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Nickelodeon to introduce its own video subscription service

Nickelodeon to introduce its own video subscription service

As consumers continue to drop traditional cable in favor of various video streaming services, some companies and networks are (finally) accepting reality and getting on board with their own offerings. HBO announced its own video subscription service plans in the recent past, and consumers recently scored another option with the introduction of Sling TV. Viacom, which has notoriously been picky about where and when its shows are available online, is about to do its own dabbling in the world of video subscription services, and it'll be doing so through Nickelodeon.

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YouTube matures, uses HTML5 video by default

YouTube matures, uses HTML5 video by default

Further driving the obsolescence of technology like Flash, Google is announcing that YouTube will default to using HTML5 video by default, at least on the most recent versions of major browsers. While it might take some time before the web is truly rid of Flash, it is a brave move forward especially for a service that is absolutely reliant on the smooth and flawless delivery of multimedia content. It also shows how much the web has grown up to replace the benefits once provided only by the likes of Flash.

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Amazon opens “Transparent” series to everyone for one day

Amazon opens “Transparent” series to everyone for one day

Netflix has dominated public attention when it comes to original series, but competitor Amazon has scored its first big series' win with Transparent, a cleverly named series that touches on some heavy issues through a series of characters including Maura. The series has been available for a little while now on Amazon's own video service, and it has found favor with viewers -- so much so that it scored a couple of Golden Globe awards this month. In celebration of that, Amazon is removing that paywall for a single day, allowing anyone to watch the show.

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Netflix tipped in order for Will Arnett’s “Flaked” series

Netflix tipped in order for Will Arnett’s “Flaked” series

Will Arnett will be heading back to Netflix in the near future, according to a recent report tipping the video streaming service in an order for his latest series Flaked. Arnett is perhaps best known for his role in Arrested Development, which landed on Netflix in the recent past, and he is set to star in the new series of his own creation, Flaked, set in Venice, California. Reportedly, the series will be available to all Netflix subscribers next year.

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YouTube to air its own Super Bowl halftime show

YouTube to air its own Super Bowl halftime show

The Super Bowl is known for its (sometimes) amusing advertisements, and they tend to rake in the viewers -- both during the show and afterward on YouTube, where many go to re-watch their favorite ads and others go to catch the ones they missed. YouTube isn't letting this Super Bowl advertisement lust go to waste this year, and has revealed that it will be offering its own halftime show, which will be starring the service's own top stars. The halftime show will include fake Super Bowl advertisements, and the entire ordeal will be streamed live on the video service during the Super Bowl next month.

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Netflix to lose Discovery, Hasbro shows due to contract dispute

Netflix to lose Discovery, Hasbro shows due to contract dispute

Netflix has failed to strike new contract agreements with Hasbro and Discovery, according to multiple reports, and as a result the video streaming service will be pulling content from both once the current contract runs out. This includes popular series' like My Little Pony, Transformers, and some other children's content. It appears it is possible the shows could end up remaining if deals can be struck, but as of now that is looking unlikely and Netflix's kids' content will be shrinking.

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Twitch does Music with new library and broadcasting option

Twitch does Music with new library and broadcasting option

Perhaps taking a cue from YouTube's recent foray into the realm of music, Twitch.tv, more known for its game-related streaming videos, is now dipping its toes into that medium as well. But no, Twitch isn't going to start showing music videos, at least not in the same way. Putting at slight twist to the category, Twitch is offering two types of music channels, one with a library of hassle-free music for live broadcasts, and another for actually broadcasting original music content.

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Microsoft Studios lays down the rules for Let’s Play videos

Microsoft Studios lays down the rules for Let’s Play videos

Watching others play video games, whether on YouTube, Twitch, or any other video streaming or hosting site, is becoming a gaming sub-culture unto itself. The fact that people actually make money off it, particularly through ads, has given rise to some game developer/publisher action that has, in turn, received either criticism or support. Suffice it to say, it is not without controversy. Now Microsoft Studios is making its own clarifications, basically saying that it's OK to stream, or even monetize, Let's Play vids, except when it isn't.

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Netflix reveals plans for early 2015, TV recommendations

Netflix reveals plans for early 2015, TV recommendations

Last year, Netflix introduced a lot of content alongside promises of even bigger things to come in 2015. The new year is here, and with it are additional details about what we can expect in the near future from the content streaming service, including both new premieres and favorite shows that'll be back with new episodes very soon. In addition, the company has also announced its new "Netflix Recommended TV" program to help its customers select their next television model.

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Hulu has more ABC shows inbound

Hulu has more ABC shows inbound

Hulu might not be adding new shows and movies at the same clipped rate as Netflix, but the video streaming service certainly isn't slouching when it comes to providing new content. Earlier this month, Hulu revealed it will be adding several TV series from Discovery network stations on January 1, and last night it followed that up with an additional announcement: a new agreement with Disney-ABC that'll result in streamable episodes of several additional television shows, including Resurrection and Alias.

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