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Slingbox M2 lets your home cable TV follow you

Slingbox M2 lets your home cable TV follow you

Slingbox keeps pushing its vision of subscription-free video streaming, with the new Slingbox M2 pushing your home cable to your phone or tablet. The new box hooks up to cable or satellite receivers, DVRs, Blu-ray or DVD players, or pretty much any other source with a video output, and squirts the content from them across the internet to Sling's apps for iOS, Android, and other platforms, in up to 1080p Full HD resolution.

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PlayStation Now debuts in UK as open beta

PlayStation Now debuts in UK as open beta

After roughly a year of availability in the US and Canada, PlayStation Now, Sony's on-demand game streaming service, is finally launching in the UK this week as an open beta. The service is starting out with rentals only, but Sony says it will add full subscription options later in the summer. PlayStation Now lets gamers stream select PS3 titles to not only their PS4 and PS3 consoles, but also to a handful of Sony's internet-connected televisions and Blu-ray players.

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Comcast, EA partner up for cable TV-based game streaming

Comcast, EA partner up for cable TV-based game streaming

Cable giant Comcast has just announced a partnership with video game publishing giant Electronic Arts to launch a game-streaming service for its cable customers. Dubbed Xfinity Games, the service is launching as a public beta today, and will allow users to play games from their X1 set-top box while using a smartphone or tablet as a controller. Comcast says the service is aimed at families and casual gamers, and will feature 23 titles at launch. X1 customers can sign up for the beta at xfinitygames.com, and are said to be notified of entry within a few days.

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TiVo’s iOS app to now support AirPlay streaming to Apple TV

TiVo’s iOS app to now support AirPlay streaming to Apple TV

TiVo is finally giving iOS users the option of using the AirPlay mirroring feature to stream content to an Apple TV. Before now, the TiVo iOS app could be used to watch recorded content, but there was no way to then beam it to a TV screen. Now, any content that can be watched on the iOS app can be streamed to an Apple TV on the same WiFi network. This new capability comes via an app update that should be hitting the iOS App Store anytime now.

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Sonos boosts PLAY:1, makes Google Play Music smarter

Sonos boosts PLAY:1, makes Google Play Music smarter

Sonos has pushed out an upgrade to its streaming music system, boosting the performance of its entry-level PLAY:1 speakers plus making setup easier. The changes, released today, tweak the clarity of the PLAY:1, which is the most affordable Sonos speaker at $199 apiece, not to mention optimizing bass performance if you pair the one with a Sonos SUB. Meanwhile, there's now also support for music services to deliver customized streams, like curated Google Play Music radio stations that depend on the time of day.

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Apple might be creating exclusive video content for Apple Music artists

Apple might be creating exclusive video content for Apple Music artists

In a new report from Pitchfork, the music site says that Apple is creating its own music videos for top artists on its new Apple Music service, serving as a way to offer further exclusivity to subscribers. The report specifically mentions exclusive music videos from Pharrell, Eminem, and Drake, whose new video for "Energy" was shared exclusively on Apple Connect on Friday. Seeing as how both Drake and Pharrell both have their own radio shows on Beats 1, in-house videos could be a way for Apple Music to strengthen its partnerships with top artists.

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Report: Facebook wants to put music videos in the News Feed

Report: Facebook wants to put music videos in the News Feed

Social behemoth Facebook may have come out and stated it's not developing its own music streaming service, but it seems to still have an interest in getting music to its users. Specifically, it seems to want to put music videos in users' News Feed, and has already had talks with a number of music labels, according to the New York Times, which spoke to several anonymous sources. While the prior rumor about music streaming would've put Facebook in contest with Spotify and others, this sounds like it wants a piece of YouTube's pie.

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Meerkat “cameo” lets viewers take over your stream

Meerkat “cameo” lets viewers take over your stream

Meerkat may be under pressure from Twitter's Periscope but it isn't slowing down, launching a new cameo feature that allows viewers to take a starring role. The updated app, released for iPhone today, also includes better integration with Facebook, along with a new Meerkat Library in which completed streams can be saved for later viewing. However, it's the collaborative cameo feature which is likely to get the most attention.

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Facebook Music streaming service tipped to battle Apple, Tidal, Google

Facebook Music streaming service tipped to battle Apple, Tidal, Google

A Facebook Music streaming service has been tipped to be launching later this year by insider sources. It's been suggested that this service will be similar to that of Apple Music or TIDAL, leveraging Facebook's massive following to bring in cash via the music streaming trend every other company under the sun seems to want to cash in on. Google has their Google Play Music. Apple has their Apple Music. Facebook - not a hardware company - may soon have their Facebook Music. It was only a matter of time.

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TIDAL launches family plans

TIDAL launches family plans

This week the folks at TIDAL have launched a full frontal offensive on the likes of their competitors with Family Plan pricing. This means more than one person can be on the same streaming music account. it also means that more than one person can access the same set of playlist or keep their own, all while one single person is paying the bill. Mom or Dad, that is to say. The pricing plan simply has a fifty-percent cut on the price connected to one standard account for up to four more users.

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Sony Xperia phones now capable of Twitch game streaming

Sony Xperia phones now capable of Twitch game streaming

Live-streaming footage of video games has become a staple feature across the current generation of game console and PCs, thanks to the popularity of the Twitch service. However, one platform gameplay streaming and broadcasting hasn't yet become common on is mobile devices like smartphones and tablets. Well, that could be changing sooner than expected, as Sony has partnered with Twitch to release a new Android app that lets users broadcast their gaming from select Xperia devices.

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Groove rebrand cuts Xbox confusion says Belfiore

Groove rebrand cuts Xbox confusion says Belfiore

Is Groove a dumb name for a music app? Microsoft's Joe Belfiore doesn't think so, arguing that criticism of the Xbox Music rebrand misses the point. Announced yesterday, Groove - along with Movies & TV, the new name for Xbox Video - came in for some immediate snark, as fans of the service questioned why Microsoft felt the need to drop the existing name. That, Belfiore took to Twitter to point out, ignores the fact that many other would-be users were confused by it.

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