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‘Silicon Valley’ cast to drop by Twitch ahead of season 2 [Update]

‘Silicon Valley’ cast to drop by Twitch ahead of season 2 [Update]

If you’ve got a funny show about a start-up that begins in a dingy home near Silicon Valley, it only makes sense to broadcast it on a service that once had very similar roots. In what could be a groundbreaking experiment, HBO and Twitch have agreed to broadcast the season two premiere of Silicon Valley on Twitch. The deal will stream Silicon Valley to anyone who uses Twitch, and comes with a special treat for those who tune in on Twitch; a live chat with the crew ahead of the season opener.

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Rithm wants to challenge Spotify with streaming music & chat

Rithm wants to challenge Spotify with streaming music & chat

As you may have noticed, streaming music is a hot topic lately. With Apple readying some sort of streaming service and Jay Z trying to democratize artist royalties with Tidal, there’s a lot of buzz about streaming lately. Much like messaging, streaming music is now ubiquitous, with most opting to subscribe rather than buy. A new service, Rithm, wants to encompass all your needs, offering both streaming and messaging in one place. They’re also undercutting the pricing model of $9.99/month by about 60%.

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Periscope updated for iOS, Android app coming ‘soon’

Periscope updated for iOS, Android app coming ‘soon’

Today, Twitter’s live-streaming app, Periscope, is getting an update. Still locked into iOS, the update is pushing some fine-tuning forward. When you head into Periscope, the streams from folks you follow will now be pushed to the top of the heap, making them easier to see in the sea of streaming. Periscope has also made some tweaks to notifications, turning off follower notifications by default. One potential flaw in Periscope, the ability to zoom in on your location, has been mitigated by the option to tag your location.

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Apple may ask networks to handle their own streams for Apple TV

Apple may ask networks to handle their own streams for Apple TV

With Apple TV seeing a price drop at Apple’s latest event for the Apple Watch and MacBook, we all assume new hardware is inbound. A report subsequently outlined what the new hardware was all about (allegedly, of course), giving many of us reason to pause before getting our hands on an Apple TV at a discounted price. Hardware is nothing without god software, and int he case of Apple TV — content. Rather than try to create their own TV streaming network, Apple is reportedly asking TV networks to handle the lifting.

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Pandora CFO talks streaming music, calls Apple a ‘frenemy’

Pandora CFO talks streaming music, calls Apple a ‘frenemy’

We know how we feel about an Apple streaming music option, and we’re sure you have likely formed an opinion or two yourself. Will we ditch our chosen streaming option for Apple’s? Time will tell, as the service is believed to come to fruition at WWDC this year. Perhaps even more curious is the business side of all this, where Apple is coaxing record labels to let them stream music, and other services are already feeling the pinch. To that, Pandora CFO Mike Herring made some interesting comments about Apple recently.

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Apple tipped to be poaching Tidal talent for new streaming service

Apple tipped to be poaching Tidal talent for new streaming service

Streaming is getting serious, and finally beneficial for artists. With Tidal, Jay-Z created a service that gave much of the power back to artists. The catch was exclusivity on the platform, at least for a while, but the real goal is to change the tide of streaming. If a report on what Beats paid artists is accurate, or Taylor Swift’s battle with Spotify is an indicator, Jay-Z is hitting the right notes with Tidal. Apple, believed to be readying a new streaming service, is now said to be toying with Tidal, and trying to poach artists away from the service.

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Tidal music and video streaming is now available on Sonos

Tidal music and video streaming is now available on Sonos

Sonos is pairing up with Tidal, the newest music streaming service from Jay-Z, which aims to rival Spotify. We're still in the wake of Tidal's launch, so there is no telling whether the service will live up to the hype machine that Jay-Z and his merry music men have created. Sonos wireless HiFi system lets you control your music collection and streaming services from practically any smart device. Sonos aims to provide you with all-in-one access to an almost unlimited music library. Now that Tidal is available through Sonos, you can OD on music through its "curated editorial" collections.

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Jay-Z’s Tidal streaming service relaunching with ‘new direction’

Jay-Z’s Tidal streaming service relaunching with ‘new direction’

After a dust-up that saw minority shareholders attempt to block Jay-Z’s acquisition of Aspiro, things are moving forward. In the bid, Jay-Z acquired hi-definition streaming service Tidal, which seems to be the real goal in acquiring Aspiro. Today, Tidal is being relaunched, and is allegedly going to start challenging others like Spotify or iTunes for new releases from big-name artists. If successful, expect the new Beyonce album to hit Tidal unannounced instead of iTunes.

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Apple, Beats to take on Spotify but maybe on equal grounds

Apple, Beats to take on Spotify but maybe on equal grounds

It is no secret that Apple is out to get the music streaming industry. After all, it bought Beats not just for its accessories but also for its streaming service. It is even said that Beats' own Chief Creative Office, Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor, is also at the front of reshaping the iTunes app to integrate streaming functionality. It is also probably common knowledge that Apple is eying a piece of the pie that Spotify currently holds so dearly. What might come as a surprise and a disappointment is that Apple's streaming service might be as expensive or even more than Spotify.

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Report: YouTube refreshing ‘Live’ with eSports streaming

Report: YouTube refreshing ‘Live’ with eSports streaming

Not long ago, Google tried — and failed — to buy Twitch. Like Amazon, Google saw the value in streaming eSports. Unlike Amazon, Google didn’t end up with an existing, trusted streaming brand. Google does have YouTube, which is where a new report says they’ll do battle for eSports streaming. In an effort to remain relevant in the face of so many upstart competitors, Google is transitioning YouTube, with the latest iteration possibly involving real-time eSports viewing. There are said to be 50 engineers working on this new YouTube feature, which will ultimately lead a refresh of the YouTube Live platform.

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