When you get done watching a movie or show, Netflix gives you the opportunity to give it a rating. Unfortunately, you're doing it wrong. That's right, the streaming giant doesn't think you're rating things for the right reasons, and wants to change it.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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%.
Back while you were still ordering DVDs and waiting impatiently for them to show up in the mail, Netflix was dreaming about the future, and its dream at the time included a self-branded video streaming box. In fact, Netflix went so far as to create the ‘Netflix Box’ and was shooting promotional videos for it in anticipation of launching it on the Netflix website. Where's that box today?
YouTube has definitely grown way beyond its initial library of short Internet videos, many of them involving cats. There's YouTube Red, which asks you to puy $9.99 a month get rid of ads. YouTube Gaming is its answer to Twitch, now owned by Amazon, and its dominance in game streaming. And most recently there's YouTube Music that turns YouTube into a makeshift music streaming platform. Now all that's left is a paid subscription for TV shows and movies. Well, according to insider sources, that's coming soon too.
In mid-2014, T-Mobile introduced “Music Freedom,” a perk under which subscribers can stream music from select streaming services without using up their high-speed data. The service has been expanded since then, with today marking one of its bigger expansions. T-Mobile has announced that eleven additional music streaming services are covered under Music Freedom, including TuneIn Premium, SomaFM, and more.
Since the release of her single "Hello" last month, many people have been eagerly awaiting Adele's new album. Of course, with any album release, many people also wonder when it will be hitting streaming services such as Spotify. Unfortunately for those people, they're not going to see this album on there any time soon.
Google's next big play for the mobile universe (with Android, for now) is in the ability to stream an app instead of downloading it to your device. Instead of downloading an app to book a hotel, for instance, then tossing the app away after you're done with your vacation, Google wants you to stream it. You'll see the app pretty much the same way you'd see any other app, but all of its content will be hosted on the internet.