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Microsoft’s Beam app starts challenging Twitch on Xbox One

Microsoft’s Beam app starts challenging Twitch on Xbox One

Last summer, Microsoft acquired livestreaming service Beam as part of its plans to further integrate its Xbox gaming platform with Windows 10, and now it appears it's ready to start positioning Beam as a serious rival to Twitch. The company has announced that a new Beam app is coming to the Xbox One, with select Xbox Insider Program members getting early access starting this weekend.

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Sonos has Alexa control working, but don’t hold your breath

Sonos has Alexa control working, but don’t hold your breath

Sonos has given its first public demonstration of Amazon Alexa integration, though the streaming speaker company says the actual roll-out of voice control is still some way off. The two companies announced a partnership back in August 2016, which will see Amazon's virtual assistant supplant the current iOS, Android, and desktop remote apps for Sonos' popular speaker line-up. Still, according to Sonos it's not ready for primetime yet.

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NVIDIA’s original SHIELD TV Android 7.0 update is out: Here’s what you get

NVIDIA’s original SHIELD TV Android 7.0 update is out: Here’s what you get

NVIDIA's original SHIELD TV is getting its big SHIELD Experience 5.0.2 update today, bringing the media-streaming games console up to date with Android 7.0 Nougat and a host of other features. The new software was promised back at CES 2017, and unexpectedly comprehensive refresh of the first-generation SHIELD TV that brought to it many of the abilities of the brand new, second-gen model also announced. After a false-start earlier in the month, Software Update 5.0 for the Shield TV (2015) is available today.

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Tidal found to be exaggerating its subscriber numbers

Tidal found to be exaggerating its subscriber numbers

While we've been hearing rumors for months about Tidal potentially being bought out by larger streaming music rivals like Apple or Spotify, it appears the Jay Z-owned company may be in a more dire situation. A new report out of Norway says that Tidal's subscriber numbers are much lower than what they claim, and that the company has been embellishing its user count for several years now.

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“House of Cards” Season 5 delayed amid Netflix bumper growth

“House of Cards” Season 5 delayed amid Netflix bumper growth

"House of Cards" season five won't air until Q2 2017, Netflix has confirmed today, disappointing fans of the award winning series. News that the show had been renewed for a fifth season was confirmed a year ago, in January 2016, before season four had even aired on the on-demand streaming service. However, we now know that there'll be longer to wait before we get to see it.

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Streaming was the largest form of US music consumption in 2016

Streaming was the largest form of US music consumption in 2016

It was only a couple of years ago when we writing about how streaming had a long way to go to catch up with digital purchases and downloads of music. Well, 2016 was the year that streaming not only caught up, but dominated the way music was consumed in the US. Stats released by Nielsen have shown that for the first time ever, streaming topped the digital sales of songs and albums.

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Netflix made an infinite runner browser game starring its original shows

Netflix made an infinite runner browser game starring its original shows

You could argue that, as long as they have an internet connection, Netflix subscribers can never claim to be bored, what with all the endless hours of content to stream. Should you still find yourself in that situation, whether you're a subscriber or not, you can now kill some time with Netflix's new browser game. Dubbed Netflix Infinite Runner, it features characters from the streaming service's hit original shows, and is completely free to play.

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Netflix movie list January 2017 – what’s new, what’s done

Netflix movie list January 2017 – what’s new, what’s done

Netflix users are preparing their minds for the possibility that January will be an end-time for some of their favorite movies and episodic series. At the same time, January is a time of rejuvenation in the streaming content universe, where such monster hit movies as the original Superman: The Movie and The Shining begin to be available. This is also the time at which the Netflix Original series Lemony Snicket's A series of Unfortunate Events begins. That's Netflix' own series, not the Jim Carrey movie - fortunately or unfortunately, depending on your taste.

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‘Lost in London’ to be first movie live streamed to theaters

‘Lost in London’ to be first movie live streamed to theaters

The idea of using traditional movie theaters to broadcast showings of stage plays or live stream events and presentations from other locations isn't new, but what hasn't been done is live streaming an actual movie as it's filmed. That will change on January 19th, with the release of a new experiment from actor Woody Harrelson called "Lost in London Live."

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Apple’s TV app lands in iOS 10.2 and tvOS 10.1: What you should know

Apple’s TV app lands in iOS 10.2 and tvOS 10.1: What you should know

Apple's attempt to cut through the confusion of cable television continues, with its new TV app arriving on iPhone, Apple TV, and iPad today. Part of the iOS 10.2 release for iPhone and iPad, as well as tvOS 10.1, the TV app aims to put all of your streaming content - no matter the provider - into a single location. Along the way, Apple hopes to simplify how many login details you have to punch in too.

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Music documentary ‘808: The Movie’ debuts as Apple Music exclusive

Music documentary ‘808: The Movie’ debuts as Apple Music exclusive

Apple Music has been able to secure a number of exclusive albums and singles for its subscribers since it first launched, but as we've heard in recent months, Apple is quickly looking to add video to its offerings. As one of the first of these releases, Apple Music on Friday began streaming the documentary 808: The Movie, an in-depth look at the Roland TR-808 drum machine and its wide influence on popular music.

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Netflix wants this DIY stuffed bear to control your TV

Netflix wants this DIY stuffed bear to control your TV

Connected Mr. Bear is a toy with a light-up heart that controls what's played on your Netflix account. What's even creepier than this bear being able to control what you watch is its choice of TV shows. You see, as Netflix sees it, Full House (or Fuller House) is the perfect jumping-off point for a new kind of connected toy. A toy with a light-up heart - one that demands you watch Full House when it commands.

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