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HBO NOW’s Apple TV exclusivity will appeal to new cord cutters

HBO NOW’s Apple TV exclusivity will appeal to new cord cutters

HBO NOW is what many have been waiting for. An HBO offering that comes free of a cable subscription, and streams to your smartphone, tablet, or TV via a streaming device. In the wake of Apple’s on-stage announcement they’d be the exclusive provider of the service, we’re learning a bit more about it. If you’re looking to get HBO NOW in time for the Game of Thrones premiere, you’ll have to get an Apple TV. A launch partner, HBO NOW is also exclusive to the Apple TV for three months.

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Report: Apple seeing pushback on iTunes streaming price point

Report: Apple seeing pushback on iTunes streaming price point

The promise of a streaming iTunes library is still on the horizon, reportedly coming to us during WWDC later this year. The idea is simple: take iTunes, and open it up for streaming. The actual execution isn’t so easy. Apple has to re-negotiate existing distribution contracts with record labels to get them to allow for streaming. We’d once heard Apple was aiming for a $7.99 price point for streaming, but a new report says record labels aren’t going for it; they want Apple to charge $10 or more, monthly.

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Meerkat lets you livestream videos over Twitter

Meerkat lets you livestream videos over Twitter

With the rise of personal action cameras and, soon, VR headsets, livestreaming is taking a huge leap forward. We already have a lot of such platforms available, serving different needs, like Twitch and, of course, YouTube. But what if you wanted something a bit simpler, but also something that is as easily accessible as, say, your tweets? That is exactly what Meerkat is trying to offer. Users can simply start live streaming footage from their iPhone or iPad and broadcast it to their Twitter followers and for the whole world.

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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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