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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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Daredevil S3, Jessica Jones S2 won’t hit Netflix until 2018

Daredevil S3, Jessica Jones S2 won’t hit Netflix until 2018

Marvel's growing TV universe on Netflix seems to be well on its way to reaching the same success the Avengers movies have seen in theaters. When the first season of Daredevil premiered, it turned out to be a big hit among fans, and since then we've the show's first spin-off, Jessica Jones, another three series coming between now and 2017, and the recently confirmed Punisher series. The bad news in all of this? Netflix has confirmed it's sticking to just two Marvel series per year.

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Apple signs ‘Carpool Karaoke’ as Apple Music exclusive

Apple signs ‘Carpool Karaoke’ as Apple Music exclusive

Unless you've been living under a rock recently, you've likely seen what a hit "Carpool Karaoke," the segment from CBS's Late Late Show where host James Corden drives around with a celebrity or musician singing hit songs, has become, especially on YouTube. It's become so popular that even Apple has come knocking, as the Cupertino giant has signed a deal for the rights to turn Carpool Karaoke into an exclusive TV show for Apple Music.

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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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