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ESPN+ launches: Live and on-demand sports for cord-cutters

ESPN+ launches: Live and on-demand sports for cord-cutters

ESPN's brand new all-on-one sports app has launched, bringing its new ESPN+ cord-cutting subscription to iOS, Android, and Amazon Fire devices. Teased earlier this month, the new app completely redesigns ESPN's interface. While you don't need to be an ESPN+ subscriber to get some benefit, however, it's clear that the new on-demand and live streaming is the centerpiece.

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YouTube’s dynamic player comes to Android at long last

YouTube’s dynamic player comes to Android at long last

Back at the tail end of 2017, YouTube launched a new dynamic player for its iOS app. Though it's always a little weird to see new features for Google services come to iOS devices first, it happens more than you'd initially expect. Now, around three months later, the Android YouTube app is being brought up to speed, with a dynamic player of its own launching today.

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Streaming Showdown: Who has the best original shows

Streaming Showdown: Who has the best original shows

Streaming seems to be the way to go these days. Analysts expect that the market would soon overtake and devour traditional TV services, becoming the be-all and end-all of video entertainment at home and on the go. These services, some of them smaller than the network giants that run cable and live TV, often compete on more than just the licensed content they can deliver to their subscribers. They compete, sometimes even more viciously, over original shows that none of their competitors will be able to broadcast. We take a look at some of today’s streaming services to check which ones offer the best selection of original content.

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Live TV Streaming showdown: cord-cutters’ reference

Live TV Streaming showdown: cord-cutters’ reference

Unlike with music streaming, video streaming is going strong, perhaps even stronger. While cord-cutting alternatives like Netflix, YouTube, and the like continue to rise, the desire and need for live TV programs have never gone away. In fact, it’s exactly because of the rise of video streaming that the demand for live TV streaming services has also increased.

Just like traditional cable or satellite TV services, there are quite a few to choose from, and sometimes more choices within each service. We take a look at five of the biggest live TV services, AT&T DirecTV Now, Hulu Live TV, Dish Sling TV, Sony PlayStation Vue, and Google YouTube TV to see how they fare against each other.

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Facebook nets exclusive MLB streaming deal

Facebook nets exclusive MLB streaming deal

Video is becoming a major focus of many social networks out there, but Facebook hasn't quite figured it out yet. Twitter has found some success is live streaming sports on its platform, and lately we've been seeing Facebook attempt to follow suit. Last year, Facebook signed a number of deals to stream UEFA, MLB, and college basketball games, but this year it's thinking bigger.

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VIVE FOCUS’s 8K VR player just made HTC’s headset fascinating

VIVE FOCUS’s 8K VR player just made HTC’s headset fascinating

Visbit has been working on video streaming technology for VR for quite some time, but now it appears that the company's work is ready for prime time. At an HTC VIVE product showcase in China, Visbit announced the launch of its new 8K VR Player, which allows for 8K playback on the VIVE FOCUS while being flexible in terms of internet connectivity.

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Twitch Producer tools, Disney partnership hit YouTube while it’s down

Twitch Producer tools, Disney partnership hit YouTube while it’s down

The video streaming market has become a dog eat dog world, where rivals try to outdo each other with sometimes questionable tactics. Giant YouTube has recently come under fire, yet again, and some of its competitors seem to be circling around it like vultures around a carcass. That might be the feeling that some will get with Twitch.tv’s pair of announcements that are a not so subtle challenge to YouTube, conveniently timed while the latter’s too busy putting out fires.

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Vimeo 8K launch sees Apple-friendly HDR added

Vimeo 8K launch sees Apple-friendly HDR added

Even though it seems like we're just now getting to the point where 4K is starting to take off, Vimeo is already looking toward the future. The company announced today that it now supports HDR and 8K resolution in uploaded videos, allowing it to bound ahead of YouTube, which is still largely focused on 4K. While few people will likely take advantage of 8K support right away, this is a good move to future proof the service a bit.

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DisneyNOW is now the one Disney app to rule them all

DisneyNOW is now the one Disney app to rule them all

Disney seems to be closing rank as far as its digital entertainment goes. It has just started pulling out from Netflix and is now consolidating its children-target mobile apps into one big whole. After nearly half a decade, Disney has decided to make the app situation less confusing for kids and parents alike by combining its Disney Channel, Disney XD, and Disney Junior apps into just one app, simply called, what else, "DisneyNOW".

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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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