Media Streaming

Netflix keeping bandwidth usage low by encoding its video with VP9 and H.264/AVC codecs

Netflix keeping bandwidth usage low by encoding its video with VP9 and H.264/AVC codecs

Last week Netflix debuted offline viewing mode, something that subscribers have been wanting for a long time. With the offline mode, users were allowed to download shows and movies directly to their device to watch on the go without having to stream using WiFi or data connections. Netflix has taken steps to ensure that the downloads are as small and as efficient as possible using VP9 content encoding for downloaded content.

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Amazon Prime Video ready for global rollout soon

Amazon Prime Video ready for global rollout soon

Right now Amazon Prime Video is a streaming service rather like Netflix that is available in only a few countries around the world. Those countries include the US, UK, Germany, Austria, and Japan. A launch in India is planned as well. Hints have started to surface about the global rollout, most notably via a tweet from "The Grand Tour" and former "Top Gear" star Jeremy Clarkson.

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Google and YouTube plan to keep you informed on Election Day

Google and YouTube plan to keep you informed on Election Day

Election Day is tomorrow and no matter what candidate you support, odds are you want to know who will be in charge of our country for at least the next four years. To help you keep up with what's going on, Google and YouTube have outlined their plans to keep you informed on Election Day. Google is giving a pop-up at the top of the screen that you can click to find where to vote in your area.

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Loop aims to replace the kitchen TV with a streaming multimedia device

Loop aims to replace the kitchen TV with a streaming multimedia device

TVs have been in the kitchen for decades now to give people some entertainment while they gather to eat or hang out. A new device called Loop wants to re-imagine the kitchen TV with a retro styled device that can handle three needed family tasks with one screen. Loop is able to act as a communication tool for the family, media player, and a voice controlled smart screen for the home.

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Roku Direct Publisher creates custom channels via feeds

Roku Direct Publisher creates custom channels via feeds

Roku wants to make it easier for publishers to get their content to Roku home users and to facilitate this Roku has announced Roku Direct Publisher. Direct Publisher is an update to the Roku Publishing Platform intended to make it easier for the publishers to reach the over ten million homes that stream content via Roku devices. The big benefit of the new publishing platform is that the publisher doesn't need to create a single line of code to get content onto their own streaming channel on Roku devices.

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Chromecast Ultra officially revealed for November launch

Chromecast Ultra officially revealed for November launch

As the rumors foretold, Google dedicated a little bit of time at its keynote today to reveal the Chromecast Ultra. A new version of the Chromecast meant for folks who are looking for a more premium media streaming experience, Chromecast Ultra will ship at a higher price point than the standard Chromecast, but it'll also support more features - the most notable of which being support for 4K HD.

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How to watch the Presidential Debate online tonight

How to watch the Presidential Debate online tonight

Live streaming the Presidential Debates has become an event multiple outlets clamored to get exclusive rights to this year - lucky you, live video feeds can be found in multiple places. Today we're going to run down the multiple webpages and video portals through which users around the world on desktop or mobile, Windows or OS X, iOS or Android, will be able to stream the United States Presidential Debates - or at least the first of several. We'll be watching too, but you wont find any political commentary from SlashGear proper - we'll leave that to the hearts and minds of our individual writers and their own personal social networking feeds.

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Roku officially announces Express, Premiere, and Ultra streaming boxes

Roku officially announces Express, Premiere, and Ultra streaming boxes

Roku has opened the floodgates today, announcing a total of five new streaming players at a variety of price points. These new Roku streamers range from the fairly basic to feature-packed, and aim to satisfy everyone regardless of if they're using a composite A/V cable set up or a 4K HDTV. This announcement follows a number of leaks, with the latest happening just a few days back.

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4K TiVo BOLT+ announced with 3TB of storage

4K TiVo BOLT+ announced with 3TB of storage

TiVo has announced that it will be giving its BOLT something of a makeover, announcing the pricing and release details for the new BOLT+ today. The BOLT+ is similar in a lot of ways to the original BOLT, offering up support for 4K resolutions and features like QuickMode and SkipMode, but with this latest release, TiVo is stepping up its game a little bit.

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Hulu is axing free streaming (but don’t panic)

Hulu is axing free streaming (but don’t panic)

Hulu is ending its free service and will demand viewers cough up a monthly subscription to watch its streaming shows, though a deal with Yahoo may soften the blow somewhat. Since it launched in 2006, Hulu has offered both free, ad-supported viewing and paid subscriptions, though unusually the latter does not necessarily guarantee no commercials in your stream.

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Chromecast nets 5m sales in two months, jumps to 30m total sales

Chromecast nets 5m sales in two months, jumps to 30m total sales

The competition for streaming device dominance is a fierce one, but Google is one of the companies sitting at the top of the heap. Google announced during its Q2 2016 earnings call that sales of its Chromecast line up of devices has jumped to 30 million. The last time Google shared Chromecast sales numbers was in May, when it said the line had sold 25 million. That means sales have jumped an impressive five million in just a couple of months.

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Como Audio Solo and Duetto streaming audio systems hit Kickstarter

Como Audio Solo and Duetto streaming audio systems hit Kickstarter

Fans of hi-fi streaming audio have a new media player to check out that aims to deliver American sound ingenuity combined with Italian design. The streaming audio devices are called the Solo and Duetto. The Solo is a compact box made of hardwood that doesn't need a smartphone or tablet to stream your favorite music.

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