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Roku Streaming Stick and Roku Ready TV Sets available this Fall

Roku Streaming Stick - credit Roku

(Best Syndication News) - Roku announced the Roku Streaming Stick and has plans for several television sets that will be able to use the new product. The Roku Streaming Stick will be available in October and the compatible TV sets will come out this holiday shopping season.

The Roku Streaming Stick is about the size of a USB flash drive. It will turn a compatible TV / display into a multimedia ready set with over 600 different channels. One of the most popular services is Netflix, which works through the Roku. You still have to pay for the Netflix monthly service plan. Roku also has many other channels, along with many free options.

Amazon adds more Movie Titles to Prime Instant Video

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(Best Syndication News) - A new agreement between EPIX and Amazon.com Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN), will help AMZN show more titles in the Prime Instant Video library. Movies include popular new releases such as The Avengers, Iron Man 2, The Hunger Games, Super 8, Thor and more.

The multi-year agreement reached with EPIX will add thousands more titles for Prime Instant Video subscribers. Movies from Paramount Pictures, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures, and Lionsgate will be included from this licensing agreement. Some more titles being added are Transformers Dark of the Moon Rango, Kick Ass, Paranormal Activity 2, True Grit, The Lincoln Lawyer, and Justin Bieber Never Say Never.

SONY unveils new 84-inch XBR 4K TV set with Four Times the Resolution than 1080p HDTV

SONY XBR84x900 84-inch 4K TV set credit: SONY

(Best Syndication News) - Today, SONY unveiled their newest XBR 4K TV set at their San Diego headquarters. The large 84-inch display (measured diagonally) is an LED panel television set that is capable of delivering four times the resolution compared to the HDTV sets currently on the market. The XBR-84X900 TV set will also be Internet capable and 3D.

The 4K resolution is 3840 x 2160 pixels. The set can display that resolution so long as the source can send that resolution. The signal is sent through a single HDMI cable. With this TV set, consumers will be able to enjoy digital still photos from their cameras displayed at the 4K resolution on the large screen display. If the 4K resolution becomes the new standard, more devices and broadcasts with the higher resolution will become available.

Target stocks “The Amazing Spider-Man” Themed Products at their Stores

screenshot of Target's online Spider-Man boutique

(Best Syndication News) - Target Corp. (NYSE:TGT) announced that their stores have a variety of merchandise themed with this summer’s film, “The Amazing Spider-Man.”

The licensed products will include toys, clothing, bedding, and movies. Target has set up a special online boutique featuring all of the Spider-Man products located at target.com/spiderman.

In Target stores, shoppers will find Spider-Man graphics and displays throughout the store. The retailer also will be promoting the Spider-Man merchandise with a video advertisement.

Included in the product line-up are a Spider-Man inflatable chair, a Spider-Man themed piñata, and more party supplies. There will be apparel with displaying the comic book characters.

‘Frog and Toad’ Book Series to be made into Animated Feature Film

(Best Syndication News) The popular children’s books Frog and Toad are going to be made into an animated feature film. Jim Henson Company announced today that they have acquired the rights to develop the stories into a movie.

The Frog and Toad book series, by Arnold Lobel, include five short stories. The stories are about a frog and his friend toad.

Additionally, Jim Henson Company has reached a multi-category licensing and merchandising program in the US and Canada with HarperCollins Children’s Books for the “Frog and Toad” property.

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