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YouTube livestream broadcasting coming to mobile app really soon

YouTube livestream broadcasting coming to mobile app really soon

The game is on! The live streaming game, that is. Facebook was recently reported to be signing up and paying networks celebrities to use its Facebook Live platform and naturally YouTube isn't going to take things sitting down. No, it won't be making such contracts (not that it doesn't already for all we know). Instead, YouTube is going to put the power into hands of the masses, by rolling out the live streaming feature baked right inside the regular YouTube app soon.

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Facebook Live leaked to soon have celebrities paid to use it

Facebook Live leaked to soon have celebrities paid to use it

Everyone is aiming to cash in on the livestreaming business these days, but it seems that Facebook will be cashing out first before that happens. Leaked documents seen by The Wall Street Journal reveal that Facebook has just signed deals with 140 media companies and celebrities which will distribute no less than $50 million among them. The purpose of the deal? To generate livestreaming content to keep its Facebook Live hub populated and prevent it from descending into obsolescence. And, of course, to keep Facebook users hooked on the service, generating traffic and, therefore, revenue.

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BitTorrent Live tries to fix live streaming woes with P2P

BitTorrent Live tries to fix live streaming woes with P2P

BitTorrent, or simply "torrent", may now be more easily associated with piracy, but the technology originated from a desire to distribute files, especially large ones, more efficiently, without being beholden to a single server or its limited bandwidth. That need is greater today with the rise of live streaming, which has practically democratized news and event coverage away from media giants. In a similar vein, BitTorrent, the company behind the technology, is announcing BitTorrent Live, a "multichannel, live and linear video streaming platform". In other words, a peer-to-peer live streaming platform.

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Netflix may let you download videos in the future

Netflix may let you download videos in the future

Despite a steady decrease in the amount of content over the last couple of years, Netflix still remains one of the top video streaming services here in the US. Whether you're at home watching it on your TV, or on the bus with your phone, it's pretty easy to use almost anywhere. But wouldn't it be much nicer if you could just load up some episodes of your favorite show, and watch them without having to rely on an internet connection?

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Netflix’s un-grandfathering you: here’s what it’s doing with the extra money

Netflix’s un-grandfathering you: here’s what it’s doing with the extra money

We’ve known for a long while that Netflix planned to ‘un-grandfather’ a lot of subscribers into its previously-increased higher monthly price, and the time of reckoning is upon us. In May 2014, Netflix increased the price of its two-streaming HD plan to $9.99/month, an increase of two dollars. Those who already subscribed at the $7.99/month price point would be grandfathered in, though, and remain at that price…until May 2016, a couple weeks from now. In a recent letter to shareholders, Netflix detailed that un-grandfathering and how it's putting your extra two dollars to use.

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Amazon Prime Video spells disaster for Netflix

Amazon Prime Video spells disaster for Netflix

Amazon just recently announced their plans to allow customers to subscribe to their video streaming service for a monthly fee. This has understandably confused a lot of people. After all, subscribing to Prime Video on a monthly basis actually costs more than buying a regular Prime membership. But the move is actually a brilliant one by Amazon, and they couldn't have timed it better.

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Amazon Prime Video to get a separate monthly subscription

Amazon Prime Video to get a separate monthly subscription

Amazon just made a move that has been both predicted long ago yet unexpected in its arrival. It will soon be offering a separate subscription tier for its TV and video collection that does away with annual contracts in favor of monthly piecemeal payments. Yes, Amazon Prime Video is finally going with a monthly tier. Although analysts have long seen it coming, no one was really able to predict when it would arrive. The timing, however, practically pits Amazon against the video streaming giant known as Netflix.

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Livestream’s clever Mevo camera adds Facebook Live support

Livestream’s clever Mevo camera adds Facebook Live support

Livestream's Mevo camera has become the first to throw its metaphorical hat into the streaming ring, announcing it'll support Facebook Live. The new Facebook Live API was announced this morning at F8 2016, the social network's annual developer event, as a way for third-party devices to beam content directly to viewers.

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The HTC 10 supports Apple AirPlay, but that’s just the start

The HTC 10 supports Apple AirPlay, but that’s just the start

Cast your eye across the row of media streaming icons on the HTC 10's packaging, and one of them may stand out as unusual. The new smartphone is the first Android device to support Apple's AirPlay out of the box, allowing easier streaming of content from the smartphone to products like Apple TV.

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Sony announces ULTRA 4K streaming service

Sony announces ULTRA 4K streaming service

4K TV's have been growing in popularity over the last year or two. The prices have finally started hitting a point where buying one doesn't break the bank. So you pick up a nice big 4K TV and you bring it home and set it up. But where's the 4K content? Well Sony is about to launch a new streaming service just for streaming content designed for your brand new TV.

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Redbox is considering another try at streaming video service

Redbox is considering another try at streaming video service

Redbox, the service known for physical movie rentals via DVD kiosks, is making plans to once again dip its toe into the digital streaming market. A new report from Variety says the company is looking to resurrect Redbox Instant, the streaming service that was shut down in late 2014 after less than two years of operation in partnership with Verizon, with it now being called Redbox Digital.

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German court says Apple infringed on OpenTV streaming patent

German court says Apple infringed on OpenTV streaming patent

You win some, you lose some. Apple has been both on the giving as well as the receiving end of patent infringement lawsuits. And it doesn't always win those. In Germany, the Dusseldorf District Court ruled that Apple infringed on patents held by Swiss company Kudelski and its OpenTV unit. These patents relate to video streaming technologies and, as such, Apple is being ordered not to use such software in its devices sold in Germany, including iPhones, iPads, and the Apple TV.

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