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Weekly Tech Wrap Up: Amazon downloads, HDR on LG, Hulu no-ad option, & more

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We were late, so late, getting this weekly review up. For that, we apologize. Nevertheless, here’s our weekly review of tech news related to the entertainment and electronics industries. Happy Labor Day weekend!

The Week in Tech

Now you can download Amazon movies and TV shows

Ever wondered how great it would be if you could download titles from Amazon’s Prime Instant Video service? Well now you can, with quite a few titles from their Instant Video library to iOS and Android devices. That means Prime members can download movies and TV shows to take on the road (or plane) for viewing without an internet connection.  Here’s How 

Watch HDR content from Amazon on LG 4k OLED TVs

Got a shiny new LG OLED TV and want to take a look at some HDR content? Amazon customers can now stream the original series Transparent and Mozart in the Jungle on 2015 LG OLED TVs from the EG9500 line of 4k TVs. The only catch is the sets will need a firmware update. But, LG’s upcoming flat-screen 4k OLEDs will be ready to display HDR when they start shipping this month. Read More

An extra $4 removes ads from Hulu

Hulu has often been criticized for displaying ads even to those who pay the $7.99 per month subscription (why shouldn’t they, Netflix doesn’t), but now the streaming service has launched an ad-free option for $11.99 per month. Not every title will be ad-free however, as certain titles like Grey’s Anatomy and Once Upon a Time run a commercial at the beginning and ending of each episode. What we really need though, Hulu, is 1080p and 4k video. Read More

LG and DIRECTV partner to stream 4k

DirecTV doesn’t have a heck-of-a-lot of 4k content to offer (who does?), but the satellite TV provider that once boasted the most HD channels is now offering streaming 4k through select 2014 and 2015 LG 4k TVs directly through the webOS platform. And, best of all, an additional Genie mini isn’t required (just the main Genie HD DVR) because the app will do it all. Learn More

Starz Play app now on Roku

Roku owners who subscribe to the Starz premium network can now get the free app from the Roku Channel Store. Once authenticated, subscribers can stream original Starz series such as “Blunt Talk,” “Power,” and “Survivor’s Remorse,” as well as movies such as Big Hero 6, Maleficent, and Into the Woods directly through the Roku player to TV set. Read More

Netflix’s loss is Hulu’s gain

Netflix’s deal with blockbuster movie channel Epix is ending this month (Netflix explained on their blog), but Hulu was quick to pick up the joint-venture channel. Hulu won’t charge any more for the Epix content, and so subscribers will only benefit from getting titles such as The Wolf of Wall Street and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 and Interstellar (premiering September 13), in addition to popular TV shows. Read More

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