If you've ever tried to use YouTube as a practical measure of how fast your Internet connection is, then you might be in for a surprise. Apparently, Google has the same idea and has launched its Video Quality Report service to gauge an Internet Service Provider's performance based on how well they are able to stream videos from YouTube.
Sources familiar to the matter disclosed that Amazon has approached at least three major media companies in a bid to launch its own Online Pay-TV service. Rumors and acquisitions such as this seem to indicate a possible shifting trend in how users will be consuming TV content in the future.
Gamers might soon be kissing DVDs and huge downloads goodbye, at least if their games mostly come from Sony's PlayStation catalog. Although no demo was available at CES 2014, Sony has announced the next big leap in game streaming via a new PlayStation Now service coming first to the US.
In the weeks leading up to the release of the Xbox One and the PlayStation 4, little tidbits here and there about their abilities have been cropping up, today’s including a bit more information on the media server features on the Microsoft machine. Straight from the folks at Penny Arcade comes word - official word at that - on the streaming features of the Xbox One first and foremost. Then there’s the (hopefully) obvious: this device can also play Audio CDs - classic!
This week the folks at NVIDIA have put three of history's biggest names in gaming development on stage together, and one of the key questions put to them right off the bat stuck in Valve's SteamOS. John D Carmack, co-founder of id Software and CTO at Oculus VR (with the Oculus Rift), Tim Sweeney, founder of Epic Games, and Johan Andersson, Technical Director of Frostbite at EA DICE have spoke up on how they perceive not only Valve's newest push for Steam Machines and SteamOS, but in the original release of Steam as well - back when each of their gaming companies had to react to it in the first place.
We got our hands on Mad Catz' MOJO Android box this past summer, giving the small device a run through. Earlier this week, both a release date and pricing for the device were announced, with the Android box being slated for release in December a bit before the holidays. Following this, now word has surfaced about another feature it offers -- PC game streaming to a television.
DVDO has announced the AIR3, which is being touted as the industry's first 60GHz Wireless HD adapter with support for both MHL and HDMI connectivity. Or more specifically, the DVDO AIR3 is a wireless adapter that will allow the user to push 1080p60 HD content from HDMI and DVI as well as from smartphones and tablets that are equipped with MHL support. DVDO is pushing the AIR3 as being good for gamers as well as for those looking to stream video without having to string cables across the room.
Today, Rdio and Cumulus Media are slated to announce a partnership between the two companies, one slated to help boost the Internet radio service into more popular waters via, among other things, an advertisement-based free version in the U.S. Cumulus Media owns 525 radio stations, and will provide Rdio with access to its programming content.
Even with today's smart devices and almost always-on Internet connection, a seamless audio experience across a variety of devices is still pretty much a holy grail. But that will not be the case for long. Spotify today unveiled its Spotify Connect project, an endeavor to bring audio streaming to the next level and integrate it more closely with our lives.