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Amazon may soon unveil its Web TV box

CNET Update is coming soon to an Amazon box near you:

In this episode of Update:

- Speculate over the latest buzz about Amazon's mystery TV box for streaming video. Could it also stream video games?

- Manage YouTube playlists easier with the recent site redesign.

- Send cute stickers to the one friend that still uses BlackBerry Messenger.

- Test Xbox One software for bugs before updates are released.

- Get better coverage on Sprint if you're one of the few to try out Wi-Fi calling.

- Require selfies for entry to your next event with the … Read more

Amazon reportedly prepping Web TV product for March

An Amazon Web TV product has purportedly been in the works for a while. That device could finally hit the market next month, Recode reported Friday.

Citing information from industry sources and Amazon partners, Recode's Peter Kafka said Amazon's set-top box would compete with Apple TV and Roku to pipe online content to your television. Amazon already offers TV shows and movies through its Prime service and is more aggressively producing its own shows. So a Web TV product would be a natural fit.

The box reportedly would be outfitted with Android, an obvious choice since Amazon's … Read more

Microsoft to sell $25 Xbox One Media Remote in March

Xbox One owners will soon be able to buy a Media Remote to handle the entertainment on their consoles.

Slated to arrive in early March, the Xbox One Media Remote will let console users direct the playback of Blu-ray discs as well as streaming video, Microsoft said on Thursday. Dedicated Back and OneGuide buttons will offer access to TV shows and movies listed on the Xbox One's program guide.

Xbox One users will also be able to use the Media Remote on their TVs to control the power and volume through Kinect, which can talk directly to your TV … Read more

Utah district court is first to temporarily shut down Aereo

A US district court has granted the first preliminary injunction against Aereo out of the patchwork of lawsuits against the company, handing broadcasters their first clear win ahead of a Supreme Court fight.

A decision by Judge Dale A. Kimball of the District Court of Utah on Wednesday granted a preliminary injunction sought by broadcasters. He also denied Aereo's motion to transfer the case but granted its motion to stay proceedings until the Supreme Court rules on the case later this year. Oral arguments are slated for April 22.

Such preliminary injunctions sought by broadcasters have been denied in … Read more

Get a refurbished Roku 2 XS Angry Birds Edition for $49.99

Desktops, Blu-ray players, and the iPod Touch -- people still love 'em! Every time I think the death knell has sounded for certain seemingly outdated products, readers rally to remind me what made those products so great in the first place -- and why they're still highly desirable (especially if there's a deal to be had). I loved reading your iPod Touch mash-notes yesterday, and I'll continue to keep my eyes open for more Touch deals.

On to business. Although the Roku 3 is now the top-of-the-line Roku box, that title previously belonged to the Roku 2 … Read more

Could Comcast be Netflix's new competitor?

The movie "Despicable Me 2" was the fourth biggest box-office hit of 2013, so naturally all sorts of video-streaming providers would vie for its exclusive access. But, it'd be unusual for a cable company to try to get its hands on the movie.

It appears, however, times are changing. According to The Wall Street Journal, Comcast is said to be seeking the exclusive pay-television rights to "Despicable Me 2" in order for its users to be able to stream the movie.

If the deal goes through, this would be the first time a cable provider … Read more

Apple TV revamp this year to add Time Warner Cable?

This year, Apple finally may be refreshing Apple TV, and Time Warner Cable may make it onto the box at long last.

According to a report by Bloomberg, Apple is planning for a new Apple TV box as early as April and is in talks with Time Warner Cable and other possible partners.

Time Warner Cable's app, TWC TV, already brings live channels and on-demand videos to devices like the Kindle Fire tablet from Amazon and the Roku, which is Apple's main competitor in the over-the-top box market, as well as to consoles like the Xbox 360 and … Read more

Sci-fi novel 'Redshirts' heads to FX as a TV series

If you've watched any episodes of the original "Star Trek," you know that wearing a red shirt means you might as well be donning a giant bull's-eye. The life expectancy of a red-shirted ensign is very short, but what if they knew their survival rate was so low? Author John Scalzi explores that exact scenario in his award-winning book "Redshirts."

The comedic sci-fi novel, which was released in 2012 and won the 2013 Hugo Award, is now being developed as a limited TV series for FX by producer Jon Shestack ("Open Grave"); producer-director Ken Kwapis ("He's Just Not That Into You" and "The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants"); and producer Alexandra Beattie ("Outsourced"). Kwapis will direct the first episode, and the search for writers to work on the series is in progress. … Read more

Beatles channel debuts on Apple TV

It's been 50 years since The Beatles made their way to the US, and Apple is commemorating the anniversary with an Apple TV channel.

For a limited time, Apple TV owners can view The Beatles' back-to-back performances on "The Ed Sullivan Show." The channel popped up on the company's set-top box on Sunday and is free to download.

The new channel follows several Beatles-related efforts that Apple is making in its iTunes store, including full access to the band's US albums and a "Beatles in America" station on iTunes Radio.

(Via 9to5Mac)

Here's the first trailer for HBO's new Silicon Valley comedy

There's one thing the 30 seconds of footage below have made clear: this will be better than "Start-Ups: Silicon Valley."

That may be akin to saying that two grains of warm rice are better than rat's tail soup, but I am preternaturally optimistic.

For this is the first trailer for HBO's new series that attempts to cast the same kind of mockery upon the large-headed makers of the world as "Veep" casts upon the wrong-headed stiflers of the world.

"Silicon Valley" is the work of Mike Judge, whose previous efforts include &… Read more