Streaming media

Next Roku models to be called ‘Express,’ ‘Premiere,’ and ‘Ultra’

Next Roku models to be called ‘Express,’ ‘Premiere,’ and ‘Ultra’

Streaming set-top box maker Roku is expected to release an updated lineup of devices this fall, and according to new information, the company will finally move away from including numbers in their naming scheme (i.e. Roku 1, Roku 2, Roku 3). Zatz Not Funny, a frequently reliable source when it comes to leaks, says that instead of seeing a Roku 5, there will be unique names for each model, including the "Roku Express" and "Roku Premiere."

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Spotify denies reports it punishes artists with Apple Music, Tidal exclusives

Spotify denies reports it punishes artists with Apple Music, Tidal exclusives

While the streaming music industry has exploded over the last few years, with monthly subscription models becoming one of the most common ways people listen to music, it's also gotten to the point where the market is dominated by just a handful of companies, including Spotify, Apple Music, and Tidal. Because things like pricing and music catalogs remain mostly the same across services, the real way they compete now is with exclusives: artists release their albums or songs to one service, either temporarily or permanently.

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North Korea has its own propaganda streaming service

North Korea has its own propaganda streaming service

While North Korea has a strong reputation for being secluded, controlling, and run by a totalitarian government, that doesn't mean the country is totally without the technology we take for granted in the western world. As we've seen before, the country makes its own computer and smartphone operating systems, such as the OS X-copying Red Star OS. And now, despite the fact that the internet barely exists there, they've even got their own streaming video service.

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Pandora rumored to launch on-demand service to compete with Spotify

Pandora rumored to launch on-demand service to compete with Spotify

Pandora, one of the oldest players in the streaming music market, appears to finally be stepping up its service from simply radio-only to an actual on-demand option for users. A new report indicates that following the purchase of Rdio last year, Pandora is nearing the release of a premium on-demand music service that would allow it to compete with the likes of Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal, and others.

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Samsung shutting down Milk Music service next month

Samsung shutting down Milk Music service next month

Owners of Samsung Galaxy and Note device take notice: if the company's Milk Music is your streaming audio service of choice, your time is now limited. The phone maker has announced that it will be shutting down Milk Music in the US on September 22nd. First launched in 2014, the service was Samsung's attempt to attract customers to its devices with exclusive streaming media offerings. Along with Milk Music there was Milk Video, but that was shuttered last September.

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Marvel’s Runaways is getting a TV adaptation for Hulu

Marvel’s Runaways is getting a TV adaptation for Hulu

The recent superhero TV series Daredevil, Jessica Jones, et al, have become big hits for both Marvel and Netflix, but with the streaming giant sticking to a schedule of only two shows per year, the comics icon is pairing up with a rival service. Hulu will be getting a TV adaptation of Runaways, Marvel's team of super-powered teenagers, it has been revealed.

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Sonos has big news August 30th: Is it Alexa voice control?

Sonos has big news August 30th: Is it Alexa voice control?

Sonos is holding a press conference in New York City on August 30, and though the streaming speaker company is tight-lipped on what we might see, some sort of voice-control update sounds likely. The company confirmed the event in an invitation to media today, prompting speculation that it could well be a partnership with Amazon that sees Alexa gain a new home inside the company's PLAY speaker line-up.

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Spotify debuts gaming section with soundtracks and playlists

Spotify debuts gaming section with soundtracks and playlists

Gamers have long known that their digital entertainment hobby can produce some of the best music their ears have ever heard, from the original, retro-inspired beats of Hotline Miami, to the carefully blended mix of songs that make up the Grand Theft Auto soundtracks. Now streaming music giant Spotify has wised up to this too, launching a new portal dedicated to video game soundtracks and playlists.

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Hulu is axing free streaming (but don’t panic)

Hulu is axing free streaming (but don’t panic)

Hulu is ending its free service and will demand viewers cough up a monthly subscription to watch its streaming shows, though a deal with Yahoo may soften the blow somewhat. Since it launched in 2006, Hulu has offered both free, ad-supported viewing and paid subscriptions, though unusually the latter does not necessarily guarantee no commercials in your stream.

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Stranger Things featured in Netflix’s first 360-degree video

Stranger Things featured in Netflix’s first 360-degree video

In case you haven't heard, the new show Stranger Things is Netflix's latest binge-watching hit. It just debuted a few weeks ago, and now fans are already clamoring for a second season. With the series as popular as it is right now, it makes sense that Netflix would feature it in its first 360-degree video experiment. While it's only two minutes long, the video puts viewers directly inside a tense scene from the mystery drama.

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Hulu is developing several pop culture documentaries, including Batman and Bond

Hulu is developing several pop culture documentaries, including Batman and Bond

While Netflix continues to bolster its original content lineup with new series, streaming video rival Hulu has announced it's working on a line of new original documentaries. Craig Erwich, Hulu's senior vice president of global content, revealed on Friday that the service will establish its Limelight Documentary Series with several exclusive documentaries focusing on little-known people and stories in the world of pop culture.

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BBC will broadcast Rio Olympics in 360-degree video

BBC will broadcast Rio Olympics in 360-degree video

Olympics fans looking forward to the 2016 Summer Games in Rio take note: the BBC has announced it's launching a service that will allow viewers to watch a large portion of the event in 360-degree video. And you don't need an expensive VR headset like the Oculus Rift or HTC Vive either; any unit compatible with an iPhone or Android device will suffice, giving you the opportunity to watch as many as 100 hours of sports coverage as if you were there.

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