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DirecTV NOW: 7 reasons to beware

DirecTV NOW: 7 reasons to beware

DirecTV NOW is open for business, and cord-cutters with a taste for live television have another option for their home entertainment. AT&T's play for Millennials - and indeed anyone who wants to trim their monthly spend on huge TV channel bundles from traditional cable TV providers - launches with a tempting $35 per month promotion and plenty of fanfare, but is it really the PS Vue and Sling TV eclipsing, Netflix replacing, Amazon Prime Video burying super-service DirecTV NOW would have you believe? Read on for the drawbacks and small-print.

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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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Comcast launches Xfinity in UHD for Samsung 2014 models

Comcast launches Xfinity in UHD for Samsung 2014 models

When UHD TVs started appearing at tech events this year, one of the biggest criticisms of the new trend is that while hardware is definitely capable and tempting, there is a lack of content that takes advantage of the considerably higher pixel count. In short, there is still a lack of UHD content for these UHD TVs. Seeking to fill in that gap, Comcast has just launched a new app called Xfinity in UHD, designed to bring in UHD content for 2014 Samsung UHD TVs.

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Apple seeking streaming TV advantage with Comcast

Apple seeking streaming TV advantage with Comcast

Amidst growing concern over the Internet's scalability in the face of rising online media consumption, Apple is rumored to be seeking a partnership with Comcast. If things go according to Apple's plans, it will gain a huge advantage over other TV streaming rivals by having its content travel over a separate line along the "last mile".

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Netflix’s “House of Cards” hits Comcast Xfinity following Sony deal

Netflix’s “House of Cards” hits Comcast Xfinity following Sony deal

House of Cards, the popular Netflix original that snubbed HBO for the Internet video streaming service, will soon be available to Comcast Xfinity subscribers who don't have a Netflix account. Such is the result of a recent deal with Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, which handles certain elements of the show's distribution.

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Target Ticket video service launches to the public, offers digital downloads

Target Ticket video service launches to the public, offers digital downloads

Late last month, a tip surfaced claiming that Target would be opening its Target Ticket video service to the general public soon, taking it out the previously closed beta it was in. Fast forward a few weeks, and such has proved to be the case, with the new video service officially exiting beta and being available to all who want to try it out.

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Blockbuster On Demand for iOS looks to take on Netflix

Blockbuster On Demand for iOS looks to take on Netflix

Blockbuster On Demand has been available on a heap of devices for a while now, but the app just launched on iOS today, allowing users to stream Blockbuster content on their devices using a per-movie payment scheme. The app launched on Android back in January, and it looks like the company is wanting to spice things up again with an iOS release.

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Vimeo on Demand lets content creators charge for videos

Vimeo on Demand lets content creators charge for videos

Vimeo, one of the top video content sharing websites, is implementing a new feature today that will allow Vimeo users with Pro accounts to sell their videos to their audience. The feature is called "Vimeo on Demand", and content creators can choose whatever content they want to sell, whether its films, episodes, skits, anything for whatever price they want. The sellers are able to sell their content through Vimeo or their own personal website.

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Vimeo kicks off preview of new pay-to-view service

Vimeo kicks off preview of new pay-to-view service

If you stop by Vimeo at some point today, you may notice something new: the addition of full-length movies. Vimeo has always been an outlet for creative types to put their work on display, but lately we've been seeing the video streaming service focus on helping these content creators actually make money. First it was the addition of the the tip jar, and now Vimeo is flirting with the idea of letting creators charge users to view their movies.

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YouView launching in the UK this month

YouView launching in the UK this month

The UK is getting a new way to watch television today with the introduction of the YouView set top box, which offers on-demand content from the likes of the BBC, ITV, and Channel 4 in addition to standard Freeview content. Lord Sugar unveiled the box today in London, saying that it offers an easy to use interface while combing live TV with on-demand internet content.

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MTV On Demand launched in UK

MTV On Demand launched in UK

Looks like Viacom is taking this whole on demand thing seriously. Just the other day we saw South Park On Demand launch in the UK, promising 7 days access to episodes for £3, and now the same is happening with MTV On Demand. The pricing structure is the same, £2 for a 24-hour pass or £3 for the week, and you’ll be able to access various MTV shows including The HIlls, Geordie Shore, and 16 & Pregnant.

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Nokia TV confirmed for Lumia on-demand streaming

Nokia TV confirmed for Lumia on-demand streaming

Recent rumors of a Nokia TV service have now been confirmed by the Finnish handset manufacturer. Following its announcement of Nokia Music and Nokia Reading, the company has now officially announced the Nokia TV service for Lumia Windows Phone users, which will arrive in the coming weeks. It will allow Lumia users to stream TV shows from "catch-up" services of major local broadcasters.

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