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Kodi 15.2 Bugfix Update Addresses A Slew Of Issues Introduced Or Left Around In Version 15

Bugs happen. As a result, bugfix updates also happen. Kodi 15.2 is the second such release since version 15.0 of the app formerly known as XBMC went stable, and it tackles quite a list of issues. Head's up—all of them are very specific.

On several Android devices that used an Amlogic chipset, Kodi 15 only showed a zoomed in display or only used part of the screen. 15.2 addresses this.

Some users lost video after fast-forwarding. This, too, has been squared away.

15.2 also fixes refresh-rate switching on Android devices like the Nexus Player and NVIDIA SHIELD TV.

Other fixes address non-DVB and MicroDVD subtitles, incompatible MySQL queries, PulseAudo on Linux, default sorting for songs over UPnP, volume adjustment for Xbox controllers, and the time format when setting regions.

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CBS Android App Gets Chromecast Support, All Access Subscription Not Required

CBS is home to the likes of The Big Bang Theory, The Good Wife, 2 Broke Girls, and three flavors each of CSI and NCIS. That you're reading Android Police means you're probably still too young to be a big CBS fan, but if you have a taste for the network's shows, you will be pleased to know that you can now stream them to your Chromecast.


The CBS Android app provides newer episodes of certain shows for free, but older content and some titles are tucked away behind an All Access subscription that costs $5.99 a month. Fortunately, you can cast video regardless of whether you choose to pay.

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NBC Updates Android App With Live Video Streaming For TV Subscribers In Select Markets

NBC's Android app provides free episodes that anyone can stream regardless of whether or not they pay for television. Now the company is adding live streaming to the experience, but unfortunately, the story here isn't the same.

If you want in on the action, you need to have a cable or satellite subscription, and you need to live in one of the supported markets. The changelog doesn't say which these are, but many of us won't be surprised to find that our cities don't make the list.


People who don't meet the necessary criteria will still have access to an expanded back catalog of shows, which includes the likes of The A-Team, Battlestar Galactica, The Incredible Hulk, and Knight Rider.

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Comcast's Xfinity TV Go App Picks Up AMC, Showtime, The Weather Channel, And Several Other Networks

The Xfinity TV Go is Comcast's way of letting customers take some of the channels they're already paying for and stream them to an Android device. For something that doesn't cost extra—thankfully, considering the high price of cable—it's a nice perk. Comcast has recently brought the list of supported channels up to over 70 with the addition of AMC, BBC America, FOX Deportes, MOVIEPLEX, Showtime, Univision Deportes, and The Weather Channel. The full list is available to browse through online.


These networks joined those added back towards the beginning of 2014. Over the course of a year, the company has more than doubled the number of supported channels.

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Hulu Introduces Watchlist, Its New And Smarter Way To Keep Up With The Shows You're Currently Watching

Today Hulu has unveiled Watchlist, the company's latest way to help you keep up with the shows you want to watch later. Think of it as a favorites list, but smarter.


Currently Hulu watchers have three different locations where they can save and find the shows they're most interested in watching. There's Stuff You Watch, which automatically updates with whatever you've viewed recently. Then there's the Queue, where you save the stuff you want to see later. Lastly, we have Favorites, where you store the shows and movies that you enjoy the most.

Watchlist replaces all three. It's a single favorites list that's supposed to rearrange your content so that shows you enjoy the most are given priority, and those that are simply saved for later wait patiently at the bottom.

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Canadian Television App CTV GO Gets Chromecast Support, Revamped UI, And More

Google services may take a while to make the long trek north from Seattle to Vancouver, Detroit to Toronto, or from Portland to Montreal—but Canadians still get to enjoy Google hardware such as the Chromecast. Television network CTV has added support for the spiffy little dongle inside the latest version of its Android app (though this, too, kind of took a while).


Chromecast support is the most exciting item on the changelog, but this release also tweaks the interface. Everything is still mostly black and red, there's just more of the latter. Some of what used to be in the sidebar is now spread across the top of the screen in tabs.

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ESPN Bowls Cricket 2015 App Into The Play Store, But Early Reviews Are Brutal

This year ESPN is letting Cricket fans stream the entire ICC Cricket World Cup over the Internet, as long as they're willing to pay $100 for the content. As part of the package, users will get to use their mobile devices.

So the network has released its Cricket 2015 app into the Play Store, shortly before games begin on the 14th. The app provides access to all 49 live matches and follows the teams from Afghanistan, Australia, Bangladesh, England, India, Ireland, New Zealand, Pakistan, Scotland, South Africa, Sri Lanka, United Arab Emirates West Indies, and Zimbabwe.

Unfortunately, early reviews are brutal. We're seeing a clean run of one-star reviews for reasons ranging from crashes to a lack of Chromecast support.

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Amazon Music 4.3 Makes Streaming Easier Thanks To A New Prime Music Section, Quicker Access, Better Search, And More

Those of you with an Amazon Prime account also have a stockpile of music open to you through the company's half-a-year-old streaming service, and with version 4.3 of the Android app, the retailer is making those tracks easier to access.

Instead of browsing through the company's virtual store shelves and adding albums to your library as though you were buying them, you can just browse through a separate Prime Music section. When you click on a song there, it simply starts playing. No fuss. But if you do want to add an artist's work to your personal library, the option is still there. Amazon says it has improved the search experience too, with queries yielding more thorough results.

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Netflix Q4 2014 Financial Report Shows Plans To Produce Tons Of Original Content And Rapidly Expand Internationally Throughout 2015

Netflix has released its fourth-quarter 2014 financial results along with a letter to shareholders, posting both to its website. These documents show plans to increase its amount of original content, rapidly expand internationally, continue its DVD-by-mail service, and more.

First, some numbers. Netflix picked up 13 million new members in 2014, an increase from 11 million the year before. The video on demand provider now boasts 57.4 million subscribers, and it expects to end the first quarter of the new year with 61.4 million.

Earlier this year, Netflix raised its price from $7.99 to $8.99, a move it believed cost it subscribers throughout the months that followed.

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[Deal Alert] Get PlayOn And PlayLater Lifetime Subscriptions With AdSkipper For Only $19.99

PlayLater lets you record online video on a PC and save it for later use. PlayOn takes that content and makes it viewable on your TV or mobile device. The latter can help you find shows available online and, as long as you have the requisite subscriptions (to Netflix, Amazon Prime, etc.), get you up and running.

Altogether, these are good tools for cord cutters to add to their digital utility belts. They require a subscription to use, but for the holidays, you can get lifetime usage of PlayOn and PlayLater for only $19.99.

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Not too long ago, you could consider purchasing this package for over twice as much to be a good deal, but that only makes this sale all the more compelling.

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