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PlayStation’s Spotify team up: 3rd party app dominance

PlayStation’s Spotify team up: 3rd party app dominance

In the gaming universe, things are changing. While we'll likely never reach a point where it'll be the manufacturers of hardware or the developers of software that take full control of the console ecosystem, today you can mark one up for the latter. Instead of working with their own Music Unlimited system, Sony has decided to team up with Spotify - to great effect. Today Sony not only ends their Music Unlimited system completely across all PlayStation hardware, it begins 30 days of free use of Spotify. Sony is so confident in this team-up, they're tossing out the old and giving the new away for free.

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Roku tipped to release two revised streaming boxes in April

Roku tipped to release two revised streaming boxes in April

It appears streaming video hardware maker Roku is close to releasing two new models, if a recent FCC filing is to be believed, that is. Fans shouldn't get their hopes up too high, however, as it appears these boxes are to be slight revisions of the existing Roku 2 and Roku 3 models. Other evidence is pointing towards a mid-April release, which means this is most likely a response to the Apple TV recently dropping to $69.

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One-year NASA mission launch: watch LIVE as Soyuz takes off

One-year NASA mission launch: watch LIVE as Soyuz takes off

Starting today, NASA's Scott Kelly and Russian cosmonauts Gennady Padalka and Mikhail Kornienko will be heading off for a year in space aboard the International Space Station. While Padalka's mission will be slightly shorter at a standard six months, a full year in space is planned for Kelly and Kornienko. This mission will test the long-term spaceflight effects on the human body in both physiological and psychological terms. Scott Kelly is also part of a twin study - his (retired) brother Mark Kelly will be remaining on Earth to be studied by NASA as the mission takes place in space.

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Report: YouTube refreshing ‘Live’ with eSports streaming

Report: YouTube refreshing ‘Live’ with eSports streaming

Not long ago, Google tried — and failed — to buy Twitch. Like Amazon, Google saw the value in streaming eSports. Unlike Amazon, Google didn’t end up with an existing, trusted streaming brand. Google does have YouTube, which is where a new report says they’ll do battle for eSports streaming. In an effort to remain relevant in the face of so many upstart competitors, Google is transitioning YouTube, with the latest iteration possibly involving real-time eSports viewing. There are said to be 50 engineers working on this new YouTube feature, which will ultimately lead a refresh of the YouTube Live platform.

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Fire TV, Fire TV Stick update brings hotel WiFi, Bluetooth headset support

Fire TV, Fire TV Stick update brings hotel WiFi, Bluetooth headset support

Amazon’s Fire TV and Fire TV Stick might have entered the streaming game later than we’d have liked, but their hardware is still pretty effective. A new update, rolling in today, might even make one or both must-haves for wider audience. With expandable USB storage on the Fire TV, users can expand their library as they see fit. Other tweaks, like better WiFi connectivity for hotels and Bluetooth headset pairing options put Fire TV and Fire TV Stick a bit above the competition.

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Amazon Prime Music “Prime Stations” mirrors Pandora

Amazon Prime Music “Prime Stations” mirrors Pandora

A new service has been introduced by Amazon that'll bring on Pandora-like music streaming stations to the masses. This service works on the iOS app Amazon Prime Music app for iOS devices. This service works with an advertisement-free presentation with "unlimited skips" of music tracks. Each user will have personalized recommendations on Prime songs, playlists, and albums. This update for Amazon Prime Music also includes a new design made for easier browsing and exploration of music tracks, all in your Amazon Prime Music library.

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The Prodigy speaks live on Twitch for My Day Is The Enemy

The Prodigy speaks live on Twitch for My Day Is The Enemy

On the couch with "Artist Couch" on Twitch this week, Liam Howlett and Keith Flint spoke about their upcoming album "The Day Is My Enemy." This is the first broadcast - the first saved, anyway - of "Artist Couch" on Twitch. This COULD be construed as the first move outside the gaming universe by Twitch, right along with Lindsey Stirling hosting for release. They spoke directly to questions asked on the fly from users on Twitter about their immediate future and tour bits and pieces.

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PlayStation Vue: here’s what you need to know

PlayStation Vue: here’s what you need to know

Sony's newest TV-based venture is PlayStation Vue, a system that works specifically on their PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 gaming devices. Now that we're well and away from the launch of the PS4, a device that Sony assured the public was a "gamer-centric" system back in 2013, it's time to get serious about bringing on television services. For the time being, PlayStation Vue - a TV channel service - will be available to Chicago, New York City, and Philadelphia only, though more cities are on the way in the near future.

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Sling TV comes to Xbox, has new add-on packages

Sling TV comes to Xbox, has new add-on packages

Gamers typically don’t like putting the controller down, and they’ll have to even less starting today. Sling TV has announced their streaming service has landed on Xbox, and is currently exclusive to Xbox One. Microsoft is announcing all Xbox One users will be available for a free month-long trial of Sling TV, too. Additionally, Sling is adding some channels to their core lineup (A&E, History, H2, and Lifetime), and has two new add-on packages to round out their competitive TV streaming service.

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‘Seinfeld’ to finally be available for streaming

‘Seinfeld’ to finally be available for streaming

That now classic 90's sitcom, Seinfeld, the self-labeled "show about nothing," is finally on its way to online streaming availability. The only thing is, don't bet on watching it on Netflix. Sony Pictures, the studio responsible for the Jerry Seinfeld-starring show, is said to be starting talks on licensing the rights for streaming. However, according to the Wall Street Journal, Netflix is not interested in joining negotiations. This means you'll likely need to be a subscriber to Hulu, Amazon, or Yahoo's services if you're eager to stream some Kramer.

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