Monthly Archives: November 2015

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Next Gen Android boxes beginning to roll out for new year

MINIX will release a new Android 5.1.1 powered media hub On December 4th. The MINIX NEO UI will allow True 60 Hz 4K playback for the best picture quality possible. promising Miracast support for all smartphone brands the device will also feature an interface that mingles the company’s classic launcher with a new Android TV feel for the settings and other control elements for easy navigation.

You can buy it on Friday here .

MINIX is rolling out a new media hub powered by Android 5.1.1.
MINIX is rolling out a new media hub powered by Android 5.1.1.

Increased WiFi and Network performance
A major addition to the MINIX NEO UI is the inclusion of both an external and internal WiFi antenna to maximize WiFi performance as well as support for gigabit Ethernet where available. We regularly recommend a wired connection for the best streaming performance.

OTA Updates
Users will be able to update their devices to the latest firmware builds without any need to manually add them. This is an important feature that many devices ignore. If you have ever had to figure out which firmware is needed to upgrade a device you know exactly what we mean.

Solid Build

The new design of the MINIX NEO UI places all of the USB ports on the same side.
The new design of the MINIX NEO UI places all of the USB ports on the same side.

The new device will feature the familiar smooth black look external with a MINIX branded top but in a departure from previous models all 3 USB ports will be on the same side. Users looking to connect multiple USB devices should utilize USB hubs in order to maximize space. The MINIX NEO UI will also sport a larger heat-sink than previous models to handle the increased power. It should be durable for a long period of time.

Support for Kodi
At the center of any Android Streaming hub is Kodi. Using the Android version of the popular media center the MINIX NEO UI allows users to access all of their networked media as well as access numerous streaming apps and configurations.

Specs
2 x 2 MIMO Dual-Band ac Wi-Fi
Gigabit Ethernet
16GB eMMC 5.0 Storage (MLC)
CPU Quad Cortex A53  (next generation 64-bit architecture)
GPU Penta-Core Mali-450
HDMI 2.0, HDCP 2.2 –
2GB RAM
16GB eMMC 5.0 (MLC)
Bluetooth 4.1

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The UT3 has a Netflix app that works very well with the connected TV invironment.

New Netflix Originals

A Very Murray Christmas (2015)
Black Mirror White Christmas (2014)
F is for Family: Season One
Making a Murderer: Season One
Real Rob: Season One
The Ridiculous Six (2015)

The Rest Of The New Features

#DeathToSelfie (2014)
30 for 30:Chasing Tyson (2015)
50 Shades of They: Season One
A Christmas Star (2015)
A Genius Leaves the Hood: The Unauthorized Story of Jay-Z (2014)
Amnesiac (2015)
Broadchurch: Season Two
CBGB (2013)
Christmas Wedding Baby (2014)
The Chronicles of Riddick: Dark Fury (2004)
Cradle 2 the Grave (2003)
Darkman (1990)
Detectorists: Season One
I’m Brent Morin (2015) *Netflix Original comedy special
Jenny’s Wedding (2015)
Las Mágicas Historias de Pilm Pilm: Season One
Ray (2004)
See You in Valhalla (2015)
Sensitive Skin: Season One
Starting Over: Season One
Stir of Echoes: The Homecoming (2007)
That Touch of Mink (1962)
Tyke: Elephant Outlaw (2015) *Netflix Exclusive
Winning Life’s Battles: Season One

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Hulu Subscribers will be able to relive the thrills and chills of the original Friday the 13th movie series. The horror films that gave a generation nightmares and inspired millions of chainsaw haunted cornfield surprises will be fully available as Christmas nears.  The horror movies don’t stop there as the service will also boast 1970’s blacksploitation titles including Blackula and horror spoof Vampire in Brooklyn.

 

The Angel’s Share (2012): December 10
Apocalypse Now (1979): December 1
A Very Wompkee Christmas (2003): December 1
Black Mama, White Mama (1973): December 1
Black Rain (1989): December 1
Blacula (1972): December 1
Blow Out (1981): December 1
The Care Bears Movie (1985): December 1
Charlie Bartlett (2007): December 1
The Christmas Bunny (2010): December 1
Christmas is Here Again (2007): December 1
Craig Ferguson: Just Being Honest (2015): December 16
CSI: Series Finale Parts 1 & 2: December 26
De-Lovely (2004): December 1
Deutschland 83: Season One: December 18
Doped: The Dirty Side of Sports (2015): December 29
Dr. No (1962): December 1
Drunk History: Season Three Finale: December 15
A Fistful of Dynamite (1971): December 2
Free!: Season Two: December 11
Friday the 13th (1980): December 1
Friday the 13th – Part II (1981): December 1
Friday the 13th – Part III (1982): December 1
Friday the 13th – Part IV: The Final Chapter (1984): December 1
Friday the 13th – Part VI: Jason Lives (1986): December 1
Friday the 13th – Part VII: The New Blood (1988): December 1
Friday The 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan (1989): December 1
Hammett (1982): December 1
The Harvest (2013): December 1
Hunter x Hunter: Season One A (13 Episodes): December 1
Kiss the Bride (2007): December 1
La Promesa: Complete Season One: December 4
The Longest Yard (2005): December 1
Love & Hip Hop Hollywood: Season Two Finale: December 28
Love Is A Gun (1994): December 1
Lulu On The Bridge (1998): December 1
Man Seeking Woman: Complete Season One: December 7
Michael Buble’s Christmas Special: Special: December 11
The Millionaire Matchmaker: Complete Season 8: December 7
Moonbeam City: Season One Finale: December 30
New Tricks: Complete Season 11: December 5
Nobody’s Fool (1994): December 1
One From the Heart (1981): December 1
The Only Way is Essex: Complete Season 16: December 30
Penn & Teller: Fool Us: Season Two Finale: December 31
Pieces Of April (2003): December 1
Popeye (1980): December 1
Selector Infected WIXOSS: Season One: December 4
Scott & Bailey: Complete Season Four: December 5
Scream, Blacula, Scream (1973): December 1
Small Town, Saturday Night (2010): December 1
Superstore: Series Premiere (Episodes 1-3): December 1
Telenovela: Series Premiere (Episodes 1-3): December 8
Tetro (2009): December 1
Tim Tebow: On a Mission (2012): December 1
Tomorrow Never Dies (1997): December 1
Una Noche (2012): December 24
Vampire in Brooklyn (1995): December 1
The Voice: Season Nine Finale: December 16
The Wiz Live!: December 4
Wild Card (2015): December 31
Young Sherlock Holmes (1985): December 1

Hulu Showtime Streaming

David Beckham: Into The Unknown (2014): December 1
Dennis Rodman’s Big Bang in Pyongyang
 (2015): December 1
HOOPS U 
(2015): December 31
Iverson
 (2014): December 31

Jermaine Fowler: Give’em Hell Kid (2015): December 11
The Lance Armstrong Story: Stop at Nothing (2014): December 1

11 Blocks (2015): December 1
The 6th Day (2000): December 17
After Words (2015): December 1
A Game of Honor (2011): December 1
Alone for Christmas (2013): December 1
Amigo Undead (2015): December 1
Anarchy Parlor (2014): December 1
Animals (2014): December 1
Boulevard (2014): December 23
Bravetown (2015): December 1
Bringing Out The Dead (1999)
Chasing Amy (1997): December 1
Cockneys vs. Zombies (2012): December 1
The Crying Game (1992): December 1
Daft Punk Unchained (2015): December 10
Dean Smith (2015): December 31
Echoes of War (2015): December 1
Good Morning, Vietnam (1987): December 1
Good Will Hunting (1997): December 1
Growing Up and Other Lies (2014): December 1
Helicopter Mom (2014): December 1
The Hunters (2013): December 1
The Hybrid (2014): December 1
Jessabelle (2014): December 1
Killing Season (2013): December 9
Listen to Me Marlon (2015): December 13
Lost Christmas (2011): December 1
The Mirror Has Two Faces (1996): December 17
My 5 Wives (2000): December 1
Nightlight (2015): December 1
Paper Planes (2014): December 1
Santa Claws (2014): December 1
The Seven Five (2014): December 18
Six Days Seven Nights (1998): December 1
Spring Breakers (2012): December 12
The Spymasters: CIA in the Crosshairs (2015): December 27
Step Into Liquid (2003): December 1
Stolen (2012): December 8
Vampire Academy (2014): December 14
Welcome to New York (2014): December 18
What If (2013): December 12
The Who Live in Hyde Park (2015): December 4
Wish You Well (2013): December 1

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An Apple rumor mill is propagating an unsubstantiated statement from an un-named customer service rep that Apple TV will support Amazon’s Video service in the next few weeks. Considering the long history of the service being absent on Apple’s TV connected devices this would be quite a departure. Users with IOS devices can already access the service via AirPlay but a native app would change the narrative in the streaming world where reporters have regularly pointed out that Apple TV does not support Amazon Instant.

The mere fact that this idea is based on something a customer service rep said causes me to be highly suspicious as customer service reps are often terribly uninformed or may have even misunderstood the question. But in today’s hyper news cycle things like this boil up very quickly. We will pay attention to this during the next month.

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Apple recently added new categories to its app store.

The Apple TV App store was a great leap forward for Apple in its quest to become America’s favorite streaming device, but it was lacking something. The App store only had two categories to choose from as compared to an exhaustive category list on normal IOS devices. We noted this in our original review which will have to be updated. The new categories include Games, Education, Entertainment, Health and Fitness, Lifestyle, News, Sports. While there are not tons of apps in each category we can expect that to change going forward.

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Arnu Box Pure Linux Sale

The ARNU Box Mach 10 Pure Linux features a clock and a metal case.
The ARNU Box Mach 10 Pure Linux features a clock and a metal case.

The Arnu Box Pure Linux Kodi Media Hub is on sale for 129.99 at Theater in a Box. The Pure Linux boasts the fastest kodi performance of any set-top box on the market due to it’s blazing A9 processor and the simple fact that its system is powered by Linux and not Android. With 16 GB of internal storage, the Cloudword launcher for quick custom configuration and the best OTA support in the Kodiverse the Pure Linux is worth a good look.

Get the deal here

G-Box Q on Sale
G-Box Q picThe G-Box Q quad core Android device from Matricom is on sale for 79.00 on Amazon.com. This is the lowest price we have seen for the popular media player. The unlike the previous versions of the G-Box the Q does not come preconfigured with applications. It feature a quad core processor, 16 GB internal storage and access to the Google Play Store.

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Alright friends. Welcome to Black Friday. This years sales have some good finds for streaming fans and cord cutters. There are deals to be had all over. Find out more below.

Roku SE $25.00
One of the big names in streaming is Roku. Despite the increased competition from Amazon and Apple the first streaming device company is still rolling along. A high in demand item this year is the Roku SE, an entry level streamer that will sell for $25.00. At that price it has turned out to be very popular and is sold out online. If you want one you will have to brave crowds at Best Buy and Walmart. Good luck with that.

Fry’s will sell the Roku SE for $19.00

Roku Streaming Stick (Normally $50.00)
Roku Website:
$39.00
Fry’s: 
$34.00
Target: $39.00
Best Buy: $39.00

Roku 3 (Normally $100.00)
Fry’s:
$68
Roku Website: $79.99
Best Buy: $79.99

Amazon Fire TV (Normally $99.99)

Amazon.com: $75
Best Buy: $75.00
Staples: $75.00

Fire Stick with original remote (Normally $40.00)

Amazon.com: $25.00
Best Buy: $25.00
Staples: $25.00

Fire Stick With Voice Remote (Normally $50.00)

Amazon.com: $35

Chromecast Audio (Normally $35.00)
Google Play Store: 2 Chromecast Audio Dongles $50.00

New Chromecast Streaming Dongle (Normally $35.00)
Google Play Store: (2 for $50.00)
Best Buy: (2 for $50.00)
Costco: (2 for $50.00)
Office Depot: (2 for $50.00)
Officemax: (2 for $50.00)
Staples: (2 for $50.00)

First-generation Chromecast (Normally 35)
Walmart: $20.00

Gen 3 Apple TV (Normally $79)
Target:  $59

Nvidia Shield With additional Remote (Normally 199.99)
Best Buy 
$149.99
Fry’s $149.99
GameStop $149.99

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Roku SE is one example of Roku's numerous models.

The Roku SE, the lower end and far lower cost streaming box from Roku selling for $25.00 has already sold out for customers attempting to purchase the device from its website. The device is also currently sold out via websites for Walmart and Best Buy. The device is a nice intro model for streamers who have not bought in on the HDTV universe or even those looking for a simple streaming device with enough pep to handle Netflix and less interest in more high demand performance apps.

Roku fans will be able to pick up a Roku SE from Best Buy and Walmart on Friday if they are willing to brave the crowds.