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Spotify packs in new features for Premium user draw

Spotify packs in new features for Premium user draw

The newest update to Spotify has a few more features added to the subscription tier for users that pay. Users of Spotify Premium will find a few features modified from past versions of the service, as well, and some features will come to some platforms before others. UPDATE: Initial updates to Spotify Premium will begin to roll out to Premium subscribers on both iOS and Android at the same time - welcome to 2018!

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Netflix, Marvel cancel Iron Fist as Disney streaming service looms

Netflix, Marvel cancel Iron Fist as Disney streaming service looms

Marvel and Netflix's collaboration to create their own TV show-format superhero universe for the streaming service has been a big success over the last few years. That's why it came as a surprise on Friday when the companies revealed that Iron Fist was not being renewed after its second season, making it the first cancellation in the Defenders collection of shows, which also includes Daredevil, Jessica Jones, and Luke Cage.

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Genius Apple Music deal has indie fans mad

Genius Apple Music deal has indie fans mad

Apple Music incorporated Genius lyrics this week as Genius added an Apple Music player for Apple Music subscribers. That's the lyrics encyclopedia website Genius, previously known as Rap Genius, now rolling with Apple. Users who visit Genius whilst logged in to Apple Music (with an Apple Music subscription) will be able to play any track for which they're reading lyrics. Just so long as that track is available on Apple Music.

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Google Project Stream invites released: Here’s how to get one

Google Project Stream invites released: Here’s how to get one

Today Google released a wave of invites to their new Project Stream, starting with Assassin's Creed Odyssey. This invite wave is for those users that signed up previously - but this isn't the end of the invite and update phase - not by a long shot! Today we've having a peek at what it's like to drop in on Google's gaming streaming service right out the gate! First we'll have a brief chat about what we needed and what you'll need to get started.

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Caavo Control Center is a universal remote do-all media system

Caavo Control Center is a universal remote do-all media system

This week the folks at Caavo revealed a device that'll control ALL your stuff. Not your smart home stuff - this isn't about lights or sensors or anything - this is for your TV and your varied media-output devices. Caavo can connect your TV to your Amazon Fire TV (or better yet NVIDIA SHIELD TV) or Apple TV, set-top boxes of many sorts, gaming consoles like Xbox One and PlayStation 4, and whatever other oddities you've got delivering signal via HDMI.

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3rd Gen Chromecast sold early, spoils Google surprise

3rd Gen Chromecast sold early, spoils Google surprise

Google's big October Pixel 3 event may not be for another week, but the 3rd Gen Chromecast we're expecting to see debut there has already shown up in the wild. The new version of Google's streaming TV adapter isn't meant to make its official appearance until October 9th, but it seems more than one retailer has pulled the trigger early.

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TiVo BOLT OTA 4K DVR combines broadcast TV with streaming apps

TiVo BOLT OTA 4K DVR combines broadcast TV with streaming apps

This week the folks at TiVo revealed a new DVR set-top box that combines antenna-based television with streaming video services. TiVo BOLT OTA, it's called, and watching and recording local TV programming, national news, sports, and entertainment is its game. But it's also able to connect with services like Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime Video.

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Google Assistant control could make Roku a must-have streamer

Google Assistant control could make Roku a must-have streamer

Roku's video streamers are about to get a whole lot smarter, with Roku OS 9 previewed along with Google Assistant integration and new support for streaming music services. The big update isn't quite ready for release - instead, Roku is pushing out Roku OS 8.2 for Roku TVs, complete with support for the recently-announced Roku TV Wireless Speakers, among other things - but it already sounds like it's worth waiting for.

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Roku Premiere and Premiere+ bring 4K HDR streaming for under $50

Roku Premiere and Premiere+ bring 4K HDR streaming for under $50

Roku has added two new 4K streaming boxes, the Roku Premiere and Roku Premiere+, to its line-up, as well as updating its flagship Roku Ultra player. While rival set-top boxes may be looking to complex features and TV gaming, Roku's new models focus on price for those new to a 4K ecosystem.

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This Amazon Fire TV Stick and Fire TV Cube deal shouldn’t be missed

This Amazon Fire TV Stick and Fire TV Cube deal shouldn’t be missed

Amazon's Fire TV Stick is getting a rare sale, with the streaming set-top box also bringing the Alexa-powered Fire TV Cube in on the action. The two devices promise an easy upgrade for an existing TV to access both on-demand and live content, including TV shows and movies, and music.

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Netflix cancels Michelle Wolf, Joel McHale talk shows after low viewership

Netflix cancels Michelle Wolf, Joel McHale talk shows after low viewership

Netflix has been extremely successful in recent years with its original series and movies, but one category it continues to struggle with is the talk show format. The streaming network has been experimenting with several shows, starting out with the Chelsea Handler-hosted Chelsea and more recently getting Jerry Seinfeld’s Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, but two other new series have been cancelled after brief runs.

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Amazon aims to challenge Spotify, Apple Music in streaming

Amazon aims to challenge Spotify, Apple Music in streaming

Spotify and Apple Music are easily the number one and two players in the streaming music market, respectively, and while Amazon offers plenty of quick and easy access to music, the company is looking to be taken as a more serious rival to the streaming giants. A new report details Amazon's plans for making its Music Unlimited service more recognized among consumers, including its first national TV campaign in the US, and using its lead in the smart speaker market.

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