Streaming Video

Sky launches Now TV streaming movie service

Sky launches Now TV streaming movie service

If you want to enjoy streaming movies in the UK, currently you have to rely on either Netflix or Lovefilm. Neither are ideal, with missing titles and long waits before new movies show up on either service. Sky has decided to throw its hat into the ring, today announcing Now TV. The service, which launches tomorrow, will offer two methods for watching movies: pay as you go, or via a monthly subscription.

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XMBC Windows Media Center alternative launches on Android

XMBC Windows Media Center alternative launches on Android

XMBC, a leading open-source platform for Internet-enabled media playback, has just announced that it is now available for Android. As the consortium makes clear in its blog post describing the launch, this is not a remote player; it's isn't a dumbed-down mobile version of the client. It is in fact the exact same XMBC experience that you would get on a computer, TV set-top box, etc.

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Netflix streamed a billion hours of content in June

Netflix streamed a billion hours of content in June

If you watched anything on Netflix last month, then you helped the digital streaming giant reach a new milestone - a billion hours of streamed video served to users in one month. Company CEO Reed Hastings made the announcement in a Facebook post. It's unclear how far over the billion-hour mark the site went last month, but it probably just barely crossed the finish line.

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Google Nexus Q hacked to run games

Google Nexus Q hacked to run games

Google unveiled the Nexus Q streaming device yesterday alongside the Nexus 7. Taking a look at the specs, you might see an all too familiar processor, with the device featuring a dual-core OMAP4460 CPU - the same chip that's inside the Galaxy Nexus - along with PowerVR SGX540 graphics and 1GB of RAM. Google also hinted at the Q's hackability thanks to the inclusion of a microUSB port, and it looks like developers are starting to see what the device can really do.

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TiVo Stream and IP set for Fall launch

TiVo Stream and IP set for Fall launch

Two new devices / services are being launched this year by the folks who brought you TiVo - one of them working with your iPhone, the other being an extension of TiVo's Preview services, this time getting rid of its integrated CableCARD tuner. With TiVo Stream you'll be setting a small box on your home network, it able to access content via your TiVo Premiere DVR hardware and streams it to devices you've got around the house such as your iPhone or iPad. The TiVo "IP-STB" on the other hand is a TiVo IP set-top box acts as an extra hand for your TiVo Premiere hardware to other televisions.

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Xbox 360 is the most popular video player in the country

Xbox 360 is the most popular video player in the country

I'll admit that I'm still among the masses that think video games first when I hear the name Xbox 360. After all, the Xbox 360 is a game console. Over the years, the Xbox 360 has transformed from something meant solely for video games into a device that has a myriad of uses. One of the most common uses for the Xbox 360 other than gaming is playing video.

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Amazon to produce original TV shows for Prime Instant Video

Amazon to produce original TV shows for Prime Instant Video

Streaming video has become big business and competition seems to be increasing all the time. The big companies in the video streaming market are Netflix and Hulu, but these two firms will have competition from Amazon soon. Amazon has announced that it intends to create its own original programming for its Amazon Prime Instant Video service.

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Netflix believed to be hurting Nickelodeon

Netflix believed to be hurting Nickelodeon

Despite Viacom's assertions that streaming video site Netflix is doing nothing to hurt its Nickelodeon cable channel, the firm Bernstein Research says it has "hard data" to show otherwise. There is no argument that streaming media has had an impact on traditional video distribution channels. There have been studies to show significant numbers of people are actually cutting the cord for Hulu and Netflix.

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