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".
The PlayStation 4's launch is closing in rapidly, and for those who aren't camping out to get their hands on a console as the clock rolls over, you can check out all the happenings -- as well as some interviews and game previews -- on Twitch TV, where the PlayStation 4 All Access event is streaming. The stream is live, and has a countdown timer leading down to the much-awaited moment.
YouTube has been the most popular video streaming site on the Internet for a long time and it's traffic continues to grow. YouTube still faces the challenge of making money off all the traffic it has, but the video streaming service is doing okay. Google recently announced that 40% of all YouTube traffic now comes from mobile devices.
YouTube is one of the most visited streaming video sites on the Internet. It creates a huge amount of traffic, even if that traffic is difficult for Google and YouTube to monetize. YouTube has announced a new feature is coming to YouTube mobile soon that will allow for off-line video viewing.
The media industry has had a long and adversarial relationship with piracy, and Netflix, who provides legitimate streaming access to content, is no different. So it sounds ironic, and yet at the same time almost unexpected, that Netflix indirectly benefits from piracy by helping it choose which shows to buy.
Target has been beta testing a video rental and download service called Target Ticket -- a service similar to Walmart's Vudu and Redbox Instant -- with select individuals, something that will change soon. Reportedly, workers of the franchise have received notification that the service will soon launch for the public, and with it will be the option to buy or rent digital downloads.