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NBCUniversal and Netflix Renew Multi-Year TV and Film Content Agreement Non-Exclusive Deal Includes Library Film and Television Content New To Netflix: Cost goes up $6

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In case you were wondering what the updated rates are buying, Netflix’s first step in making its case for your $7.99 a month in streaming fees appears to be a renewal of its content deal with NBCUniversal. The new deal secures availability of previous seasons of popular shows including 30 RockThe OfficePsychand other selections we’ve gotten used to seeing on the service for the next couple of years. There is one notable loss however, as the LA Times points out an arrangement that brought new episodes of Saturday Night Live to the service the day after they aired has come to an end. Rumors had swirled that Netflix could revive The Event after its cancellation by NBC, but while existing episodes will be available there’s nothing mentioned about putting it next to the streamer’s own House of Cards. Given Comcast (and now NBCU) leader Brian Robert’s reference to Netflix as the rerun TV and Netflix CEO Reed Hastings’embracing of the term this deal isn’t surprising, but our only question is whether it is enough to keep current subscribers around.


SOURCE Netflix, Inc.

Oma Monarch Speakers

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Oma Monarch Speakers

Oma Monarch Speakers

We’ve seen speakers shaped like eggsairships, and even, well, speakers, but we’ve never seen anything quite like these. Taking their form from mother nature, these Oma Monarch Speakers($TBA) use their slender legs and bodies — along with their large, wing-shaped wooden baffles — to create an unmistakable butterfly shape, while two 15-inch woofers, cast aluminum alloy horns, and compression drivers deliver sound that’s as unbelievable as the aesthetic.

Source: Gizmodo


Apple AirTunes: How To Make Your Entire Home AirPlay Compatible

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How to Make Your Entire Home AirPlay-Compatible

— Apple’s new media-streaming technology, AirPlay, is a great way to stream devices across your home, but it only works on Apple-approved destinations out of the box. Here’s how to make your entire home AirPlay-compatible, so that whether you’re using Windows or Mac, Android or iOS, XBMC or another media center, you can stream media seamlessly between each.

On its own, AirPlay only streams media from iTunes or iOS to the Apple TV or AirPort Express routers. You could make up for this disadvantage by using alternatives to AirPlay instead, but AirPlay is so simple to use, and the most well integrated option, that it’s the best option out there for inter-device media streaming. With just a few third-party programs and tweaks, you can stream music, photos and video over AirPlay to nearly any device in your house—even the non-Apple ones. For a quick demonstration of how AirPlay works, see the video above.

What You’ll Need

When you stream via AirPlay, you have two devices to worry about: the source (that is, the device doing the streaming), and the destination (the device receiving the media). So at minimum, you’ll need one device you can set up as a source, and one device you can set up as a destination. Below, we’ll explain how to set up:

AirPlay Destinations:

  • A Windows PC
  • A Mac
  • An iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch
  • An Android Phone
  • A Media Center Running XBMC, Boxee, or Plex

Then we’ll walk through how to set up:

AirPlay Sources

  • iOS Apps Not Designed to Work With AirPlay
  • Desktop Apps Not Designed to Work With AirPlay
  • An Android Phone

Turning Unsupported Devices into AirPlay Destinations


In this section, we’ll detail how to set up Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, and XBMC to work as AirPlay destinations. Remember that you’ll need an AirPlay source, too, like iTunes, iOS, or one of the sources we talk about in the second section. Once you have them set up as destinations, all you need to do to play media on them is choose them from the AirPlay list on your source device, as seen at the left.

Streaming to Windows


If you have an iPhone but you use Windows on the desktop (or you just have a diverse house of Windows PCs and Macs), you can stream AirPlay music to Windows using free utility Shairport4w. It’s a completely portable application that sits in your system tray, broadcasting your PC as an AirPlay destination. Sadly, it doesn’t stream video, and there isn’t currently a working AirPlay video player for Windows, so this is all we have.

Streaming to Your Mac

How to Make Your Entire Home AirPlay-CompatibleTo stream media to your Mac,all you need is the simple, open source AirMac. It sits in your menu bar and broadcasts your Mac as an AirPlay-compatible device, so once you’ve started it up, it should show up in all the AirPlay menus around your house. Once you start streaming media to it, it will play in a new QuickTime X window.

Streaming to iOS


Streaming audio and video from iTunes to iOS is actually built-in to iTunes, but it isn’t under the banner of AirPlay, which might cause a lot of people to miss it. All you need to do is log into Home Sharing in iTunes on the computer holding all the media, then log into Home Sharing in Settings > iPod on your iPhone or iPad (on iPod touches, it’s in Settings > Music). Once you do, you should see a new “Shared” tab pop up in your iPod app (you might need to hit “More” to see it). From there, you can navigate to your iTunes library and play any music or video from that library, including videos that weren’t purchased on iTunes.

Sadly, if you want to stream from non-iTunes sources, you’re out of luck for now—Apple keeps pulling apps that let you do this from the App Store, and those developers have yet to put their apps in Cydia for jailbroken users.

Streaming to Android


If you’d like to stream music to music on your Android phone, a simple app called AirBubblewill set it up as an AirPlay destination. Just install the app (you’ll need to make sure “Unknown Sources” is checked under Android’s Settings > Applications), start it up, and you’ll see “AirBubble” show up as an AirPlay destination in iTunes, iOS, and other streaming devices. You can then stream that music right to your phone as you would to anything else. Sadly, it does not stream video at this time.

Streaming to XBMC, Boxee, and Plex

If you have a home theater PC running XBMC, Boxee, or Plex, you can use the AirPlayerPython script to use it as an AirPlay destination.. Installation is different on every system, so we won’t go too deeply into it here. Check out this page for more detailed installation instructions for Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux. If you’re running a Live XBMC installation like on our standalone XBMC media center, you’ll want to follow these instructions to get AirPlay up and running. Note that AirPlayer only streams video; it won’t work with music.

Turning Unsupported Devices into AirPlay Sources

iTunes and iOS will stream music and video just fine, but if you listen to music and watch videos using other apps or platforms, here’s how to turn them into AirPlay sources.

Streaming from Other Apps in iOS

While the Music and Video apps in iOS will stream over AirPlay out of the box, apps like Safari or VLC won’t. If you’ve jailbroken your iPhone or iPad, however, you can usepreviously mentioned AirVieoEnabler to enable AirPlay in other iOS apps. Just install the app from Cydia, restart your device, and you should see the AirPlay icon pop up in most other media playing apps.

Streaming from Android

How to Make Your Entire Home AirPlay-CompatibleOne of our favorite Android media players,DoubleTwist, can actually stream music and video to Apple TVs with its $5 AirSync add-on. Once you’ve installed doubleTwist and AirSync, open up doubleTwist’s Settings and go to “AirTwist & AirPlay”. Check the “AirTwist & AirPlay” box to enable it.

Now, whenever you play a song or video in doubleTwist, you’ll see a small Wi-Fi icon next to the player controls. Tap this to pick from a list of AirPlay-compatible devices and stream the video to them.

Streaming from Other Apps on Your PC or Mac

If you want to stream audio from, say, a non-iTunes music player or your browser to an AirPort Express (or other AirPlay-enabled device), you have a few options. The best option isAirfoil, which is a $30 app for both Windows and Mac that will sync and stream audio from any source to AirPlay-compatible hardware. If you want to do that for free, previously mentioned RaopX will do the trick nicely on OS X, albeit with a bit of extra work and a significant audio delay. Sadly, there doesn’t seem to be a good free option for Windows.

There are still a few holes in this strategy (like streaming video to Windows or streaming audio to XBMC), but overall it makes AirPlay much, much more versatile with just a few simple tools. Now, you can stream audio and video nearly anywhere in your house, all with just the click of a button. Got any of your own preferred methods for streaming media via AirPlay? Share them with us in the comments.

Source: LifeHacker.com

Sewell InjectIR extends your IR signal over HDMI, gives you even less reason to leave the couch

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Is your HDMI cable really pulling its weight? Sure, it’s delivering high-definition video and audio, but what has it done for you lately? InjectIR puts the cord to use, sending the IR signal from your Blu-ray / DVR / et al. remotes through its CEC channel, and then transmitting it directly into your hardware’s sensor, thereby extending your IR range without an extra cable. The kit also has a switch for those times when you actually need to use the CEC channel. The InjectIR is up now for pre-order on Sewell’s site. It’ll start shipping next month and will run you $45 — a small price to pay for being able to move the sofa back where it belongs.

[Thanks, Ian]


For Our Samsung 3D Customers

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NEW to Samsung TVs and Blurays- The new app has now made its way to capable Smart 3D TVs in the United States, complete with “dozens of pieces of free 3D content,” including trailers, music videos and educational content. What’s more, while it’s limited to free content right now, Samsung says that it will expand into paid content “later this year,” and offer feature films from some as yet unnamed major studios (no word on pricing just yet). The app should be available from Samsung’s SmartHub right now.

Source: EngadgetHD