If you've ever tried to use YouTube as a practical measure of how fast your Internet connection is, then you might be in for a surprise. Apparently, Google has the same idea and has launched its Video Quality Report service to gauge an Internet Service Provider's performance based on how well they are able to stream videos from YouTube.
Most of the streaming media companies out there get upset if they know users are sharing passwords. Typically, the sharing of a password is seen as a form of piracy and executives at the streaming firms tend to consider sharing to be costing them a subscriber. HBO has a refreshingly different opinion of password sharing for its HBO Go service.
Netflix has an ever growing slate of original TV shows that have proven to be popular with viewers and critics. The most popular of the shows that Netflix produces is House of Cards, which won several awards last year. Netflix has announced that a new original show is coming later this year.
For quite a while now Amazon has been working with a service that it's not taken the time to promote - one called Amazon Prime Instant Video. Launched all the way back in 2011, this service is one in which users are able to access a whole bunch of movies and TV shows with a series of apps for a variety of platforms. Sound familiar?
Around this time last year, Yahoo and NBC Sports penned a deal that merged content between NBC Sports and Yahoo Sports. According to an announcement made by the latter company today, this so-called digital alliance has been expanded to give Yahoo users access to exclusive digital Sochi Olympics content. Will such a move help make Yahoo relevant again?
The original founders of TiVo are starting a new business venture called QPlay. It's an adapter for streaming TV reminiscent of the plug-and-play ease of Google's Chromecast dongle and app set, but with the all-under-one-roof simplicity of a set-top box. Plug the QPlay box into your HDTV, plug the USB-connected power cord into a wall outlet, fire-on your -- iPad only, apparently -- and you're ready to stream some video and Internet TV from a variety of services, which will possibly include Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, YouTube, and so on.
While uploading videos has its benefits, there are occasions where a live stream is better -- for showing off events in real time, for an interactive game play session, and the like. Thus far, live streaming has been of limited availability on YouTube, and has seen its fair share of success, not the least of which was for some big-name live streams. Now all users have gained this opportunity, and we could see real-time broadcasts become a regular thing.
If you've got a PlayStation 4 and have been following the story with live streaming with Twitch, you may already know the odd result of allowing the console's "The Playroom" app through the gate. What you'll see here is a barrage of users streaming the "game" trough Twitch with content both gaming-related and not, prompting Twitch itself to send our a reminder that only the former is acceptable through their site. The environment presented by Sony in The Playroom is about to get a big bump, as well, with two downloadable expansions in "My Alien Buddy" and "Toy Maker".