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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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Roku 3 owners score search on mobile

Roku 3 owners score search on mobile

Roku 3 device owners who utilized the mobile app will soon have access to search on mobile, according to an announcement on the company's blog today. The same feature will then roll out to mobile users of older Roku players "in the coming weeks".

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YouTube music service deferred while Google reevaluate business model and development

YouTube music service deferred while Google reevaluate business model and development

They may not have planned it this ways, but YouTube is the go-to channel for music and videos amongst the young audiences between 12 and 24. Taking into consideration its billion plus monthly users, that includes this segment, a paid on-demand music streaming service seemed the natural progression. Although Google had originally planned to launch the service late last year, the project is still a work-in-progress due to several reasons.

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PS Vita getting apps for Hulu Plus, Redbox Instant, and more

PS Vita getting apps for Hulu Plus, Redbox Instant, and more

Fans of the Sony PS Vita have several new reasons to be happy this week. Sony has announced that some long desired new apps for the portable game console are now available with some others coming later this spring. One of the new apps that has hit the console today will have animie fans very excited.

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Chromecast begins international trek in 11 new countries

Chromecast begins international trek in 11 new countries

True to earlier leaks and promises, Google has officially started shipping the Chromecast to territories outside of the US. Now interested buyers in 11 countries will be able to enjoy almost all the streaming goodness that this little wonder device has to offer.

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Plex Chromecast support free from Beta

Plex Chromecast support free from Beta

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.

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YouTube is down today, it’s not just you

YouTube is down today, it’s not just you

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."

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House of Cards Season two debuts on Netflix to more viewers than season one

House of Cards Season two debuts on Netflix to more viewers than season one

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.

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House of Cards season two on Netflix now

House of Cards season two on Netflix now

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.

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Netflix lands exclusive on final season of Star Wars: The Clone Wars The Lost Missions

Netflix lands exclusive on final season of Star Wars: The Clone Wars The Lost Missions

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.

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