Engadget HD Podcast 322 - 10.31.2012

Hurricane Sandy (and a flood of news courtesy of Google, Microsoft and Apple) pushed our podcast back to a Halloween edition, but for some the scariest thing is news that Disney will take over Lucasfilm and its franchises like Star Wars and Indiana Jones. We'll tell you why we're actually encouraged by the development (hint: Pixar), and dive into the latest news about Xbox 360 and SmartGlass, Media center on Windows 8 and Google's connection to your HDTV with Android 4.2. Of course other standbys like Netflix, Roku and TiVo have news for us to discuss and Ben's new laptop means we can record as long as we want. Distribute the credit / blame for this week's XXL-sized edition as necessary, and press play below.

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Hosts: Ben Drawbaugh (@bjdraw), Richard Lawler (@rjcc)

Producer: Trent Wolbe

00:21:43 - Disney acquires Lucasfilm for $4.05 billion, plans more Star Wars movies
00:29:13 - Xbox SmartGlass now available in Google Play, brings console integration to Android
00:34:29 - Microsoft offering free Media Center upgrade to Windows 8 Pro users until January 31st 2013
00:50:58 - Google bumps Android to 4.2, keeps Jelly Bean moniker
00:53:54 - TiVo Premiere fall update starts rolling out with more HD menu screens and a few other tweaks
00:58:49 - Tim Cook: 1.3 million Apple TVs sold in Q4, 5 million for 2012 fiscal year
01:02:50 - BBC iPlayer comes to Sky+, Hell reports incoming frost
01:04:43 - ITV Player revamp brings ad-free TV rentals, keeps the free catch-ups
01:05:25 - Roku update adds cross-provider search over Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, HBO, Vudu and Crackle
01:09:40 - Boxee hands out free Boxee TVs to its most eager cloud DVR fans
01:10:38 - Netflix Q3 2012 earnings: 2 million more streaming subscribers worldwide, $8 million net income
01:12:00 - Open webOS-powered HDTVs said to be on the way from... LG?
01:13:30 - Samsung 2012 Smart TVs get Amazon Instant Video streaming app, synchronicity with your Kindle Fire
01:22:40 - Barnes & Noble bolstering Nook Video catalogue, bringing UltraViolet to the HD and HD+
01:24:45 - LG's 84-inch 4K TV goes on sale in the US for $19,999, home mortgage optional
01:26:42 - Warner, Redbox agree to 28 day delay on disc rentals, UltraViolet support for Redbox Instant
01:29:10 - The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey to receive the Dolby Atmos treatment
01:30:40 - Must See HDTV (October 29th - November 4th)

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