By Lisa Johnston
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New York – Showtime Networks said Tuesday that its Showtime Anytime on-demand streaming service is now available on Roku devices.
Roku customers who subscribe to Showtime will have free, unlimited on-demand access to hundreds of hours of the network's programming, as well as the live broadcast of both the East and West Coast feeds of Showtime.
Showtime Anytime is available at no additional cost to Showtime customers who subscribe to the network through participating television providers.
This TWICE webinar, hosted by senior editor Alan Wolf, will take a look at what may be the hottest CE products at retail that will be sold during the all-important fourth quarter. Top technologies, market strategies and industry trends will be discussed with industry analysts and executives.
Toronto – The board of directors of Paradigm, MartinLogan and Anthem appointed its second new president/CEO in about as many months.
The board hired Christopher R. Leader, effective immediately. Leader most recently was a managing partner of Hi-Beam Consulting, a management-consulting company focused on manufacturing businesses.
San Diego – Audio supplier Grace Digital launched a tabletop Internet radio/streamer that replaces an existing model and adds two-way speakers and a color screen that displays album and station art.
The $249 Encore GDI-IRC7500 Stereo Wi-Fi Music System accesses more than 18,000 free Internet radio stations and on-demand programs as well as SiriusXM, Rhapsody, Live365, iHeartRadio and Pandora.
Atlanta – Aaron’s, the lease-to-own CE, appliance and furniture chain, has signed Global Warranty Group (GWG) as its exclusive extended-service provider.
Under terms of the agreement, GWG will provide protection plans for appliances, electronics and computers, and riding mowers.
Corona, Calif. — Chris Larson, formerly Toshiba America Information Systems sales VP, has joined TCL as its new North American sales and marketing VP, the company said Tuesday.
Larson begins his position today after spending more than a decade with Toshiba America.
Los Angeles – Audyssey is going to the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona next week with a new smartphone and tablet technology that adds depth and width to the soundstage when audio is played through headphones.
The technology, called Audyssey 60°, is a software-based solution that can be implemented in any mobile device, mobile app, or computer without adding hardware costs, the company said.
Fremont, Calif. — PC resource Digital Storm said it is one of the first PC makers to offer Nvidia’s GTX 750 and GTX 750Ti mainstream graphics cards and Nvidia’s new speed burner and flagship — the Titan Black — in its made-to-order desktop gaming PCs.
The three cards all allow Digital Storm customers to take their gaming to the next level offering 1080p and Ultra HD 4K gaming, respectively.
Dallas – Samsung will bring the Android KitKat OS to multiple Galaxy smartphones and tablets starting today and continuing through the coming months, the company announced.
U.S.-market Galaxy devices slated to get the Android 4.4.2 update include select carrier variants of the Galaxy Note 3, Galaxy Note II, Galaxy S 4, Galaxy S4 Mini, Galaxy S 4 Active, Galaxy S4 Zoom, Galaxy S III, Galaxy S III Mini, Galaxy Mega, Galaxy Light, Galaxy Note 8.0, Galaxy Tab 3, Galaxy Note 10.1 and the Galaxy Note 10.1 - 2014 Edition.
Availability varies by carrier and product.
Buena Park, Calif. – Yamaha upgraded its opening-price active soundbar by adding Bluetooth to play back music streamed from mobile devices and enable a free app to control the system.
The YAS-103 will retail for a suggested $299 like its predecessor, the YAS-101, when it becomes available later this month.
Seoul, South Korea – LG unveiled its third-generation L series of mid-tier Android smartphones, upgrading the hardware specs compared to its predecessors and bringing the Android 4.4 OS to the series.
The OS makes the three phones in the L Series III stand out in the mid-tier segment, LG said.
The phones also include the first L-series model with quad-core processor, and all three sport bigger screens than their predecessors.
All feature HSPA+ cellular data technology but no 4G LTE. Two models feature HSPA+21Mbps.