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ViacomCBS plan would unify all of Star Trek (and more) in one new streaming service

ViacomCBS plan would unify all of Star Trek (and more) in...

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Enlarge / The Viacom and CBS merger brought Star Trek films (Viacom) and TV series (CBS) under one umbrella. Both would likely appear on this new service.Paramount According to a report from CNBC, ViacomCBS is planning the launch of a new streaming service that would expand upon the already successful CBS All Access with films…
Microsoft now sees Amazon and Google as its main gaming threats

Microsoft now sees Amazon and Google as its main gaming threats

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The coming launch of Sony's PlayStation 5 and Microsoft's Xbox Series X later this year (along with the continued success of the Nintendo Switch) point to a pretty familiar battle brewing in the ever-cyclical console wars. But Microsoft President of Gaming Phil Spencer said in a recent interview with tech site Protocol that the gaming giant…
Roku Smart Soundbars can now be used to make surround sound systems

Roku Smart Soundbars can now be used to make surround sound...

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Enlarge / The soundbar includes the technology of a Roku Ultra inside, so it doubles as a streaming device.Valentina Palladino Streaming giant Roku continues to lean heavily into the audio side of home entertainment. Today, the company announced that it is bringing surround sound capabilities to its Roku Smart Soundbar through a software update that…
CBS renews Star Trek: Picard for a second season

CBS renews Star Trek: Picard for a second season

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Jean-Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart) comes out of retirement in Star Trek: Picard, coming soon to CBS All Access. Streaming service CBS All Access has already renewed Star Trek: Picard for a second season just over a week before the first season is even set to start airing, Deadline reports. The announcement was made at the…
Google is offering refunds for players who bought new Stadia freebies

Google is offering refunds for players who bought new Stadia freebies

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Embossed text, 'cause it's fancy. Kyle Orland The Stadia controller looks a lot like every controller these days. Keep digging and find a plug for your controller. Dig one more level and there's the Chromecast Ultra. Stickers! A special message for early adopters. The Stadia controller is solidly built with springy, responsive inputs. Kyle Orland…
Netflix cancels its Mystery Science Theater 3000 revival

Netflix cancels its Mystery Science Theater 3000 revival

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Enlarge / Mystery Science Theater 3000. Netflix will not produce a third season of its Mystery Science Theater 3000 revival, according to a series of tweets from the show's star, Jonah Ray Rodrigues. The text of his Twitter thread follows: So, Netflix decided to not do another season of MST3K. We are off to Get Down…
Just 12 video games will be readily available on Google Stadia in time for Nov. 19 launch [Updated]

Just 12 video games will be readily available on Google Stadia...

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The hardware you get with the $129.99 Stadia "Founder's Edition." Close-up of the exclusive Founder's Edition Controller. Google Shoulder buttons! Google Extra Stadia Controllers will be available for $69 in three colors, including "Just Black"... Google ..."Clearly White"... Google ...and "Wasabi." Google A Chromecast Ultra is the easiest way to stream Stadia games to your…
The Vast of Night is an alien encounter movie like no other

The Vast of Night is an alien encounter movie like no...

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A festival circuit trailer for Amazon's The Vast of Night. AUSTIN, Texas—Everyone kinda, sorta knows the story of The Vast of Night before they even hear of this movie. Filmmaker Andrew Patterson readily admits he partially based his debut feature on a real-life event—the 1965 Kecksburg incident—and even the initial idea that led him to…
Sony is attempting to sell PlayStation Vue, however it may have a tough time of it

Sony is attempting to sell PlayStation Vue, however it may have...

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Enlarge / Sony's PlayStation 4, for which Vue is currently the only cable-lite streaming subscription available. Sony is seeking to sell off its PlayStation Vue TV business for a figure in the "tens of millions," ending a multi-year experiment in taking on cable companies with lower-cost, "skinny" streaming TV bundles. Citing people familiar with the…
Job Xcloud sneak peek acts as a satisfactory, portable Xbox One

Job Xcloud sneak peek acts as a satisfactory, portable Xbox One

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Remember the old Xbox "Jump In" ad campaign? Apparently it's back. This loading screen was up for about 60 seconds before the start of a new game. Yup, that's me. Microsoft wants to know what you think after every stream during the preview. How about I just write a longform impressions article rather than using…

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