Streaming Video

Amazon Prime sports may be streaming’s next big cable-cutter lure

Amazon Prime sports may be streaming’s next big cable-cutter lure

Amazon Prime subscribers may soon get live sports streaming as part of their Prime Video, with the retail behemoth said to be in talks with multiple leagues about a potential deal. Prime, Amazon's $99.99 a year membership scheme, began originally as a way for shoppers to get faster shipping on all of their orders with no individual surcharges, but has subsequently expanded to include a variety of content as well. In addition to Prime Video, which offers on-demand TV shows and movies, there's Prime Music, a lending library of Kindle ebooks, and more.

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How to use Instagram disappearing photo and video messaging

How to use Instagram disappearing photo and video messaging

If you can't beat 'em, "borrow heavily" from 'em. Instagram isn't the only company to look to its competitors' strategies in order to keep pushing ahead, but the Facebook-owned photocentric social site certainly has a tendency to look to Snapchat for inspiration periodically. That seems to have led to the creation of Instagram's latest feature.

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AT&T will detail DirecTV Now on Nov 28: 4 things to know now

AT&T will detail DirecTV Now on Nov 28: 4 things to know now

AT&T's DirecTV Now streaming service, with which the cable company is hoping to persuade cord-cutters to keep sending them at least a little money every month, will be officially detailed before the end of the month. Exactly what will be included for the $35-per-month subscription fee will be confirmed at an event in New York City on November 28, AT&T has confirmed this morning. According to the company, DirecTV Now will be "a new way to stream live TV", even though it certainly isn't the first option.

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The Grand Tour premieres tonight as Amazon cuts Prime prices

The Grand Tour premieres tonight as Amazon cuts Prime prices

After waiting nearly a year and a half, The Grand Tour is set to premiere on Amazon Prime video tonight. That means fans of former TopGear hosts Jeremy Clarkson, James May, and Richard Hammond will once again be able to see them in front of the camera and behind the wheel. The show was first announced back in July of last year, and since then, Clarkson, May, and Hammond have been travelling the world filming episodes for their new series.

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AT&T to lure DirecTV Now subs with free Apple TV or Fire TV Stick

AT&T to lure DirecTV Now subs with free Apple TV or Fire TV Stick

AT&T plans to use a free Apple TV or Amazon Fire TV Stick to turn consumers weary of sky-high cable bills into DirecTV Now subscribers, documents inadvertently leaked by the company have confirmed. The service, which AT&T confirmed back in October will be priced at just $35 per month, is expected to offer both live and on-demand streaming. With it, the company hopes to get a bite of the growing cord-cutter market.

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Facebook now lets verified users schedule Live broadcasts

Facebook now lets verified users schedule Live broadcasts

Facebook Live is starting to come into its own as a broadcasting platform, but it's still missing a few key features that its competitors have. Facebook is moving to fix at least one of those missing features by announcing today that streamers can schedule broadcasts using the Live API. At the moment, this feature is only available to verified accounts, but will be going live to all other accounts soon.

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YouTube will livestream the election debates, too

YouTube will livestream the election debates, too

Both Facebook and Twitter will be livestreaming the 2016 Presidential debates, and now YouTube has announced that it will be, too. The company is pushing for individuals to get out and vote this election season, and in that spirit it has announced the #voteIRL campaign. Livestreaming and campaigns such as this both largely target young viewer bases, the same group that is unlikely to have a regular cable subscription through which to watch the events.

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Facebook will livestream election debates via ABC News deal

Facebook will livestream election debates via ABC News deal

If you don’t have cable but want to catch the general election presidential debates, Facebook is hoping you’ll tune into its livestreaming platform. Thanks to the deal with ABC News, Facebook will serve as a livestreaming platform for all four 2016 general election debates broadcasted by ABC; this is similar to Facebook’s previous streaming of the Democratic and Republican conventions.

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The CW prepares to launch subscription-free streaming

The CW prepares to launch subscription-free streaming

The CW is making a big move many of its peers are still too afraid to make: it is getting ready to launch subscription-free streaming across just about every major device, including Apple TV, Fire TV, Chromecast, Roku, and Xbox, as well as on iOS and Android, and over AirPlay. Because it will be subscription-free streaming, you won't need an applicable for-pay cable plan in order to sign in and access the content.

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Hulu is axing free streaming (but don’t panic)

Hulu is axing free streaming (but don’t panic)

Hulu is ending its free service and will demand viewers cough up a monthly subscription to watch its streaming shows, though a deal with Yahoo may soften the blow somewhat. Since it launched in 2006, Hulu has offered both free, ad-supported viewing and paid subscriptions, though unusually the latter does not necessarily guarantee no commercials in your stream.

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Facebook begins testing ad breaks for Live broadcasts

Facebook begins testing ad breaks for Live broadcasts

It was bound to happen eventually, and now it looks like advertisements in Facebook Live videos may be around the corner. Facebook has announced that it's rolling out small-scale tests where it will insert ads into live streams broadcast on its platform, alerting agencies to the fact that their ads - usually pulled from promoted video campaigns on the social network - may begin appearing in Live videos around the site.

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Netflix blames confused customers not rising prices for Q2’s failings

Netflix blames confused customers not rising prices for Q2’s failings

Netflix fell far short of its goals for subscriber growth in Q2 2016, blaming customer confusion around price rises for missing its 2.5m target. The streaming video service had predicted adding 2.5m users worldwide in the three month period, but confirmed today that only 1.68m were added, as churn - the number of people canceling their service - proved greater than Netflix had expected.

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