

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Skylanders Swap Force is the next annual entry in the ‘toys to life’ gaming franchise, we go hands-on

How to watch football now that the World Cup is ended

How to watch football now that the World Cup is ended

Many are referring to the 2014 World Cup as the best of the modern era — think: since Korea/Japan in 2002. Was it due to the fact it set an incredible amount of viewing records? Or, perhaps, it has to do with how much social networks made the entire experience that much more enjoyable. After all, who could forget all the great memes and Tumblr accounts? The level of play wasn’t bad either, with…

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On the B-side of LG’s announcement that it will start selling two 4K OLED TVs, is the bad news for plasma. Korean papers Yonhap News and The Korea Times report home entertainment division lead Ha Hyun-hwoi’s comments that the company will end production of plasma TVs soon. According to Ha, LG is conducting an internal study to decide when it will end plasma production — not a bad run after rumors said it would shut down in 2008 and 2009 — and will make an official announcement on the issue soon. LG is the last major brand making plasmas after Samsung announced its exit earlier this year, and Yonhap says that once LG shuts down, China’s Changhong Electric Co. (the same company once on the receiving end of $1 billion worth of stolen plasma tech from LG) will be the only major manufacturer left in the game. If you don’t love LCDs and you’re not ready to drop $3,500 on a 55-inch OLED, it may be time to grab one of the few remaining plasmas and ride that out for the next few years.

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PlayStation Home Arcade brings parts of Sony's Second Life-esque world to PlayStation Vita - published on: Technology Companies List

You like the games in Sony’s PlayStation 3-based social network, Home, but not the endless Quincying? We can fully respect that, and we’re glad to tell you that Sony’s doing something specifically catered to your wants, fictional person — today, PlayStation Home Arcade launches on the PlayStation Vita, bringing arcade games from the network to Vita with none of the awkward virtual dancing found on PS3. …

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PlayStation Home Arcade brings parts of Sony’s Second Life-esque world to PlayStation Vita

Ever since Microsoft cut its motion- and voice-sensor from the Xbox One package, the second version of Kinect has been in limbo. Sure, you could still get one if you shelled out $500 for the deluxe version of Xbox One, but there was no way to pick one up on its own. What if, say, a new Dance Central game for Xbox One were to be announced? Microsoft always said it would offer the device standalone, and now it’s got a release date and price: October 7th for $150 ($50 less than the Windows version, for those wondering). Even better: Kinect on Xbox One comes with the aforementioned new Dance Central game. Not a terrible nod to the most important third-party game studio making Kinect games.

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Rovio adds TV channel to its games, launches Angry Birds Toons on March 17th - published on: Technology Companies List

If Rovio wants to rival Disney, it’s going to need to broaden its distribution network, right? It turns out that the company is going the opposite way, bundling a video channel inside its apps to showcase its first TV show; Angry Birds Toons — a 52-episode series chronicling the never-ending fight against those egg-thieving pigs. In addition to phones and tablets, the show will be available on Xfinity and Samsung Smart TVs, with Roku and …

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Rovio adds TV channel to its games, launches Angry Birds Toons on March 17th

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Sharp’s near- 4K TVs are now available, starting at $2,500

Even though CES 2014 is long gone, some of the stuff announced there is just now starting to become available for purchase. Case in point: Sharp’s Quattron+ lineup, a series of 2014 televisions featuring the latest and greatest, including a revamped SmartCentral platform. But that’s not what’s interesting here. Instead, it’s the Quattron+ technology, one that Sharp describes as being able to “accept a 4K signal and play it back at near-4K resolution, with an effective resolution of 3,840 x 2,160.”

The company says this is possible thanks to its Revelation Upscaler, which takes HD content and “optimizes it for the higher resolution screen, so that it’s sharper and more vivid.” By building Q+ TVs on 1080p panels, Sharp claims it’s then capable of pricing these lower than some of its would-be competitors. Now, is that enough to get you to buy into it? If so, you’ll have quite a few options to choose from — they’re up for grabs now in 60-, 70- and 80-inch flavors, with prices ranging from $2,500 all the way to a cool $6,000.

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This week in TV gets started off with a bang thanks to the Primetime Emmys. Netflix snagged 31 nominations for its original content, now we’ll see if it can take home more trophies than the three it won last year as House of Cards faces off with Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones, True Detective, Downton Abbey and Mad Men for the Outstanding Drama Series award. Of course, the streamer isn’t resting on its laurels having just introduced Bojack Horseman last week, and it’s kicking off a new run of stand-up comedy specials this week with Jim Jeffries: Bare. Fans of The Walking Dead and Sons of Anarchy can grab the latest seasons on Blu-ray, while Madden NFL 15 lights up game consoles this week and the college football season gets started. All of that against the backdrop of FXX’s Every Simpsons Ever marathon which will keep running until Monday. We’ve got a new format to show you what’s new this week, hit the gallery below to check out each day’s highlights, including trailers and let us know what you think (or what we missed).

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LG ships its MT93 Personal Smart TV to your dorm this March - published on: Technology Companies List

College students and studio apartment tenants still don’t have many options for advanced TVs; they often have to make do with a PC monitor or find a way to cram a bigger TV set into a tiny space. It’s a good thing that LG’s MT93 Personal Smart TV is shipping to Europe this month, then. The 27-inch, IPS-based upgrade to last year’s model carries the same smart app platform, 3D imagery and Magic Remote as LG’s larger sets while doubling as a monitor for…

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LG ships its MT93 Personal Smart TV to your dorm this March

Between Chromecast, Roku, Apple TV, TiVo, Xbox One and Playstation 4, our entertainment centers are getting pretty crowded. Who even has room for all those remotes? Thankfully, though, there are a number of apps and devices that can turn your smartphones and tablets into the ultimate universal remote. How have you tamed your massive controller collection? Tell us in the Engadget forums.

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Sonos Playbar: a home theater soundbar that wirelessly streams music for $699, we go hands- (and ears) on - published on: Technology Companies List

We’ve long been enamored of Sonos’ musical streaming technology and its wireless speakers, whether it’s the S5 Play:5, the Play:3 or the Sub. But, what if you’re looking for some Sonos gear that can stream your favorite MOG or Spotify playlist and deliver surround sound on movie night? Well, you’re in luck, because the Playbar has arrived, packing all of Sonos’ streaming capabilities you know and love in a soundbar form factor. It’s got nine speakers: six 8-centimeter (3.15-inch) aluminum cone …

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Netflix engineers experiment with bump-based video sharing and sleep tracking

Netflix uses its internal Hack Day competitions to encourage new thinking around its streaming video service, and its latest event has produced a few clever experiments that we wouldn’t mind seeing in finished apps. One of them, Netflix Beam, uses Apple’s Bluetooth-based iBeacon technology to share Netflix videos between iOS devices just by bumping them together. Another effort uses a Fitbit to check if you fall asleep mid-movie; if you do, you can resume from the point where you nodded off. Other handy Hack Day inventions include gamepad-friendly text entry, custom playlists and PIN-protected profiles. Netflix warns that these projects may never reach its public-facing software, but they’re still worth checking out to see what the company’s engineers are thinking. We’ve posted two of the pitch videos (Beam and the sleep tracker) below, and you can see a few more at the source link.

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