Netflix has hit a home run with some of its original programming. One of the most popular original shows that Netflix offers is House of Cards. However, the first of the Netflix original shows was Lilyhammer. That show was announced in January of this year for the first time.
A new report is in from Sandvine, which is a provider of broadband network solutions for fixed and mobile operators. The company has published its Internet traffic trends report called "Global Internet Phenomena Report 2H2013." The report is compiled from data from some of the 250 customers Sandvine has around North America, Europe, the Middle East, and Africa among other places.
Cloud storage and streaming service Streamnation has just added a new feature to its arsenal that could potentially ruffle the feathers of a few entities in the entertainment industry. It will now be allowing users to not only upload "DRM-free" copies of their favorite films and TV shows, but actually let others watch them as well, at practically no cost.
AudioBox.fm, the streaming media aggregator that combines SkyDrive, Box, Dropbox, Google Drive, and other streaming media services under one roof--along with the files on your hard drive and those you upload to the AudioBox cloud--has been rebuilt from the ground up for iOS 7. The app includes some new ways to stream your music from multiple sources in addition to deeper integration with the new iOS Control Center. The company is also working on an API that lets developers build their own interface on top of AudioBox's underlying streaming technology.
Roku has just announced that its Roku Android app has just gotten a new talent: streaming videos from phones to TVs via the Play on Roku feature. The update comes just a month after Roku announced the addition of video streaming to its iOS app, promising an Android version for selected devices to come later.
This afternoon Qualcomm announced their own wireless home audio streaming platform. It's called AllPlay, and is designed to allow users the option to wirelessly stream music to any room or speaker throughout their home, separately. Not only that, but the platform uses AllJoyn, so you can stream music from multiple sources and apps as well.
The gang over the FCC has done us a solid and offered up some images and details of the Sony NSZ-GU1 TV dongle. The first details about this device surfaced earlier in the month and the FCC filing has now been updated with more details and pictures. The Sony TV dongle is the first new Google TV hardware seen since Chromecast launched.
In less than 24 hours, Microsoft will be making Windows 8.1 available for download for all those users out there in the wild that work now with a full version of Windows 8. This release is being tipped as being a bit of a veil for a much larger shake-up to the Microsoft desktop and mobile ecosystem, said to be merging the two into one in a massive undertaking that'll dwarf the many tiny changes to the Windows software family. This isn't just about booting to desktop.
Netflix has announced that it has landed a new multiyear licensing agreement to allow it to stream five popular children shows from Disney/ABC Television group. The shows are from the Disney Junior and Disney XD networks. The new content will be available for subscribers to watch later this month.
YouTube has launched paid subscriptions. We heard some chatter about this earlier in the week, however the channels have launched as of today. At the moment this is being done as part of a pilot program setup with what YouTube is referring to as a "small" group of partners. Specifically, YouTube has opened the pilot program with 53 available channels with everything from the Official Franklin channel to the UFC Select channel.