Media Streaming

Rhapsody brings big updates to Sonos

The team behind Rhapsody's streaming music service has put a lot of effort into figuring out how users listen to their music. According to their VP of Engineering, they've been collecting data for 13 years, and analyzing it to figure out exactly what their users want. And now they're putting out a host of new features, and bringing them to Sonos.

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Netflix re-encodes their library to save bandwidth, increase quality

If I were to check and see where most of my monthly internet bandwidth usage goes, I'd say that the vast majority of it goes to Netflix. The other is probably to game downloads and updates, but Netflix would definitely be king. Thankfully, I haven't had any bandwidth restrictions imposed by my ISP yet, but if/when that day comes, I'll have to re-think just how much Netflix is watched in my house. But luckily, Netflix is already working on a way to cut down their usage by as much as 20%.

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Amazon Video lands on Roku players in the UK

Roku owners in the UK now have another streaming video platform that they can choose from on their devices. Amazon Video is now available in the UK via all Roku streaming devices. The addition of Amazon video adds a variety of TV shows and movies on the device giving Roku owners more access to content they want to see.

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Android TV adds more content via new apps

Android TV fans that are itching to watch all the new fall TV will be able to do so thanks to some new content and apps available for their device. Android TV devices now have access to Showtime, HBO Go, and CBS All Access. With those apps available fans can watch shows like Homeland, Vice, and The Big Bang Theory along with huge amounts of other content.

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How to “Go Live” with YouTube Gaming

Google's YouTube Gaming app and web browser-based user interface for YouTube Gaming launch in full. Today we're having a peek at the mobile app version of YouTube Gaming - with an Android app to start. This app will be released to iOS soon. Inside this app is a collection of game streams where only pre-recorded videos were before. Inside this app is YouTube with a pure gaming focus - with more than a little bit of an aim for the audience that until now belonged almost exclusively to Twitch.

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Spotify is sorry about their new privacy policy

Over the past day or so you may have noticed a new privacy policy popping up when you attempt to open or update Spotify. Spotify CEO Daniel Ek is sorry about this. Not because of the privacy policy itself - it's mostly harmless - but about the method with which it was distributed. Asking for permission to access your photos, mobile device location, voice controls, and contacts. Needless to say this has thrown some users for a bit of a loop.

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YouTube rolls out an updated video player

You may have already noticed this morning that YouTube has rolled out a revised version of its video player for desktop users. The new video player looks very nice and you can see it in the image here or when you play any of the embedded videos on SlashGear. YouTube didn’t bother to toss up a PR to tell us all of what it changed leaving us to glean the details for ourselves.

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