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Apple reportedly aiming for paid iTunes streaming — no free option

Apple reportedly aiming for paid iTunes streaming — no free option

Remember the Taylor Swift/Spotify slap-fight? She yanked her music because the streaming service wasn’t paying enough, and they retorted she was making a ton of cash. It drug on for a bit, but she was ultimately right — streaming doesn’t pay artists enough, especially when it’s free for consumers. In discussing their new iTunes music streaming option, Apple execs are reportedly telling record labels to “get behind a paywall”. As such, their new service is not believed to offer any type of free tier.

Hulu original series Deadbeat Season 2 announces guest star lineup

Hulu original series Deadbeat Season 2 announces guest star lineup

Hulu is adding to its growing list of original programming. The supernatural comedy, Deadbeat, is adding a second season this April. The show is getting a boost for its second season in the form of famous guest stars. Headlining these guest stars are James Franco, Fred Armisen from SNL and Portlandia, and Danny Devito. Danny Devito's daughter, Lucy Devito, is a regular on the show. Zach Levi from Chuck, comedian Michael Ian Black, and comedian Gilbert Gottfried have also been lined up to guest star in Hulu's Deadbeat. Season 2 of Deadbeat will debut on Hulu this April.

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iTunes streaming service, new Apple TV reportedly delayed until WWDC

iTunes streaming service, new Apple TV reportedly delayed until WWDC

That Beats/iTunes streaming music service Apple is believed to be working on won’t be showing up Monday, a new report claims. The new service, which is widely expected to roll in a total iTunes streaming option, is being ‘delayed’ as Apple finalizes details. Instead, Apple will roll the service out in June alongside a new Apple TV platform, replete with slimmed-down hardware. Though Apple hasn’t yet announced WWDC’s dates, many are looking to the second week in June as a time for this event.

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Netflix inks documentary deal with Leonardo DiCaprio

Netflix inks documentary deal with Leonardo DiCaprio

Netflix is continuing to add to its slew of original content. Netflix announced a new deal with Leonardo DiCaprio to exclusively air his future documentary projects. This is not Netflix first venture with DiCaprio. Leonardo DiCaprio was the executive producer on his previous collaborations with Netflix, Virunga. Leonardo DiCaprio executive produced the Netflix collaboration Virunga, which is a documentary about protecting a group of endangered gorillas in the midst of the bloody Congo civil war. Netflix and DiCaprio's future offerings will likely play along the same themes of environment and conservation.

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Report: HBO’s streaming service coming in April, Apple may be partner

Report: HBO’s streaming service coming in April, Apple may be partner

HBO is getting into streaming, that much we already knew. The company already announced they’d be ditching the need for cable, and offer a streaming-only option for cord cutters. We also knew it was tentatively set for debut alongside season five of Game of Thrones. Now, we’re getting word HBO is planning to call this service HBO Now, with the service again said to launch in time for Game of Thrones. We’re also hearing HBO is entertaining the idea of launch partners, most notably Apple.

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Sling TV has AMC, IFC, new add-on bundle live

Sling TV has AMC, IFC, new add-on bundle live

Sling TV is already the best choice for cord cutters who still want a taste of actual, live television. Today, Sling TV is getting a bit better with the addition of more channels, some of which are being added to the basic package. The $20/month basic channel package will now have AMC and IFC, bringing the total to 16 live TV channels for Sling’s base offering. Sling TV is also rolling out a new add-on package called “Hollywood Extra”.

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Livestream unveils Broadcaster Mini, brings streaming to all

Livestream unveils Broadcaster Mini, brings streaming to all

A live feed of events is something we often take for granted. For major TV or film studios, it’s not so hard to do. They’ve got the equipment and know-how. You and I, on the other hand, probably aren’t so savvy, but still might want to go live. Livestream, who have been pioneering the consumer streaming effort for years,have introduced a smaller version of their hardware called the Livestream Broadcaster Mini. It attaches to just about any camera, and streams live with the push of a button.

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Chromecast support (finally) comes to Vimeo on iOS

Chromecast support (finally) comes to Vimeo on iOS

Consuming video on your mobile device is awesome, but sometimes you want more. Some videos just need to be seen on the bigger screen. If you happen to be on the couch, the TV might appear to be mocking you with it’s big display, which is just meant for video. Today, Vimeo is announcing they’re about to bridge that gap for iOS users. Via an update to their app, available for iPhone and iPad, Vimeo viewers will now be able to Chromecast their favorite videos!

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Netflix announces new CGI Inspector Gadget and more kids programming

Netflix announces new CGI Inspector Gadget and more kids programming

Adult children of the 1980's rejoice. Inspector Gadget is back in March 2015! Netflix has announced their new children's programming lineup. It is adding five new shows including remakes and original content to their latest kids programming announcement. Gadget won't be back in is faded, flat color scheme as you remember him. This is a CGI Inspector Gadget series. Netflix is also creating a remake of the British spy cartoon Dangermouse. Also new to Netflix are the shows Bottersnikes and Gumbles, Super 4, and Some Assembly Required.

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Google now lets you store 50,000 tracks in Play music

Google now lets you store 50,000 tracks in Play music

If you uploaded music to Play Music, but ran through the 20,000 song limit pretty quickly, we’ve got great news. Today, Google has upped the ante on Play Music’s song upload limit. Now, you can upload up to 50,000 tracks to Play Music, so music buffs (and former iTunes users) can now upload a much larger library. Best of all, this storage option costs you nothing — it’s 100% free, and doesn’t count against Drive or other Google-y cloud storage, like Gmail.

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