Media Streaming

Roku adds new streaming channels in time for the holidays

Roku adds new streaming channels in time for the holidays

Students and lots of other people have time off for the holidays. That means that many people will be sitting on the couch looking to catch up on some of their favorite shows or looking for new favorites. In celebration of time off, Roku has added some new streaming content to its lineup. The US Roku Channel Store has surpassed 2,000 channels.

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Xbox One Twitch update brings VOD

Xbox One Twitch update brings VOD

This week you'll find Twitch getting an upgrade on Xbox One. This upgrade will bring on Xbox Live's newest ability to bring real-time gameplay stats with broadcasts, search, and filters. You'll find game modes, maps, player skill, in-game activity, progress, and player stats available as search tens from this point forward. This update also brings Video On Demand to the Xbox One universe. With VOD, users will be able to see highlights and past broadcasts available whenever you want. This is the first app - other than the Twitch website itself - to bring this feature to the public.

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Amazon Prime Instant Video now streaming in 4K

Amazon Prime Instant Video now streaming in 4K

Vimeo may not be interested in 4K streaming, but Amazon is. The online shopping giant also does a lot of streaming, and they’ve now announced that 4K is coming to your TV screen. The current crop of movies available to streaming 4K is limited, but if you’re a fan of Amazon Prime Instant Video, this is great news, and hopefully the start of something new. Amazon is joined by Netflix as one of the few streaming content provider currently showcasing content in 4K.

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Vimeo re-works mobile site hoping you’ll start using it

Vimeo re-works mobile site hoping you’ll start using it

Vimeo may not be the video service you go to, but changes introduced today may change that. The streaming media service today is rolling out changes to their mobile website, aimed at getting people watching and sharing more than they ever did via Vimeo. According to Vimeo, the mobile site now does a few things well, but no longer attempts to recreate the desktop experience on your phone or tablet. They’ve even rolled in the ability to save videos for viewing later, should you not have an account or forget to sign in.

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House of Cards season 3 teaser out, release date set

House of Cards season 3 teaser out, release date set

After the holidays, there’s typically not a lot going on until the Spring, when going outside for extended periods of time becomes tolerable for most of the country. February is a great time to stay in and stay warm, and there’s now good reason to. Netflix has released the first teaser for House of Cards’ third season, as well as a February release date. Before you continue, mark February 27 on the Calendar; you’ll be staying in that night, and binge watching.

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Samsung releases Milk Video exclusively for Galaxy owners

Samsung releases Milk Video exclusively for Galaxy owners

Samsung Galaxy smartphone owners are getting a new feature today. Milk, Samsung’s umbrella brand for media, has a video player launching today, the appropriately named Milk video. The service is designed for streaming of shorter video clips (but not ‘Vine’ short) rather than longer-form content. You might catch a music video, but it’s doubtful you’ll see an uploaded episode of an old TV show. Milk Video may sound a bit like a YouTube competitor, but it pulls content from there (among other sources), so it’s really not.

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Netflix killing public API today, wants you to use their app instead

Netflix killing public API today, wants you to use their app instead

If you’re using a non-Netflix app to access Netflix content, things might be grim for you after today. Netflix is shuttering their public API program, which allowed a host of third party apps and streaming services to access their library of content. The API also gave data on our watching habits to Developers, which was intended to improve viewing recommendations. Any app using the API will be met with a 404 error message should it try to access Netflix content.

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Showtime to join HBO, will stream content in 2015

Showtime to join HBO, will stream content in 2015

The promise of HBO without a cable subscription has many excited for what’s on the horizon for non-cable TV service. Not to be outdone, CBS is now saying Showtime will join the streaming fracas in 2015. In the company’s third quarter earning’s call, CBS Chief Executive Leslie Moonves was more than on the fence about Showtime’s streaming-sans-cable aspirations in 2015, saying it’s “fairly definitive”. In the hopes we won’t take it lightly, Moonves also called what’s coming “over the top”.

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Roku gets Play Movies & TV to duel with Android TV

Roku gets Play Movies & TV to duel with Android TV

Roku was on the forefront of making low-cost, reliable streaming devices for your living room, bedroom, or anywhere else you might have a TV and a shelf. They held sway until the Chromecast came in and knocked them off their low-cost pedestal, too. Unrelenting, Roku took steps to make sure we used their service, even letting us stream pics and video from our Android devices. Now they’re taking another step closer to Google, and will start offering up Play Movies & TV via your Roku.

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Deezer acquires Stitcher, speeds podcasting initiative

Deezer acquires Stitcher, speeds podcasting initiative

When it comes to streaming, Stitcher is a name you hear pop up quite a bit. The streaming audio service is a popular place for podcasters to peddle their channels and shows. Stitcher is now part of Deezer, the streaming service that concentrates on music playback. The deal makes Deezer one of the better overall streaming service around, encompassing both music and podcasting. The move immediately gives Deezer ownership of the top rated Android podcasting app, and the second place podcasting app on iTunes.

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