Media Streaming

Plex Media Server comes to the NVIDIA Shield

Plex Media Server comes to the NVIDIA Shield

If you've got an NVIDIA Shield, then you already know that it's a useful device for both gaming, and watching movies. It already has apps for your favorite streaming services, as well as a 500GB hard drive for storing your own movies, but today it's getting even more useful.

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TiVo Bolt gains out-of-home streaming and in-home premium download services

TiVo Bolt gains out-of-home streaming and in-home premium download services

TiVo Bolt users have a couple new features to take advantage of that will make it easier to watch streaming and downloaded premium content out of the home. Content can be streamed from the Bolt to compatible mobile devices using the TiVo iOS or Android apps. To stream content from the Bolt to the devices app version 3.7 for iOS or 3.2 for Android is required.

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Android users can soon pay for Netflix with Google Pay

Android users can soon pay for Netflix with Google Pay

Netflix hasn’t exactly had the best year so far. Since they announced their intention to block customers from accessing content using VPNs, they’ve had a lot of backlash. They’re still rolling out a lot of new original content, which is keeping customers on board, however. Today they’ve announced that customers will have a new way to pay for their subscriptions, which should make Android users happy.

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Netflix will raise prices for some customers next month

Netflix will raise prices for some customers next month

Despite a dwindling catalog, Netflix still remains a good deal, at just $7.99. If you're confused about that price, it means that you probably haven't been using the service for more than a couple of years. And if that price sounds about right, then I've got some bad news for you.

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Netflix library shrinks by 30% as company gambles on original content

Netflix library shrinks by 30% as company gambles on original content

Netflix is something of the golden child of streaming. The company that started off shipping DVDs to your door gained massive popularity when they started offering their streaming service. However, troubled times may be ahead for them.

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Netflix will soon let you choose your mobile streaming quality

Netflix will soon let you choose your mobile streaming quality

Netflix has confirmed it has been secretly throttling video streaming to AT&T and Verizon subscribers, but now promises an update to be more transparent is in the pipeline. The on-demand video provider had been delivering low-quality streams over the two largest cellular networks in the US, the WSJ revealed earlier this week, much to the surprise of customers of those networks since there was nothing disclosing such a strategy to them.

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Nielsen will start tracking the use of individual streaming devices

Nielsen will start tracking the use of individual streaming devices

If you've ever wondered how many people have been watching a particular TV show, there's really only one company to turn to. Nielsen has been doing TV ratings since the 1950's, and prior to that, they were providing a similar service for radio. Well, the company is about to enter new territory, by tracking not only what people are watching, but what device they're using to watch it.

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Fluance Fi70 streaming music player has dual 8-inch woofers

Fluance Fi70 streaming music player has dual 8-inch woofers

Fluance has launched a new streaming music player that has a rather retro looking design. It looks like something you would find in an audiophiles house in the '60s. The streaming audio player is the Fi70 and it is offered in black, white, and walnut colors.

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Synology promises personal cloud with new DS416j NAS

Synology promises personal cloud with new DS416j NAS

Despite the best efforts of the cloud, personal network-attached storage haven't gone away, and Synology is courting media-amassing home users with its latest. The DiskStation DS416j borrows the 4-bay flexibility of its business-minded cousins, but puts that quartet of drives to work with hardware encryption.

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Deezer lands for Roku users in France, UK, Canada, and Mexico

Deezer lands for Roku users in France, UK, Canada, and Mexico

Roku fans in a few select countries now have a new streaming option to check out with the launch of Deezer for streaming music. Deezer is now available in France, UK, Canada, and Mexico. The Deezer app for Roku TV users gives users access to tracks, albums, playlists, and their personal Deezer Flow.

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Rhapsody brings big updates to Sonos

Rhapsody brings big updates to Sonos

The team behind Rhapsody's streaming music service has put a lot of effort into figuring out how users listen to their music. According to their VP of Engineering, they've been collecting data for 13 years, and analyzing it to figure out exactly what their users want. And now they're putting out a host of new features, and bringing them to Sonos.

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Netflix re-encodes their library to save bandwidth, increase quality

Netflix re-encodes their library to save bandwidth, increase quality

If I were to check and see where most of my monthly internet bandwidth usage goes, I'd say that the vast majority of it goes to Netflix. The other is probably to game downloads and updates, but Netflix would definitely be king. Thankfully, I haven't had any bandwidth restrictions imposed by my ISP yet, but if/when that day comes, I'll have to re-think just how much Netflix is watched in my house. But luckily, Netflix is already working on a way to cut down their usage by as much as 20%.

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