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Fans of streaming TV services will have many more choices now that Roku and Netflix have reached new agreements in Hollywood. And this summer, you’ll be able to watch said programming on a 27-inch tablet/PC that folds into a table you can roll around the house. These Consumer Electronics Show (CES) announcements are some of this week’s best tech news.

A match made in Vegas
If you have a Roku you’ll be able to stream Time Warner Cable programming now that both sides struck a deal at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. The new partnership will give Time Warner Cable subscribers access to some 300 streaming channels through Roku devices.
Time Warner Cable has stations such as HBO and TBS in its fold, a boon for Roku folks.

Roku also announced six new partners that will use their Streaming Stick to turn televisions into smart, Web-enabled sets.

“As demand for streaming entertainment continues to grow, there is more interest from consumer electronics manufacturers, particularly TV makers, who are looking to introduce streaming features to their devices,” said Roku spokeswoman Ha Thai in an official company blog post.

“Rather than invest in building and maintaining their own platforms, many are turning to Roku.”

In related news Netflix and Warner Bros. Television reached a licensing agreement that will give the subscription service streaming rights to shows that such as “Revolution” and “The West Wing.”

“This unprecedented agreement brings to Netflix members earlier and more exclusively than ever before complete previous seasons of some of the most prominent and successful shows on network and cable television,” said Ted Sarandos, Netflix chief content officer, in a statement.

The agreement lays the tracks for streaming of shows such as “Chuck” and “Fringe” as well as future shows such as Kevin Bacon’s “The Following.”

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Lenovo IdeaCentre
Is it a tablet or a table?
At CES, Lenovo unveiled the IdeaCentre Horizon, a 27-inch desktop tablet/PC that transforms into a table.

It comes loaded with Windows 8 but launches the Lenovo’s Aura software when in table mode. Aura brings up a circular widget with shortcuts to photos, videos, games, music, or anything else you need to access.

The screen responds to up to ten fingers at a time. Photos and videos respond much as they do on tablets and smartphones, but the machine truly shines when playing games. Old school fans of air hockey and Monopoly will need little guidance. In the future, Lenovo will sell e-dice, joysticks and other gaming accessories.

You can even purchase a matching table stand with wheels if you want to spin this thing around the room. The Horizon runs on a quad-core Core i7 processor and Nvidia’s GeForce graphics. It even has a battery, but don’t expect a ton of life on one charge.

Lenovo said they would begin selling the Horizon this summer for $1,699.

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