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Bell’s new streaming service to require TV subscription because it doesn’t understand how the Internet works

- December 2nd, 2014

Alright, Ma Bell. It’s officially time for you to pack it in and move to Boca Raton because you are clearly too old for the media business.

Kevin Crull

Bell Media president Kevin Crull. (JOEL LEMAY/QMI Agency)

In a seemingly desperate move, Bell Media president Kevin Crull told The Globe and Mail its upcoming streaming service Cravetv (previously known as Project Latte) will only be available to its current TV subscribers:

“We want the consumer to have a TV subscription … So you can subscribe to any level of television, you can subscribe to basic TV, or even what has become known as ‘skinny basic,’ or you can subscribe to a really high-end package.”

You know, because the kids today are all about signing up for a cable package to watch their favourite TV shows online.

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Netflix Canada to get Disney films quicker

- July 17th, 2014

Sounds like for once, Canadians luck out when it comes to movies on Netflix.

Netflix Canada has signed an exclusive content deal with Disney to get animated and live action films, roughly eight months after they’ve been released in theatres, according to a press release.

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Why you’ll fall in love with curved TVs

- May 27th, 2014

One of the newer tech fads out there is curved TVs. And I get it: A  curved television screen mimics a movie theatre feel and it provides slightly better sight-lines for people sitting off-centre from the screen, than flatscreens do.

But the psychology behind our attraction to them is more surprising than you might think. Apparently, a curved TV elicits a more emotional response than a flatscreen.

“(Curved objects are) perceived to be more beautiful,”  Dr. Oshin Vartanian said.

Vartanian, an experimental psychologist who works at the University of Toronto, was on-hand at a recent Samsung event at the Art Gallery of Ontario.

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4K’s Sharp look

- November 11th, 2013
Sharp's 4K UD1

Sharp’s 4K UD1. (Supplied)

When it comes to flat-panel TVs, Sharp thinks big. Through its high-end AQUOS line, it only offers TVs 60 inches and larger.

Alongside its 1080p LED TVs,  and its Quattron models (which add a yellow sub-pixel to the standard RGB colour setup), Sharp recently added a 4K ultra-high definition model to its lineup – the UD1. And I got a demonstration of the 70-inch television last week.

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