Media Streaming

Alibaba to launch Netflix-like streaming service in China

Alibaba to launch Netflix-like streaming service in China

Chinese e-commerce giant, Alibaba has announced its plans to create its own media streaming platform. Alibaba will be calling the new platform TBO, Tmall Box Office. TBO will run licensed domestic content from China was well as foreign content. The service even has plans to create its own in-house programs, as Netflix did with House of Cards. Competition is heating up as Chinese companies are in a bit of a spending war with each other, trying to gain market share in the emerging market of media streaming technology.

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Line launches music streaming service in Japan

Line launches music streaming service in Japan

Line Crop has offered messaging apps in Japan and other markets for a long time and the app has been well received by users around the world. This week Line has announced a new product launch in Japan that gives it a jump on competition in the music streaming industry within the country called Line Music. Japan is the second largest market for music in the world.

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Netflix heads to Spain, Italy, and Portugal in European expansion

Netflix heads to Spain, Italy, and Portugal in European expansion

Netflix has been cranking out some of the best new TV shows out there leading to lots of interest from people who don’t already have a Netflix account for streaming content. There are still some locations in the world where you can't get Netflix, but a few more of those places will get access this fall. Netflix announced this week that it would be expanding in Europe later this year.

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Android TV to bolster its app selection with Twitch, HBO Now, and more

Android TV to bolster its app selection with Twitch, HBO Now, and more

As more people cut the cord and turn to streaming services to replace conventional cable networks, the competition between TV service platforms continues to heat up. Android TV, which is a newcomer on the market compared to seniors like Roku, has some things in the works to bring its service to the next level. Google announced at its I/O conference that new apps, including high-profile selections like HBO Now, are going to be coming to Android TV.

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Negotiations over local programming cited for new Apple TV delay

Negotiations over local programming cited for new Apple TV delay

Late last month rumors were circulating that Apple was working hard on bringing a new version of the Apple TV to market in time for WWDC 2015. Rumors are now circulating that the new Apple TV has been delayed and the reason cited for that delay is that Apple is in the negotiation process to bring local broadcasts to users of the new device.

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Plex and TiVo team to bring personal photos, music, and streaming to your DVR

Plex and TiVo team to bring personal photos, music, and streaming to your DVR

Plex and TiVo have announced this week that their products will start to work together soon. The products are the TiVo DVR and the Plex media server that give people an easy way to stream photos, music, and video to devices on their home network like the Roku set top box or Chromecast devices. Plex is able to pull content not only from its local HDD, but from the web as well.

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Roku announces updated search and set top boxes

Roku announces updated search and set top boxes

Roku has announced that some changes have been made to both its software and hardware. The updated software makes it easier for users of Roku set top boxes to find content that they want to watch. Roku has added the ability for consumers to view filmographies, availability, and pricing options they might not have known about before.

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Beatport launches iOS and Android apps with free music streaming

Beatport launches iOS and Android apps with free music streaming

Fans of electronic and dance music who are familiar with Beatport have something new to be excited about. Beatport has announced that it has new apps for Android and iOS devices. These new apps give users access to the features of the Beatport website on the go. Using the app fans can stream unlimited music while on the go.

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Fire TV, Fire TV Stick update brings hotel WiFi, Bluetooth headset support

Fire TV, Fire TV Stick update brings hotel WiFi, Bluetooth headset support

Amazon’s Fire TV and Fire TV Stick might have entered the streaming game later than we’d have liked, but their hardware is still pretty effective. A new update, rolling in today, might even make one or both must-haves for wider audience. With expandable USB storage on the Fire TV, users can expand their library as they see fit. Other tweaks, like better WiFi connectivity for hotels and Bluetooth headset pairing options put Fire TV and Fire TV Stick a bit above the competition.

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T-Mobile Music Freedom gains three more music services

T-Mobile Music Freedom gains three more music services

T-Mobile has been working hard to lure customers away from the other major mobile providers in the US. It has done this by paying for the early termination fees from some carriers and by offering things that other carriers don’t. One of the things that T-Mobile offers that other carriers don’t is called Music Freedom.

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Vessel wants you to pay for video you normally watch for free

Vessel wants you to pay for video you normally watch for free

There are plenty of places for you to go online to watch videos that you can use free. One of the most popular locations for watching these videos is YouTube. A new video streaming site is set to open that wants video consumers to pay to watch videos, that site is called Vessel. After a few months of work, the site is now ready to go public.

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HBO, Showtime, and Sony want an Internet fast lane for TV streaming

HBO, Showtime, and Sony want an Internet fast lane for TV streaming

In the wake of the FCC's Net Neutrality vote, all web content is created equal. However, nothing is every black and white, and there is a new gray area when it comes to managed services. HBO, Showtime, and Sony Corp. are pushing for their streaming content to be treated separately and have talked to Comcast Corp. about being included in their separate data lane for "managed services."

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