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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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The Crown trailer and the Netflix button secret sauce

The Crown trailer and the Netflix button secret sauce

This week the folks at Netflix are speaking at CES 2016 about how their success is based in gadgets and remote controls. Believe it or not, Netflix suggests that they've had "extensive success" with Netflix buttons on remotes. Imagine how much easier it makes searching for a streaming service on your smart device when there's literally a Netflix button - a hardware button with the word NETFLIX on it - staring you in the face. "Our consumer electronic company partners have been critical to our success," said company CEO Reed Hastings.

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Livestream Movi hands-on: The next livestream star

Livestream Movi hands-on: The next livestream star

Livestream's Movi made some big promises, claiming pro-edited footage on the fly from a palm-sized camera, but it could mark a big change in live-streaming. Launched at CES 2016 this week, it not only beams out high-def video in real-time, but turns a connected iOS device into a portable editing studio.

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Livestream Movi takes Periscope-style streaming pro

Livestream Movi takes Periscope-style streaming pro

Livestream wants to max out live-streaming, with the Movi connected camera promising a palm-sized virtual studio for the Periscope set. Streaming in HD over a WiFi or LTE connection - the latter courtesy of a paired iPhone or iPad - the battery-powered Movi can do more than your average smartphone running Periscope, Meerkat, or Facebook Live Video.

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Facebook ditches Flash uses HTML5 by default

Facebook ditches Flash uses HTML5 by default

Tech firms around the world are working hard to end the life of Flash due to the frequent and often serious security flaws that Flash suffers from. Facebook's chief security officer called for Flash to be discontinued about six months ago and Adobe itself is already stepping away from Flash and has renamed Flash Pro to Animate CC. Facebook has now announced that it has ditched Flash for video on its site.

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Amazon Prime offers Showtime, Starz subscriptions without cable or satellite

Amazon Prime offers Showtime, Starz subscriptions without cable or satellite

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.

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