Weekend Wrap: Loewe 4K TVs, Amazon Fire TV, Blinkbox movies app

This weekend's news-bites [21st September] starts with the Loewe's Connect 4K Ultra HD range, which we first learned about earlier this month after the company was pulled back from the brink thanks to fresh investment.

All models in the range come with 1TB of built-in storage and an integrated sound system that is equipped with Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD surround sound. You can now get your hands on the sets at Harrods in London.

MORE: Loewe's first fruits of investment as 4K TV range comes to the UK

Amazon Fire TV starts shipping

Amazon has confirmed that its new streaming dongle, the Fire TV Stick, has started shipping – in the US, at least. It's the latest addition to the retail giant's video streaming range, following its set-top box sibling into the market.

It costs $39 and Amazon believes it has the clout to take on rival products from Google and Roku, claiming more processing power and more memory than the other streaming sticks that you'll find on the market right now.

Read more: amazon.com

MORE: Fire TV Stick expands Amazon's video streaming product range

If you're a Blinkbox subscriber, own an iPad and had been wondering when you would be able to watch your favourite films and programmes on your device – the wait is now over.

Blinkbox has launched its new Movies iPad app, which lets you download content to your device and watch it whenever you want – meaning that you no longer need an internet connection.

Read more: blinkbox.com

MORE: Blinkbox Movies review

YouTube appoints Netflix content acquisition VP

YouTube is continuing to take the rise of video streaming services seriously and has signalled its intent with the appointment of Netflix vice president of content acquisition, Kerry Merryman.

Read more: techcrunch.com

MORE: YouTube launches Music Key subscription service

Spotify now available in BMWs and Minis

Just days after unleashing its music streaming service on the taxi sector with its partnership with Uber, Spotify has now confirmed it's been added to the BMW ConnectDrive and Mini Connected App services.

Read more: spotify.com

MORE: Spotify review

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