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8 apps for streaming foreign TV and movies

You prefer subtitles to big Hollywood titles, Japanese anime to American animation, and Gérard Depardieu to Gerard Butler. If you hunger for more international programming but don't want to rely on pricey cable add-ons or out-of-the-way art-house theaters, then check out our software picks for streaming the best foreign cinema and TV.

1. Netflix ( iOS/ Android)

Video-streaming giant Netflix boasts an extensive catalog of foreign shows and movies. Netflix sections off its library by region, but with an easy-to-configure VPN like Hola (Android), you can check out programming that might not be available in the US.

Price: $… Read more

Wondershare Streaming Audio Recorder review

Wondershare Streaming Audio Recorder streamlines the process of downloading music from various online sources for later listening. Its intuitive interface guides you through the process, so you'll have some great playlists of your favorite music in no time.

Pros

Intuitive process: All you have to do to start recording your favorite music through the program is to hit the "Record" button. Once you've done that, the program can automatically begin recording once you're on an online radio site. You can also create playlists of music videos on sites like YouTube, and then just record them … Read more

Hulu Plus review

The Hulu Plus app lets Hulu Plus subscribers watch TV and movies on their Android devices. The app is free, but not the subscription to Hulu Plus. You can try Hulu Plus free for one week, but you'll need to supply credit card information. The app displays free Hulu content, too, but you'll still need to supply a credit card number to open it.

Pros

Hulu to go: Being able to access Hulu Plus on your phone means you can watch your favorite shows and movies wherever you are.

Facebook sign-in: You can log in to existing Hulu … Read more

TuneIn Radio review

TuneIn Radio turns your device into the ultimate radio, making it easy for you to listen to almost any station in the world. This highly polished app will impress you not only with its functionality, but also with its beautiful, streamlined interface, good overall performance and streaming quality, huge selection of available stations and podcasts, and powerful search feature.

Pros

Over 100,000 stations and 2 million podcasts: Few other radio apps out there can compare with TuneIn Radio when it comes to the sheer number of listening options available. This app brings to your device every imaginable type of … Read more

VLC Media Player review

VLC Media Player is an open-source application that gives you the ability to play media from your computer or a disk, or to stream it from the Web. Have your favorite videos playing in a snap through this app's intuitive interface.

Pros

Wiki help: For just about any process you want to carry out with this software, you'll find a detailed Wiki with step-by-step instructions. All of these documents have been created and edited by other users, so they're surprisingly detailed and complete.

Intuitive controls: For all basic functions, this medial player is accessible to users of … Read more

FileStream Image Broadway review

Although it's billed as a photo editor, FileStream's Image Broadway does a lot more than touch up your photos. A recent (and steep) price cut makes Image Broadway a more affordable alternative to Adobe's Photoshop Elements, but it does have a few drawbacks. You can try Image Broadway (with limits) for free.

Pros

Lots of tools: Image Broadway isn't just a photo retoucher; it's a full-featured graphics editor with drawing, painting, filters, effects, layers, paths, and more.

Familiar face: Like most graphics editors, Image Broadway's layout and tools resemble Photoshop's but with its … Read more

Sony to debut original TV show 'Powers' for PlayStation

Sony has been talking television over the last year and now it's becoming more clear what the company had it mind. According to The Wall Street Journal, Sony is working on an original TV show called "Powers" that will be available on its PlayStation game console.

"It's about having a broad range of broadcast content to replicate the live TV experience," president and group CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment Andrew House told the Journal.

The show will be produced by Sony Pictures TV -- of "Breaking Bad" fame -- and will be … Read more

Comcast adds 18 live-streaming channels to Xfinity TV Go

Comcast has broadened its live-streaming channels on the Xfinity TV Go app.

The TV provider's app, which offers live streaming to mobile devices and online, says that A&E, Bravo, Food Network, Syfy, Travel Channel, and others have been added to its live-streaming lineup. In total, Xfinity TV Go has over 50 networks and includes On Demand programming for those who want to watch shows they might have missed.

Comcast is attempting to merge with Time Warner Cable in what would be a blockbuster deal between the companies. The firms are expected to face some criticism from lawmakers … Read more

Pandora One hikes subscription price, nixes annual option

Pandora is making a few changes to its premium streaming music service -- most notably a fee hike for new monthly subscribers.

The company announced Tuesday that because of rising royalty rates it pays to musicians, it's having to up its monthly fee for the first time since Pandora One debuted in 2009. Starting in May, new members will have to pay $4.99 per month rather than the current rate of $3.99 per month.

"The costs of delivering this service have grown considerably," Pandora wrote in a blog post. "For example, the royalty rates … Read more

Amazon's video streaming device debuting in April?

While Amazon has yet to make any official announcement, word on the street is that the company's rumored video streaming device could be shipping as soon as early April, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Reportedly, the Amazon device could come with a variety of apps from other companies for streaming music, movies, and games, along with access to the company's own Video on Demand store and Instant Video service.

Rumors of the video streaming device have floated since last year. In October, it was said that Amazon approached a variety of app developers and cable TV providersRead more