Fortnite Short Nite 2 brings short movies and a premiere to Party Royale theater

Epic Games has announced the return of its Short Nite event with the new Short Nite 2. As with the original event, this latest short film showcase is happening in Fortnite‘s battle-free Party Royale mode where players can gather around the big screen. The first short debuted earlier today with more to come throughout the weekend.

Fortnite‘s Short Nite is exactly what it sounds like: an event involving short films that are, in this case, displayed on the outdoor theater in Party Royale. The event started at 2 PM ET today and will remain live through July 25 at 2 PM ET.

The event will be non-stop during these dates, according to Epic, meaning you should be able to head over to the in-game theater at any point through mid-Sunday to catch the clips for yourself. The showcase includes the world premiere for Gildedguy series’ “next entry” called Gildedguy Gets Up!.

Ultimately, viewers will get to see short movies featuring action, comedy, and rhythm, Epic says, noting that the overall runtime is around 40 minutes. Players can view a trailer with clips from the short movies in the Fortnite news feed now.

As with the previous event, Short Nite 2 includes support for the game’s picture-in-picture mode, assuming you access it during the right times and have the feature turned on in the game settings. Streamers should avoid turning this feature on over potential copyright strikes or demonetization of their videos.

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This Android TV box streams movies and shows to your TV in up to 6K glory

TLDR: The Q Plu Android TV Box can turn any TV into a streaming TV, capable of playing back all your favorite streaming media or video files right out of the box.

While it probably feels like every TV today is now a smart TV, that’s not actually the case. In fact, there are plenty of TVs who need some real help if you want them to stream anything from popular streaming services to movies to games to even pictures.

Thankfully, with the help of an Android box, it’s become incredibly easy to stream your favorite media right to the biggest screen in your home and really enjoy TV or a movie the way it was intended.

With the Q Plus Android TV Box from Mesay, users get a surprisingly powerful, surprisingly swift little media box that can centralize your entire home viewing experience, including a host of versatility that should have your TV playing virtually any media file option you can throw at it.

Equipped with the latest Android 9.0 OS, this slim tabletop box has a real beast under the hood in the form of a formidable H6 quad-core ARM Cortex-A53 processor, the most professional quad-core CPU performance available in a networking Android box. 

In addition to that processor, the Q Plus is also packing a specialized Mali-T720MP2 GPU for improved processing speed and better video playback experience. Coupled up with the 4GB RAM and 64GB ROM, the application runs smoother, accelerates HD faster, plays graphic-heavy games faster, and makes sure users don’t get stuck in one of those endless buffering cycles that absolutely takes you right out of your film or TV show.

With specs like that, it’s no wonder the Q Plus can handle it all, supporting up to 6K resolution and even 3D functions for an ultra-clear, ultra-crisp video display that up to four times better than other streamers.

The unit also comes with both WiFi and Ethernet LAN support, you can connect easily via cable at home or wirelessly anywhere. It even includes a whole mess of other connection ports, including USB 2.0 and 3.0, HDMI, and even an SD card slot to playback virtually everything.

The Q Plus Android TV Box usually retails for $99, but with the current deal, you can save 15 percent off your purchase and get the Q Plus for only $84.95.

Prices are subject to change.

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Sony is adding movies and TV into PlayStation Plus after all, but there’s a catch

Yesterday, a rather interesting leak suggested that Sony was preparing to roll movies and TV shows into PlayStation Plus under a new feature called the PlayStation Plus Video Pass. While these references were discovered on PlayStation’s Polish website, they were quickly pulled down. As it turns out, Sony is indeed going to roll movies and TV content into PlayStation Plus subscriptions, but for now the feature will launch in testing on a very limited scale.

As for where it’s testing, yesterday’s leak is the best indicator there. You guessed it: Poland is where Sony has decided to test the PlayStation Plus Video Pass, and according to Sony Interactive Entertainment vice president of global services Nick Maguire in a new interview with Polish website Spider’s Web, this test will last a full 12 months.

The service, which is apparently a free benefit for those who are already subscribed to PlayStation Plus, will kick off its testing with 15 movies and six different series. Some of the movies that stick out include Venom, Zombieland 2: Double Tap, American Hustle, Blade Runner 2049, and Baby Driver. Series that will be featured in the PlayStation Plus Video Pass include Community, Lost Girl, and SWAT.

Maguire says that the Video Pass will be refreshed every three months with new content, so testers can look forward to quarterly updates. This is a particularly interesting move from Sony, because the company currently plans to stop selling movies and TV shows through the PlayStation Store later this year. Maybe it made that decision to make way for the PlayStation Plus Video Pass?

More likely is that Sony is looking to bolster PlayStation Plus with its own movie and TV content to help it better compete with the likes of Xbox Game Pass. We’re not sure that adding a curated selection of movies and TV shows will help much on that front, but we’ll just have to wait and see how the Video Pass evolves over its year of testing in Poland.

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Google is killing off Play Movies and TV, but your purchases will live on YouTube

If you’re one of the few people who frequently purchased movies through Google Play Movies and TV, I have some bad news and some good news.

The bad news is that Google appears to be killing off the Play Movies & TV app on a bunch of smart TV devices, including Roku, Samsung, LG, and Vizio Smart TVs. Google appears to be slowly trying to retire the app, much like Google Play Music, perhaps because its name is terrible.

But the good news is that your purchases will live on in the YouTube app instead. According to a Google support page:

Starting 6/15/2021, the Google Play Movies & TV app will no longer be available on Roku, Samsung, LG, and Vizio smart TVs. The YouTube app will be your new home for movies and shows. Just log in with your Google account in the YouTube app today, you’ll have access to all of your past purchases, and will be able to browse, purchase, and rent new content.

Your purchase credits will also transfer over, but keep in mind your watchlist will not be available on YouTube; you’ll have to make a new playlist instead.

I’m sure there are five of you out there who will be upset about the change. It might be nice to keep your movies and shows separate from your YouTube account, or maybe you just are too lazy to change up your TV’s app layout. But considering how Google has been doubling down on the YouTube brand, the change was only a matter of time.

And really now, ‘Google Play Movies and TV’ is an awful name.

Via Android Central

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The Last Airbender fans are getting new animated movies and series

Fans of the ‘Avatar: The Last Airbender‘ and ‘The Legend of Korra‘ (including yours truly) just recieved a surprise piece of awesome news today: Nickelodeon is making an animated movie to replace the godawful live action one. Production begins this year.

Better yet, Nickeloden is creating a whole new studio dedicated to expanding the universe. Fittingly dubbed Avatar Studios, it’s being helmed by series’ creators Michael DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko, who will act as chief creative officers. Avatar Studios productions, including upcoming series and movies (plural!) will premier on Nickelodeon and Paramount+.

The announcement comes also with a bit of a dig at the upcoming live-action Netflix remake of the original series.

DiMartino and Konietzko were originally involved in that series, before departing in August of 2020 because Netflix didn’t want to make the creators’ original vision happen. To that end, Brian Robbins, President ViacomCBS Kids & Family (which owns Nickolodeon), says “Avatar Studios is a way to give Mike and Bryan the resources and runway to open up their imaginations even more and dive deeper into the action and mythology of Avatar.”

While I’m still holding out a little hope the Netflix series won’t be a total trainwreck — according to Variety, that project has not been canceled — I’m far more excited about the idea of new storylines in the original animated medium. Avatar and Korra are masterpieces, in my book, and I can’t wait to see what’s next in the Avatar universe.

on Nickelodeon

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