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Comcast gets in with the times, outs Stream Internet TV

Comcast gets in with the times, outs Stream Internet TV

You know that video streaming has become an unstoppable force when traditional content providers and operators start flocking to it in order to stay relevant. In order to curb the loss of cable TV subscribers and, at the same time, harvest its growing number of cable Internet customers, Comcast, considered to be the country's largest cable operator, is finally giving in and has just announced its own Stream Internet TV package. It's not a total victory for streaming, however, as the fine print considerably limits what customers can access and where.

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Game streaming: fad or future?

Game streaming: fad or future?

Sony, NVIDIA, and, just recently, GameFly. These are the companies that are trying to push game streaming to the forefront. And they are just the bigger ones, with smaller players also trying to make a name for themselves in this niche, either through innovation or through sheer force of will. But behind all these attempt lurks one unanswered question: is it worth it? Is game streaming just a fad that will fade away quietly or is it the path to the future? While the technology admittedly has benefits, who is it really benefiting, players or the big companies?

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PlayStation Now gets a new UI worthy of streaming name

PlayStation Now gets a new UI worthy of streaming name

PlayStation Now has been dubbed by some as the Netflix of games due to its streaming nature but up until now, that was pretty much only in name. Now, Sony's game streaming service has something to show for it as well. Taking a cue from the design of actual streaming service, the PlayStation Now interface just received a face lift which truly makes the nascent gaming trend feel more like a streaming service and less like a hard to reach corner of the PS Store.

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Tidal fires CEO amid fears of competition from incoming Apple Music

Tidal fires CEO amid fears of competition from incoming Apple Music

Tidal has just let go of its CEO, Peter Tonstad. As Tonstad was only the interim CEO, it's natural that his time with Tidal would come to an end. But, Tidal doesn't have anyone stepping in to take over as CEO, indicating the change is abrupt. Tonstad had only been with Tidal since April when he replaced the previous CEO, Andy Chen. This juggling act of power positions comes as Tidal gets a new competitor on the streaming scene, Apple Music.

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Square Enix chair steps down to focus on cloud gaming

Square Enix chair steps down to focus on cloud gaming

Management, even the top brass, change a lot, but sometimes, the news that surround it are equally or even more interesting than the change itself. Take for example Yoichi Wada, former CEO of Square Enix, who is now also its former Chairman of the board. That news itself might have little bearing, unless you are deep into the company's story. But the news that Wada is stepping down to pool all his energy and time into the newly-formed Shinra cloud gaming startup makes it definitely worth noting.

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Taylor Swift tells the world why she won’t be joining Apple Music

Taylor Swift tells the world why she won’t be joining Apple Music

The debut of Apple Music is on the horizon. One week away from the June 30th launch date,
Pop music fans might want to sit down--Taylor Swift will not be releasing her latest album, 1989, through Apple Music. Fans might be disappointed, but no one should really be surprised by this. She pulled out of releasing the album on Spotify last year, penning an open letter to the company, just like she did this time to voice her concerns with Apple Music.

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Alibaba to launch Netflix-like streaming service in China

Alibaba to launch Netflix-like streaming service in China

Chinese e-commerce giant, Alibaba has announced its plans to create its own media streaming platform. Alibaba will be calling the new platform TBO, Tmall Box Office. TBO will run licensed domestic content from China was well as foreign content. The service even has plans to create its own in-house programs, as Netflix did with House of Cards. Competition is heating up as Chinese companies are in a bit of a spending war with each other, trying to gain market share in the emerging market of media streaming technology.

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PlayStation Now goes live for Samsung Smart TVs

PlayStation Now goes live for Samsung Smart TVs

If you don't happen to own a PlayStation console but would love to be able to still play some popular PS titles, then you're in luck. That is, if you have a 2015 Samsung Smart TV. The PlayStation Now game streaming service has just started rolling out to these high-end TVs, allowing even those without Sony-branded devices to enjoy some of the content offered to the Sony faithful. This is just one of the latest ways that Sony has started spreading its PS ecosystem outside the exclusive realm of its gaming hardware.

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Android TV to bolster its app selection with Twitch, HBO Now, and more

Android TV to bolster its app selection with Twitch, HBO Now, and more

As more people cut the cord and turn to streaming services to replace conventional cable networks, the competition between TV service platforms continues to heat up. Android TV, which is a newcomer on the market compared to seniors like Roku, has some things in the works to bring its service to the next level. Google announced at its I/O conference that new apps, including high-profile selections like HBO Now, are going to be coming to Android TV.

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Chromecast treats: queuing, multi-player, second screen

Chromecast treats: queuing, multi-player, second screen

Android TV might have snagged much of the spotlight at I/O 2015, thanks to the official launch of the NVIDIA SHIELD console, but the Chromecast camp isn't going to take things sitting down. OK, the updates to Google Cast will benefit all Cast devices, including Android TV ones, but tiny dongle that can will be the one that reaps the most. New API have been introduced that bumps the multimedia experience up a notch, including queuing the next video to watch and multi-device multiplayer gaming.

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Apple forgoes TV sets, focusing on online viewing platform

Apple forgoes TV sets, focusing on online viewing platform

It looks like we're unlikely to see Apple branded television sets anytime soon. Apple CEO, Tim Cook, said back in 2013 that Apple had a "grand vision" for television, but the latest interpretation of that concept is that moving further away from actual TV sets and closer towards an online viewing platform.The television set market is already highly competitive, with Samsung leading the pack. Apple may be reticent to fight for ground in the saturated market when it can always the lead in new, emerging markets, like Apple Watch in the smartwatch market. According to the Wall Street Journal, Apple is gearing up to compete with a new online TV service.

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NVIDIA GRID calls dibs on 1080p60 game streaming

NVIDIA GRID calls dibs on 1080p60 game streaming

If some of the major companies in the gaming industry are to be believed, rentingstreaming games over the Internet is the future. Or at least the distant future. But while that type of business promises no downloads and no installs, it partly sacrifices quality on the altar of convenience. At least until today. NVIDIA is understandably proud to claim that it is the first in this part of the gaming industry, which admittedly doesn't have much key players yet, to offer game streaming in Full HD quality at smooth 60 fps rates on its GRID games on demand service.

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