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Roku launches its own channel with free ad-supported movies

Roku launches its own channel with free ad-supported movies

Roku has announced the launch of its own channel, one that is, appropriately, called 'The Roku Channel.' This channel provides free movies for all Roku users located in the US, though it is supported by advertisements. The channel is available on both Roku smart TVs and on Roku streaming boxes and sticks, and it doesn't require any logins.

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Reddit’s getting video backlash already

Reddit’s getting video backlash already

Reddit made an announcement today that will likely cause some controversy among its massive community. Reddit's native video platform is going live across the entire site in an expanded beta test. Previously, the Reddit video player was only available in around 200 communities as part of a limited testing phase.

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Twitch desktop app is finally out, powerful and cluttered

Twitch desktop app is finally out, powerful and cluttered

Although YouTube is the household name for streaming videos in general, Twitch is still considered the granddaddy of the niche, but also lucrative, game streaming market. But despite its age and its fame, Twitch, now owned by Amazon, hasn’t exactly been that quick to jump outside the comforts of the web browser. Well, it’s finally here folks! The Twitch desktop app is finally out of beta and available for all to use. And it has everything that the browser version has, which may or may not be a good thing.

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Facebook Watch takes on YouTube, TV with original shows

Facebook Watch takes on YouTube, TV with original shows

They all try to kill the age-old TV but end up themselves becoming one. Sort of. Facebook has just taken a major step forward that puts it at odds not just with YouTube but with every tech company that is trying to become the TV of the future today. More than just one single place to find videos on Facebook (it already has a Video tab for that), Watch is a platform that brings order and consistency amidst the randomness of Facebook videos. In other words, episodic content or regular shows that revolve around a theme or personality. This, folks, is Facebook TV.

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CBS streaming sports channel inbound, but only for Internet TV

CBS streaming sports channel inbound, but only for Internet TV

CBS is gearing up to launch a streaming sports channel, but it will only be made available through TV services that provide live television channels over the Internet. The channel will be launched later on 2017, and though we don't yet know what this channel will be called, we do know it'll distinguish itself from competing sports offerings like Fox Sports and ESPN. The streaming channel will be modeled after the company's existing CBSN infrastructure, as well.

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YouTube’s war on extremism brings out the big guns

YouTube’s war on extremism brings out the big guns

Earlier in the summer, YouTube announced a four-pronged plan to combat online terrorism and the promotion of violent extremism on its platform. The four different strategies YouTube announced include both machine learning algorithms and review by real people, suggesting that YouTube is trying to tackle this issue from multiple angles. YouTube has given us an update on this initiative, telling users how things are going one month later.

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Verizon throttling confession raises net-neutrality questions

Verizon throttling confession raises net-neutrality questions

It's been an interesting 48 hours for Verizon customers. Two days ago, some users discovered that Verizon may have been throttling their connections to video services like Netflix and YouTube. What's particularly strange is that under normal circumstances, average users wouldn't even realize they were being throttled.

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Nintendo Switch’s first streaming app inbound, others coming soon

Nintendo Switch’s first streaming app inbound, others coming soon

The Nintendo Switch would make a great portable multimedia device if not for the fact that it isn’t exactly a multimedia device. Or rather, it currently lacks one of the most popular entertainment pastimes of the modern age: video streaming. Nintendo did promise that video streaming apps would come in time. And apparently that time is this week with the first streaming app that you can’t have. Not unless you’re in Japan.

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Hulu adds HBO, just in time for new Game of Thrones

Hulu adds HBO, just in time for new Game of Thrones

We're now just 10 days out from the return of Game of Thrones, and just in time for the new season, Hulu has added both HBO and Cinemax to its streaming lineup. Like Showtime before them, HBO and Cinemax are being added as paid add-ons to Hulu plans, so don't expect a free ride into the lands of Westeros.

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The best free Netflix alternatives you’ve never heard of (mid-2017)

The best free Netflix alternatives you’ve never heard of (mid-2017)

Somewhere in the vast expanse between Netflix and piracy lies a slew of free, legal streaming services, some more appealing than others. These free services are supported by advertisements -- there's no free lunch, after all -- but they're a solid option for anyone who wants to ditch cable without racking up a similar bill. You've probably heard of the most popular ad-supported service, Crackle, but how about these options?

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Here’s how to turn on YouTube’s hidden Dark Mode

Here’s how to turn on YouTube’s hidden Dark Mode

YouTube, for all of its benefits, still lacks at least one basic feature a lot of other video players around the web have. That, as you've probably guessed from the title, is dark mode - even though YouTube has been around since 2006, there's been no official way to "dim the lights" so you can better focus on the video in front of you. Or, to put a finer point on it, there's been no official way that we know about.

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Twitch starts rolling out 1080p/60fps streaming option

Twitch starts rolling out 1080p/60fps streaming option

Live streaming is quickly becoming not just the latest new trend but also the hottest new monetization source (read: ads). And while there are a lot of new live streaming platforms popping up, Twitch.tv is still considered to be the granddaddy of such services. It is only appropriate, then, that the now Amazon-owned company is initiating a new thrust that will push the quality of live streaming forward. And it is doing so by finally making streaming at a higher quality of 1080p available to the masses, just in time for the entertainment industry's push for even more insane 4K resolutions.

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