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‘American Gods’: Meet The Pantheon Of The New Starz TV Series
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American Gods Yetide Badaki as Bilquis on Starz

Just who are the American Gods? How’d they get here?

As STARZ begins to ramp up to their season premiere of American Gods, their adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s mind-bending novel, the network, known for serving geeks the world around with fantasy and period series’ like Outlander, Black Sails, and others, has put together the following ~30 second spots on some of our favorite incarnations of America’s Gods – the old ones. And a few bonus friends.

So many gods. So little time.

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‘American Gods’: A TV Series That Fans Of The Book Will Love
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American Gods poster banner premiere date

[At SXSW 2017, we screened the first episode of the upcoming Starz series American Gods, based on the Neil Gaiman novel. Here are our thoughts.]

SXSW 2017 – Shadow Moon is a man alone. His life is returned, but his life is gone. He’s got a plan all set up, but no one’s available to help him with it.

Lucky for Shadow, it’s Wednesday.

It’s no spoiler to tell you that about the protagonist of a 16-year-old book. What I can’t tell you, however, is why. American Gods Episode 1.1 “The Bone Orchard,” the pilot of the new STARZ show based on Neil Gaiman’s novel of the same name, is full of characters that are suffering from difficult-to-explain juxtapositions. Rather that frustrate viewers, however, that fact about the show is sure to intrigue; to provide an alluring mist not too different than the white curls of smoke wafting from the white buffalo’s eyes in the series’ trailer before the beast telepathically utters: Believe.

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SXSW 2017 Video Interview: Carvana’s Big Vending Machine Idea
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Carvana vending machine SXSW

[Carvana Vending Machine.]

This past weekend, we told you about Carvana‘s ideas regarding car purchases from vending machines here at SXSW 2017. We had a chance to talk to one of their spokeswomen and she provided some extra details about what they’re up to, and we took some video that details their explanation of the “out of the box” plan while showing off what the scene was like at SXSW.

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SXSW 2017 ‘American Gods’: A TV Series That Fans Of The Book Will Love
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American Gods poster banner premiere date

SXSW 2017 – American Gods is a new STARZ show based on Neil Gaiman’s novel of the same name. We were able to attend an advanced screening of the pilot episode, along with a panel with the cast and crew, which we covered here.

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SXSW 2017: Bravo’s ‘Stripped’ Is A Life Without Gadgets… or Anything Else
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Stripped on Bravo

[SXSW 2017 – Stripped is a new series on Bravo where you have nothing – not even your clothes.]

It’s 2017. The iPhone has turned 10 years old, and it, along with all of its Android friends, are all over the place, and in hundreds of millions of hands all over this world. Netflix is an established company and no longer a novelty. Podcasts play on voice-activated devices like the Amazon Echo. We could go on, but you get the point:

We’re connected. We’re tied in. We’re people with toys and gadgets and we’re possessive about those effigies of consumerism.

But Bravo knows it’s Lent. It’s time to give some of that stuff up. And while religion has nothing to do with their programming, it’s fitting that their new show, Stripped, is being promoted right now.

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SXSW 2017: Hauoli Tracks VR Movements With Sound
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Hauoli VR gestures through subsonic sound

SXSW 2017 – Virtual Reality is everywhere. Earlier today we met Hauoli, a VR startup that seeks to solve the VR gesture recognition problem with audio.

#SXSW2017 – Right now, gestures are hard. Not so much in the real world, but certainly in virtual spaces. Ever since the heady days of Quake III arena, users who wanted to do some digital damage with their avatar’s fingers had to map a key that did little more than flip you off.

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SXSW 2017: Carvana Wants To Sell You Cars – From A Vending Machine
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Carvana SXSW 2017

[Carvana’s humongous vending machine mock-up in Austin during SXSW 2017.]

We caught up with Carvana here in Austin, TX, at SXSW 2017. The Phoenix-based used car company calls itself a start up, but the truth is that it’s been around for at least four years, having been founded in 2013. Carvana claims that they’re new vending machine technology, which was first reported on last month, allows users to find used cars easily and then make major life decisions in the form of a car purchase, hassle-free, via massive vending machine.

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‘American Gods’ Goes Buffalo Big At SXSW 2017
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SXSW 2017 American Gods White Buffalo SXSW2017

“Are you a God?” asked Shadow. The buffalo-headed man shook his head. Shadow thought, for a moment, that the creature was amused. “I am the land,” he said.

SXSW 2017 – DAY 1: As if focused on making those words manifest, the White Buffalo stands above the southwestern plains once more. Resplendent, humongous, and as white as the new driven snows of the west, the statue stands tall here at the American Gods display at SXSW 2017 currently underway in Austin, TX. A white bison, covered in furry hair surrounded by the boneyard, and some relatively subtle swag makes for a fan-happy scene here at South By SouthWest.

Check out the image above of the display, which you can visit at SXSW through Monday.

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Free STARZ This Weekend + Extra Content For Less With Sling TV
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Sling TV

Sling TV really wants to be your favorite cord-cutting service. It’s spent the last couple of years getting itself on not just Roku, but FireTV and Apple TV (4th generation) for $20 a month with no contract, which is a pretty incredible feat in this Comcast, Time warner, Optimum world. The Meridian, Colorado-based company has been pushing interesting promotions all month long in celebration of SlingTV’s birthday month. What better way to “pull a hobbit” and give gifts for your b-day than to hook geeks up with content.

Last weekend, Sling TV gave their Blue and Orange users free access to HBO’s online content library just long enough for them to take in new series like Big Little Lies and Crashing. This weekend, Sling TV is opening up the Internet tubes to allow their subscribers unlimited access to STARZ, the premium cable network that brought us the smash hit time-traveling period drama, Outlander, based on the novels by author Diana Gabaldon. STARZ is also responsible for Black Sails, a period pirate drama for those looking for a bit more substance than the swashbucklers in Disney’s high-seas franchise.

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Free HBO Weekend On Sling TV Starts Today
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Sling TV

Sling TV, the cord-cutting, no-contract, live TV and VOD service is turning two years old this winter. And like a Hobbit, they’re giving friends (customers), both new and old, some birthday presents to celebrate.

So the question is: Are you a Sling Blue or Sling Orange subscriber? If so, you’re in luck! A free weekend of HBO access begins today.

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