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Silicon Valley Season 4 Blu-ray giveaway!

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Silicon Valley Season 4 Blu-ray Giveaway!

Season 4 of HBO's popular Silicon Valley show is now available, and we've got a trio of Blu-ray sets to give away! Three winners will walk away with copies of Silicon Valley Season 4. Season 4 is particularly notable since it's the last season that TJ Miller will appear in the show. Ready to enter? Head over to the giveaway page to manage your entries - and good luck!


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Apple announces HBO Now standalone service, exclusive to Apple TV at launch

HBO Now

Apple kicked off its Spring Forward event this morning with a big announcement. HBO CEO Richard Plepler took the stage to announce that the new HBO standalone subscription service, HBO Now, will launch exclusively on Apple devices. The service will cost $14.99 per month, and includes the full HBO catalog of content. This is basically HBO Go, but without the need of a traditional HBO cable subscription in order to use it. HBO Now launches in April, and the first month will be free.

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Watch John Oliver’s brilliant Net Neutrality rant, and then take action

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Corporate News, Internet, Videos,

John Oliver Net Neutrality

Last week on Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, Oliver did a fantastic segment that lasted over 13 minutes talking about the issue of net neutrality and the work (or, lack thereof) that the FCC is going to address it. He broke it down perfectly and in true John Oliver fashion, touching on all the important points while keeping it light and funny. Then, at the end, Oliver called for the Internet commenter trolls to unite and head over to the FCC Web site to make their voices heard on the net neutrality forum. The result? The FCC site collapsed under the pressure. Seriously, I encourage you to watch the segment, which we've embedded here in this post. After you do, head on over to the FCC Web site and let them know to put a stop to this ridiculousness.

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HBO renews Game of Thrones for two more seasons

Game of Thrones Season 5

HBO has announced that it's ordered two additional seasons of Game of Thrones, which just started its fourth season this past Sunday. It makes sense, as the show was recently recognized as the most torrented television show out there, proving its popularity. Even with the rampant piracy, the season 3 finale was seen by over 5 million people.

If you didn't realize, Game of Thrones is based on A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin. It's comprised of five books, which two more to come. This means that Game of Thrones producers have plenty of content to pull from. In fact, Game of Thrones seasons 3 and 4 are based on Storm of Swords, the third novel in the series.

"Game of Thrones is a phenomenon like no other," said Michael Mobardo, president of HBO programming. "David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, along with their talented collaborators, continue to surpass themselves, and we look forward to more of their dazzling storytelling."

The Game of Thrones season 4 premier garnered 6.6 million viewers. To put that into perspective, that is the most-viewed HBO show since the last episode of The Sopranos brought in 12 million viewers in 2007. Game of Thrones is expected to have a 7 or 8 season run when all is said and done.


HBO renews Game of Thrones for two more seasons

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Prime Time, Sci-Fi/Horror, HBO, Renewals,

Game of Thrones Season 5

HBO has announced that it's ordered two additional seasons of Game of Thrones, which just started its fourth season this past Sunday. It makes sense, as the show was recently recognized as the most torrented television show out there, proving its popularity. Even with the rampant piracy, the season 3 finale was seen by over 5 million people.

If you didn't realize, Game of Thrones is based on A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin. It's comprised of five books, which two more to come. This means that Game of Thrones producers have plenty of content to pull from. In fact, Game of Thrones seasons 3 and 4 are based on Storm of Swords, the third novel in the series.

"Game of Thrones is a phenomenon like no other," said Michael Mobardo, president of HBO programming. "David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, along with their talented collaborators, continue to surpass themselves, and we look forward to more of their dazzling storytelling."

The Game of Thrones season 4 premier garnered 6.6 million viewers. To put that into perspective, that is the most-viewed HBO show since the last episode of The Sopranos brought in 12 million viewers in 2007. Game of Thrones is expected to have a 7 or 8 season run when all is said and done.


Apple TV 5.3 update brings HBO GO, ESPN, Sky TV, Qello, Crunchyroll apps

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, HDTV, Home Entertainment, Software,

Apple TV 5.3 HBO GO ESPN

Apple has just announced a new software update for the Apple TV that brings HBO Go and WatchESPN to the platform. Additionally, live UK Sky News streaming, access to Crunchyroll (an anime video site) videos, and Qello, a music/documentary streaming service.

“HBO GO and WatchESPN are some of the most popular iOS apps and are sure to be huge hits on Apple TV,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services. “We continue to offer Apple TV users great new programming options, combined with access to all of the incredible content they can purchase from the iTunes Store.”

In order to activate HBO GO and WatchESPN, you'll need to be subscribed to the right cable provider, and you'll activate them using a code from your provider. Sky News provides free streaming in the US, UK, and Ireland.

You can download Apple TV 5.3 software update now for your second- and third-generation Apple TV to get the new hotness right away.

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Michael Douglas: Sex Scenes Are Judged

Michael Douglas in 'Behind the Candelabra'Michael Douglas says it is tough filming sex scenes because "everybody is a judge." The 68-year-old actor believes cast, crew and eventually moviegoers are more critical of love scenes because everyone can relate to erotic acts, as opposed to action and shooting scenes.

Michael - who has a gay sex scene with Matt Damon in new biopic Behind the Candelabra about pianist Liberace - said, "The hardest thing about sex scenes is that everybody is a judge. I don't know the last time you murdered somebody or blew anyone's brains out, but everyone has had sex, and probably this morning, which means everyone has an opinion on how it should be done."

Michael - who was diagnosed with stage four throat cancer in 2010 from which he has made a full recovery - now wants to make the most of his life and career while he can because he now knows how fragile life is: "In the past, on purpose, I've never known what movie I'm going to do next. I never knew how it would feel when I finished a picture. Now it feels great to be back at work. Maybe that's the benefit of taking a break with cancer."


HBO GO 2.1 for iOS adds Airplay, multitasking, Game of Thrones enhancements

Posted by Jason Diaz Categories: Entertainment, App Updates, Free Apps,

HBO iOS App Version 2.1

HBO went along and updated its content streaming app and is making good use of the iOS multitasking API when using AirPlay. So, users can venture off into other apps such as Tweetbot to tweet about their favorite Game of Thrones moments as they stream it to their Apple TV. Speaking of Game of Thrones, HBO has added more enhancements to its interactive experience when watching the show on iOS.

What's New in Version 2.1

  • Includes AirPlay multitasking capability -- other apps can be used while video continues to stream via AirPlay.
  • Enhancements to the interactive features experience for Game of Thrones
  • General performance enhancements

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Beyonce Wants Documentary to Inspire Blue Ivy

BeyonceBeyonce hopes her new documentary will inspire her daughter.

The superstar decided to create her new tell-all HBO film Life is But a Dream to give her 13-month-old daughter Blue Ivy Carter - whom she has with husband Jay-Z - a source of strength and inspiration in the future and make her proud to see where she came from.

Speaking at the film's New York City premiere last night, she said, "I hope that she will see all of the beautiful times [and] all the tough times that led up to her being here. I'm hoping that... it can comfort her and inspire her in her life when she needs it."

While the 31-year-old singer believes it's important for every woman to retain an air of mystique, she felt the time was right to share her story with the world and celebrate the new stage in her life: "Mystique is very important... It doesn't matter if you're a celebrity - just as a woman - I think it's important. But, at the same time, I felt like it was time for me to share my story because I've been through so much and I have so much to celebrate, so much to share."

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Quote of the Day: Wendy Williams on Beyonce Documentary

Beyonce and Wendy Williams

"I am a Beyonce fan and I am going to be watching this documentary even if she doesn't introduce us to new stuff... I want to watch it. Fortunately one of the TVs in our kitchen has closed captioning so I can understand what she says -  because you know Beyonce can’t talk. Beyonce sounds like she has a fifth grade education... I just said, I'm a fan but lets call a spade a spade."

- Talk show host Wendy Williams anticipates Beyonce's upcoming HBO documentary, set to air Febuary 16, 2013.

(Make sure to check out our other notable quotes.)

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