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HBO Now has a paltry 800,000 subscribers

HBO Now has a paltry 800,000 subscribers

HBO has revealed the number of subscribers on its video streaming service HBO Now, saying it has 800,000 paying users. The number was disclosed by HBO’s CEO Richard Plepler during a conference call today, a time during which he also stated that the company sees “an enormous amount of potential ahead.” He also stated the $14.99/month subscription fee will remain the established rate, at least for now, though it is possible it could change in the future.

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Torrents Time gets cease-and-desist letter from anti-piracy group

Torrents Time gets cease-and-desist letter from anti-piracy group

Just earlier today I was writing about an interesting new way to stream perfectly legal content. Torrents Time is a new plug-in that will allow you to take any (legal and not pirated) torrent, and stream it straight to your browser. That's pretty cool, right? Well, it seems that an anti-piracy group has taken offense to the new startup, and issued a cease-and-desist letter to the founders of Torrents Time.

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Torrents Time is the real successor to Popcorn Time

Torrents Time is the real successor to Popcorn Time

It's 2016, so we can't just pretend like torrenting isn't a thing anymore. We also still can't pretend that it's completely legal to pirate movies and TV shows. So consider this your warning that if you choose to engage in any of the activities listed below, that the consequences are your own. With that said, there's a cool new way to watch ahem perfectly legal videos.

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Netflix’s war on VPNs excludes US soldiers on foreign soil

Netflix’s war on VPNs excludes US soldiers on foreign soil

Many users and would be users rejoiced when Netflix announced that it was setting up shop in 130 countries around the world. That glad tiding, however, came with heavy news for some subscribers. Netflix was hunkering down on users trying to access content not available for their respective countries, particularly those using proxies or VPNs. This hit home for US citizens who find themselves abroad, either permanently or temporarily, like US army personnel stationed in foreign bases. To them, Netlfix makes a special exemption, allowing them to use Netflix as if they were back at home.

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T-Mobile Binge On gets 14 more services, Legere speaks up

T-Mobile Binge On gets 14 more services, Legere speaks up

T-Mobile's Binge On near unlimited video streaming feature has become the carrier's most popular Un-carrier moves. At least according to the carrier itself. To prove how popular it is even among streaming video providers, it is expanding its list way ahead of schedule, hinting at the strong demand by providers to join the party. Of course, not everyone is happy about it, particularly YouTube and privacy watchdog EFF, and T-Mobile might even face a formal legal complaint in the future. And of course, CEO John Legere has a few, maybe more than a few, words to say about that.

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YouTube up in arms over T-Mobile throttling video streaming

YouTube up in arms over T-Mobile throttling video streaming

Last month, T-Mobile announced a new program that, on the surface seemed like a great deal. Following its unlimited music streaming offer, the carrier unveiled Binge On, which lets users stream video to their hearts' content without cutting into their data allocation. But that comes at the price of quality, a price that not all video streaming services are willing to pay without their consent and is something that YouTube is raising its voice against.

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Apple Music rumored to get hi-res audio to match Lightning connectors

Apple Music rumored to get hi-res audio to match Lightning connectors

There might be another reason why Apple might drop standard 3.5 mm headphone jacks from the next iPhones after all. According to a Japanese website, Apple is gearing up to deliver high resolution, or hi-res, audio over its Apple Music streaming service. But in order to successfully do so, it will need to convert that digital data to high quality signals, something that regular headphone connectors aren't capable of. Instead, the new feature will leverage Apple's new Lightning connection audio specification, which it has released to its accessory partners last year.

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PS Vue Chromecast support ironically lands first on iOS

PS Vue Chromecast support ironically lands first on iOS

Streaming video content, even while available everywhere there is an Internet connection, is more often than not best enjoyed on a TV screen. But what do you do if don't have a dedicated set-top box or gaming console for that? Or even a dedicated TV? Luckily Google's Chromecast has introduced a revolution in watching streaming content, which Sony is now giving homage to by making its PlayStation Vue service compatible with the HDMI dongle. But in an unexplained twist of events, that support is coming not via Google's own Android devices but through Apple's iOS platform.

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Netflix re-encodes their library to save bandwidth, increase quality

Netflix re-encodes their library to save bandwidth, increase quality

If I were to check and see where most of my monthly internet bandwidth usage goes, I'd say that the vast majority of it goes to Netflix. The other is probably to game downloads and updates, but Netflix would definitely be king. Thankfully, I haven't had any bandwidth restrictions imposed by my ISP yet, but if/when that day comes, I'll have to re-think just how much Netflix is watched in my house. But luckily, Netflix is already working on a way to cut down their usage by as much as 20%.

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