This week the folks behind the media streaming app ecosystem Plex have announced that they’re finally out of Beta with Chromecast support. They’ve been testing Chromecast for several weeks now, releasing the Beta version of the app with compatibility for Plex Pass members only. Now that Chromecast support is finalized, Plex is offering it for free to all users.
This morning YouTube went down at approximately 11AM CST, with reports coming in throughout the hour. At the moment it would not appear that collection pages are down, just pages with display information about the videos and the videos themselves. Users trying to access YouTube videos throughout the United States are seeing messages that include talk of "something went wrong" and the always classic "A team of highly trained monkeys has been dispatched to deal with this situation."
Netflix is really growing quickly and is starting to challenge traditional pay cable channels for subscribers. One of the most popular original shows on Netflix is House of Cards. Recently we learned that the people behind House of Cards shopped the show to HBO and other networks before settling on Netflix.
Netflix is one of the most popular subscription TV services in the world with a huge number of users. Netflix offers shows and movies from a number of studios and has its own programming as well. We mentioned back in December 2013 that one of those Netflix shows, House of Cards, was coming back for season two on Valentine's Day.
Netflix has announced a big win for fans of the Star Wars universe. Netflix has signed with an agreement with Disney and Lucasfilm that will see the sixth and final season of Star Wars: The Clone Wars as a Netflix subscriber exclusive. The show will air in the US and Canada starting on Friday, March 7.
Toshiba makes a range of technology products that run the gamut from computers to storage solutions. The company even makes some of its own internal storage devices like hard drives. Toshiba has announced its latest external storage solution called the Canvio Home Backup & Share. The device is a network attached storage solution.
Amazon and CBS have announced that they are extending a content agreement that will see more CBS shows head to Amazon Prime Instant Video. The deal will also see some content from Showtime Networks make its way to Amazon's streaming video service as well. Terms of the content deal were not announced.
Most of the streaming media companies out there get upset if they know users are sharing passwords. Typically, the sharing of a password is seen as a form of piracy and executives at the streaming firms tend to consider sharing to be costing them a subscriber. HBO has a refreshingly different opinion of password sharing for its HBO Go service.