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Report: Amazon Is Cooking Up A Set-Top Box For Christmas

The Wall Street Journal reports that Amazon is working on a set-top box that will be ready in time for the Christmas holidays. And, surprise, surprise, the lynchpin of this rumour is that Amazon has some major content deals in the works.


Report: Google Also Testing Hangouts-Equipped Set-Top Box

If Chromecast isn’t enough, the Wall Street Journal is now reporting that Google has also been working on another living room device: a set-top box with a heavy emphasis on communication.


Quickflix For Giant Arcade Consoles Is So Crazy It Just Might Work

Buying an old-school arcade console is a big investment. Ms Pac-Man bragging rights don’t just cost a lot of money — you pay the price in real estate. That whole corner of your living room gone for just one measly game. A new service called All You Can Arcade sort of makes this proposition worthwhile.


Intel's Streaming TV Ambitions Are Real And Huge

Intel has just confirmed what was previously only a rumour; it’s entering the set-top box business in a major way. As The Verge reports, we’re talking “live television, catch-up television, on-demand [and] a set of applications”. In other words, the golden goose.


There Is Apparently An Even Smaller Apple TV

According to an FCC filing, Apple has a smaller Apple TV in the works. What’s weird is that it’s not that much smaller than the current Apple TV — the small version would be 93.78sqmm as opposed to the current version’s 98sqmm. Everything else about the FCC filing on the Apple TV looks identical to the current one.


Has Google Discontinued The Nexus Q?

The Nexus Q page in the Google Play store says the media streamer is “no longer for sale”. Does this mean Google has given up on the device?


It Costs Quickflix $60 To Sign Up Each Customer

Quickflix is the closest thing Australia has to a Netflix competitor, but setting up a system to stream movies isn’t cheap. Quickflix has actually been suspended from trading since mid-November while it seeks new investors. In a market update today, it revealed an interesting factoid: merely acquiring a new customer costs it $60, which means you’ll have to be using its $14.95 a month WatchNow service for at least five months before it makes anything at all.


Can rara.com Fight Spotify For Streaming Music Supremacy?

The addition of iOS and Windows 8 apps, along with an expansion to a claimed 18 million tracks, makes rara.com look like a solid choice for a streaming subscription music service. However, in a highly competitive market with numerous rivals, Lifehacker talked to CEO Nick Massey to ask the obvious question: can anyone other than Spotify win in this market?


New Boxee TV Might Be The Set-Top Box We've Been Waiting For

We’ve been waiting for a set-top box that can do more than the neutered offerings currently available. Boxee may have figured it out — or at least it has done something other than throw out the same black square puck as everybody else.


iOS 5.1 For Apple TV Enhances AirPlay Capabilities, Hints At Apps

The Apple TV software has been updated in a very quiet manner, but the new functionality contained in that update — AirPlay broadcasting, support multiple iTunes account, shared photo streams — is more substantial than it first seems. And the fact that you can now rearrange icons on the home screen suggest that proper support for iOS apps could finally be on the way.