Amazon has coaxed Flappy Bird out of retirement as it tries to feather the nest for Fire TV games, one of a number of new apps the company has confirmed are incoming for the streaming set-top box. Launching as Flappy Birds Family, as we reported last week, the game is a free download and features a number of new elements versus the addictive smartphone original.
Apple TV has gained a jolt of new content this morning, with an update for the set-top box bringing four new sources including FOX NOW. Joining the ranks of Netflix, Hulu Plus, and of course Apple's own iTunes content, the content additions include CNBC for both real-time news streaming and on-demand clips, though you'll need to have a cable or satellite subscription in order to sign in.
It would seem that Google may have even more of a hold on the world of citizen-made videos published to the internet now as word spreads that they’ve acquired Twitch. Word first surfaced earlier this year as this $1 billion dollar purchase was first spoken about by sources speaking with the Wall Street Journal.
Google is marking the first anniversary of its Chromecast streaming dongle with some usage stats, as well as revealing a few teasing tidbits from the roadmap for the media stick. Chromecast users have hit the cast button over 400 million times in the past twelve months, Google says, despite recent reports that use of the dongle has declined.
Apple has announced its eighth iTunes Festival, its month-long music festival that will see artists like Pharrell Williams, Blondie, and Calvin Harris perform at London's Roundhouse venue come September. The concerts - which will see more than sixty acts take to the stage through the course of the month - will be attended by ticket winners, though Apple will also be streaming them for those who can't make it in person.
YouTube may be in talks with Hollywood studios for original content. According to Reuters, executives from YouTube have been making the rounds in tinsel town, speaking to independent producers as well as big-name studios. The move would move the video upload site into direct competition with Netflix and Amazon.
TiVo has quietly ousted Adobe from its DVRs, with the freshly-released Summer Update switching away from Flash and Air for the UI, and opening the door to one day running TiVo services on Amazon Fire TV, Xbox One, and other platforms. The new software, for the TiVo Roamio, Premiere, and Mini models, promises a significant boost in interface navigation speed, having been recreated in Haxe.
If you're a Verizon internet customer and you've been getting increasingly frustrated with Netflix buffering, a fix may be at hand, with a new deal with the on-demand video service that it says should prevent the glitches and pauses that even high-speed FiOS customers have been complaining of. Still, even as the collaborative fixes go into play, Verizon can't help but throw the blame for the persistent issues onto Netflix itself.
Aereo may have faced a huge set-back in the US Supreme Court and been forced to shut down services over the weekend, but the TV-challenging upstart isn't taking it lying down, turning to users to form a citizen campaign to try to rescue the technology. In a message to customers today, Aereo CEO Chet Kanojia laid out the next stage of his plan to save cloud-based antennas, though it won't be an easy journey.