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FOX primetime livestreaming launches for cable subscribers

FOX primetime livestreaming launches for cable subscribers

FOX has launched livestreaming of its primetime content, but only for pay TV customers. This is the first time FOX has offered primetime livestreaming; it is launching the new option as a beta, which is available through the FOX website and through FOX NOW. The livestreaming option is offered to all the pay TV customers in 210 TV markets across the U.S. In addition to seven-days-a-week primetime livestreaming, FOX is also livestreaming late night content on Saturdays.

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Amazon Video adds a bunch of Dolby Vision HDR movies

Amazon Video adds a bunch of Dolby Vision HDR movies

Amazon Video has added support for Dolby Vision HDR content, the company has announced. Service users located in the United States can now watch certain videos in Dolby Vision, assuming their television supports it. This new support joins Amazon’s previously launched UHD high dynamic range content, though depending on who you’re talking to, the Dolby Vision content is usually favored for having higher quality.

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YouTube videos now load while paused

YouTube videos now load while paused

Android users will be first in seeing a brand new "buffering" text in their YouTube apps when a video is loading. This is unlike the past in which a spinning "wheel of death" was seen or - worse still - the video would just pause without any indication that it was about to start up again. Today, Google provides some much-needed notification of what's happening. Almost like they're opening the doors to you, the user, allowing you to see what's actually going on in the app, in your internet, as your video loads.

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Yahoo may be readying new Messenger to battle Snapchat, Periscope

Yahoo may be readying new Messenger to battle Snapchat, Periscope

You probably don’t use Yahoo Messenger. It’s tired, really. As a simple chat app, it’s fine, but we want more than that. In an age of sending each other more than words, Yahoo is way behind. Instead of dropping messaging, Yahoo may be priming a revamp to Messenger, one that reportedly combine live and recorded video sharing. This app is meant for mobile, though it’s not clear if Yahoo is also readying the app for your desktop as well. If the report is accurate, we’ll see this new Messenger by the end of Q2 2015.

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Chromecast support (finally) comes to Vimeo on iOS

Chromecast support (finally) comes to Vimeo on iOS

Consuming video on your mobile device is awesome, but sometimes you want more. Some videos just need to be seen on the bigger screen. If you happen to be on the couch, the TV might appear to be mocking you with it’s big display, which is just meant for video. Today, Vimeo is announcing they’re about to bridge that gap for iOS users. Via an update to their app, available for iPhone and iPad, Vimeo viewers will now be able to Chromecast their favorite videos!

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Microsoft Studios lays down the rules for Let’s Play videos

Microsoft Studios lays down the rules for Let’s Play videos

Watching others play video games, whether on YouTube, Twitch, or any other video streaming or hosting site, is becoming a gaming sub-culture unto itself. The fact that people actually make money off it, particularly through ads, has given rise to some game developer/publisher action that has, in turn, received either criticism or support. Suffice it to say, it is not without controversy. Now Microsoft Studios is making its own clarifications, basically saying that it's OK to stream, or even monetize, Let's Play vids, except when it isn't.

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Netflix launches in France, faces legal, cultural hurdles

Netflix launches in France, faces legal, cultural hurdles

Netflix has just launched in France, but it might be getting a cold shoulder. Because of its pride and focus on its local film and TV productions, both French industry players and lawmakers are looking into how they make the video-streaming giant play by the country's rules and give due important to French and European content.

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Now you can upload your Google+ videos to YouTube

Now you can upload your Google+ videos to YouTube

Google+ and YouTube are both Google entities, and have a pretty close relationship already. That melding is about to get stronger, too. Today, Google is announcing you can port your Google+ videos right over to your YouTube channel. Not only useful for distributing videos to the world, it’s also a great way to backup your videos.

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Streamnation users can start lending movies and TV shows to friends

Streamnation users can start lending movies and TV shows to friends

Cloud storage and streaming service Streamnation has just added a new feature to its arsenal that could potentially ruffle the feathers of a few entities in the entertainment industry. It will now be allowing users to not only upload "DRM-free" copies of their favorite films and TV shows, but actually let others watch them as well, at practically no cost.

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Roku enhances Android app with Play on Roku video streaming

Roku enhances Android app with Play on Roku video streaming

Roku has just announced that its Roku Android app has just gotten a new talent: streaming videos from phones to TVs via the Play on Roku feature. The update comes just a month after Roku announced the addition of video streaming to its iOS app, promising an Android version for selected devices to come later.

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YouTube to shelve video responses due to extremely low click-through rate

YouTube to shelve video responses due to extremely low click-through rate

If you can't remember that last time you watched a YouTube video response, you're not the only one. As it turns out, only four out of every one million users who see a video response actually click on it, something that works out to a click-through rate of 0.0004%. Because of this, YouTube has announced that the feature will go away next month.

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YouTube expands Live Streaming feature to more accounts

YouTube expands Live Streaming feature to more accounts

YouTube began experimenting with live streaming a few years ago, offering it to show a few big events as they happened. In 2010, the feature was expanded a tad to a few networks, with plans to expand it again in the future. It has been a slow process, but the offering is being expanded again, this time to a wider range of users who have "eligible accounts." Along with the expansion is a tool to give users a thumbs up or down about whether they qualify.

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