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Marvel & Netflix at SDCC: Luke Cage, The Defenders, and Daredevil S3

Marvel & Netflix at SDCC: Luke Cage, The Defenders, and Daredevil S3

This year's San Diego Comic-Con has officially kicked off, and Marvel and its streaming video partner Netflix were present to reveal a number of new series on the way, building on their success with Daredevil and Jessica Jones. Adding to April's announcement of a new series for The Punisher were debut trailers for Luke Cage, The Defenders, and Iron Fist.

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Netflix blames confused customers not rising prices for Q2’s failings

Netflix blames confused customers not rising prices for Q2’s failings

Netflix fell far short of its goals for subscriber growth in Q2 2016, blaming customer confusion around price rises for missing its 2.5m target. The streaming video service had predicted adding 2.5m users worldwide in the three month period, but confirmed today that only 1.68m were added, as churn - the number of people canceling their service - proved greater than Netflix had expected.

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CBS News app arrives on Apple TV with live streaming, Siri search

CBS News app arrives on Apple TV with live streaming, Siri search

While most TV networks have yet to launch an Apple TV app offering full access to live content without an additional cable subscription, CBS is at least making its news freely available. The network has just rolled out a new CBS News app for the latest Apple TV model, available now on the App Store. With the app, users can live stream news content from the network, as well as watch playlists on specific topics and on-demand video.

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Netflix debuts ‘Flixtapes’: shareable mixtapes for streaming video

Netflix debuts ‘Flixtapes’: shareable mixtapes for streaming video

If you grew up in the '70s or '80s, you likely remember mixtapes. If you didn't, a mixtape is like the physical form of a playlist; a collection of songs from different artists, usually grouped by a theme or mood, recorded on a single audio tape that could be shared between friends and romantic interests. Well, Netflix has just updated that ancient practice with a new feature called "Flixtapes" — a shareable playlist of movies and TV shows for, well, Netflix.

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Apple opens casting call for ‘Planet of the Apps’ TV show

Apple opens casting call for ‘Planet of the Apps’ TV show

Back in March, Apple's Eddy Cue revealed that the company was getting involved in original TV content by developing a non-scripted series about app developers and the app economy. Production is being split between Apple and television company Propagate, and the show, titled Planet of the Apps, has now started an open casting call. The announcement, posted on the show's official website, says they are looking for iOS, macOS, tvOS, and watchOS developers.

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ESPN considering streaming package with live programming

ESPN considering streaming package with live programming

While there are plenty of streaming video services for people who want to see movies and TV shows, there isn't as much selection for dedicated sports fans. That could be changing in the near future, as sports TV network ESPN is reportedly considering a streaming package that wouldn't require a cable or satellite subscription. This comes in a new report from The Information, which adds that the package would be aimed at cord cutters.

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Now Amazon’s Echo is besties with Spotify and Pandora

Now Amazon’s Echo is besties with Spotify and Pandora

Amazon's Alexa-powered Echo speaker has long been able to pull streaming music from a number of services, but now Amazon is allowing users to set their Spotify account as the default. The new functionality, confirmed by Spotify - one of the streaming options with Echo support - means that no longer do users have to specify which provider they want to hear a track or playlist from.

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Google Chrome gets built-in Cast integration

Google Chrome gets built-in Cast integration

One of the most handy features of Google's Cast television dongle is how easy it is to broadcast your Chrome browser tab onto a bigger screen. That is, as long as you have the browser extension installed. Well, that will soon no longer be the case, as Google has revealed that version 51 of Chrome for the desktop (rolling out now) will have the Cast option built right in.

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Apple wants to buy Jay-Z’s Tidal insiders claim

Apple wants to buy Jay-Z’s Tidal insiders claim

Apple is reportedly in talks with Tidal about a possible acquisition, with the musician-friendly streaming music service a target for its deals with high profile artists. Owned by rapper, producer, and general mogul Jay-Z, Tidal has had a string of exclusive song and album launches in the past months, including Beyonce's latest, Lemonade.

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One year in, Apple Music sees redesign and controversy

One year in, Apple Music sees redesign and controversy

Apple Music is celebrating its first birthday, with 15 million subscribers under its belt and arch rival Spotify in its sights. The streaming music service - and its flagship Beats 1 radio station - was launched twelve months ago after WWDC 2015, and as of the developer conference earlier this month has passed the 15m user point.

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Netflix orders ‘Lost in Space’ reboot for 2018

Netflix orders ‘Lost in Space’ reboot for 2018

Now that streaming video giant Netflix has proven itself as a source of original shows and movies, it's taking another stab at rebooting a classic series following this year's Fuller House. It's just been revealed that the company has ordered a 10-episode season of a reboot of the sci-fi classic Lost in Space, with plans for a premiere in 2018. The new show is said to stay faithful to the original '60s series that was created by Irwin Allen (and thankfully not the terrible movie from 1998).

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BitTorrent Now debuts streaming media apps for iOS, Android, Apple TV

BitTorrent Now debuts streaming media apps for iOS, Android, Apple TV

Following the announcement of BitTorrent Now, a new ad-supported streaming music and video service, an accompanying mobile app has been released, giving users access to content while on the go. BitTorrent Now isn't aiming to compete with the likes of Spotify or Apple Music, but instead will distribute content from independent artists and filmmakers who sign up for the platform. The Android app is available now on Google Play, while iOS and Apple TV versions are "coming soon."

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