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Netflix is facing heavy pressure to close its VPN loophole


By this point, everyone and their internet-connected dog seems to know that you can access US Netflix from abroad using a simple VPN, or even just a Chrome extension. Your streaming days might be limited, however: Netflix is reportedly under fire to shut the loophole down. According to CNET Australia, a group of Aussie rights-holders are putting pressure on Netflix to cut off access to US Netflix from Australia. Despite Netflix not being available Down Under, an estimated 200,000 people are using the service anyway, something that’s probably not making Australian cable providers particularly happy.

As Australia prepares for the long-rumoured arrival of Netflix, rights holders are pushing to have the US version of the service blocked in Australia. Currently, more than a quarter of Australians with a paid-content media subscription are using Netflix, circumventing the geoblock on the US-based service by using a VPN. However, the head of the Australian Home Entertainment Distributors Association said rights holders are looking to bring this to an end when Netflix launches a dedicated Australian service. Simon Bush, CEO of AHEDA — the industry organisation that represents the home entertainment divisions of companies including Warner Bros., Roadshow and Universal Sony Pictures, as well as Foxtel — said that while the members of the organisation have not asked AHEDA to lobby on the issue in any official capacity, “some of the member companies individually are doing that”. “I don’t know what Netflix will do around geo-blocking people using VPNs and international credit cards, but presumably it would fit the business model — if they’ve got rights cleared in Australia…and [they're] going to the effort — that they would want Australians to access their locally-based service,” he said. “That is just a common sense assumption.”

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YouTube now has unreleased stand-up from Dave Chapelle, Louis CK and more


Stand-up comedians don’t get to just walk onto the set of Saturday Night Live or The Daily Show and start telling jokes. Nope, like just about every other creative field they start small and work their way up — often for free at first. Yes, even the…

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We just played with Nintendo’s New 3DS: Finally, an extra analog stick


You might have heard: Nintendo’s refreshing its 3DS family with two new models. Both the New 3DS as well as the larger New 3DS XL will arrive with a diddly analog stick just above the action buttons. (Throw away your Circle Pad Pros!) Plus, there’s…

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The Apple Watch will reportedly ditch Samsung displays in favor of LG


A DigiTimes report is claiming that Apple has rejected Samsung as a supplier of displays for the Apple Watch, and that all of them will be made by LG. The company had been expected to split display production between the two companies, and the usual caution needs to be applied to DigiTimes stories, which rely on anonymous supply-chain sources. The report claims Apple is hoping to sell upwards of 50 million smartwatches in 2015. Analyst estimates for sales of the Apple Watch range from 10M to 37M.

LG Display will supply Apple AMOLED panels for the Apple Watch, with shipments expected to reach about five million a month in 2015, according to sources at LG Display. Apple will receive about five million AMOLED panels for the device a month throughout 2015, with the Apple Watch expected to be released within the first quarter. The sources said Apple aims to sell upwards of 50 million Apple Watches in 2015. Apple will reportedly not purchase AMOLED panels from Samsung Display and instead will have LG as the sole panel provider for the Apple Watch, the sources indicated. Market observers meanwhile noted that adopting AMOLED panel technology for use in wearables such as the Apple Watch makes sense due to the technology’s flexibility and energy-saving advantages but does not necessarily indicate that Apple will consider it for other devices such as the iPhone and iPad in the future as some analysts have speculated.

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The Apple Watch will reportedly ditch Samsung displays in favor of LG


A DigiTimes report is claiming that Apple has rejected Samsung as a supplier of displays for the Apple Watch, and that all of them will be made by LG. The company had been expected to split display production between the two companies, and the usual caution needs to be applied to DigiTimes stories, which rely on anonymous supply-chain sources. The report claims Apple is hoping to sell upwards of 50 million smartwatches in 2015. Analyst estimates for sales of the Apple Watch range from 10M to 37M.

LG Display will supply Apple AMOLED panels for the Apple Watch, with shipments expected to reach about five million a month in 2015, according to sources at LG Display. Apple will receive about five million AMOLED panels for the device a month throughout 2015, with the Apple Watch expected to be released within the first quarter. The sources said Apple aims to sell upwards of 50 million Apple Watches in 2015. Apple will reportedly not purchase AMOLED panels from Samsung Display and instead will have LG as the sole panel provider for the Apple Watch, the sources indicated. Market observers meanwhile noted that adopting AMOLED panel technology for use in wearables such as the Apple Watch makes sense due to the technology’s flexibility and energy-saving advantages but does not necessarily indicate that Apple will consider it for other devices such as the iPhone and iPad in the future as some analysts have speculated.

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The Apple Watch will reportedly ditch Samsung displays in favor of LG


A DigiTimes report is claiming that Apple has rejected Samsung as a supplier of displays for the Apple Watch, and that all of them will be made by LG. The company had been expected to split display production between the two companies, and the usual caution needs to be applied to DigiTimes stories, which rely on anonymous supply-chain sources. The report claims Apple is hoping to sell upwards of 50 million smartwatches in 2015. Analyst estimates for sales of the Apple Watch range from 10M to 37M.

LG Display will supply Apple AMOLED panels for the Apple Watch, with shipments expected to reach about five million a month in 2015, according to sources at LG Display. Apple will receive about five million AMOLED panels for the device a month throughout 2015, with the Apple Watch expected to be released within the first quarter. The sources said Apple aims to sell upwards of 50 million Apple Watches in 2015. Apple will reportedly not purchase AMOLED panels from Samsung Display and instead will have LG as the sole panel provider for the Apple Watch, the sources indicated. Market observers meanwhile noted that adopting AMOLED panel technology for use in wearables such as the Apple Watch makes sense due to the technology’s flexibility and energy-saving advantages but does not necessarily indicate that Apple will consider it for other devices such as the iPhone and iPad in the future as some analysts have speculated.

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Netflix’s latest series is a romantic comedy co-written by Judd Apatow


Now that Netflix has a solid (if imperfect) track record with original shows, it appears that the big-name talent is lining up for its chance at creating an internet-only hit. Case in point: the streaming service has reached a deal with Legendary…

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