Media Streaming

Plex and TiVo team to bring personal photos, music, and streaming to your DVR

Plex and TiVo team to bring personal photos, music, and streaming to your DVR

Plex and TiVo have announced this week that their products will start to work together soon. The products are the TiVo DVR and the Plex media server that give people an easy way to stream photos, music, and video to devices on their home network like the Roku set top box or Chromecast devices. Plex is able to pull content not only from its local HDD, but from the web as well.

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Roku announces updated search and set top boxes

Roku announces updated search and set top boxes

Roku has announced that some changes have been made to both its software and hardware. The updated software makes it easier for users of Roku set top boxes to find content that they want to watch. Roku has added the ability for consumers to view filmographies, availability, and pricing options they might not have known about before.

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Beatport launches iOS and Android apps with free music streaming

Beatport launches iOS and Android apps with free music streaming

Fans of electronic and dance music who are familiar with Beatport have something new to be excited about. Beatport has announced that it has new apps for Android and iOS devices. These new apps give users access to the features of the Beatport website on the go. Using the app fans can stream unlimited music while on the go.

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Fire TV, Fire TV Stick update brings hotel WiFi, Bluetooth headset support

Fire TV, Fire TV Stick update brings hotel WiFi, Bluetooth headset support

Amazon’s Fire TV and Fire TV Stick might have entered the streaming game later than we’d have liked, but their hardware is still pretty effective. A new update, rolling in today, might even make one or both must-haves for wider audience. With expandable USB storage on the Fire TV, users can expand their library as they see fit. Other tweaks, like better WiFi connectivity for hotels and Bluetooth headset pairing options put Fire TV and Fire TV Stick a bit above the competition.

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T-Mobile Music Freedom gains three more music services

T-Mobile Music Freedom gains three more music services

T-Mobile has been working hard to lure customers away from the other major mobile providers in the US. It has done this by paying for the early termination fees from some carriers and by offering things that other carriers don’t. One of the things that T-Mobile offers that other carriers don’t is called Music Freedom.

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Vessel wants you to pay for video you normally watch for free

Vessel wants you to pay for video you normally watch for free

There are plenty of places for you to go online to watch videos that you can use free. One of the most popular locations for watching these videos is YouTube. A new video streaming site is set to open that wants video consumers to pay to watch videos, that site is called Vessel. After a few months of work, the site is now ready to go public.

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HBO, Showtime, and Sony want an Internet fast lane for TV streaming

HBO, Showtime, and Sony want an Internet fast lane for TV streaming

In the wake of the FCC's Net Neutrality vote, all web content is created equal. However, nothing is every black and white, and there is a new gray area when it comes to managed services. HBO, Showtime, and Sony Corp. are pushing for their streaming content to be treated separately and have talked to Comcast Corp. about being included in their separate data lane for "managed services."

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Amazon Prime Instant Video: Bosch renewed for 2nd season

Amazon Prime Instant Video: Bosch renewed for 2nd season

Amazon Studios just renewed their gritty L.A. detective series, Bosch, for a second season. Bosch debuted in 2014 as a pilot for Amazon Prime Instant Video and has found success with cord-cutters and binge-watchers alike. Bosch has over 31,000 5-star reviews and has become another draw for the streaming service as it looks for anything to set itself apart from its competitors. It appears that Amazon is following Netflix's successful lead by not only get exclusives to TV series like FX's spy drama The Americans. Amazon Studios wants to make a mark with its original content as well.

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Chromecast can be controlled with your TV remote

Chromecast can be controlled with your TV remote

If you use a Chromecast device to throw content from your smartphone onto your TV, I'd wager you have been irritated at some point that it doesn't come with a remote control. The only way to control content on the device is to wake up your smartphone and fiddle with onscreen controls. That is changing with a new update to the Chromecast that adds the ability to pause and play streaming content using a TV remote control.

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Netflix inks documentary deal with Leonardo DiCaprio

Netflix inks documentary deal with Leonardo DiCaprio

Netflix is continuing to add to its slew of original content. Netflix announced a new deal with Leonardo DiCaprio to exclusively air his future documentary projects. This is not Netflix first venture with DiCaprio. Leonardo DiCaprio was the executive producer on his previous collaborations with Netflix, Virunga. Leonardo DiCaprio executive produced the Netflix collaboration Virunga, which is a documentary about protecting a group of endangered gorillas in the midst of the bloody Congo civil war. Netflix and DiCaprio's future offerings will likely play along the same themes of environment and conservation.

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Livestream unveils Broadcaster Mini, brings streaming to all

Livestream unveils Broadcaster Mini, brings streaming to all

A live feed of events is something we often take for granted. For major TV or film studios, it’s not so hard to do. They’ve got the equipment and know-how. You and I, on the other hand, probably aren’t so savvy, but still might want to go live. Livestream, who have been pioneering the consumer streaming effort for years,have introduced a smaller version of their hardware called the Livestream Broadcaster Mini. It attaches to just about any camera, and streams live with the push of a button.

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New House of Cards teaser leaves us hungry for more

New House of Cards teaser leaves us hungry for more

House of Cards is characteristic of change; most notably in how we watch television. The series gave way to binge watching, where all episodes were simply dumped online, ready for our streaming wants. Seasons one and two got Frank and Claire Underwood to the White House via various methods of chicanery, and has brought them to the brink. With season three teasers, we’ve already seen a strained relationship between the two, and the latest installment gives us a bit more insight to the growing divide in (fake) Washington D.C.

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