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Engadget HD Podcast 391 - 3.27.14

Jon Turi, @jonturi
03.27.14
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Keeping it real used to be the goal, but now it seems that real reality just isn't that interesting anymore. Virtual reality, on the other hand, that's taken the tech world by storm lately. Both Sony and Oculus demoed their latest VR wares at GDC last week, and this week Facebook decided to drop some big news. The social network has just purchased Oculus VR for a whopping $2 billion. Ben and Richard dig into the positive and potentially negative aspects of this deal and what it could mean for the future. On top of that, Netflix decides to pay ISP tolls for its heavy bandwidth use, while AT&T feels that these things are really the subscribers' problem. It's a complicated web of news these days, but luckily you have the Engadget HD Podcast to help break it down into a more digestible format.

Hosts: Richard Lawler, Ben Drawbaugh

Producer: Jon Turi

Hear the podcast:

07:14 - 'Project Morpheus' is Sony's virtual reality headset for the PlayStation 4
11:10 - Using the PlayStation 4's virtual reality headset, Project Morpheus
12:11 - Facebook is buying Oculus VR for $2 billion, plans to 'unlock new worlds for all of us'
16:54 - Palmer Luckey says Oculus' future 'just became crystal clear,' but Facebook's impact is still murky
21:55 - Oculus founders: Facebook lets us bring the best VR experience to a billion people
25:53 - Notch cancels Minecraft for Oculus Rift, but other developers still have interest
27:35 - Xbox One bundle price drops to $399 on Amazon (update: back to $450)
30:39 - MLB.tv and Epix streaming apps are coming to Xbox One
32:02 - AT&T thinks increased bandwidth costs are Netflix subscribers' problem
39:45 - Netflix's Reed Hastings calls out weak net neutrality rules, 'reluctantly' pays ISP tolls
45:25 - Latest Apple TV rumors have it teaming up with Comcast for streaming
55:38 - Comcast Xfinity TV adds 18 live-streaming channels with USA, HGTV and more
57:43 - Several states join the Justice Department in probe of Comcast and Time Warner Cable merger
01:00:23 - Sony's bringing Hulu Plus and Redbox to the PlayStation Vita
01:01:12 - PlayStation Network's first original TV show is an adaptation of the 'Powers' comics
01:03:09 - Netflix signs Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin to original series, but what about Dolly?
01:04:39 - Must See HDTV for the week of March 24th: The Walking Dead, Psych, Fez, Louis CK on SNL

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