Popular music streaming service Rdio launched a companion video streaming site back in April for a limited number of users. Vdio, as it's called, is now open to everyone inside the US and UK. Previously, only Rdio unlimited subscribers had access to the new service, but it's now open to the public and is ready to stream movies to your screen.
Amazon recently picked Alpha House as one of its new original series coming to the company's Instant Video streaming service. However, unlike Netflix, Amazon won't be releasing the entire season all at once. It's not certain what release model Amazon will use, but the company has said that it will indeed be a "different model."
Netflix made a huge impact with the younger crowd when it introduced "Just for Kids," a dedicated section of Netflix that recommends TV shows and movies for young children to watch on a Saturday afternoon. However, Netflix wants to bring the whole family together for movie night, and that's why they have launched Netflix Families.
With the announcement of iOS 7 last week, Apple showed off a handful of new features coming to the new mobile OS later this fall, including Control Center and an entirely new design that aims to be a flatter design than past iterations. While Apple TV was left out of the discussion during the event, it seems Apple will be including some of the new features with the latest Apple TV beta.
There's a 47-inch television sitting in a factory somewhere in China that's about to be revealed to the mainland, and if it succeeds with its smartphone-connected plan of action, the United States may very well be next on its list of places to visit. What we're seeing here is a set of photos taken on a factory floor in China courtesy of microblogger "Only_Engage", the first of which was spotted by Engadget last week, of a television created by the China-based brand Xiaomi. This machine has not yet been officially announced by the company - a company that's been relatively successful thus far in creating low-cost Android devices and an Android-based set-top box for televisions of all kinds.
If you planned on getting your fair share of your favorite television show courtesy of the folks at Time Warner this upcoming entertainment season, you'd better guess again. According to sources speaking with Bloomberg - the anonymous type - Time Warner is offering incentives to media companies to keep their content away from the web. Strange as that might seem, they've suggested that keeping video content out of the libraries of Intel Corp and Apple are said to be just part of the equation.
Sports television network ESPN will be shutting down its 3D channel by the end of the this year. The sports network says that they're yanking the cord on ESPN 3D due to the lack of adoption of the technology, which is sure to be a blow to the company's working their hearts out on 3D television sets.
In an effort to bring its music-streaming service to as many platforms as possible, Pandora launched an HTML5 website geared toward televisions, gaming consoles, and set-top boxes. Pandora says that the new site is "optimized for a 10-foot experience," making it ideal for streaming music in the living room.
It's pretty obvious that Netflix uses a lot of bandwidth, and it accounts for nearly a third of all internet traffic. Furthermore, when it comes to streaming TV shows, Netflix takes up 89% of it, with Hulu and Amazon's Prime Instant Video trailing behind. However, the two are slowly catching up to Netflix.
This week the folks at Kingnovel have released a device by the name of K-R42-1, a so-called "Android TV box" made to utilize the mobile operating system on your big-screen television machine. What's odd about this machine - and similar television boxes running Android - is the fact that Google makes their own "Google TV" platform that also works with Android at its base. The differences between this machine's Android and Google TV's Android are slight.