Dish Network’s Sling TV strikes deal with EPIX to compete with Netflix

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Sling TV, Dish Network’s self-proclaimed “cable-killer,” has struck a deal with EPIX cable movie network to bring more than 2,000 on-demand titles to customers.

The news comes after last week, the company also signed a deal with AMC channels to its core-package ($20) which already has ESPN, ESPN2, CNN, TBS, HGTV, Adult Swim/Cartoon Network, ABC Family, TNT, Food Network and the Disney Channel.

The EPIX content will be available through a paid add-on package — the cost of the package is not yet public.

Netflix is clearly more embedded in our homes than the EPIX service, but this certainly makes Sling TV a whole lot more enticing for those looking to drop their cable subscriptions.

Source: NY Daily News

MovieTickets.com making theaters paperless with mobile tickets

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You take your smartphone to the movie theater, so ditch the paper tickets. That is what MovieTickets.com wants you to do. The company has developed mobile tickets that make the entire experience of going to the movies much smoother. The new system does not even require phone displays to be scanned. An attendant will just have to take a look down at the phone’s display for specific security indicators. To prevent any fraudulent tickets, the security indicators are active and can be altered by the theater at any time in any way.

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You can now pre-order big-screen hits on Google Play

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Google has today announced that pre-order movies have now landed on the Play Store. Residents in the United States can now reserve their copy of a blockbuster hit movie before its digitally released.

These are the titles currently up for grabs: Gone Girl, The Maze Runner, Lucy, Guardians of the Galaxy, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.

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Sony Movie Creator app shows up for Sony Xperia Z2

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Owners of the Sony Xperia Z2 may notice a new application available in their Update Centre, the Sony Movie Creator app. The app is similar to some features that Google+ offers for automatically generating movies. Movie Creator auto-creates short films of about 30 seconds in length using photos and videos taken with the phone. The films that are produced are called “Highlight Movies” and Sony’s system will notify you when a new one is generated. Read more

Popcorn Time gets a boost with Chromecast support and quicker downloads

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Popcorn Time is a service that allows users to watch torrented television shows and movies on personal computers and mobile devices. So it was only a matter of time before Popcorn Time made the move to include Chromecast support for Android devices. Aside from that, Popcorn Time now has automatic updates, native UI, quicker downloads, and improved device support. The next step for Popcorn Time is built-in VPN for the Android experience and users can expect that in about a week.

Source: Popcorn Time

Update hits Play Movies, lets users save videos in low resolution to save space, increase download speed

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A new version of Google Play Movies now allows users to stream video in standard definition even if the user had purchased the HD version of the movie. Previously, users were forced to download the massive video file of HD content— now, more options are presented.

You’re most likely asking: why would I watch the standard definition version of a video after purchasing the HD version? Well now, having the choice of which version to watch lets you save storage space if it’s running low, especially if your device doesn’t support microSD storage.

There isn’t anything else too major in the update, but it’s still noteworthy that Google is providing another option to users looking to stream media to their devices. Hit the break for the link to the app in the Play Store.

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[Deal] Buy a Chromecast and get a free Google Play movie

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Google is getting in the holiday selling spirit and another deal is out there for consumers. Following on the heels of their offer of a Google Play credit for buyers of the Nexus 7, Google is also offering a free movie from Google Play to buyers of a Google Chromecast device. If for some reason you are not interested in an HD movie rental, Google will let you trade in the offer for a $6 Google Play credit. Read more

Best Android video player applications [November 2013]

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Not only do our Android devices make great MP3 players, but they make great portable home theaters, too. With the resolutions on many devices competing with the televisions in most people’s living rooms, they’re great choices for watching movies and TV shows on.

Most Android devices will bunch any movies, TV shows, or just home videos into your gallery application with your pictures and downloaded images. That’s generally not an ideal place for organizing them, and to make things worse, you’d only be able to watch the videos in the built-in video viewing application. More often than not, the stock app is lacking in many features or just can’t play all of the formats you may have your videos encoded in. Fortunately for you, this guide is going to go over the top 5 applications to make your video watching experience that much better. Read more