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This streaming war could bring YouTube and Spotify to their knees

This streaming war could bring YouTube and Spotify to their knees

YouTube, Spotify, and other streaming music providers like Pandora are reportedly facing a potential revolt from songwriters, angry at the meager slice of the royalty pie they receive, and threatening to veto tracks being included in some regions. Publishers - representing songwriters - have long had smaller rewards from streaming licensing compared to record labels, for instance making around 12x less from playback through Pandora, with chatter of a push-back brewing.

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Amazon inks HBO deal for Prime Instant Video and Fire TV app

Amazon inks HBO deal for Prime Instant Video and Fire TV app

Amazon has inked a deal with HBO which will see Fire TV gain an HBO GO app, and Prime Instant Video the home for select back-catalog access to shows like The Wire, True Blood, and The Sopranos, as well as new content in the future. The agreement, which Amazon - sparing no hyperbole - is describing as "unprecedented", is the first time HBO has licensed out its content to an online streaming service, and comes only days after Netflix announced it would be putting up its rates to offset the increased cost of bolstering the shows it offers.

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Roku YouTube channel officially added

Roku YouTube channel officially added

Roku has added YouTube access to all of its current-gen set-top boxes, with the new YouTube channel working any any Roku launched after July 2011. The much-demanded streaming support will mean that users can finally retire the unofficial YouTube channels they've been forced to turn to in order to get Google's service on their TV.

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Sanyo unveils 2014 HDTV line including 65-inch 120Hz unit

Sanyo unveils 2014 HDTV line including 65-inch 120Hz unit

Sanyo has announced that it has rolled out its new 2014 line of HDTV sets. Every set in the line this year is full HD, 1080p resolution. Sanyo isn't offering any 4K TVs at this time. Considering that Sanyo has become a low price brand, having no 4K sets in its new line is no surprise. Sanyo has offerings in the line ranging from 24-inches to 65-inches.

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Netflix hiking price of streaming

Netflix hiking price of streaming

Netflix has revealed plans to put up its prices, though the increase in fees will initially only affect new subscribers rather than those already using the streaming service. The confirmation of more expensive access came as part of Netflix's Q1 2014 financial results, in which it also announced plans to increase support for TiVo boxes and Amazon's Fire TV.

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Microsoft SurroundWeb reworks IllumiRoom for immersive web

Microsoft SurroundWeb reworks IllumiRoom for immersive web

Microsoft has given its IllumiRoom concept a makeover, with the immersive projected gaming experience evolving to deliver interactive web content that fills the living room and engages with Xbox One, Windows Phone, and Windows. Dubbed Microsoft SurroundWeb, the concept relies on the same approach of using projectors to cast digital graphics onto the surfaces of real-world objects, like the wall surrounding a TV or the coffee table in front of it, which then react to the user within that space.

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