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Sports Live-Streamer Will Reward Viewers With Its Own Crypto

Sports live-streaming provider SportsCastr is launching its own cryptocurrency to reward viewers and encourage interactions. The company – which is backed by the NFL Players Association – announced Wednesday that it has teamed up with the FanWide platform for the effort. The new FanChain (FANZ) token will be made available on FanWide, which helps people …

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Apple unveils animated musical series from the creator of ‘Bob’s Burgers’

Sponsored Links Apple Apple is determined to pump up its TV+ service mere hours before the Screen Actors Guild Awards. It started by unveiling Central Park, an animated musical comedy series from Bob’s Burgers creator Loren Bouchard, fellow BB producer Nora Smith and Frozen‘s Josh Gad (who also helps produce). The series follows a family …

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Apple TV+ documentary series will profile Oprah, Lin-Manuel and Big Bird

Sponsored Links Evan Agostini/Invision/AP Apple is leaning even further into documentaries than you might have expected. The company has unveiled plans for a Dear… Apple TV+ documentary series that, in an odd (if logical) twist, will use the “Dear Apple” ads as inspiration for the basic format. The show will profile “iconic” people through letters …

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Dish Network Files Patent For Blockchain-Based Anti-Piracy System

One of the largest U.S. television providers has published a patent application for a new “anti-piracy management system” that uses blockchain to enable owners to track how their content is being used. Dish Network’s application outlines a system that allows owners to embed an identification mark into the content’s code that can be stored and …

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NBC may revive ‘Quantum Leap’ for its Peacock streaming service

Sponsored Links NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Images NBC’s Peacock is already set to rely heavily on nostalgia with planned Punky Brewster and Saved By the Bell shows, but it might not stop there. Program strategy head Jeff Bader told SlashFilm that the broadcaster is considering a revival of Quantum Leap, the series that saw …

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‘Star Trek: Picard’ has already been renewed for a second season

Sponsored Links James Dimmock/CBS CBS clearly has a lot of confidence in Star Trek: Picard. The broadcaster has already renewed the sci-fi series for a second season, suggesting that it expects a hit when the show premieres on January 23rd. There’s no mention of when that season will premiere (we’re certainly not expecting plot details), …

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LG and Samsung TVs at CES: Bezel-free, smaller OLEDs, and more

Enlarge / Here’s a 77-inch 8K TV in a heavily photoshopped image from LG. LG What’s going on in the world of high-end TVs? LG and Samsung’s announcements at CES 2020 have already provided a clear picture of what we can expect. The latest trend is wall-mounted TVs designed to be flush with the surface …

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Samsung’s latest 8K TVs will include 4K over-the-air tuners

Sponsored Links AP Photo/Michael Sohn Samsung’s next wave of 8K TVs are likely to have numerous features to catch your eye, but one of the more important additions may be one of the simplest: an improvement to free broadcasts. The tech giant has revealed that its 2020 QLED 8K catalog will include ATSC 3.0 tuners …

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Apple signs former HBO chief to a five-year deal

Sponsored Links Amy Sussman/Getty Images for THR Apple is clearly ready to make a long-term commitment to streaming TV. The tech giant has struck a deal with former HBO chief Richard Plepler’s company Eden Productions to produce movies, shows and documentaries for Apple TV+ over the next five years. There are no clues as to …

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88% of Americans use a second screen while watching TV. Why?

Enlarge Eric Audras | Getty Images When it comes to tech, I like to think I’m a pretty hoopy frood. I added the System Tuner UI to my Android phone’s settings. I’ve crimped my own ethernet cables. I got Wing Commander III running, back when that required the dark arts of HIMEM.SYS tweaking. What I’m …

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