Media Streaming

Google Music Beta account holders get two invites each

Google Music Beta account holders get two invites each

If Google didn’t see fit to bless you with an invite to the launch of its Google Music Beta program you may have felt slighted. You may even know someone that got into the beta round and been more than a little jealous. I hope that jealousy didn’t turn into some sort of bitter feud though considering the announcement that Google has now made.

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Bang & Olufsen Debut BeoSound 5 Encore Luxury Media Hub

Bang & Olufsen Debut BeoSound 5 Encore Luxury Media Hub

Bang & Olufsen, known for their upscale electronics, has today debuted a new media hub called the BeoSound 5 Encore. The device works like a networked media hub and is a more affordable follow-up to their BeoSound 5 introduced in 2009, which was known for its internet radio and an included hard drive. The new Encore edition eschews the hard drive opting for connectivity with a variety of external devices.

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Roku HD heads to Walmart for Father’s Day

Roku HD heads to Walmart for Father’s Day

If your pops is more a gadget hound than the tie sort you need to get a good gadget gift idea for Father's Day that won't leave you broke. If dad likes to watch TV and movies, a nice option is the Roku XD players that will be heading to Walmart just in time for Father's Day. The Roku XD can stream all sorts of content so there is sure to be something for all uses to enjoy. The box is also easier to work than a computer for many users that might like gadgets, but may not be that good with tech.

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Orb BR Released, Turns PS3 or Bluray Player into Media Streaming Hub

Orb BR Released, Turns PS3 or Bluray Player into Media Streaming Hub

Originally scheduled for release in February, Orb BR is out now. Marketed as a low-cost alternative to internet ready TVs and other streaming media center options, Orb BR can transform a PS3 or any Blu-ray player with a network connection into a content streaming media controller. Users simply put the Orb BR disk into their PS3 or Blu-ray player, then download the free software for their iOS or Android device and the free Orb Caster software on their PC or Mac.

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Netflix signs deal with Miramax for content streaming

Netflix signs deal with Miramax for content streaming

I am a big fan of Netflix and the ability to stream content like all sorts of TV shows and movies to my TV or mobile device at will. I also like the fact that Netflix is always working in getting more content for users to stream so each time I log on there is generally always something new to watch and enjoy. Netflix has announced a new deal has been signed with Miramax films for streaming movies and there are several good films in the deal.

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Music Unlimited headed to NGP, PSP, and Xperia Play

Music Unlimited headed to NGP, PSP, and Xperia Play

If you are a music fan that has a PS3 and access to Sony's Music Unlimited service you can stream all the music you ears can handle from the web. The service comes in a basic offering and a premium offering. The difference is the basic offering at £3.99 monthly gives you streaming of genre specific channels while the premium at £9.99 monthly offers you access to more channels and on demand play of any track the service offers.

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CBS pulling some Showtime content from Netflix

CBS pulling some Showtime content from Netflix

I have only recently become a fan of Netflix streaming and I was glad to see that some of the shows I like from Showtime like Dexter were on the service. I missed several seasons of Dexter and was looking forward to catching up. If you enjoy the currently airing Showtime content on Netflix as well, CBS has some bad news for us.

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Chinese Consumers increasing use of Online Video

Chinese Consumers increasing use of Online Video

Nielsen studied the consumption of China's Central Television (CCTV) versus online media platforms during the Chinese New Year Gala (NYG). The numbers have shifted this year, with more and more Chinese adopting technologies that allow them to stream the video on-demand through a computer instead. The Nielsen study concluded that while CCTV still had more viewers than the online media counterparts, the change in the numbers between 2010 and 2011 definitely suggest that more Chinese are switching to other platforms for delivering their media.

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