A Christmas present might arrive a bit early for fans of the The Beatles' music. It seems the Fab Four's catalog is expected to hit a number of major streaming music services, including Spotify and Apple Music, by Christmas Eve. The details come in a report from Billboard, and if true would mean The Beatles's debut on streaming music.
Over the years, Facebook has transformed from a simple way to keep up with family and friends to one of the biggest sites to consume all form of digital media. One of their biggest focus points is currently their video platform, which now gets around 8 billion video views every day. The company has just announced new changes that they hope will get that number even higher.
Facebook Live, the social network's take on Periscope's live streaming service, is now becoming available to verified Pages following its debut for celebrities and other influencers. Among those gaining access to the new feature are sports teams, media companies, and businesses. In other words, brands. Facebook notes that live streaming via the feature is still limited to the iOS app.
Disney has announced its own streaming device, however it's only heading to China at this time. The device, which features the iconic shape of Mickey Mouse's head, is specifically tied to a new subscription service called DisneyLife, which is the result of a new licensing agreement between The Walt Disney Company and Alibaba, one of China's largest online retailers. DisneyLife allows users to stream various forms of Disney content, including movies, cartoons, e-books, and music.
It was announced a month ago that streaming music service Rdio had been acquired by rival Pandora, and that it was being folded into its new owner, but until today Rdio users weren't sure of how long they could continue listening. The shuttered company has now revealed that its curtain call will be Tuesday, December 22nd, at 5:00 PM Pacific (8 PM Eastern) to be specific. Thankfully that leaves users with one full week to import their playlists into Spotify should they choose to migrate to that service.
Shouting back at the TV used to be frowned upon; now, with the fourth-generation Apple TV, Apple is positively encouraging it. The Cupertino firm's take on the future of the living room has released Siri from its iPhone and iPad prison, while a new remote, access to the App Store, and beefier specifications promise a slicker and more flexible experience. I've been living with the revamped set-top box for the past six weeks, to see just how much of an upgrade this is.
Verizon is upgrading its Fios media streaming, adding complete DVR access to its mobile app while you're away from home. The iOS and Android software, launched in late 2013, was already capable of streaming select live channels, but this new version throws DVR recordings into the mixture too, meaning anything that you've saved to your set-top box can also be watched remotely.
Just over six weeks after the debut of the new Apple TV, the BBC has kept their word about their streaming video app coming the set-top box. The BBC's iPlayer is now available on the new Apple TV in the UK, bringing live and on-demand video content from the national broadcaster. The anticipation for iPlayer has been high, as the app has been notably missing from previous Apple TV models for some time.
Android users will be first in seeing a brand new "buffering" text in their YouTube apps when a video is loading. This is unlike the past in which a spinning "wheel of death" was seen or - worse still - the video would just pause without any indication that it was about to start up again. Today, Google provides some much-needed notification of what's happening. Almost like they're opening the doors to you, the user, allowing you to see what's actually going on in the app, in your internet, as your video loads.
Following in the wake of decisions by Taylor Swift, and more recently, Adele, to keep their music off of Spotify due to what they felt was unfair compensation, the streaming service is now said to be considering a test that would limit which music can be heard by all 80 million active users, and which would only be available to the 20 million with paid subscriptions. According to the Wall Street Journal, Spotify may allow artists to decide which users have access to their music on the service.
Amazon has just announced a new Streaming Partners Program that allows Prime users to add subscriptions to premium video services like Showtime and Starz to their existing account. Not only does this allow customers to completely bypass the need for cable or satellite packages, but they can even manage their video service subscriptions and payments through their Amazon Prime account.