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Amazon Prime Music Stations finally make it to Android

Amazon Prime Music Stations finally make it to Android

Amazon Prime Music Stations have finally made it to Android, with the ad-free streaming service now compatible with regular phones and tablets running Google's OS. Amazon's rough equivalent of Pandora, Prime Music Stations kick off with an initial genre or artist as the "seed", and then automatically curate a playlist to match. Until now, though, Android has been the odd one out from the main platforms, with Prime Stations already offered across web and desktop on Mac and PC, on iOS, and on Amazon's own Android-forked Fire HD and HDX tablets.

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YouTube monthly fee will rid users of ads

YouTube monthly fee will rid users of ads

A new paid offering will be made for users of YouTube this month. YouTube has sent out an email to Partners which suggests that they'll be building on the momentum they've got with YouTube Music Key Beta and YouTube Kids working with over 2 million installs in less than one month. All three of these initiatives are part of what Google suggests is a series of "bold new steps to bring these experiences* to life." *These experiences, this YouTube message explains, include watching what users want, whenever they want, anywhere, and on any device they choose.

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You can get HBO via Sling TV this Saturday, just in time for GoT [Update]

You can get HBO via Sling TV this Saturday, just in time for GoT [Update]

As the Game of Thrones season five premiere nears, viewers are quickly finding ways to watch. HBO NOW, which recently launched via Apple TV, is one way. You could also sign up for HBO via your cable company, if you have cable. Piracy is another (bad) option. Another exists in Sling, which today announce their customers are free to sign up for HBO via Sling TV this weekend, just one day ahead of the Game of Thrones season five debut this Sunday.

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These are the TVs Netflix thinks binge-watchers will love

These are the TVs Netflix thinks binge-watchers will love

On top of all the other tags and labels you see on a TV box that are supposed to lure you in for the buy, there’s now one more — maybe the most important one. Today, Netflix is announcing their first batch of ‘Netflix Recommended TVs’, a program they first announced at CES this year. These TV’s all meet Netflix’s demand for “easy access to Internet TV services, faster performance, and new features that enable a next-generation smart TV experience.”

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HBO NOW is open for cord-cutting GoT fans everywhere

HBO NOW is open for cord-cutting GoT fans everywhere

You’ve been waiting for cable TV without a cable subscription, and now you’ve got it. HBO NOW is open for signups. With HBO NOW, you’ll get access to HBO’s content without the need for a cable subscription. Though HBO doesn’t exaclty say your content is streamed live, they do say it’ll be available at the same time it airs on TV. If you’re interested, HBO says you’ll need an Apple TV or Optimum broadband service. A 30-day trial comes ahead fo a $14.99/month fee.

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Madonna to debut new video on Meerkat, not TIDAL

Madonna to debut new video on Meerkat, not TIDAL

In just under two hours, Madonna will release a new video. That might not be too exciting, but she’s releasing it via Meerkat, the livestreaming service that makes its home on Twitter. It’s not known why Madonna chose Meerkat over another service (likely an agreement reached ahead of Periscope’s arrival onto the scene), but it’s not new for Madonna; she previously debuted a video on Snapchat. What is new is her choice to bypass TIDAL, a service she has agreed to provide exclusive content for.

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Sling TV’s Final Four issues prove troublesome, but promising

Sling TV’s Final Four issues prove troublesome, but promising

Over the weekend, Sling TV slipped up. Badly. As Wisconsin downed the undefeated Wildcats of Kentucky and Duke did what Duke does, Sling TV saw major interruptions. After a massive number of sign-ups — which naturally led to a huge uptick in streaming — Sling TV failed. It was the wrong time to fail, and with the wrong content. A major Sling TV draw is live sports sans-cable, so Sling TV’s issues during the Final Four was troubling, but ultimately tells us all that Sling TV is on the right path.

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Twitch x Rhymesayers: the hip-hop game-stream team-up

Twitch x Rhymesayers: the hip-hop game-stream team-up

Back when Twitch announced they were about to have a music program earlier this year, rap label Rhymesayers collective ears perked up. Having an collection of songs and artists that resonated with gamers already, the Rhymesayers crew knew that a Twitch team-up would be a marriage worth tapping into. Just this week, Twitch announced their collaboration - along with streaming video games from their offices and homes and hosting community events, Rhymesayers would be delivering a 100 tracks from their catalog to Twitch for gamers to stream and archive legally.

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Blood Moon rising: watch it here LIVE

Blood Moon rising: watch it here LIVE

Be it from your basement on a computer screen or out on your roof at the crack of dawn, you WILL be able to see the blood moon in less than 24 hours from the time this article goes live. The Slooh observatory in Australia is just one of several locations where the event will be captured - and here you'll be able to watch the event unfold as it happens. We'll be watching starting at 3AM Pacific Time, 6AM Eastern. Get your butt out of bed and see some galactic magnificence unfold before your very eyes.

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OnLive shutdown only in name: tech remains

OnLive shutdown only in name: tech remains

This morning it was announced that Sony had acquired OnLive and that they would be shutting down the service permanently. What they didn't tell you is that OnLive wasn't the only service offering full-powered AAA game streaming from the cloud. They also didn't tell you that OnLive was using NVIDIA GPU technology. NVIDIA GPU technology also powers a service that has many similar features to OnLive along with a few that cloud gaming service didn't have. That service is called NVIDIA GRID.

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