Streaming Video

Netflix offline ‘never going to happen’ says exec

Netflix offline ‘never going to happen’ says exec

Netflix is available on just about every device you might have, but it’s not available anywhere you go. The streaming service still needs a solid signal, and if you’re trying to stream over cellular, that’s sometimes an issue. Offline playback seems a solid workaround to such connectivity woes, but that’s not really Netflix’s problem, is it? Netflix Director of Corporate Communications and Technology, Cliff Edwards, said offline playback is “never going to happen”, and that providing the feature is a “short term fix for a bigger problem”.

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Amazon Prime Instant Video now streaming in 4K

Amazon Prime Instant Video now streaming in 4K

Vimeo may not be interested in 4K streaming, but Amazon is. The online shopping giant also does a lot of streaming, and they’ve now announced that 4K is coming to your TV screen. The current crop of movies available to streaming 4K is limited, but if you’re a fan of Amazon Prime Instant Video, this is great news, and hopefully the start of something new. Amazon is joined by Netflix as one of the few streaming content provider currently showcasing content in 4K.

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Vimeo will support Chromecast — they just don’t know when

Vimeo will support Chromecast — they just don’t know when

After revamping their mobile website, we wondered when the Vimeo mobile app would get some needed attention. More to the point, we wanted to know if it would see Chromecast support any time soon. In their attempt to keep pace with other video services, Vimeo has overlooked one key component that could keep us coming back in Chromecast. Today, Vimeo promises that Chromecast support is coming. To at least one of their services. At some point. They just don’t know when.

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Report: Amazon bringing ad-supported video service next year

Report: Amazon bringing ad-supported video service next year

Unless you have Amazon Prime, seeing their “Instant Video” app on your Roku or other streaming device is just one big tease. Unless you sign up for the $99/year quick-shipping Prime option, Instant Video is useless. Though we’ve heard this kind of rumor before, it’s back, and from a new source. It seems Amazon may be prepping an ad-supported Instant Video layer, which would make their service free or very low-cost to use for those without Prime. The new video streaming offering is said to be part of an “overhaul” at Amazon’s media branch.

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Samsung releases Milk Video exclusively for Galaxy owners

Samsung releases Milk Video exclusively for Galaxy owners

Samsung Galaxy smartphone owners are getting a new feature today. Milk, Samsung’s umbrella brand for media, has a video player launching today, the appropriately named Milk video. The service is designed for streaming of shorter video clips (but not ‘Vine’ short) rather than longer-form content. You might catch a music video, but it’s doubtful you’ll see an uploaded episode of an old TV show. Milk Video may sound a bit like a YouTube competitor, but it pulls content from there (among other sources), so it’s really not.

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YouTube now shows newer HD videos at 60fps

YouTube now shows newer HD videos at 60fps

Spoiler alert: I’m about to ruin YouTube for you. There’s a video below, and once you see it, things might not be the same for you. YouTube is now displaying HD video at a full 60 frames-per-second. The previous 30 frames-per-second rate is still around for most video, but this is the start of something pretty eyeball boggling. Google has toyed with this before, but now that they’ve released the 60fps beast, there’s no turning back.

Popcorn Time enters iOS via the jailbroken backdoor

Popcorn Time enters iOS via the jailbroken backdoor

The Netflix of Piracy is finally on the hallowed grounds of iOS. Well, sort of. Popcorn Time is indeed now available to be installed on iPhones and iPads but you will need a jailbroken device to do so, which is probably fitting given the murky legal waters that this streaming service sails through.

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Sony Action Cam Mini reignites POV war

Sony Action Cam Mini reignites POV war

This morning in Berlin, Sony has revealed their next super tiny camera, bringing the heat with model HDR-AZ1. This device is also known as the Sony Action Cam Mini, coming with a body that’s 30% smaller than its Sony-made predecessors. This device works with a new Live View Remote accessory, Live Stream with USTREAM, and a variety of new action mounts.

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Twitch Audio Muting live, parent company shuttered

Twitch Audio Muting live, parent company shuttered

This week Twitch continues to move toward a more standard setup for their hosted media, first porting to YouTube, now working with Audio Recognition. That’s Audio Muting in a lot of cases, as Twitch is working with the group Audible Magic to scan your videos for music which could be protected from broadcast under copyright law. Will your video's audio be muted? It really depends on what games you've recorded.

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