Verizon may be preparing to launch an online video streaming service next year that will rival similar services like Netflix and Hulu as well as traditional cable providers. Citing sources familiar with the situation, Reuters reported today that the service will be rolled out to markets that do not currently have Verizon's FiOS cable offering.
Rumors have swirled for a long time now that Apple was working on a deal to stream a cable-like TV network that would fight cable and satellite providers. That never came to be even though it sounded like something that would be interesting. In fact, there was never confirmation made by Apple or anyone else that the plan was ever anything more than a rumor, until now.
Netflix reported its Q3 earnings results today and although the numbers were positive, they won't remain so in the upcoming months. CEO Reed Hastings has admitted that the company's recent stumbles, including price hikes and the now canceled plans for Qwikster, were ill received, tarnishing the company's "hard-earned reputation."
Comcast is working on a new service called AnyPlay that will add the ability to stream live TV to its Xfinity TV app for iPads. The service will compete with Time Warner's similar offering, but will only work with the Motorola IPTV box and the tablet being streamed to must be connected to a home network.
Dish Network and Blockbuster announced a new service called Blockbuster Movie Pass that offers internet movie and TV show streaming as well as DVDs, Blu-ray discs, and games by mail. The service will start October 1 and the announcement couldn't have come at a better time, taking aim at Netflix just days after the ill-received Qwikster spinoff.
With several different video streaming firms plying their wares on the streaming video market today they are all out to lure customers in with all the streaming content they firms can get hands on. One of the popular streaming services is Roku and the company has announced that it secured the rights to stream short form Disney videos to viewers.
If you're a Hulu Plus subscriber and an Android user, you're chances of being able to use the Hulu Plus app on your smartphone or tablet has just increased slightly. The Hulu Plus app for Android first rolled out in June with support for only six devices, but an update today adds nine new devices to the still very limited roster.
Sony has upgraded its Streaming Player set-top box with a next-gen SMP-N200 model that now boasts the ability to stream 3D content. The device provides a variety of connection options, allowing you to turn any TV into a connected Smart TV. It was first unveiled at IFA 2011, where it was named one of the top ten new products at the show.
The new Sony Entertainment Network is now online following the company's announcement at IFA 2011 that all of its music, video, and gaming offerings will now be under one big umbrella. That umbrella, Sony Entertainment Network or SEN, will encompass both the Qriocity music and video services as well as the PlayStation Network.