video streaming

Comcast takes net neutrality fire over Xfinity Xbox streaming

Comcast takes net neutrality fire over Xfinity Xbox streaming

Comcast announced their Xfinity streaming app for the Xbox 360 not long ago, allowing you to stream content from Comcast for free as part of your internet and TV package. The company also said that whatever you stream to your XBox 360 won’t count towards the 250GB data cap. Good news for customers planning to make use of the service, but what about the deeper implications to net neutrality?

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TiVo Premiere upgrade brings 500 GB to your living room

TiVo Premiere upgrade brings 500 GB to your living room

The folks at TiVo have brought on their most impressive set of packages yet with an expanded into model as well as updated models for Premiere XL and Premiere Elite. This update shows off TiVo's already impressive line of DVR capabilities with 75 hours of HD content, this bumping up this version of the entry-level line with 65% more recording space than its previous price proposition. What we're seeing here instead is 75 hours, 150 hours, and a whopping 300 hours of HD content from plans with TiVo.

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Simple.TV’s connected DVR shipping in June

Simple.TV’s connected DVR shipping in June

Simple.TV's cord cutting DVR was unveiled this year at CES although didn't receive its fair share of attention. They've been calling it a cord-cutting DVR for the fact that it can connect right to basic cable connection, or remoted onto a connected smart TV. According to PCMag we expect to see the Simple.TV hit the market sometime this June.

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BBC Project Barcelona confirms archive show downloads

BBC Project Barcelona confirms archive show downloads

Early this month we mentioned rumor floating around that the BBC is set to open up its own digital download platform for archive programming. BBC director general Mark Thompson has now announced a project named Project Barcelona that would allow viewers to download their favorite programs digitally and keep them permanently for a "relatively modest" fee. The archive would be open permanently, and the shows would be available indefinitely to those who license them.

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BBC plans its own digital download platform

BBC plans its own digital download platform

The BBC is reportedly working on its own digital distribution system that will allow users to download their favorite TV shows from the British broadcasting giant. This would be a radical move, as there is virtually no precedent for a broadcaster to offer its content through its own proprietary download-to-own infrastructure. It would be a direct competitor to services like iTunes and Amazon Video on Demand.

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Aereo responds to massive network lawsuits

Aereo responds to massive network lawsuits

Aereo, a company that surely knew it was on shaky legal ground before its founders even created its name, has responded to lawsuits that have been filed by every one of the major television networks. Aereo's business plan is to make over-the-air TV available streaming for free, but networks claim that amounts to stealing their content.

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Amazon nabs Magnolia Pictures digital streaming rights

Amazon nabs Magnolia Pictures digital streaming rights

The biggest headline to make out of this story is not necessarily that Amazon Prime members can now stream Hobo With a Shotgun. Rather, the real story here is the contrast in the fact that Amazon has added another movie studio to its streaming program within one week of Netflix losing one of its biggest content partners. Netflix recently failed to renegotiate its contract with Starz Play.

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Dish Network’s Blockbuster acquisition paid off

Dish Network’s Blockbuster acquisition paid off

In the most recent quarter, Dish Network managed to add 22,000 new subscribers, a feat it says was accomplished by its acquisition of fledgling retail chain Blockbuster. If you are still living in the 1990s, what you probably picture from reading that statement is a bunch of promotional standees in Blockbuster stores offering a special Dish Network subscription package. Nope, the brick-and-mortar section of Blockbuster is very much dead weight, but Dish's marketing of the company's online service seems to be working.

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Comcast Xfinity Streampix revealed to take down Netflix

Comcast Xfinity Streampix revealed to take down Netflix

If you're a user of Netflix streaming service, HULU Plus, or both, you know that there's a lot to differentiate the two, but that not a lot of ground is left to cover after they've taken their piece of the pie. That's where Comcast comes in with Xfinity Streampix. The group has this week revealed, though not formally announced, their upcoming streaming video service which will take command of its 75,000 shows and films that Comcast already offers and adds deals with several large picture companies.

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Netflix partners with eyeIO to reduce bandwidth pressure

Netflix partners with eyeIO to reduce bandwidth pressure

Netflix has become the first client of a new, ambitious startup that promises to offer streaming video content with a significantly reduced bandwidth requirement. In fact, eyeIO says it will cut the amount of bandwidth needed by Netflix streams by more than 50%. With this, the company could potentially further expand its scope on an international level.

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