Streaming Video

Facebook thinks Live Video is social’s future

Facebook thinks Live Video is social’s future

If Facebook has its way, the social network won't just be where you go to humblebrag about the amazing things you've been doing, but the place you stream them live as they happen. Building on the launch of Facebook Live, which arrived first as a celebrity-only perk then, more recently, for any Facebook user with the iOS or Android app, the latest version of the Periscope-rivaling service promises easier ways to find new streams, share details of events as they happen, and make the most of comments.

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Netflix will soon let you choose your mobile streaming quality

Netflix will soon let you choose your mobile streaming quality

Netflix has confirmed it has been secretly throttling video streaming to AT&T and Verizon subscribers, but now promises an update to be more transparent is in the pipeline. The on-demand video provider had been delivering low-quality streams over the two largest cellular networks in the US, the WSJ revealed earlier this week, much to the surprise of customers of those networks since there was nothing disclosing such a strategy to them.

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Nielsen will start tracking the use of individual streaming devices

Nielsen will start tracking the use of individual streaming devices

If you've ever wondered how many people have been watching a particular TV show, there's really only one company to turn to. Nielsen has been doing TV ratings since the 1950's, and prior to that, they were providing a similar service for radio. Well, the company is about to enter new territory, by tracking not only what people are watching, but what device they're using to watch it.

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Amazon’s next victim is QVC

Amazon’s next victim is QVC

Amazon may have a huge catalog of on-demand video, but the retail behemoth is branching out into live streaming, and home shopping stalwarts like QVC should be worried. "Style Code Live" will be Amazon's first ever live show, streaming a mixture of fashion and beauty content for thirty minutes each day.

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FunimationNow brings streaming anime to your phone

FunimationNow brings streaming anime to your phone

I love watching some anime. From old favorites like Berserk, Elfin Lied, DBZ, and Neon Genesis to newer stuff like Sword Art Online, I enjoy the sort of escape that these types of shows provide. However, getting access to them isn't always the easiest in the US. Thankfully, Funimation is looking to make it even easier to stream your favorite shows.

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Hulu gets a universal Windows app and Cortana support

Hulu gets a universal Windows app and Cortana support

For many years, I've wondered when Microsoft would get around to having a unified platform. They've had a desktop OS, smartphones, gaming consoles, and even an MP3 player for ages now, but they were always very different devices that only barely communicated with each other. Only with the release of Windows 10 has Microsoft been able to create a truly unified platform. Today, Hulu has joined that platform by releasing their universal Windows 10 app.

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NBCUniversal launches ‘Hayu’ reality TV streaming service

NBCUniversal launches ‘Hayu’ reality TV streaming service

NBCUniversal has announced a new video streaming service called 'Hayu,' and it is designed specifically for fans of reality television. The service, which will be launching in Australia, Ireland, and the United Kingdom, is a one-stop online streaming destination for NBCUniversal’s reality TV shows, including The Millionaire Matchmaker and Made in Chelsea.

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YouTube Red Original exclusive content coming 10th February

YouTube Red Original exclusive content coming 10th February

"The time has come," the Walrus said. Or in this case YouTube said. October last year it launched the new YouTube Red subscription service but ever since that day, all that subscribers have enjoyed were ad free viewing and listening. In little less than a week, YouTube will be delivering the other half of that promise: exclusive, original content. On February 10, YouTube will be releasing a new online video series and three full-length films featuring some of the most famous characters and groups on YouTube.

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Why Netflix blocks content in your country

Why Netflix blocks content in your country

In mid-January of 2016, Netflix made clear their intent to enact Proxy Detection worldwide - AKA they'd be blocking your VPN. Some Netflix users, paying users the lot of them, use proxies or "unblockers" as they're sometimes called, to see content that'd otherwise only be available outside of their country. Why does Netflix block content in the first place? You pay for their service, why don't they let you see all of the content they have to offer? The answer, unfortunately, is precedent.

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Netflix says proxies won’t let you bypass country restrictions any longer

Netflix says proxies won’t let you bypass country restrictions any longer

It's never a great feeling when you attempt to load a video, only to find it's not available in your country. This happens somewhat frequently on sites like YouTube, which gives you a pointed message regarding the availability of the video. Netflix has similar restrictions, though instead of telling you why, it will just show the movie or show as unavailable. If you know the movie you want is available in another country, you can use a proxy to mask your location, and unlock the video. Unfortunately, this method won't work for long.

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Netflix wants to change how you rate movies (because you’re doing it wrong)

Netflix wants to change how you rate movies (because you’re doing it wrong)

When you get done watching a movie or show, Netflix gives you the opportunity to give it a rating. Unfortunately, you're doing it wrong. That's right, the streaming giant doesn't think you're rating things for the right reasons, and wants to change it.

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Netflix total world coverage nearly complete

Netflix total world coverage nearly complete

Netflix CEO Reed Hastings flipped the switch on 130 new countries for availability of their streaming service, taking effect immediately. This brings the number of countries up from 60 to 190 in total - India, Nigeria, Poland, Singapore, South Korea, Turkey, and Indonesia amongst them. Netflix is now officially ready to roll and live in what Hastings described as "nearly every country in the world." Except China. They're working on China. Netflix is currently working on the rest of the world with LG to make total coverage a reality.

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