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Where can I get 4K Ultra HD TV shows and movies today?

I’ll start with the bad news. Even though TVs with 4K/Ultra high-definition resolution have been available for a couple of years now, there still aren’t a lot of actual 4K TV shows and movies available.

Aside from YouTube, 4K today mostly consists of original TV series streaming from Netflix and Amazon. We won’t get 4K Blu-ray until next year, and there are no 4K TV channels in sight.

So what’s the good news? There’s more 4K to watch than there was last year, and your new 4K TV probably has an app or three that can show it for free (as part of your subscription). If your TV doesn’t have the right app, you can buy a new 4K-streaming device, like a Roku 4, to serve up those extra pixels.

4K promises improved picture quality since it has four times as many pixels as the highest high-definition resolution, namely 1080p/1080i. Those extra pixels are often very difficult to discern in the best of cases however, and in our tests 4K streams and regular high-definition streams looked very similar. So even though 4K can look great, so can good old 1080p, and you shouldn’t expect to be blown away by the difference.

Below you’ll find a roundup of today’s 4K/Ultra HD sources and what you’ll need to watch them on your TV. It’s important to keep in mind that almost all the content listed is streaming, and to do that, you’ll need an Internet connection of at least 15 Mbps, ideally more. Netflix recommends 25 Mbps.

Amazon

Amazon Original shows like “The Man in the High Castle” and Amazon pseudo-exclusives like “Orphan Black.” Certain shows, like “Mozart in the Jungle” and “Bosch,” are also in High Dynamic Range (HDR). Some 4K movies can be purchased or rented.

You’ll need: A Prime subscription ($99, £79 per year, but includes things like free 2-day shipping, music streaming and more) for streaming; built-in apps; the latest Fire TV box or Roku 4.

Netflix

Netflix original shows, like “House of Cards” and “Jessica Jones,” and movies like “Star Trek Into Darkness” and “Skyfall.”
You’ll need: Built-in apps on your TV, a Roku 4, Nvidia Shield, Amazon Fire TV (latest model) or Tivo Bolt; an upgrade (if you haven’t already) to the Premium Netflix plan, which is currently more per month than the standard plan. More info here.

VUDU

Movies like “San Andreas,” “The Lego Movie,” and “Edge of Tomorrow” are on the US service. On some devices and with some films, there’s HDR and Dolby Atmos available as well. Rent for $10, buy for $25 to $30.
You’ll need: A Roku 4 or Vizio R-series (currently the only HDR and Atmos option). Vudu recommends a connection speed of at least 11 mbps, a bit lower than the others. More info here.

Sony PlayStation Video (formerly Video Unlimited)

A sizable collection of TV shows and movies.

You’ll need: Sony’s $700 FMP-X10 4K Media Player. More info here.

M-Go

A few dozen titles, most you’ve never heard of, to rent or buy. A few dozen more slightly more recognizable titles are also in HDR.
You’ll need: A Samsung TV. More info here.

YouTube

There’s lots of free 4K video content on YouTube, but it’s mostly “store demo material” stuff like slow pans of landscapes, languid insects, and other pretty pictures.

You’ll need: A device with a 4K-compatible YouTube app, namely a Roku 4 or an Nvidia Shield (for built-in apps, typically only 2015 televisions excluding Vizios can handle YouTube in 4K). Or a computer.

UltraFlix

A pretty random collection of 4K movies, like “Face/Off,” “Almost Famous,” “Footloose” (nope, the other one), “Star Trek” and “Terminator Genisys.”
You’ll need: Certain Sony, Samsung, Vizio or HiSense TVs. The app was also recently added to Roku 4. More info here.

DirecTV

No 4K channels yet, but some movies to rent. According to DirecTV, “The number of 4K movies varies from week to week, but there are always at least two 4K movies available to watch instantly.”

You’ll need: A Genie DVR (“Model HR34 and above”); a 4K TV with HDCP 2.2 or a “Direct TV 4K-Ready TV” (many Samsung and LG models). More info here.

Comcast

A few free NBC shows. No word yet on their Xi4 4K set-top box.

You’ll need: A Samsung TV with the Xfinity TV app. More info here.

PC

If you’re a gamer, many games can be played in 3,840×2,160, but you’ll need some serious hardware to do it. Check out how to use your 4K TV as a monitor for more info. It’s also a way to get YouTube (if your TV doesn’t support it) and Vimeo in 4K.

The future: 4K Blu-ray!

In early 2016 we should see the first Ultra HD Blu-ray player and discs hit the market. This should expand the amount of content significantly. More importantly, it will increase the quality of the content, since streaming 4K is at best only marginally better — and can look worse — than (regular) Blu-ray.

In the first wave you can expect two things with absolutely certainty: high disc prices and low movie quality. Such as been the case with every new format release. Terrible movies on pretty, pretty discs (or tapes, or big discs).

Prices will fall, better movies will be released. Sands through the hourglass…

Is it worth upgrading to a 4K TV yet?
In reality, there’s still not a lot of 4K content. A few TV shows, and a few movies. This early into the HD transition, we were in a little better shape, in terms of content (thanks to all the broadcasters trying to top one another). If you’re considering getting a 4K TV because of the content, well, it’s not worth it yet just for that.

If your TV is pretty old and you’re considering upgrading, know that 4K TVs aren’t stupid (anymore), and the best looking TVs today also just happen to be 4K. If you do, there will be some content to watch, and more than they’re used to be, just not a lot. Yet.

Got a question for Geoff? First, check out all the other articles he’s written on topics such as why all HDMI cables are the same, LED LCD vs. OLED vs. Plasma, why 4K TVs aren’t worth it and more. Still have a question? Send him an email! He won’t tell you what TV to buy, but he might use your letter in a future article. You can also send him a message on Twitter @TechWriterGeoff or Google+ and check out histravel photography on Instagram.

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SOURCE: C/NET

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LG Adds Flat-Screen 4K OLED TV Series With HDR

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August 25th, 2015 · 1 Comment · 2160p, 4K Curved Screeen, 4K Flat Panel, Connected TVs, HDR, News, OLED, OLED, UHD 4K OLED, UHDTV

LGOLED_EF9500Lineup_WhiteIn advance of the IFA consumer electronics trade show in Berlin, Germany, LG revealed Tuesday plans to introduce the EF9500 series of flat-screen 4K Ultra HD OLED TVs that will be “fully HDR enabled.”

The series, which is scheduled to hit retail shelves in September, will include 55- and 65-inch screen sizes with flat screens to join the previously announced EG9600 curved-screen 4K Ultra HD TV models that will also be HDR enabled.

With the introductions, LG said its now 6-model OLED TV assortment has tripled from that offered a year ago.

More on LG’s EF9500 HDR-enabled 4K UHD OLED TVs after the jump:

LG’s OLED TV assortment now includes the two new EF9500 flat-screen models, the EG9600 and EG9700 series of curved-screen models and the 55-inch EC9300 Full HD curved OLED TV.

Screen sizes in the assortment include: 55-, 65- and 77-inches. All but one model – the 55-inch 55EC9300, which now carries a $2,499 suggested retail — feature 4K UHD resolution.

The EF9500 series and the curved EG9600 series will be available at the same suggested retail prices of $6,999 for the 65-inch model and $5,499 for the 55-inch model, the company said.

“The introduction of LG’s new flat OLED 4K TVs offers consumers more choices of OLED TVs at more competitive pricing and makes the definitive statement that OLED is here to stay,” William Cho, LG Electronics USA president and CEO, said in a statement.

LG said the EF9500 series TVs will ship with HDMI 2.0a inputs with HDCP 2.2 content protection and built-in firmware to read and display metadata “to display HDR content from both streaming content partners and external source devices.”

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Meanwhile, an LG spokesperson told HD Guru that LG’s EG9600 curved OLED 4K TVs already in the market “will not be HDMI 2.0a upgradeable. A firmware update will be released in the coming weeks for owners of EG9600 series to enjoy the Amazon HDR content options becoming available,” but the sets will not receive HDR metadata from external devices, like forthcoming Ultra HD Blu-ray players. The curved-screen EG9600 models “will receive a firmware update that enables consumers to stream HDR content from current and future streaming content providers,” LG said.

According to LG: “OLED technology is perfectly suited for HDR content because it delivers the perfect black that only OLED TVs can achieve. By starting from perfect black, OLED is able to produce the required light ranges at lower peak brightness, resulting in an exceptional – and more comfortable – HDR viewing experience.”

All 2015 LG OLED TV models include the updated webOS 2.0 smart TV platform, which simplifies content selection and speeds up switching between channels and sources.

LG in recent weeks has also made a series of price reductions on already introduced models, making the technology more competitive with comparably sized, full-featured LED LCD TVs.

2015 LG OLED TVs announced so far include the following retail and suggested retail prices:

EF9500 – OLED 4K TV

65-inch class (64.5 inches diagonal) model 65EF9500, $6,997.99 suggested retail.
55-inch class (54.6 inches diagonal) model 55EF9500: $5,499.99 suggested retail.
EG9600 – OLED 4K TV

65-inch class (64.5 inches diagonal) model 65EG9600: $5,997.99
55-inch class (54.6 inches diagonal) model 55EG9600: $3,997.99
EG9700 – OLED 4K TV

77-inch class (76.7 inches diagonal) model 77EG9700, $24,999 suggested retail
EC9300 Series – Full HD OLED

55-inch class (54.6 inches diagonal) model 55EC9300, $1,997.99
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10 things that iTunes does right

iTunes 12 has its share of problems. But there several tasks that iTunes is good at.

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Kirk McElhearnKirk McElhearn | @mcelhearn
Senior Contributor, Macworld
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iTunes gets a lot of criticism, including a lot that I dish out, and much of this criticism is justified. iTunes has lots of problems syncing iOS devices, iTunes Match and iCloud Music Library are confusing, and the interface, particularly in iTunes 12, is confusing.

To be fair, though, iTunes does get a lot right. You can condemn it for many problems, but it’s good to sometimes take a step back and give it credit for the features that work so well that you hardly pay attention to them. I’ve picked ten things that iTunes does right.

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1. CD ripping
If you remember back in the days before iTunes, CD ripping software—at least on the Mac—was far less user-friendly than iTunes. You had to manually enter tags for your music, and then move the files into iTunes or whichever app you were using to play your music.

iTunes made big improvements by unifying the process of ripping, tagging, and adding music to your library, and also through the integration of Gracenote to fetch tags for most of the CDs you rip. While iTunes may rip some CDs slowly, this seems to be more because of the CDs than the app itself. I rip a lot of CDs with iTunes, and it acquits itself well.

2. Playlists
The ability to create and manage playlists is one of the revolutions of digital audio. Instead of only being able to listen to the tracks you copied to an MP3 player in a folder, iTunes lets you make as many playlists as you want. They’re easy to set up, and easy to manage, and you can even organize them in folders if you have a lot of them.

3. Smart playlists
Playlists are one thing, but when they got smart in iTunes 3, that changed everything. You can set up playlists to find music by specific artists or genres, music you added recently or years ago, music you’ve played a lot or never listened to. And you can shuffle them too.

4. Video playback
iTunes’ ability to play videos let you watch anything in your iTunes library on your Mac or PC, at home or when traveling. If you use iTunes to manage your video library, it’s a lot easier to play videos from iTunes than from a video-only app. You can watch your favorite movies or TV shows with the app, and it remembers where you stopped if you haven’t finished watching a movie. If you’re watching episodes of a TV series, it shows you which ones you’ve seen.

5. File tagging
iTunes is certainly not the only app that tags digital media files; they all do. But iTunes does it quite well. While you may not like the way the Info window is laid out, or the way you navigate it, it’s still very efficient, and a lot easier to use than many other apps.

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Set tags for your files in iTunes.

6. Content display
While iTunes 12 mixed things up as far as navigating libraries is concerned, iTunes does offer a lot of different ways to view your content. You can view music by album, artist, genre, or by song, and the Column Browser lets you drill down through your library. Other types of content have similar views. You can choose how to view each library—Music, Movies, etc.—and each playlist. It can be hard to grasp, but it’s quite flexible.

7. Home Sharing
iTunes lets you share your library over your home network. Yes, this is fraught with problems, and sharing a large library to an iOS device generally doesn’t work. But it’s easy to share your music library throughout your home, allowing other people in your family to listen to your music easily.

You can also share your library to an Apple TV, which puts all your media at your fingertips in the living room. (I know, this is often glitchy too.) This ability to share your content with your family is very practical. If only Apple could get all the kinks out of it…

8. Remote control
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Control music with the Remote app on an iOS device.

Apple’s Remote app for iOS lets you control iTunes playback on a computer. This is great if you’re streaming music via AirPlay to a speaker, say, in your bedroom. Or if you’re just sitting in the living room, streaming music through an Apple TV.

9. The iTunes Store
When Apple went into the music retail business, it wasn’t a big surprise, but it changed the landscape of the music industry. Now, the iTunes Store sells music, movies, apps, books, and more. It’s generally easy to navigate, and the seamless process of buying digital content and having it download to your library is nearly foolproof.

10. AppleScript
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Search-Replace Tag Text, one of the many useful AppleScripts that make iTunes easier to use.

If you use a Mac, you have the ability to extend iTunes using AppleScript. Thanks to Doug Adams, whose website Doug’s AppleScripts for iTunes houses hundreds of scripts, we have the ability to do all sorts of things that iTunes can’t do, such as manage files, change tags, work with playlists, and much more. It’s great that Apple has provided support for AppleScript in iTunes, and I hope they continue to do so.
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Senior contributor Kirk McElhearn (@mcelhearn) writes The Ask the iTunes Guy column and writes about Macs, music and more on his blog Kirkville. He also runs Kirk’s iTunes Forum, where users can discuss iTunes, iOS devices, music, and more. Kirk is the author of Take Control of iTunes 12: The FAQ.
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Several Reasons Why the AT&T and DirecTV Merger Will be Approved

Investors and customers are waiting anxiously to hear an announcement that the Federal Government has approved the merger between AT&T and DirecTV.

Signs are definitely pointing towards the merger being approved since the Justice Department, FCC and SEC offices have been swarmed for the past week or more with reps from both companies involved.  All parties involved are apparently scrambling to provide answers and figures to the proper government agencies, and hammering out detailed answers to new questions the regulatory authorities are asking.

This activity, paired with the recent filings that show the companies have met with Anti-trust regulators is a major sign that the 45 billion dollar merger is close to being approved.

The companies have also sweetened the deal they are presenting to the government by presenting detailed plans to deliver their internet services to an additional 2 million households throughout the U.S. Discussions have also been held to plan out how AT&T wireless customer bills will be affected by the merger. Interconnection fees has also been the main topic during several meetings and how this merger would affect companies that pay these fees (such as Netflix) to guarantee their content moves across the net in a high quality manner.

Allowing fees like this is a hot topic currently because it would allow major companies like this to determine which video streaming services remain uninterrupted, and thus more popular with consumers. These fees are one of the major reasons the merger between Comcast and Time Warner Cable was denied by regulators early in the talks.

Comcast in Talks to Purchase T-Mobile

Rumors are leaking out that telecom giant Deutsche Telekom is in talks with several groups to purchase the US arm of T-Mobile, with Comcast considered to be the favored buyer at this point in time.

 

Sources have stated that the German company would prefer Comcast to buy T-Mobile over the other potential buyers because of their ability to purchase all shares of stock. Deutsche Telekom is also in talks with Dish Network to possibly purchase the mobile carrier as well, but is keeping the door open for other potential companies interested in purchasing it.

Comcast was in negotiations to purchase Time Warner, but backed out of the deal because of regulatory issues with the US Federal government.

Both Comcast and Deutsche Telekom have declined to comment on the potential deal.

Dish Network in Talks to Merge with T-Mobile

News of this merger was first reported by the New York Times last week, which caused shares of Dish Network stock to surge nearly 5% in a single day of trading. Most market analysts are excited by the prospect of this merger and the fact that it will help both companies fully utilize the $60 billion data bandwidth pipeline that Dish has amassed and built over the years.

Market analysts also feel that this merger will give the new company more negotiating clout with Hollywood in the future for films, television series and sporting events. This is the third major merger in the works or on the table that will affect Hollywood and future licensing agreements.

If this merger is approved, T-Mobile CEO John Legere would be the new company’s CEO, and Charlie Ergen the current CEO of Dish would become the new chairman of the board.

The merger would help Dish provide would include an extremely fast, nationwide voice and data network, a broadband network for home and mobile device customers, television and even an expanded outlet for its Sling TV online service.

While the talks are still in the very early stages of negotiation, management roles have been agreed upon, and talks are moving forward. The negotiations are expected to be fairly slow though, so that both sides are 100% sure of their parts in the newly formed company, all debts are accounted for and transferred, and to ensure that they have the support of shareholders as well as the federal government.

 

DIRECTV Adds New HD Channel

Directv has announced that they are now offering Nick Jr. in HD for its current customers. This channel is extremely popular in households with young children in the 3-8 year old range and offers popular shows such as Dora the Explorer and Bubble Guppies.

Directv’s recent receiver release, the D14, is believed to be behind the release of this channel in HD. This receiver was designed to allow increases in HD content, as well as their future release of 4K content to viewers.

Viewers can expect more HD and 4K content in the coming months with the expected release of their D15 receiver. This unit is expected to be fully operational and available to consumers by the end of summer or beginning of fall.

Apple TV Slated To Totally Revamp Remote

After 8 long years of having a very simple remote control for the Apple TV units, Apple Inc has announced that they intend to change things up a bit.

When they new Apple TV units are available later this summer, the new remotes that come with them will be slightly thicker but will have a touch pad added to its design. The remote will only have two actual buttons, with the rest of the functions being available through the touchpad.

This addition is a drastic change to Apple’s minimalist approach it has had with their remotes until now. The current units have three buttons that are designed to allow easy of handling and use while still allowing full functionality of these units. The touch screen addition may or may not follow their rule of simplicity to date, we will all have to wait until they announce the release with details in June.

LG To Offer OS Update on 2014 Smart TVS

LG has announced what is a first in the SMART TV market, an operating software update for their products. LG has confirmed that later this year they will offer all owners of TVs produced in 2014 a free update to version 2.0 of their OS.

This update has been designed to improve response times, as well as offer newer features such as “My Channels” and will provide upgraded quick settings and input selection interfaces. When this update is released, it may cause the user interface to look slightly different than the 2015 models that were shipped with the 2.0 version of the OS already installed, but most of the features will be the same.

What has customers more excited than anything else is the improved response times that the update will provide for users when compared to the Web OS 1.0 that came installed on the TVs. LG claims that the update will increase unit response times by at least 1.5X current speeds, but tweaks to the update before release could increase these speeds even more.

LG owners can expect this update for their TVs to be released sometime around mid 2015. This update will be released world wide to all markets at the same time for all 2014 TVs that came with the Web OS. How smooth this update will be rolled out will be interesting to see, seeing as stated above that this is the first Smart TV update to be released.

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