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Samsung’s UBD-K8500 Ultra HD Blu-ray Player Earns UHD Alliance Premium Certification

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Samsung Electronics announced today that its UBD-K8500 Ultra HD Blu-ray player has been certified as ‘UHD Premium’ by the UHD Alliance (UHDA). Now a part of Samsung’s total UHD ecosystem, the UBD-K8500 joins the 2016 Samsung SUHD TV lineup in UHDA Premium Certifications.

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Samsung’s recently released HDR-compatible UBD-K8500 Ultra HD Blu-ray player offers four times the resolution and 64 times higher color expression than conventional Blu-ray players. When paired with Samsung SUHD TV’s Quantum Dot Display, the UBD-K8500 delivers a level of picture quality never before seen in the home. Its built-in upscaling technology enhances the picture quality from standard Blu-ray discs and DVDs.

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Roku Introduces Roku 4 Streaming Player With 4K Video Support

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Roku Inc. today announced the highly anticipated Roku 4 streaming player. Designed for entertainment-loving streamers, the Roku 4 features superior streaming performance and brilliant picture quality for both 4K Ultra HD (UHD) and HD TVs. With access to one of the biggest streaming channel lineups including 300,000 movies and TV episodes and the industry’s most comprehensive and only unbiased universal voice search, finding what to stream is simple with the new Roku 4. Plus, now consumers will no longer need to look for their remote control with the new Remote Finder feature.

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The Roku 4 runs the new Roku OS 7 that the company also announced today. Roku OS 7 is filled with new discovery features that give consumers more access to entertainment choices. With a major update to the Roku Feed consumers can now follow movies, TV shows, actors and directors to receive automatic entertainment updates about pricing and availability. Those at college or who travel and want to stream will now be able to use the new Hotel and Dorm Connect feature for quick wireless connectivity in locations that require log-in credentials to access the network. In addition, the redesigned Roku mobile app brings more control to the Roku experience from a mobile device, and soon will feature an on-the-go mode that allows for access to features such as the Roku Feed while away from home.

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Roku Unveils New Ways to Search and Discover Streaming Entertainment

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Roku Inc., which is widely applauded for giving consumers the most comprehensive and unbiased search, today released new ways for consumers to find and discover streaming entertainment. The ‘Roku Feed’ is a new feature that allows consumers to follow entertainment and get automatic updates on pricing and availability. Roku is launching the feature with a focus on ‘Movies Coming Soon’ taking the guessing out of when a box office hit is available for streaming, which services offer the movie or how much it costs. The company also introduced a new Roku 3 streaming player with voice search and a new faster-than-ever-before Roku 2 streaming player. The new features, new players and updated mobile apps are available beginning today.

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“With the biggest lineup of streaming channels available, the most comprehensive and unbiased search, and new ways to discover new movies; Roku players make it simple for consumers to stream the entertainment they want to watch on their terms,” said Roku Founder and Chief Executive Officer Anthony Wood. “Now with a fast and fun way to search by voice, we’ve made the Roku 3 – the best streaming player on the market – even better.”

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Sony Unveils New Line of Blu-ray Disc Players At CES 2015

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Sony Electronics today unveiled its latest – and smartest – Blu-ray Disc players. Capable of delivering top quality video from packaged Blu-ray Discs or instantly streaming a wide variety of online movies, videos, TV shows, and music from over 300 applications including Netflix, YouTube, Pandora, Hulu Plus, Amazon Instant Video, Video Unlimited, and more, these new models reinforce Sony’s leadership in the Blu-ray Disc player category.

The 2015 Sony Blu-ray Disc players – models BDP-S6500, BDP-S5500, BDP-S3500 and BDP-S1500 – are packed with features to enhance the viewing experience. The Quick Start/Quick Load feature lets viewers jump right into their entertainment, while Miracast™ allows viewers to display photos and video from a compatible Android smartphone or tablet to TV screens by wirelessly connecting through their Blu-ray Disc player.

Sony’s new Blu-ray Disc players come equipped with the PlayStation™Now (PS Now) application. With PS Now, users can stream and play select PlayStation®3 (PS3™) games directly on a TV, without a console, using their Sony Blu-ray Disc player and a DUALSHOCK®4 controller with USB cable.

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Amazon Introduces $39 Fire TV Stick

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Less than seven months ago, Amazon introduced Amazon Fire TV, and it quickly became the best-selling streaming media box on Amazon. Today, Amazon is bringing the same experience customers love about Amazon Fire TV—ease of use, great performance, and vast selection—to a smaller and even more affordable device. Introducing Fire TV Stick, a small stick that connects to the HDMI port on your HDTV for instant access to movies, TV shows, music, photos, apps, and games. Fire TV Stick is just $39 and is available for pre-order starting today at www.amazon.com/fire-tv-stick and will ship November 19. As a thank you to new and existing Prime members, Fire TV Stick is available for two days only for just $19 on Amazon.com.

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“Fire TV Stick is the most powerful streaming media stick available—a dual-core processor, 1 GB of RAM, 8 GB of storage, dual-band and dual-antenna Wi-Fi, included remote control, voice search with our free mobile app, easy set-up, an open ecosystem, and exclusive features like ASAP for instant streaming,” said Jeff Bezos, Amazon.com Founder and CEO. “The team has packed an unbelievable amount of power and selection into an incredible price point—Fire TV Stick is just $39.”

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Yamaha Unveils Premium AVENTAGE BD-A1040 Universal Blu-ray Disc Player

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Yamaha Corporation of America, AV Division, today introduced the premium AVENTAGE BD-A1040, its fullest featured universal Blu-ray Disc player to date with expanded connectivity that includes Bluetooth for the first time. Designed and engineered with the same granular attention to detail as the company’s premium and critically-acclaimed series of AVENTAGE AV receivers, the BD-A1040 presents exciting new possibilities for home theater enjoyment.

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AVENTAGE build quality features include a high-grade aluminum front panel that dampens vibrations, as well as symmetrical audio circuitry design with 192 kHz/32-bit DAC and gold-plated output terminals. Ensuring the highest video quality, the BD-A1040 features 1080p/24 Hz HDMI® video output, x.v.Color and Deep Color compatibility, video noise reduction and 1080p playback for DVDs, photos and home videos.

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Seagate Launches Channel On Roku

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Seagate Technology plc today announced the addition of a new capability for connecting Seagate Central personal cloud storage or Seagate Wireless Plus to a Roku streaming player.

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Now with the new Seagate Media Channel on Roku, pictures, video and music saved to a Seagate Central or Seagate Wireless Plus is available to enjoy from the comfort of the living room.

The Seagate Media Channel on Roku allows visual browsing of content on the drive with cover art for movies, albums, song titles for music and thumbnails for photos.  Millions of people use Roku players every day to watch their favorite entertainment on demand. Now Seagate has made it easy to enjoy a personal library of music, movies, photos, and more on the big screen.

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WD TV Simplifies Personal Content Playback On Any TV

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WD, a Western Digital company and a world leader in connected storage solutions, today unveiled the new WD TV – Personal Edition, an easy to use Wi-Fi enabled media player that plays virtually any media file stored on USB and network storage devices or any computer on the home network.

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"Consumers have increasingly large libraries of disparate personal content types on a variety of storage devices, from portable USB to network attached storage and personal computers," explains Jim Welsh, executive vice president, WD Content Solutions Business and worldwide sales. "WD's ecosystem of apps and media players ensures that viewing that content is seamless on all screens, from mobile devices to the HDTV. WD TV personalizes the entertainment experience, providing the easiest way for consumers to playback all of their personal videos, photos and music."

WD TV - Personal Edition allows users to enjoy a wide range of personal media such as photos, video and music on their home entertainment systems by supporting many file formats, including MKV, MP4, AVI, WMV, MOV and more. Files can be streamed from any connected USB drive like the My Passport® Ultra™ and My Book® product families, personal cloud and network attached storage drives like WD's My Cloud product family, digital camcorder or cameras, and any networked PC or Mac® computer in the home.

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Amazon Introduces $99 Fire TV

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Kindle revolutionized reading by making it possible to think of a book and be reading it in less than 60 seconds. Kindle Fire put the world’s largest selection of movies, TV shows, songs, apps, games, books, audiobooks, and magazines in the palm of your hand. In each case, Amazon integrates the hardware, software, and the content into an easy-to-use, seamless, end-to-end service for customers. Today, Amazon is excited to unveil its newest innovation—Fire TV, a tiny box that plugs into your HDTV for easy and instant access to Netflix, Prime Instant Video, Hulu Plus, WatchESPN, SHOWTIME, low-cost video rentals, and much more. Fire TV also brings photos, music, and games to the living room. Meet Amazon Fire TV at www.amazon.com/FireTV.

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“Tiny box, huge specs, tons of content, incredible price—people are going to love Fire TV,” said Jeff Bezos, Amazon.com Founder and CEO. “Voice search that actually works means no more typing on an alphabet grid. Our exclusive new ASAP feature predicts the shows you’ll want to watch and gets them ready to stream instantly. And our open approach gives you not just Amazon Instant Video and Prime Instant Video, but also Netflix, Hulu Plus, and more. On Fire TV you can watch Alpha House and House of Cards.”

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Yamaha Introduces BD-S677 Blu-ray 3D And SACD Player

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Yamaha Corporation of America, AV Division, today introduced the BD-S677 Blu-ray 3D™ and SACD player that streams video, music, game content and images from mobile devices and the Internet to televisions and home entertainment systems with exceptional audio and video quality.

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The model’s built-in Wi-Fi opens new worlds of entertainment in the home. With its ability to directly stream content wirelessly from Miracast™-compatible smartphones and tablets to home entertainment systems, users will be able to experience a wider array of entertainment options with family and friends. In addition, those with Dropbox accounts will be able to access, view and share their videos, music, pictures and documents over the Internet. This player also provides the ability to view movies, videos and digital images using VUDU, YouTube Leanback™ and Picasa Web Albums™.

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