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VIZIO SmartCast app enhanced, Google Play Movies & TV coming

VIZIO SmartCast app enhanced, Google Play Movies & TV coming

Even with Android TV, Google’s formal presence on TV sets and boxes remains rather week. That, however, doesn’t always matter considering how its Google Cast technology exists in every Android TV and beyond, providing a bridge to Google’s services and content. Case in point is VIZIO’s Cast-ready SmartCast products, which, thanks to an updated SmartCast app, will soon be able to stream videos from Google’s own selection of movies and TV shows from Google Play Movies & TV, in addition to other services like Netflix, VUDU, and Hulu.

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Amazon Prime pilot episodes make their way to Facebook and YouTube

Amazon Prime pilot episodes make their way to Facebook and YouTube

Amazon is looking to give its original series greater reach among viewers, today announcing that it will place episodes for those series on Facebook and YouTube. Obviously viewers won't be able to watch the whole series on these sites, but they will get to watch pilot episodes in their entirety, potentially getting them hooked on the series and more willing to shell out for an Amazon Prime subscription.

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Hulu is axing free streaming (but don’t panic)

Hulu is axing free streaming (but don’t panic)

Hulu is ending its free service and will demand viewers cough up a monthly subscription to watch its streaming shows, though a deal with Yahoo may soften the blow somewhat. Since it launched in 2006, Hulu has offered both free, ad-supported viewing and paid subscriptions, though unusually the latter does not necessarily guarantee no commercials in your stream.

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Yahoo View launches, bringing Tumblr integration to free Hulu shows

Yahoo View launches, bringing Tumblr integration to free Hulu shows

Yahoo is making a play for the increasing number of cord cutters out there, today announcing Yahoo View. The new service, which is live now in the US, is product of Yahoo becoming a preferred partner of Hulu, offering up a selection of Hulu's free TV shows and movies. On its own, that wouldn't be a very big announcement, as there are plenty of preferred Hulu partners out there, but in an effort to make itself stand out from the crowd, Yahoo View has tossed a certain degree of Tumblr integration into the mix.

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Facebook to Live Stream Wayne Rooney’s testimonial match tonight

Facebook to Live Stream Wayne Rooney’s testimonial match tonight

Soccer, or football depending on where you live in the world, is a big deal for huge numbers of fans around the world. The catch is that fans of Premiere League soccer matches inside the US and some other countries have very little access to these games. That is changing with Facebook getting into the live streaming realm for Premiere League matches.

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Chromecast nets 5m sales in two months, jumps to 30m total sales

Chromecast nets 5m sales in two months, jumps to 30m total sales

The competition for streaming device dominance is a fierce one, but Google is one of the companies sitting at the top of the heap. Google announced during its Q2 2016 earnings call that sales of its Chromecast line up of devices has jumped to 30 million. The last time Google shared Chromecast sales numbers was in May, when it said the line had sold 25 million. That means sales have jumped an impressive five million in just a couple of months.

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T-Mobile expands Binge On with Apple Music and Disney

T-Mobile expands Binge On with Apple Music and Disney

T-Mobile users who take advantage of Binge On might like to know that the carrier has expanded it once more, this time adding Apple Music and offerings from Disney to the list of services subscribers can stream without worrying about data usage. The biggest addition today will almost certainly be Apple Music, but T-Mobile is actually adding a sizable number of video streaming partners with this update, boasting that Binge On now offers four times what it did when it rolled out eight months back.

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Redbox testing new digital rental service despite past failures

Redbox testing new digital rental service despite past failures

The word on the street today is that Redbox is testing a new digital rental service, appropriately dubbed Redbox Digital. The beta test is available to a select number of Redbox users in the US, and an iPad-exclusive app for the service is already live on the App Store. This announcement comes after a previously failed attempt to break into the digital space and act as a competitor to Netflix.

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Deezer finally opens its music streaming to all in the US

Deezer finally opens its music streaming to all in the US

Spotify, Apple Music, Google Play Music, YouTube Red, and even Tidal. Those are just some of the biggest names in an already saturated music streaming market in the US. So why not add one more? That is exactly what French company Deezer is doing, finally opening its doors to anyone and everyone in the US willing to tack on another subscription to their monthly expenses. Of course, the service has its own perks and unique features to try and make that worthwhile.

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Amazon Video now lets you download movies to SD cards

Amazon Video now lets you download movies to SD cards

If you're an Amazon Video or Prime Instant Video user and you happen to be using an Android device, Amazon has rolled out a new feature that you'll probably be pleased with. Today the company announced that Android users can now download movies and videos to an SD card, removing the need to manage your device's (sometimes small) on board storage when you want to download a new movie or TV show.

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ABC’s streaming service to offer older shows for free

ABC’s streaming service to offer older shows for free

ABC has relaunched a streaming service that takes a page from Crackle’s book — it offers the network’s older shows for free, as well as a handful of original series. The service is ad-supported rather than requiring a pay TV subscription or monthly payments, which is the case with FOX's new livestreaming service and the vast majority of VOD streaming options like Hulu. The content will be offered under "ABCd."

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Netflix and Comcast announce new partnership after years of fighting

Netflix and Comcast announce new partnership after years of fighting

If you've been following the tense relationship between Netflix and Comcast over the past few years, then this may come as something of a shock to you: the two companies have just announced a new partnership that will bring Netflix to Comcast's X1 set-top box. We never thought we'd see the day, but it would appear that Comcast has decided to stop fighting Netflix and instead work alongside it, finally seeing the benefits that could potentially come from working together.

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