video streaming

Amazon reportedly to launch set top box by the holiday season

Amazon reportedly to launch set top box by the holiday season

Earlier today, word surfaced that Amazon has a device in the works called the Amazon Firetube, something said to be similar to the Google Chromecast. Following this, the Wall Street Journal is now reporting that Amazon has plans to launch a set top box in time for the upcoming holidays, something said to be codenamed "Cinnamon" with functionality akin to that of the Amazon Firetube.

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Intel reportedly in talks with Samsung and Amazon for Web TV backing

Intel reportedly in talks with Samsung and Amazon for Web TV backing

In February, Intel announced plans for a Web TV service, something that would be akin to Hulu and Netflix, but that would also offer live TV broadcasts. The given timeline for the service was later in 2013, a time that is quickly nearing and has prompted the company to seek backers for the service. If such backers willing to distribute and fund Web TV aren't found, the project may fizzle away, says sources.

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Netflix relies on piracy to gauge market interests

Netflix relies on piracy to gauge market interests

The media industry has had a long and adversarial relationship with piracy, and Netflix, who provides legitimate streaming access to content, is no different. So it sounds ironic, and yet at the same time almost unexpected, that Netflix indirectly benefits from piracy by helping it choose which shows to buy.

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CBS no longer allows full online episode streaming for Time Warner Cable users

CBS no longer allows full online episode streaming for Time Warner Cable users

Time Warner Cable and CBS have found themselves embroiled in a bit of a spat, with the cable service provider cutting CBS from many major markets earlier today. In response, CBS has issued a jab back, no longer allowing the provider's subscribers to have access to full streaming episodes on its website. As long as Time Warner continues to leave CBS off its maps, its customers will remain blocked.

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Chromecast to get Vevo, Blip, and Devour support

Chromecast to get Vevo, Blip, and Devour support

Chromecast has scarcely been available for more than a week, and has already seen several video services and companies jump aboard. On July 29, we reported that Vimeo and Redbox Instant were both confirmed to be working on support for Chromecast, and earlier today news surfaced that HBO Go and Hulu will be arriving. Now three more services can be added to the list: Blip, Vevo, and Devour.

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Netflix deal with Cinedigm to bring in new titles

Netflix deal with Cinedigm to bring in new titles

Netflix penned a deal with DreamWorks last week to bring 300 hours of content to the video subscription website, a fair number, but perhaps not enough to assuage some user complaints about inadequate streaming options. That will shift in the coming months thanks to a new partnership between the company and Cinedigm, which will bring in new titles of both the movie and TV show variety.

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Comcast X2 entertainment platform unveiled with preference-learning “experience”

Comcast X2 entertainment platform unveiled with preference-learning “experience”

Comcast has announced the next generation of the Comcast X1, its entertainment platform. According to the provider, this new version offers a "personalized experience" that not only allows users to customize their dashboard, but also keeps an eye on the user's preferences and uses that information to adapt. The platform will be rolling out to Xfinity subscribers "later this year."

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Netflix dominates TV show streaming, Hulu and Amazon catching up

Netflix dominates TV show streaming, Hulu and Amazon catching up

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.

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YouTube adds slow-motion video effect feature

YouTube adds slow-motion video effect feature

YouTube has slowly added effects and different things users can add to their videos, allowing them to edit them from within YouTube while retaining all the comments, URL, and such that are already applied to the video. Today the video hosting service added a new feature to Enhancements - Slow Motion. Says the announcement, this feature allows users to slow down videos, giving the appearance they were filmed with a slo-mo camera.

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YouTube monthly subscription costs to battle Cable, not Netflix

YouTube monthly subscription costs to battle Cable, not Netflix

Video streaming group YouTube is said to be preparing a Subscriber Channel service this week with aims at taking on the cable business with month-to-month costs and an ala carte option for users. This service would be served up by Google, owners of the video network, and would likely take payment with the Google Wallet digital payment service. This service would be connected to users' Google Accounts much in the same way Google Play takes payment for apps and multimedia.

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Analysts say Netflix should crack down on account sharing

Analysts say Netflix should crack down on account sharing

Michael Pachter, an analyst for Wedbush Securities, states that around 10 million people are currently using Netflix's service without paying. He says that if Netflix were to crack down on these people and its account sharing policies, it could generate a ton of more profit. Pachter stated in an interview with Bloomberg that it's time for Netflix to "change".

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Verizon’s CEO says video accounts for half of its traffic

Verizon’s CEO says video accounts for half of its traffic

Verizon's CEO attended the National Association of Broadcasters conference, stating yesterday that half of Verizon Wireless's traffic is from videos, a number that is expected to continually increase over the next several years, eventually accounting for about 2/3rds of it. He then went on to discuss a conversation he had with the late Steve Jobs over the iPhone and LTE.

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