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Amazon tipped to be eying a pay TV service of its own

Amazon tipped to be eying a pay TV service of its own

It seems everyone is doing it these days. Verizon recently launched its Go90 pay TV subscription service. And although Apple, as expected, didn't announce such a plan with the new Apple TV, that doesn't remove the possibility that it could still do so a bit later. And now, the most recent rumored player is Amazon. According to sources, the retailer giant has mulled over the possibility of a paid TV program that would significantly bolster its video offering beyond the already prized Prime Video subscription.

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Roku 4 is now official: 4 is for 4K

Roku 4 is now official: 4 is for 4K

With Apple's new Apple TV, the pressure is on long-time players in the set-top box market to start gearing up for tougher competition. One of the oldest in the field is Roku, who is now revealing its play with the new Roku 4 player. As leaked before, the box, which is now really more of a box than a palm-sized trinket, does support 4K video playback. However, that is not the only trick that this new dog knows, a set that includes an upgrade to the Roku OS software as well.

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Rhapsody launches KIDS mode to wean toddlers on streaming

Rhapsody launches KIDS mode to wean toddlers on streaming

The music streaming market is getting crowded, with almost everyone and anyone coming up with their own spin. Heck, even messaging platform LINE has one. And with Apple's entry into the market, the game is definitely on. Rhapsody has been one of the pioneers in that industry, especially in the "listen all you can for a monthly subscription" business and now it is looking towards a slightly fresh new market: kids. No, it isn't starting a new subscription service but is updating its mobile apps to be more child-safe.

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Netflix goes to Singapore, Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan early 2016

Netflix goes to Singapore, Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan early 2016

It actually didn't take weeks for Netflix to officially announce its rumored expansion in Asia. The world's largest Internet video streaming service has revealed that it is indeed coming to more countries early next year, particularly in South Korea, Singapore, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. Leaving out details of its potential partnership with local carriers, as well as pricing, Netflix's announcement is practically a battle cry and a challenge to rivals that are also trying to make it big in other markets outside of main ones like the US or UK.

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Google already working on VP10 for tomorrow’s streaming problems

Google already working on VP10 for tomorrow’s streaming problems

Google just recently launched YouTube Gaming, and with it a new generation, not to mention new market, of video streaming users. But while that's well and good from a business perspective, it poses a technological problem for the future when video streaming has become as common as, say, simply loading web pages. Add to that the growing number of 2K, and even some 4K, video content that will soon snake its way online. Good thing then, that Google is already developing the next gen VP10 technology to face those situations head on.

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Hulu strikes mega-deal with EPIX, will add hit movies soon

Hulu strikes mega-deal with EPIX, will add hit movies soon

Hulu has announced a new “landmark” deal with EPIX, giving it streaming video on demand rights to a roster of movies from MGM, Paramount, Lionsgate, and more. Starting October 1, Hulu will provide a wide range of hit movies for streaming, including things like World War Z, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Anchorman 2, and more. Some of the movies destined for Hulu, such as Interstellar, haven’t been available for streaming online previously, making this a big score for Hulu.

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Ayris bluMe Hi-Fi Bluetooth music receiver works with any music system

Ayris bluMe Hi-Fi Bluetooth music receiver works with any music system

Audiophiles and music fans probably have a stereo system at home that has been around since before music streaming. You may also have a set of powered speakers that sit around missing out on tunes from your favorite streaming app. A device called the Ayris bluMe Hi-Fi music receiver has debuted that is designed to give legacy music devices access to your favorite streaming services.

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Square Enix Dive In game streaming shutting down 13th September

Square Enix Dive In game streaming shutting down 13th September

Some services, products, or companies celebrate their anniversaries with a party. But not Square Enix's Dive In. The game streaming service will marking its first and only anniversary by shutting down. This was practically the message that the popular game publisher sent when it announced that Dive In will cease operations on the 13th of September. Given it has barely been a year in the market, however, there will probably be few tears shed and Square Enix itself might be more interested in moving on to a different cloud venture.

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You can Stream Xbox One to Windows 10 in very high quality

You can Stream Xbox One to Windows 10 in very  high quality

While many hailed the ability to stream Xbox One games to Windows 10 PCs, it was not without its limitations. The feature offered different levels of quality, from low to high. Being very picky eaters, gamers naturally wanted more, along the lines of the same quality as the Xbox One output itself. While the Xbox PC app didn't allow that, it seems there is a way to actually force it to stream in "very high quality". Of course, it affects your network, but for some, it might be well worth the sacrifice.

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Dr. Dre’s Compton is streaming on Apple Music now

Dr. Dre’s Compton is streaming on Apple Music now

Delivering as promised, Dr. Dre's first full length album in a very long time is now available exclusively to Apple Music subscribers before it spreads to the general public. Streaming over Apple's shiny new music streaming service, "Compton" brings Dr. Dre back to the scene in what he called his grand finale, reclaiming his spot in the music industry after the failure that was Detox. Given the historical significance of this album, and since it's Dr. Dre, Apple Music users might as well enjoy their exclusive time with the album before everyone else does.

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Shinra released SDK for building creating cloud games

Shinra released SDK for building creating cloud games

Unless you're a Final Fantasy fan or at least an avid gamer, the company's name might mean little to you. That might be well and good since Shinra Technologies barely has anything to do with the game franchise, other than being spun off from Square Enix. And unlike its in-game counterpart, Shinra isn't obsessed with sucking the world dry of resources. Instead, it is actually interested in building worlds. Virtual worlds, that is. And its first plan of action to make available the Community Cloud Development Kit to indie game developers for free.

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Xbox One game streaming switched on for Windows 10

Xbox One game streaming switched on for Windows 10

In little less than two weeks, Microsoft will finally unveil its "universal" Windows 10 OS. To show solidarity with its PC sibling, the Xbox One is also revving up the hype machine. For starters, game streaming from the console is now enabled for everyone who has, or will have, a Windows 10 computer. But that's just the tip of the iceberg. The real meat is coming with the July update of the Xbox App on Windows 10, turning it into your one stop shop for your Windows Store and "regular" Windows games.

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