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GameFly announces new game streaming service for Amazon Fire TV

GameFly announces new game streaming service for Amazon Fire TV

GameFly, the video game rent-by-mail service, has long been compared to Netflix, at least, back when they mailed us DVDs. Now the company has made a new step towards becoming the gaming equivalent of the Netflix that focuses on streaming. Along with announcing their acquisition of Playcast, GameFly is launching a new game streaming service exclusively on Amazon's Fire TV. And they're not talking about the kind of games you'd find a smartphone, but big-name titles including the Batman Arkham series, Hitman, Darksiders, Red Faction, and games from the various LEGO franchises.

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Apple’s $10 Spotify rival tipped for WWDC 2015

Apple’s $10 Spotify rival tipped for WWDC 2015

Apple's long-rumored streaming music service will be revealed to rival Spotify at WWDC 2015 next week, insiders claim, priced at $10 per month. The service is believed to initially run alongside, rather than replace, Beats Music, and comprise part - though not all - of the company's digital music catalog along with a selection of radio stations curated by human DJs. Interestingly, Apple is even said to be considering promoting the streaming platform to people who initially wanted to purchase music instead.

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Twitch no longer allows streaming of Adults Only-rated games

Twitch no longer allows streaming of Adults Only-rated games

The popular video game streaming service Twitch has announced that it will no longer permit users to stream games that have received the AO, or 'Adults Only,' rating from the US's Entertainment Software Ratings Board (ESRB). This change was revealed on Twitch's official blog, and is part of an update to the service's rules of conduct. The company says it has a goal of creating "a safe, welcoming, inclusive community platform where everyone can feel comfortable and have fun."

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Sling TV hits Android TV, Google Nexus Player, NVIDIA SHIELD

Sling TV hits Android TV, Google Nexus Player, NVIDIA SHIELD

Sling TV announces availability of its internet TV system on Android TV, bringing functionality to Google's Nexus Player first. The app for Sling TV will be made available for download from the Google Play app store as early as this afternoon, while Sling TV and Google are teaming up to bring a deal to those that wish to purchase hardware at the same time as they subscribe to the other. This update brings Sling TV to a wide variety of devices, also including the upcoming NVIDIA SHIELD and Razer Forge TV.

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YouTube now supports 60fps live gameplay streaming

YouTube now supports 60fps live gameplay streaming

Gamers who enjoy viewing high quality gameplay footage on YouTube will be pleased to hear the video site is now supporting 60 frames-per-second for live streaming. It was only last October when YouTube began offing 60fps playback of videos that had been uploaded, allowing Call of Duty fans to watch buttery smooth footage. To make the jump to including gameplay being live streamed in only seven months is quite impressive.

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Netflix testing new interface design, dropping the annoying carousel

Netflix testing new interface design, dropping the annoying carousel

Good news for Netflix subscribers who are tired of the slow, annoying carousel used to browse TV shows and movies, as it has been discovered that a select number of users are taking part in a trial of a new interface on the service's home screen. The redesign makes it easier for users to select specific episodes of a TV show or read the details of a movie or show, presents more content on the screen at once, and is just overall faster to use.

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Netflix is killing Reality TV

Netflix is killing Reality TV

Reality TV shows and "unscripted" shows are on their way out, so says the chief content officer at Netflix. Speaking at an investor conference this past week, Netflix' chief content officer Ted Sarandos suggested that "the kind of disposable nature of reality, basically doesn't have much of a long shelf life. It hasn't been a great category for us." As the reality television show dies, so re-rises the scripted show and Netflix Originals series like The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and House of Cards.

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Spotify won’t end free service, so chill

Spotify won’t end free service, so chill

Earlier this morning it was reported that Spotify would end their "free" tier of music streaming service. Just moments ago, we've been informed by a Spotify spokesperson that this is entirely false. While it's not clear where the false information originated as it was quoted as anonymous, what's clear is this: with 75% of their customers taking part in Spotify with ads, this "free" tier isn't going anywhere fast. Now you've got to wonder - what did the original source hope to gain from spreading false information?

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Twitch gets faster as it heads to Roku

Twitch gets faster as it heads to Roku

Immediately following an announcement about Roku functionality, Twitch revealed today they'd be reducing delays on feeds. Twitch's newest feature is an on/off switch that reduces delay on average by 33%, a full third, allowing streams to hit your eyes far quicker than ever before. As of yet, there's no drawback to the system Twitch has put in place, only positive. Why you'd NOT want to switch this on is a question we leave up to Twitch. Meanwhile we'll be plugging in the ol' Roku to bring back the gaming heat we've been missing for so long.

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Qualcomm’s wireless music tweak needs to be in all speakers

Qualcomm’s wireless music tweak needs to be in all speakers

Wireless speakers have traditionally fallen into one of two camps, either Bluetooth or WiFi, but Qualcomm is aiming to harmonize the two. The newest version of Qualcomm AllPlay now supports Bluetooth to WiFi re-streaming, allowing music piped from a smartphone or tablet to a Bluetooth speaker to them be funneled to further WiFi-connected speakers, with all zones fully synchronized.

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