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Apple grants Beats reprieve to Android, Windows Phone and HP

Apple grants Beats reprieve to Android, Windows Phone and HP

Beats Music will continue to be available for Android and Windows Phone devices even after Apple completes its Beats purchase, it's been confirmed, while HP will get a grace period to continue baking the audio tech into its products. While there had been speculation that Apple's Beats buy was predominantly motivated by wanting to grab Beats Music, and that it would make the service an exclusive for iPhone and iPad users only, Apple's Eddy Cue denied that would be the case.

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HBO shows hit Amazon Prime Instant Video (but no GoT)

HBO shows hit Amazon Prime Instant Video (but no GoT)

HBO shows have turned up on Amazon Prime Instant Video for the first time, with titles like The Sopranos, The Wire, Band of Brothers, and more all available for those subscribing to the retailer's on-demand service. The deal sees a mixture of full seasons, select current episodes, movies, and one-off specials from HBO added to Amazon's catalog, having previously only been offered to HBO subscribers themselves.

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Spotify hits 10m paying subscribers

Spotify hits 10m paying subscribers

Spotify has passed the 10m paying subscribers mark, with around a quarter of the streaming music provider's users worldwide coughing up cash each month for ad-free access to the catalog of tracks. The company charges $9.99 per month for those users who want to escape commercials as well as listen to Spotify music through their home media systems, like Sonos.

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AT&T DirecTV buy confirmed

AT&T DirecTV buy confirmed

AT&T has inked a deal to buy DirectTV, the carrier has confirmed, spending $48.5bn to grab the pay TV service in what it says will be an unprecedented evolution in on-demand video. The agreement, a mixture of cash and stock, will be used to push non-cable broadband into new areas, as well as deliver premium TV content for whose who don't necessarily want traditional service.

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Sony 4K Ultra HD Media Player gets priced up with Netflix support

Sony 4K Ultra HD Media Player gets priced up with Netflix support

Sony's 4K Ultra HD Media Player has been priced up, for 4K TV owners hoping for some on-demand ultra-high-definition content to actually make the most of their expensive sets. The box, which is expected to ship in July, supports both Sony's own Video Unlimited 4K service, which has over 200 Sony Pictures films, along with around 50 TV shows, all in 4K, as well as Netflix's 4K streaming.

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Xbox One and 360 drop Xbox Live demand for Netflix, Hulu, more

Xbox One and 360 drop Xbox Live demand for Netflix, Hulu, more

Microsoft has ditched its requirement that Xbox One and Xbox 360 owners have Xbox Live subscriptions in order to access streaming services, meaning on-demand options like Netflix and Hulu will only require you pay up to the service themselves. The decision also brings Skype, OneDrive, and Internet Explorer to all Xbox users, as well as see Microsoft launch Games with Gold for Xbox One in June.

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