TiVo introduces OnePass – Organising your Internet TV Streaming Experience for You

TiVo like other electronic companies at CES 2015 made an exciting announcement: TiVo OnePass. This doesn’t involve any hardware, but is rather a new feature to be pushed to certain TiVo DVRs targeting binge-watchers.

TiVo Launces onepassOnePass will be arriving some time next month to applicable users. It is aimed to those who watch serveral episodes back-to-back and don’t like to search for that one wayward episode in between.

TiVo users can use the TiVo OnePass to locate all episodes of the show they wish to watch in the My Shows folder, arranged neatly season-wise.

If the episode is not recorded by the user, TiVo will enable services of other streaming networks to fill in the episode gaps. These include Netflix, Hulu Plus, and Amazon Instant Video. Users have the option to follow through with recordings only or to stick to streaming.

They will simply expand your Internet TV Streaming experience within their own service.

OnePass features includes:

  • – Select recording or streaming of your content, you may save the content on your local disk, or you can stream your whole experience, or both.
  • – Across all your TiVO platforms and apps you can include all seasons for a TV show, start with only one season, or only include new unwatched episodes.
  • – Organising all your streaming and recorded video under a “My Shows” section, in directories after the name of the show.
  • – Remembering your last watched episode and bookmarking the next so you don’t have to remember where you are when you are breaking from your binge watching.

TiVo plans to push its plans out in February to its Roamio and Mini users. Those using the TiVo apps on their smartphones and tablets will also be able to utilize the feature. iOS users will get it first in February, followed by Android users receiving the feature in March.

Anonymous Leaks 13,000 Accounts’ Usernames And Passwords Posted on Ghostbin

A Twitter account affiliated with Anonymous, the infamous hacktivist group, released a list of what they claim to be are 13,000 accounts’ usernames and passwords. These accounts pertain to retail and entertainment services including Amazon, PlayStation, XBox Live, Hulu Plus, and Walmart.

Anonymous leak usernames and passwordsThe hacked list also includes credit card information: credit card numbers, security codes and expiration dates.

The link to the information treasure chest was in a tweet: “A total of approximately 13k accounts. We did for the Lulz. https://ghostbin.com/paste/avtnw/raw #Anonymous #AntiSec #LulzXmas”

The link’s content is now removed.

Online retailer, gaming and video services have had been targeted in the hack attack. Information for pornographic sites have also been included.

Anonymous also released a stolen downloaded copy of “The Interview”. The group took to Twitter to announce that they would release the film themselves, when Sony pulled the release of the controversial film.

Sony eventually decided to distribute the film in certain theaters and online in the U.S. Despite its wide release, “The Interview” was reportedly torrented 750,000 times in its first 20 hours, said TechCrunch.

The stolen account information for PlayStation and Xbox Live was posted one day after two major networks were taken down by another hacker group called Lizard Squad on Christmas.

PlayStation TV Launches In North America

The PlayStation TV set-top box has made its first impression in the North American market following a previous release in Japan as PlayStation Vita TV, and it seems as though it will fast be catching on that the new miniature product from Sony may have ‘reverse Xbox syndrome‘ – in that there is much more focus on gaming elements than there is for general entertainment features.

playstation_tvLaunching to the USA and Canada yesterday (14 October) a month ahead of European roll-out (14 November), critics have been quick to jump on its potential as a connected set-top box, albeit with praise for it’s ability to stream PlayStation Vita, PSP, PlayStation One, and some PlayStation 4 games through streaming (with the latter console fully connectable as a functioning ‘second screen’ of the same product).

In the negative column, though, was the fact that Netflix, and a number of other major streaming services such as Hulu Plus and YouTube, do not work on PS TV. It was already established that the service would not be part of the new hardware’s launch abilities, but the issue was primarily with the fact that you can run the likes of Netflix on some of the supporting consoles, but not when you fling said content to a PS TV.

Speaking to Gizmodo, a Netflix representative said of the issue: “We have no current support plans for Netflix on PS TV.”

Sony, meanwhile, played the ‘just starting out’ card, with an launch statement that included of their current and future streaming options for the PS TV: “PS TV plays entertainment content, including popular movies and TV shows that can be downloaded from PlayStation Store. At launch, PS TV has video streaming apps Crackle, Crunchyroll, and Qello. Stay tuned for additional entertainment content we’ll be adding soon to the PS TV lineup.”

Though it now seems less likely that PS TV will be a strong competitor to the likes of Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, and Roku this year based on their lack of first or second-screen streaming offerings, reviewers still see plenty of potential in the PS TV for its $99 price, namely in video games as the name should expect, but will it be a strong enough foundation for the new device to build on in other corners of the market?


Hulu Plus iOS App Update Allows For in-App Purchase

The Hulu Plus app for iOS has had an update, and the new v4.0 comes with a re-design and compatibility with the new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, and also now lets users sign up from within the app.

Hulu-Plus-iOSDue to Apple’s policy toward any app created for their devices, they take a 30% cut of any in-app purchase. This did not go down well with Hulu who refused to play ball, resulting in no-one being able to sign up for a Hulu Plus account from within the app.

This inconvenience meant that potential subscribers had to sign up on a PC and then go back to the app. But Hulu have decided to make the 4.0 update user friendly and give Apple the $2.40 commission from the initial $8 earned for every Hulu Plus sign-up.

The new version 4.0 of Hulu Plus also comes with other improvements that includes a cleaner home screen, a tidier video player screen that has caption controls and a send to Chromecast icon.

The change in Hulu policy for it’s iOS mobile app may be because although they will lose a chunk of cash to Apple, mobile TV is a rapidly growing sector of the streaming market, plus they still insist on showing ads even to paying subscribers, so the more viewers they have, the higher they can charge.

The news also comes shortly after Hulu released an Android app that offers free selected full-length episodes to users as an attempt to turn them into subscribers. Although Hulu’s iPhone app does not currently offer this free content, it will probably be coming soon.

Hulu Confirm Third Run of The Awesomes

Just like LegoHulu recognises awesome and rewards it, as they announce Seth Meyers’ animated comedy superhero creation The Awesomes will be renewed for a third season exclusive to the streaming platform.

the_awesomes_titleCurrently airing a 10-episode second season every Monday until 6 October, the format is to return for another run, likely to start airing in early August as before with another 10-episode selection released weekly on Hulu.

Beatrice Springborn, Hulu’s ‘head of original series’, stated: “When we first premiered season one of The Awesomes two years ago, we knew it was going to be a big success for Hulu. With a growing fan base from season to season and a cast featuring some of the funniest people on television, it was a natural decision for us to renew the show for a third season.”

Following the story of ‘the greatest superhero team in history’ after the departure of their best members, the series has had plenty of success through being one of Hulu’s few original series, with headlining voice cast members such as Amy Poehler, Bill Hader, Bobby Lee, Bobby Moynihan, Kenan Thompson, Maya Rudolph, Will Forte, and Meyers himself.

Co-created by Mike Shoemaker (not to be confused with any former German racing drivers), with co-production from Hulu, Broadway Video (Saturday Night Live, Late Night With Seth Meyers), and animators Bento Box Entertainment (Bob’s Burgers), The Awesomes has plenty of structure behind it to carry on for a few seasons yet, but how will they fare starting at the end of this week, when an anthropomorphic horse on Netflix enters the online-exclusive animation industry?

Manhattan Coming To Hulu

Hulu has picked up the streaming rights to WGN America‘s new historical drama, Manhattan. The streaming company revealed that the entire 13 episodes of the first season will be available on the pay-to-view Hulu Plus platform.

MAnhattanManhattan made its debut last Sunday and will become available to stream on Hulu Plus from Monday. Each episode will then become available weekly, and the entire season can be viewed as soon as it finishes airing on TV. For those that do not subscribe, the five most recent episodes will also be available on the free Hulu service, but the latest episode will not be available until 3 days after airing.

Manhattan is set in the 1940’s in WWII America in a town who’s very existence is classified. The federal government has set up a top secret project to research the first atomic weapons, and the military and scientists who inhabit the community keep secrets from each other.

The deal will be the first time that Hulu has secured streaming rights to a TV series before it even airs. Speaking about the deal, Senior Vice President and Head of Content at Hulu, Craig Erwich said, “After seeing the episodes, and enjoying every minute, I knew this series represented the kind of high-quality, addictive programming that we strive to bring to Hulu. That’s why this deal marks the first time that Hulu has committed to a series before a single episode had even aired.”

For Lionsgate, President of Worldwide Television & Digital Distribution, Jim Packer said, “We’re delighted to extend a partnership with Hulu that should help further expand the audience for this deserving show. We believe that this innovative arrangement will be a win/win/win for Lionsgate, our partners and, most of all, our audiences.”

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