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Now you can stream Facebook video to your TV

Now you can stream Facebook video to your TV

Facebook has been doubling-down on streaming lately, pushing election debates and more to its addicted audience, and now the social network is adding casting support to your TV. The update allows Facebook to hook up wirelessly to one of a number of set-top boxes or dongles - including Apple TV and Chromecast - and it works both from the mobile app and the browser. The goal, Facebook says, is to broaden the number of ways you can watch video content shared by your friends on the service.

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Amazon Music Unlimited: What you need to know

Amazon Music Unlimited: What you need to know

Look out Apple Music, Tidal, Spotify, and all the other streaming music services: Jeff Bezos is out to poach your subscriptions. Amazon Music Unlimited has broken cover today, another player in the heated on-demand streaming market that aims to differentiate itself by working particularly nicely with the company's own Alexa AI. Question is, does that do enough to differentiate from everything else on the market today?

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First Iron First trailer debuts at NYCC, Sigourney Weaver revealed as Defenders villain

First Iron First trailer debuts at NYCC, Sigourney Weaver revealed as Defenders villain

The Marvel universe taking shape on Netflix has steadily been gaining steam with the debuts of Daredevil and Jessica Jones, leading up to the newest hit, Luke Cage, and now some light is being shed on the next series. At the New York Comic Con this weekend, the first real trailer was revealed for Iron Fist, the story of a young man who returns to New York City after many years away, trained in martial arts to become a living weapon.

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Ultimate Ears PartyUp pairs 50+ speakers for group streaming

Ultimate Ears PartyUp pairs 50+ speakers for group streaming

Pairing two Bluetooth speakers for a stereo pair is tablestakes these days, so Ultimate Ears is cranking music to the next level with PartyUp, for more than 50 speakers in a single group. The new feature, being released today as a firmware update for some of the Logitech-owned company's most popular models, relies on some Bluetooth trickery and a revamped app to make managing large crowds of BOOM speakers straightforward.

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Twitch uploads beta goes live: challenging YouTube at last

Twitch uploads beta goes live: challenging YouTube at last

Just as YouTube took a page out of Twitch's handbook with the roll out of YouTube Gaming, so too is Twitch now borrowing from its competitor. Twitch has announced a new beta program that allows users to upload pre-recorded videos, which may put some pressure on YouTube - at least as far as gaming content is concerned.

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The CW network releases cable subscription-free Apple TV app

The CW network releases cable subscription-free Apple TV app

US television network The CW is making the jump into set-top box streaming in a way that can only be described as a cord cutter's dream come true: with no requirement for a cable subscription. In addition to updating its iOS app, the network has released a new app for the fourth-gen Apple TV that allows viewers to watch The CW — including brand-new episodes of its shows — for free with no login or authentication of a cable subscription.

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Twitch goes ad-free for Amazon Prime members, dropping subscription tier

Twitch goes ad-free for Amazon Prime members, dropping subscription tier

At this weekend's Twitch Con 2016 in San Diego, the Amazon-owned video game live-streaming service announced that it was replacing its premium subscription plan in favor of a closer relationship with Amazon's Prime service. Now, instead of paying $9/month for the ad-free Twitch Turbo, Amazon Prime subscribers will automatically get the ad-free Twitch experience, in addition to deals on games and bonus content.

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Spotify arrives in Japan debuting new lyrics feature

Spotify arrives in Japan debuting new lyrics feature

After years of waiting, streaming music listeners in Japan finally have the option to check out Spotify. The service arrives in the country, said to be the world's second largest music market, this week, albeit as an invite-only beta for the time being. It's likely that the hold up for Spotify's Japanese debut was due to difficulties in reaching deals with local music labels — streaming music hasn't yet caught on like it has with the rest of the world — but the service is using the launch to show off its new lyrics features.

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Amazon’s new Fire TV Stick comes with an Alexa-enabled remote

Amazon’s new Fire TV Stick comes with an Alexa-enabled remote

Amazon seems to be bingeing new device announcements lately. First we got word of the all-new Fire HD 8, then it was the refresh of the Echo Dot, and then the company announced its Kindle for Kids e-reader. The new device train doesn't stop there, apparently, as the company has announced what it's calling the All-New Fire TV Stick.

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Spotify Daily Mix: what it is and why you might want it

Spotify Daily Mix: what it is and why you might want it

This week the folks at Spotify have revealed a feature they call Daily Mix, showing users what they've heard and what they might want to hear next. This is a sort of playlist, as it were, allowing users to add or subtract from said list each day as each list evolves. This list is made with Spotify's smart algorithms which see what the user has been listening to, creating an old/new/really new set of songs for that user to listen to next.

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When is the first Presidential Debate? Live Streaming video detailed

When is the first Presidential Debate? Live Streaming video detailed

Since the year 2008, the last time the United States had a presidential race that the entire world was interested in, a lot has changed in how we're able to access video. The age of Live Video Streams has truly dawned, and we're in a place where it'd more surprising to NOT see the debates available for live streaming online than if they were. And they are. And we've got all the links and video boxes and streamers in the world below, ready for the clicking and the watching.

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Netflix plans to offer 50% original programming in next few years

Netflix plans to offer 50% original programming in next few years

If you're a fan of shows like House of Cards and Stranger Things, then you'll most likely be pleased with Netflix's vision for the future. Netflix CFO David Wells has revealed that the company plans to be offering a 50/50 mix of content within the next few years, with 50% of that content being original programming and the other 50% being licensed content from other networks.

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