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Pioneering social TV service Miso will shut down on October 23, according to an email sent to Miso users. The shut-down comes roughly 18 months after Miso’s assets had been acquired by Dijit, the company behind Netxguide.tv, which itself was subsequently acquired by Viggle. Miso’s users were encouraged in the good-bye email sent out this weekend to join Viggle’s service, which offers rewards for TV check-ins. However, not everyone was happy about this offer — some of Miso’s users from countries other than the U.S. have been complaining on Twitter that the Viggle app isn’t available in their market. This story was corrected at 5:25pm. An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that Miso would shut down this week.

Chromecast just got another major app update: Twitch, DramaFever and iHeartRadio added Chromecast support to their apps, and Disney continued the adoption of Chromecast by adding cast capability to its WATCH Disney, WATCH Disney Junior and WATCH Disney XD apps. These Disney apps do require authentication with your pay TV account information, just like the company’s Watch ABC app, which got cast support last month.

Roku has sold 10 million streaming players since launching in 2008, the company is set to announce Tuesday. Roku owners stream a total of 37 million hours of video and audio content every week, according to a study commissioned by the company. Roku said at the beginning of this year that it had sold nearly 8 million players, and it announced a benchmark of five million players sold in April of 2013. The company hopes to accelerate growth with the recent launch of Roku TVs manufactured by Hisense and TCL.

Spotify is coming to Amazon’s Fire TV, with a twist: instead of launching a regular app on the device, Spotify just made the Fire TV a Spotify Connect-capable device (hat tip to Engadget). Like with a number of connected speakers, users can now beam songs from their Spotify app to the Fire TV. It’s all part of Spotify’s efforts to be part of the upcoming connected audio watershed, and for Fire TV owners, it’s one more way to access full albums on the device, with Amazon’s own music app still mysteriously missing in action.

It’s not quite the unbundling many HBO fans have been hoping for, but HBO Go is taking some first steps to bring its HBO Go service to a bigger audience in Europe: The cable network is using cloud virtualization technology from ActiveVideo to bring its online service to legacy set-top boxes in 14 European regions, according to Broadband TV News. The same tech has been used by YouTube to bring its service onto older set-top boxes in Europe, and both services could theoretically use the same approach in the U.S. as well.

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