Media Streaming

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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iTunes sales down 14% — it’s time for Beats!

iTunes sales down 14% — it’s time for Beats!

Apple’s iTunes used to be one of the biggest deals in digital. Prior to streaming music apps and services, we were left to purchase music the traditional route, buying singles or albums via iTunes, which did little more than un-clutter our offices from towers of CDs. Over time, the Spotify, Pandora, and Play Music All Access’ of the world have eaten into iTunes’ business model, as we more toward a monthly fee and unlimited streaming. A new report suggests Appel is feeling the pinch, and iTunes sales have dropped dramatically.

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Icahn wants Apple to make good on Jobs’ TV vision

Icahn wants Apple to make good on Jobs’ TV vision

In his “interesting” open letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook, investor and Tyranny-fighter Carl Icahn laid out his views on Apple’s current pipeline of products. Waxing poetic on the Apple Watch and iPhone are one thing, but Icahn is calling on Apple to go bigger. Literally. If he had his way, Apple would be everywhere in your home, including your living room. Icahn is calling on Apple to make an “Ultra HD” TV, and he wants it to drop sometime in FY 2016.

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YouTube may get more kid-friendly original content

YouTube may get more kid-friendly original content

YouTube has a ton of interesting content, and the original content is growing all the time. Now Google may be ready to pay for the next wave of original content, but they’re not trying to out-NBO Netflix this time around. YouTube is going after family-friendly programming.

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Plex for Xbox One coming tomorrow, 360 “later”

Plex for Xbox One coming tomorrow, 360 “later”

Plex is a pretty versatile media streamer, requiring no proprietary hardware, only an app. Making a home on various hardware that you don’t control isn’t easy, though. Today, Plex is announcing they’ve made a new home on the media streaming device you probably use in your living room, the Xbox.

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Sling update brings live TV to Chromecast

Sling update brings live TV to Chromecast

If you’ve got a Chromecast, we’ve got great news for you. In what really is a bit of a workaround, Chromecast is getting TV, even live stuff. Sling TV, which takes TV content and re-directs it just about anywhere, has updated their app for Android, iPhone, and iPad to allow for Chromecast streaming.

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Tim Cook teases possible Apple TV improvements

Tim Cook teases possible Apple TV improvements

Apple TV is a pretty neat concept, and like others in its category, does its job well. Until recently, Apple has left Apple TV as a back-burner technology, which could have to do with the fact they were hard at work on a new iPhone and Apple Watch. Speaking to Charlie Rose, Apple cEO Tim Cook hinted that big things could be on the horizon for their TV division, and consumers who adopt it.

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Report: YouTube asks Hollywood for help/content

Report: YouTube asks Hollywood for help/content

YouTube may be in talks with Hollywood studios for original content. According to Reuters, executives from YouTube have been making the rounds in tinsel town, speaking to independent producers as well as big-name studios. The move would move the video upload site into direct competition with Netflix and Amazon.

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Google deflects YouTube streaming blame with Video Quality Report

Google deflects YouTube streaming blame with Video Quality Report

We’ve all been there; that YouTube video stops loading, and you curse the service under your breath. To explain away the troubles, Google has released their Video Quality Report in the US, which gives us an idea of whether it’s Google that can’t get video to us, or (more likely) our Internet Service Provider (ISP) who is flatlining our cat videos.

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Vimeo offers “Copyright Match” to protect users

Vimeo offers “Copyright Match” to protect users

YouTube counterpart Vimeo has taken steps to thwart copy-written material from appearing on their site. Simply referred to as Copyright Match, Vimeo’s system subjects uploaded content to a scanning algorithm that attempts to pick up on any conflicts of interest, like clips of movies or songs not intended for free use.

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Sony FMP-X5 4K media player adds 4K streaming to Bravia UHD TVs

Sony FMP-X5 4K media player adds 4K streaming to Bravia UHD TVs

Sony has been working on getting more 4K resolution TVs onto the market under its Bravia brand for a long time. While some of its more recent 4K TVs came out of the box with support for 4K video streaming in HEVC H.265 standard, some of the older 4k sets from Sony didn't. To remedy that issue, Sony has announced a new 4K media streaming box.

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