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Apple sued in China for streaming 1994 propaganda film

Apple sued in China for streaming 1994 propaganda film

Is the honeymoon between Apple and China really over? After what seemed like the start of a beautiful, not to mention profitable, relationship, Apple has been hit with setback after setback in the notoriously impenetrable Chinese market. For this latest round, it is being sued by Movie Satellite Channel Program Production Center, a subsidiary of the country's media regulator, for allegedly streaming a "propaganda" film hailing from 1994. The odd part is that Apple isn't the one streaming the said film but simply one of the apps available from its iTunes App Store.

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Roku Search finally adds news channels to its results

Roku Search finally adds news channels to its results

Having a set-top box that isn't tied to a specific service or network has many advantages but at least one big disadvantage: sorting through the myriad of sources to get to the content you want, at the price you like. Roku created its Search software to address that need, offering "unbiased" results with their equivalent prices, if applicable. Now Roku is adding more sources to harvest videos from, about more than 50 channels. Those include, for the first time, news channels so that you can also keep updated not just on fictional events but real-world ones as well.

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Amazon tipped in plan to launch its own music streaming service

Amazon tipped in plan to launch its own music streaming service

Amazon will be launching its own non-Prime music streaming service soon, according to sources, and it’ll be designed to compete with Spotify and similar music services. The service will cost $9.99/month when it launches, according to a couple of people, with that launch being set for later this summer or possibly early autumn. This music streaming service will be a standalone product, and won’t require subscribers to have a Prime subscription.

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Xbox TV rumored to make an E3 debut

Xbox TV rumored to make an E3 debut

With E3 growing steadily closer, we're getting increasingly interested in what Microsoft and Sony are doing with their current consoles. Rumors have suggested that both companies are planning to release some sort of incremental update to their flagship consoles. However, now it looks like Microsoft may be announcing something completely different.

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FilmStruck is a new streaming service for film buffs

FilmStruck is a new streaming service for film buffs

If you've grown tired of the big streaming services like Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon, then you'll be happy to know that there is about to be yet another contender in the increasingly-crowded video streaming space. And this one is targeted straight at cinephiles.

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Netflix blocks Canadian VPN users

Netflix blocks Canadian VPN users

Netflix isn't winning any popularity awards from users this month. First, many users had forgotten about next month's price hike, and have been very upset at the prospect of paying an extra $2 per month for the service. Now a large group of users in Canada are reporting that they can no longer access US content through VPN providers.

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Amazon Prime Video to get a separate monthly subscription

Amazon Prime Video to get a separate monthly subscription

Amazon just made a move that has been both predicted long ago yet unexpected in its arrival. It will soon be offering a separate subscription tier for its TV and video collection that does away with annual contracts in favor of monthly piecemeal payments. Yes, Amazon Prime Video is finally going with a monthly tier. Although analysts have long seen it coming, no one was really able to predict when it would arrive. The timing, however, practically pits Amazon against the video streaming giant known as Netflix.

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Soundcloud Go offers labeled, ad-free, offline music at a price

Soundcloud Go offers labeled, ad-free, offline music at a price

Soundcloud is probably not the first name that comes to mind when you think of music streaming. It is, however, the top dog, perhaps along with Bandcamp, when you think about indie music streaming. Today, however, Soundcloud is playing in the big leagues. It has just confirmed and announced its much rumored subscription tier, offering more serious subscribers a chance to take their music offline or listen without the interruption of ads. However, it also mark's the service's foray into record label territory, offering titles from the likes of Sony and UMG.

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Yahoo’s new NHL streaming deal brings live hockey games

Yahoo’s new NHL streaming deal brings live hockey games

Yahoo and the National Hockey League have struck a deal that will bring up to four live streaming hockey games per week, giving fans a chance to watch games from outside of their market as they happen. The streaming starts today, and will involve a single “Game of the Day” being made available to U.S. users. This follows Yahoo's newly launched eSports Hub for esports content, and TuneIn's recent NBA deal.

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Sonos announces layoffs, possible Amazon Echo tie up

Sonos announces layoffs, possible Amazon Echo tie up

It might be hard to believe that Sonos has already been around for more than 10 years, especially considering it was only in the last few years that its name really started to pick up traction. In that time, the music industry has changed drastically, shifting from CDs to MP3s and personal media players (PMP) to streaming. And now Sonos is undergoing a change as well. Not a good change, mind you. CEO John Macfarlane took to the company blog to announce something its employees dread to read. It is laying off an undisclosed number of its workforce.

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Mighty streams music without needing a phone

Mighty streams music without needing a phone

Streaming music is normally associated with using the battery of your smartphone, which can leave you unable to make calls when you need to. A new device has turned up on Kickstarter that will eliminate the need for you to use your mobile device for streaming music and it is called Mighty. The device uses Bluetooth and WiFi and is compatible with Android and iPhone devices. It is able to play music for up to 48 hours without needing an internet connection.

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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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