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Millions blocked from streaming as yet another popular site shuts down

It’s currently unclear exactly who is behind this closure, but some of the biggest names in the movie industry have been on a mission to end the boom in illegal streaming. For example, 123movies.la, which had millions of users, was closed after it caught the attention of The Alliance For Creativity and Entertainment (ACE).

ACE is backed by some of the world’s biggest film studios and media companies which include, Amazon, Fox, Netflix, MGM, HBO, Sky, Paramount and Disney.

This site was banned back in May. At the time, ACE said: “The theft of online content is the single greatest threat to the global audiovisual community, harming both local and foreign films and businesses, threatening jobs, undermining investment, reducing tax contributions to governments, and stifling creativity. ACE will continue its efforts around the world to protect the rights of its members.”

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Amazon could bring Fire TV to YOUR CAR in dramatic streaming boost

Amazon’s hugely popular Fire TV streaming platform is already available in a huge variety of gadgets – from affordable HDMI dongles to pricier set-top boxes with hands-free voice controls, soundbars and built directly into Smart TVs. However, Amazon has big plans to continue expanding its telly empire.

And the next frontier for Fire TV could be in-car infotainment systems. Yes, really.

Pioneered by electric cars, but fast-becoming standard across the auto industry, expansive touchscreens are commonplace in modern vehicles. Amazon sees these screens as a good opportunity to bring blockbuster Prime Video shows like Clarkson’s Farm and The Boys to those on the road. Of course, these will be targeted at passengers – not the person behind the wheel.

Speaking about this emerging opportunity in an interview with Protocol, Amazon vice president Daniel Rausch said: “We do see interest in the auto segment. Screens are coming to autos in greater numbers, and I’m very interested in being where customers want to be entertained, which is frankly just about everywhere, including on the go.

“It’s not just about streaming in the living room. 5G connectivity is going to transform that as well, because you just get a high-quality connection anywhere you go in your car.”

Amazon has already announced its first partnership between the Fire TV team and Dutch automobile manufacturer Stellantis back in March, which has already resulted in new Jeep Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer models shipping with Fire TV in the entertainment systems.

The front infotainment screen can access Fire TV services when the car is parked.

Meanwhile, rear screens enable passengers in the back seats to access Amazon’s vast library of apps and streaming services throughout the journey. After all, Fire TV not only offers access to Amazon’s own Prime Video service, but also industry juggernauts like Netflix, Disney+, BBC iPlayer, Shudder, Apple TV+, and many more.

The screens offer touch controls as well as a dedicated Fire TV For Auto remote control, which also brings Alexa voice control.

Connected via mobile data, Alexa can be used to interact with smart home gadgets – setting thermostats, switching off lights – when travelling to and from home. Amazon sells a dedicated Alexa Auto device to retroactively bring the hands-free AI assistant to your vehicle. If you want Fire TV to watch on the road, you’ll need to upgrade to a new car.

“I would give a lot to go back and have that option for the rear-seat entertainment system in our car when I had three kids in 20-odd months,” added Rausch.

If you’re not in the market for a new car quite yet, it might be worth dusting off a portable DVD player, or investing in a tablet to keep impatient passengers entertained.

Fast & Furious 9 streaming: Can you watch full movie online – Is it legal?

Fast 9 is the first major Hollywood blockbuster to hit cinemas this year. The high octane adventure brings back all the main crew with two main exceptions but also manages to return two iconic characters who were previously believed to be dead. But how can fans watch all the action? With many films being released simultaneously on the big screen and to download, is it possible to watch the latest Fast & Furious movie at home? NOTE: There is a spoiler warning before any discussion of the returning characters at the end of the article.

Fast 9 was released in UK cinemas on June 24 and in the US on June 25.

So far, it has received solid reviews, with a cumulative 61% score on Rotten Tomatoes.

The main studios that have announced they will be relating some films online and in cinemas are Disney (which also includes Marvel) and Warner Bros.

Fast & Furious 9 has been released by Universal so here is what to do if you see that the film is available to watch online.

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What are the penalties for watching an illegal download?

The Digital Economy Act 2017 means people could now face ten-year prison sentences for illegally streaming copyrighted content.

This currently includes Fast & Furious 9. 

When will Fast & Furious 9 be available to stream or download online?

Universal currently does not have its own streaming platform like Disney Plus, or HBO Max for Warner Bros in the US.

To be sure you’re not watching copyrighted material, you should go direct to companies such as Netflix, Sky Cinema, NOW or Amazon Prime, according to FACT (Federation Against Copyright Theft).

Fast & Furious 9 is currently available to preorder on Amazon, but there is no release date as yet.

SPOILER WARNING: Do not read beyond this point if you don’t want to know which dead characters are returning

Fast & Furious 9 picks up the storylines of the original core team. This means The Rock’s Luke Hobbs and Jason Statham’s Deckard Shaw are not part of the main action.

However, there is a time-bending rewriting of the past when the previously dead and immensely popular character Han Lue, played by Sung Kang, is brought back to life. There had been a ‘Justice For Han’ campaign among fans for years, unhappy at his demise at the hands of Deckard Shaw.

The new movie explains that his death was faked so he could go into hiding with his adoptive daughter.

Even more mind-bending is the proposition that Paul Walker’s Brian O’Connor is back. The actor died during the filming of Fast 7 which was rejigged to show O’Connor driving off into the sunset at the end.

In the final scenes of Fast 9, the gang gather for a BBQ and Vin Diesel’s Dom says, “Hold on, there’s still an empty chair,” to which Jordana Brewster’s Mia says of her husband, “He’s on the way.”

The scene cuts to the driveway where we see O’Connor’s iconic  Nissan Skyline R34 GT-R pull up before the credits roll.

Director Justin Lin has said the door is open for some sort of return in the upcoming final two films: “Fast 9 is really the beginning of the final chapter of the saga. So in doing that I think there’s a lot of room to really place our characters, and Brian obviously is a big part of the universe still.”

This post originally appeared on Daily Express :: Entertainment Feed

Fire TV streaming devices drop to lowest EVER price in Amazon Prime Day bargains

Looking for something new to watch? Amazon has slashed the price of two of its best Fire TV streaming gadgets in its annual Prime Day sale – so you can stream shows from Prime Video, Netflix, BBC iPlayer, Shudder, Apple TV+, BritBox, and Sky thanks to its NOW on-demand service. These discounts only last until tomorrow evening, when the annual Prime Day sales come to a close.

First up, Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K with Alexa Voice Remote has been slashed from £49.99 down to £26.99. That’s a saving of £23 – almost half price compared to the usual price tag. As well as streaming in crisp Ultra HD, the streaming gadget, which plugs into the HDMI port on your telly, also comes with a voice-controlled remote.

This leverages chatty AI assistant Alexa to find shows and movies with your voice, lets you search for favourite actors and directors. Since it’s the same Alexa assistant that powers the Amazon Echo, you can use it to control any smart lightbulbs in your home, answer video doorbells, request songs to play on smart speakers and more.

If you want the best of the best, Amazon’s flagship Fire TV Cube is also included in the Prime Day sale. This clever telly gadget is essentially a combination of an Amazon Echo Dot and a Fire TV 4K Stick into a single set-top box. As you’d expect, Fire TV Cube bundles all of your favourite streaming services, BBC iPlayer, Prime Video, ITV Hub, YouTube, All 4, NOW, Disney+, Netflix, and more. But it also lets you use Alexa to control your television hands-free.

So, you can recline on your sofa and bark at Alexa to change channels, switch between HDMI inputs, adjust the volume, and more.

Usually priced at £109.99, the Fire TV Cube is currently £59.99 – a saving of £50. If you’re looking to seriously step-up your streaming game, this is the Fire TV device to buy.

Of course, as always with the annual Prime Day sales, you’ll need to have a Prime membership to buy any of these discounted goodies. Thankfully, you won’t have to pay the £79 annual membership fee today, instead, Express.co.uk has a simple way of getting the discounts without paying Amazon for the subscription service. You’ll need to sign-up for a 30-day trial, place your order, and then cancel the Prime membership after your order arrives in the mail.

Amazon lets you cancel the Prime trial at any point during the 30-days without incurring any costs at all. If you do decide to keep your Prime membership, you’ll get next-day (or sometimes same day) shipping on items handled by Amazon, free Kindle books, movie and boxset streaming via Prime Video, unlimited photo back-up, and more.

This post originally appeared on Daily Express :: Tech Feed

Microsoft is bringing Xbox Game Pass to TVs and launching new streaming devices

June will see Xbox host a big E3 event, complete with new game news and announcements.

But before that gets underway, Microsoft has revealed that it has big plans for its popular subscription, the Xbox Game Pass.

Available on PC, Xbox One and Xbox Series X, the XGP makes it possible to access a library of games at a fixed monthly price.

It removes the need to buy games, and makes it possible to play first-party Microsoft games at launch.

The new service has proven very popular with fans and that probably explains why the tech giant wants to bring it to more platforms.

As revealed today in a pre-E3 announcement, Microsoft is planning on launching Xbox Game Pass services onto TV and streaming devices.

It’s part of an aggressive expansion programme that will see the Xbox Game Pass launched on multiple platforms without the need for hardware.

Microsoft has solved this issue by making it possible to stream games using xCloud, something that is currently available on Android phones.

But by removing the need for hardware, the company hopes to expand into a much wider market.

It was revealed today that Xbox is working with global TV manufacturers to embed the Xbox experience directly into internet-connected televisions with no extra hardware required except a controller.

Those partners have not been revealed yet, and it’s hard to say at this point how much such a service would cost.

But that might fit in with another announcement made today by Microsoft; that Xbox is exploring new subscription offerings for Xbox Game Pass so more players around the world can use it.

It would make sense that Microsoft would provide a cheaper alternative for Xbox Game Pass which would appeal to the casual market.

And with the removal of hardware and easier access through TVs, Xbox Game Pass could become a useful tool.

While Xbox Game Pass is coming to TVs, Microsoft has also announced that they are preparing other projects for the market.

This includes Xbox building its own streaming devices for cloud gaming to reach gamers on any TV or monitor without the need for a console.

Stating its intent to shake things up, Microsoft revealed today: “We believe that games, that interactive entertainment, aren’t really about hardware and software.

“It’s not about pixels. It’s about people. Games bring people together,” said Spencer. “Games build bridges and forge bonds, generating mutual empathy among people all over the world. Joy and community – that’s why we’re here.”

“Gaming is fundamentally aligned with our mission as a company.

“When you talk about Xbox’s mission to bring the joy and community of gaming to everyone on the planet, which I absolutely love, that is precisely aligned with Microsoft’s mission, which is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.”

It’s hard to say whether these new projects will prove to be successful for Microsoft as they look to adapt to a changing market.

It will be a challenge to overtake Sony’s PS5 in the hardware stakes, so conquering the casual market could prove incredibly profitable.

Microsoft is hoping that its Xbox App for TVs will help more people play games but it’s hard to say just how palpable it will be, as an Xbox controller will still be required.

This post originally appeared on Daily Express :: Entertainment Feed

NOW TV drops prices and adds more content for free in major streaming shake-up

NOW, formerly called NOW TV, has announced a major shake-up that will give some customers a cheaper monthly bill and more content to watch without paying anything extra. Revealing the news exclusively to Express.co.uk, NOW has confirmed that it’s dropping the price of its Cinema Membership to £9.99 (was £11.99) and will be bundling the Kids selection of channels for free to all customers who pay for the Entertainment Membership.

That means those who subscribe to the Entertainment bundle can now get a bunch of extra shows including Cook With Buddy, SpongeBob Square Pants, Pip & Posy, The Adventures of Paddington, and The Thundermans.

Unfortunately for sports fans, NOW is keeping prices the same for Sky Sports customers with a 24-hour Sports Membership now staying at £9.99 and month-long access costing £33.99.

There’s more good news for existing customers as NOW is also adding some extra features to its optional “Boost” add-on. This extra service now lets you to stream shows and movies on more screens simultaneously (handy in busy homes with multiple TVs or smart devices) and beam footage to your TV in full HD resolution.

Starting next month, Boost will also get the addition of ad-free viewing when watching via on-demand, 5.1 Surround Sound and all sports channels will get a 50fps makeover for a silky smooth picture quality.

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It’s worth noting that new NOW customers will have to pay £5 for Boost rather than the current £3 a month, however, anyone who already subscribes won’t be hit by this increase.

NOW is also giving all existing Entertainment members with a Kids Membership access to Boost without seeing anything added to their bill. Of course, if you want to drop your monthly outgoings, you can pay for a standard Entertainment subscription and get Kids shows for free. However, if you’re happy paying the same, NOW will unlock the Boost features on your account (so you’re essentially paying for Boost now that Kids is free).

There’s plenty to like about these changes, but there are a couple of things to be aware of. Firstly, the standalone Kids pass is now being removed, so new customers will need to sign up to Entertainment to watch shows aimed at a younger audience.

NOW is also dropping the number of devices users can stream to simultaneously from two to one. If you want to watch a boxset on an iPad upstairs while younger members of the family watch one of their shows in the living room, that’s no longer possible without paying for Boost.

If you use NOW, you’ll get a message from the firm in the coming weeks explaining what the changes mean with the update coming into effect from July.

Speaking about the shake-up, a NOW spokesperson revealed to Express.co.uk: “At NOW, we constantly evaluate and invest in our content and product offering to meet the evolving needs of our members. Having recently relaunched our brand, we are continuing this transformation by taking the opportunity to simplify our membership options providing more value for our members.

“The new NOW offering will make it easier for members to access the world’s best entertainment, with the flexibility to choose the package that suits them, whilst avoiding price increases to the core content membership proposition.”

This post originally appeared on Daily Express :: Life and Style Feed
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Enjoy streaming free movies online? Ignoring this new warning could be costly

Once on the website – which looks very real, premium and professionally produced – the person is then asked to add some personal information and download an Excel spreadsheet.

It’s this document that finishes the attack with it featuring nasty malware and ransomware that can steal personal data.

In a post on its security page, Proofpoint said it, “has observed BazarLoader threat actors using the method of phone-based customer service representatives to direct malicious downloads since February 2021. Security researchers have dubbed this method “BazarCall”.

Movie streaming websites seem to be an easy target for cyber criminals with more of us than ever now using online platforms to get our fix of entertainment.

“Using entertainment subscription themes may be a timely and effective method for convincing users to engage with the email content and follow-on malicious documents,” Proofpoint said.

“During the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, subscriptions to online streaming services skyrocketed, surpassing one billion users globally last year.”

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Does MGM takeover mean fans can watch James Bond movies online?

James Bond films are currently not available online unless a specific deal is struck with its production and distribution house, MGM. However, a recent deal may change this in the future, as the dust settles on a major takeover in the world of entertainment.

At the moment, James Bond films are not available online, however, it looks as though this will change thanks to a recent business acquisition.

Today it was announced Amazon Prime has purchased MGM, the 97-year-old studio behind a whole host of major film franchises, including James Bond, Rocky, and various TV series like The Handmaid’s Tale.

The company acquisition has cost $ 8.45billion (£6billion) and includes past and upcoming releases from the studio.

The acquisition has been brewing for some time, but it could mean the MGM catalogue, which is more than 4,000 films, will become available on the platform for fans to enjoy.

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One thing to point out, in the case of Bond, is the franchise is only half-owned by MGM, with the other half owned by Danjaq, which is co-owned by EON productions’ Barbara Broccoli and Michael G Wilson.As a result, it may be this means little change for Bond, given the stronghold of the Broccoli children.

However, it has been reported the Bond franchise will be some of the films to end up on Amazon Prime, though timings are not clear.

This may also mean upcoming releases, like Ridley Scott’s House of Gucci and No Time to Die, could be made available online faster than we might usually expect.

At the moment, there has not been any confirmation from either side about whether the release schedule for these films will change.There has also been no confirmation on any changes to the mode of release, for example, a simultaneous release model which has been trialled by Warner Bros with HBO Max.

Mike Hopkins, senior vice president of Prime Video and Amazon Studios, said in a statement: “MGM has a vast catalogue with more than 4,000 films—12 Angry Men, Basic Instinct, Creed, James Bond, Legally Blonde, Moonstruck, Poltergeist, Raging Bull, Robocop, Rocky, Silence of the Lambs, Stargate, Thelma & Louise, Tomb Raider, The Magnificent Seven, The Pink Panther, The Thomas Crown Affair, and many other icons—as well as 17,000 TV shows—including Fargo, The Handmaid’s Tale, and Vikings—that have collectively won more than 180 Academy Awards and 100 Emmys.

“The real financial value behind this deal is the treasure trove of IP [intellectual property] in the deep catalogue that we plan to reimagine and develop together with MGM’s talented team.

“On behalf of the Board, I would like to thank the MGM team who have helped us arrive at this historic day.“I am very proud that MGM’s Lion, which has long evoked the Golden Age of Hollywood, will continue its storied history, and the idea born from the creation of United Artists lives on in a way the founders originally intended, driven by the talent and their vision.

“The opportunity to align MGM’s storied history with Amazon is an inspiring combination.”

The other aspect of this acquisition which is unclear is whether the MGM label will be perceived as separate from Amazon Studios, like the Marvel label under Disney.

However, one thing which is likely is the 25 James Bond films will end up on Amazon Prime, and Express.co.uk will update this story with further information as it arises.

This post originally appeared on Daily Express :: Entertainment Feed

Drones showcase iconic characters, imagery from Disney Bundle in honor of National Streaming Day

SANTA MONICA, Calif. — Disney characters lit up the sky in California this week, showcasing many of the favorites that you can now watch with the Disney Bundle.RELATED: Disney+: What to know about price, shows and more

Drones formed iconic characters and imagery from beloved movies, series and sports across Disney Plus, Hulu and ESPN Plus in honor of National Streaming Day.

Fans can subscribe to the ultimate streaming bundle to access Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars and National Geographic.For more information on how you can subscribe, visit DisneyBundle.com

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NVIDIA GeForce Now NEW games: Major new release comes to streaming platform

NVIDIA GeForce NOW subscribers can access more than a dozen new games as part of the package.

The latest batch of games include new multiplayer release Hood: Outlaws and Legends, which launched just a few days ago.

Subscribers can access the multiplayer action game whether they own the Steam version or the Epic Games Store edition.

Retro gaming fans will be happy to hear that CAVE shooter DoDonPachi Resurrection has also joined the service, alongside Child of Light, MotoGP 21, Outland and Warhammer 40,000: Inquisitor – Prophecy.

Elsewhere, it was revealed that Biomutant is also coming to the service when it launches later this month.

“Biomutant, the much anticipated post-apocalyptic, Kung-fu fable from Experiment 101 and THQ Nordic, is coming to GeForce NOW when it launches for PC (Steam) on May 25,” NVIDIA explains.

“That’s not all for Biomutant. At its release, GeForce NOW empowers gamers to take their adventure with them across nearly all devices, even on a Chromebook, Mac or mobile device.”

You can see the full list of new GeForce NOW games joining the service further down the page.

As for Hood Outlaws and Legends, the game sees four people attempt to execute the perfect heist.

“Faced with a merciless, unchecked state, rebels and rogues battle to claim their place among legends,” reads the official description.

“To win influence with an oppressed people, rival gangs compete in daring heists to hit the wealthy where it hurts. Folk hero or gold-hungry outlaw, only the best will escape with hard-earned riches.

“Two teams of 4 players compete to execute the perfect heist, in medieval environments patrolled by deadly AI guards. With the unique skills and mystical abilities of each character, moving in stealth to steal treasures unseen or dominating through loud and brutal combat.

“Blood will be spilled. Riches will be stolen. Legends will be reborn.”

The latest GFN GeForce Now releases for May…

• Hood: Outlaws and Legends (day-and-date release on Steam, Epic Games Store)

• Battlefleet Gothic: Armada (Steam)

• Bridge Constructor Portal (Steam)

• Child of Light (Ubisoft Connect)

• DoDonPachi Resurrection (Steam)

• Hyperdrive Massacre (Steam)

• MotoGP 21 (Epic Games Store)

• Move or Die (Steam)

• Ostriv (Steam)

• Outland (Steam)

• Space Crew (Steam)

• Three Kingdoms: The Last Warlord (Steam)

• Warhammer 40,000: Inquisitor – Prophecy (Steam)

• When Ski Lifts Go Wrong (Steam)

This post originally appeared on Daily Express :: Gaming Feed