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Amazon’s offline Prime videos give Netflix a reason to worry

Amazon’s offline Prime videos give Netflix a reason to worry

When it comes to streaming movies and TV shows, Netflix is the name on most lips. The service is popular enough that, as with Google, one may invoke its name as a sort of general indication of one's intentions -- "Let's find a movie on Netflix or something" -- without necessarily intending to use its service. At the end of the day, it's convenience that counts for most people, and users will gravitate to the method of least resistance, whether it is Netflix or a different company entirely. Netflix is pretty simple to use, but it has one big limitation: you need Wi-Fi.

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Google already working on VP10 for tomorrow’s streaming problems

Google already working on VP10 for tomorrow’s streaming problems

Google just recently launched YouTube Gaming, and with it a new generation, not to mention new market, of video streaming users. But while that's well and good from a business perspective, it poses a technological problem for the future when video streaming has become as common as, say, simply loading web pages. Add to that the growing number of 2K, and even some 4K, video content that will soon snake its way online. Good thing then, that Google is already developing the next gen VP10 technology to face those situations head on.

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NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV Plex app adds 4K support

NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV Plex app adds 4K support

NVIDIA’s SHIELD Android TV console just became a little more appealing, at least for Plex faithfuls who prefer to stream their content in the highest quality possible. Today NVIDIA announced that the Plex software that comes pre-installed on its SHIELD Android TV console has been updated with new features, and among those new features is 4K-resolution streaming and HEVC (H.265) support. The app can be updated now through the SHIELD Android TV device by opening the software.

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CBS tipped in plan to livestream Super Bowl 50 ads

CBS tipped in plan to livestream Super Bowl 50 ads

On February 7, 2016, many people will swarm around the TV to watch Super Bowl 50, and a decent number of them will just be in it for the commercials. Watching those coveted Super Bowl commercials has always required you to catch them live or, in recent times, watch them afterwards online. CBS is reportedly having none of that nonsense next year, and instead been tipped in a plan that, as far as the TV industry goes, is huge: it will reportedly be streaming those commercials live in real-time, letting you watch them from your smartphone at the same time someone else is watching them on television.

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Verizon nabs Vice content for its upcoming video service

Verizon nabs Vice content for its upcoming video service

Verizon has struck a deal with Vice Media that will score it some exclusive content for its upcoming video service, it has been announced. Vice produces current events content aimed at younger audiences, and it enjoys a healthy fan base. Verizon will be launching its own video streaming service later on this year, following in the footsteps of several other companies, and under this deal will be making Vice videos available. This is a multi-year deal that spans several content categories.

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Netflix unveils its first Spanish-language original series

Netflix unveils its first Spanish-language original series

Netflix has been working to expand its Spanish language options for U.S. subscribers, a business move that isn't surprising given the large number of Spanish speakers in the nation and around the globe. Last month the video streaming service announced that it would be adding Spanish audio descriptions to some of its content, starting with its original series Narcos. Now Netflix has announced plans to create its Spanish language original series, which will be made available to all of its subscribers around the globe.

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Comcast gets in with the times, outs Stream Internet TV

Comcast gets in with the times, outs Stream Internet TV

You know that video streaming has become an unstoppable force when traditional content providers and operators start flocking to it in order to stay relevant. In order to curb the loss of cable TV subscribers and, at the same time, harvest its growing number of cable Internet customers, Comcast, considered to be the country's largest cable operator, is finally giving in and has just announced its own Stream Internet TV package. It's not a total victory for streaming, however, as the fine print considerably limits what customers can access and where.

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Showtime’s Internet streaming service now live

Showtime’s Internet streaming service now live

In early June Showtime announced it would be following in competitor HBO’s footsteps by launching its own online video streaming service, lending fans of the network’s shows a way to watch them without springing for a cable subscription. The online service is simply called “Showtime”, and though we knew it would be coming before July 12, we didn’t know the exact launch date. As it turns out, today is the big day and those with certain devices can now sign up for a subscription.

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Roku rolls out Search, Feed, and new Roku 2 in the UK

Roku rolls out Search, Feed, and new Roku 2 in the UK

While streaming HDMI dongles like the Chromecast have stolen the spotlight, set-top boxes like Apple TV and Roku still have a large and faithful following. And as a treat for those faithful, Roku is rolling out updates to its software that it started more than a month ago. Arriving on all Roku players, including its own Roku Streaming Stick, are the enhanced Roku Search and Roku Feed features, which are also appearing on Roku's mobile apps. Plus, the new Roku 2 lands in the UK to give interested buyers a more affordable option.

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Seinfeld will start streaming on Hulu starting June 24

Seinfeld will start streaming on Hulu starting June 24

Late last month it was revealed that Hulu will be the exclusive streaming home of Seinfeld, and though we found out at the time that it would arrive in June, a specific date was not provided. Today that changed: Hulu says that you will be able to stream episodes of Seinfeld on the service starting June 26, leaving a little over one month of waiting. Rumor has it Hulu paid more than $500,000 USD per episode for the streaming deal.

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Apple forgoes TV sets, focusing on online viewing platform

Apple forgoes TV sets, focusing on online viewing platform

It looks like we're unlikely to see Apple branded television sets anytime soon. Apple CEO, Tim Cook, said back in 2013 that Apple had a "grand vision" for television, but the latest interpretation of that concept is that moving further away from actual TV sets and closer towards an online viewing platform.The television set market is already highly competitive, with Samsung leading the pack. Apple may be reticent to fight for ground in the saturated market when it can always the lead in new, emerging markets, like Apple Watch in the smartwatch market. According to the Wall Street Journal, Apple is gearing up to compete with a new online TV service.

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Comcast lets you send live-streaming video to a friend’s TV

Comcast lets you send live-streaming video to a friend’s TV

Live-streaming from your smartphone is about to get even easier. Comcast is following the lead of live-streaming apps such as Periscope and Meerkat and adding a live-streaming feature to its X1 set-top-boxes. Comcast is introducing Xfinity Share, a new way for people to send live video feeds to from their smartphones to their own TV's or TV's of friends and family members. You'll just need the home phone number tied to their Comcast account to add friends to your contact list. Users will also be able to stream recorded video from their smartphone's camera roll.

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