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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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Roku Introduces Roku TV

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Roku Inc. today announced Roku TV, a new generation of Smart TVs designed to give consumers a simple entertainment experience in a complex connected world. The company plans to license the new reference design platform and software stack to manufacturers to build and distribute Roku TV models. TCL and Hisense are the first partners and Roku will show their Roku TV models tonight at Pepcom’s Digital Experience media event.

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TCL is the third largest global TV manufacturer in the world and shipped nearly 12 million TVs in 2012, accounting for five percent of the worldwide TV market. Hisense is the fifth largest global TV manufacturer in the world and shipped more than nine million TVs in 2012, accounting for nearly four percent of the worldwide TV market. TCL and Hisense are aggressively expanding their presence in the U.S. market and are expected to gain market share quickly. Each will show Roku TV models during CES in their Central Hall booths – TCL # 9825 and Hisense # 7243.

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Dane-Elec Media Streamer Available At Walmart Stores Nationwide

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Dane-Elec USA, an established consumer electronics brand throughout the America’s, announces the availability of the Media Streamer at Walmart stores nationwide and Walmart.com. The patented Media Streamer is the must-have mobile accessory for your smartphone or tablet, combining four solutions in one – expanded storage, content sharing, mobile device charging and backup of contacts. Designed for use on the go, the Media Streamer is small enough to fit in the palm of your hand and weighs less than .2 pounds.

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“The Media Streamer is compact, portable and solves the problems smartphone and tablet users typically encounter: not enough storage space, streaming data limits, short battery life and loss of contacts,” said Sherry Chapman, senior director of marketing for Dane-Elec USA. “Perfect for families, teens, business travelers, and everyone on-the-go, the Media Streamer is an affordable accessory that every smartphone owner must have.”

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