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Weekly Tech Wrap Up: Amazon Underground, HBO Now on Fire TV, & more

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Here’s our weekly wrap-up of news from the electronics, entertainment and technology industries. For more of the latest tech news view our dedicated Tech News category.

FOX Sports Go mobile app adds FOX Soccer Plus channel
Soccer and rugby fans have something to cheer about. The FOX Sports Go mobile app has added the FOX Soccer Plus channel, providing streams of international soccer events such as UEFA Champions League (93 matches), UEFA Europa League (37 matches), and the FA Cup (30 matches), as well as rugby league matches such as the Heineken Cup (43 matches) and Aviva Premiership (65 matches). Read More

Cablevision launching SHOWTIME & CBS All Access
Cablevision became the first TV service provider to offer the over-the-top SHOWTIME and CBS All Access services. Essentially, it means customers must at least have high-speed internet, but don’t necessarily need to pay for traditional cable-based TV service. Although, one might imagine some Cablevision customers paying for limited television channels but opting for the $10.99 per month SHOWTIME service. We’re not so sure about CBS All Access . Read More

HBO Now launches on Amazon Fire TV & Fire TV Stick
Previously launched on Fire HD tablets, HBO’s over-the-top (OTT) service HBO Now works on Amazon’s Fire TV and Fire TV Stick. For $14.99 per month, the service lets cord-cutters get HBO shows like Game of Thrones and True Detective without having to sign-up through a TV service provider. Customers will need high-speed internet, of course, and video quality will depend on bandwidth speed available. Read More

Amazon Underground offers 100% free apps
Amazon’s new “Underground” initiative offers customers $10,000 worth of apps by paying developers on a per-minute played basis. Example freebies include apps such as OfficeSuite and Professional 8, Goat Simulator, and PhotoSuite 4, and plenty others. The new Underground app replaces Amazon’s “Free App of the Day,” but can only be downloaded from the Amazon app store (not Google Play). Read More

LG reveals pricing on new 4k OLED flat TVs
LG announced prices and shipping of their new 4k flat OLED TVs with webOS Smart TV and built-in premium speaker systems from harman/kardon. These are the first flat screen OLED TVs (all previously-released OLED models were curved), but the most intriguing spec on the new sets may be support for HDR content. Pricing also matches the curved models of the same screen size, so consumers can check that off in comparing models. Read More

Breaking Bad Episode 1 leaked in 4k
The first Netflix series in 4k video resolution shows up on several torrent sites, after the 4k copy protection was hacked. Breaking Bad Episode 1 is a mere 17.73GB file that’s being traded across several servers, and calls into question the viability of Bandwidth Digital Copy Protection (HDCP) for future 4k Ultra HD content. Read More (TorrentFreak)

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