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Big market, small price

Music subscription service Rdio launched in India Thursday, offering local users access to a catalog of more than 32 million songs. Rdio’s basic Pandora-like service will be free, and the company is charging 120 Rupees (about $2) per month for full on-demand access. Rdio’s launch in India follows its acquisition of local music service Dhingana ten months ago.

Two days after Amazon’s original drama Transparent won a Golden Globe for best TV series, the company announced it’s signed Woody Allen to write and direct a half-hour comedy series. It’s the first TV show Allen has done and will be available exclusively through Prime Instant Video in 2016. More details “will be made available in the future.”

And Razer's console is here

Half a year after being announced at Google I/O, Android TV is picking up steam: Sony, Sharp and TP Vision will all start to ship Android TV-powered TV sets this spring, Google announced at CES in Las Vegas Tuesday. And Razer officially introduced its micro-console at the show, which the company had first announced at I/O as well. The $100 device ($150 if you buy it with a controller) combines Android TV with the ability to stream games from your PC.

Moar codecs!

Google is pushing ahead with its VP9 video codec, and a bunch of partners are actually going to show off products at CES in Las Vegas this week: Sony, LG and Sharp are all getting ready to ship 4K TVs that support VP9, and the YouTube app on those devices is already taking advantage of it to stream high-resolution content with lower bit rates. Altogether, there are now 26 partners launching products that use VP9 for different kinds of screens, according to a YouTube blog post, which also pointed out that VP9 helped to more than double YouTube HD and 4k video consumption in emerging markets.

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