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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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Walmart’s Vudu service now lets you convert discs into digital movies

Walmart’s Vudu service now lets you convert discs into digital movies

If you have a large movie library on disc and you happen to use Walmart's streaming service, Vudu, then you might like this bit of news. Walmart has announced that it will now allow Vudu users to convert their disc-based movies to digital ones, regardless of if they're DVDs or Blu-Rays. The service goes live today and it supports around 8,000 movies.

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Twitch will soon let you purchase the games you watch

Twitch will soon let you purchase the games you watch

With all of the changes Twitch has been making recently, you'd be forgiven if you thought it was beginning to move away from video games as its main focus. Not only does a social eating category exist, but the IRL channel - which allows content creators to stream pretty much whatever they want - has gained a lot of traction since it was first introduced. Despite those, the focus is back on gaming today, with Twitch announcing that you'll soon be able to use the streams you watch as a sort of marketplace.

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DISH introduces AirTV, its new 4K Android TV-based streaming device

DISH introduces AirTV, its new 4K Android TV-based streaming device

The market for media streaming devices is getting a little bit crowded, but that isn't stopping DISH from getting in on the action with AirTV. Based on Android TV, AirTV is a new streaming device that combines internet streaming services with over-the-air signals. That is, it combines the two formats assuming you have the right add-ons.

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Twitter launches Live 360 video on Periscope for select few

Twitter launches Live 360 video on Periscope for select few

Twitter and Periscope have launched live 360 videos, though the streaming full-view footage will only be offered from a handful of select partners at first. 360 broadcasts will be flagged with a special "360" badge on Twitter and Periscope. Viewers will be able to pan around the spherical scene either by clicking and dragging with their mouse, swiping with their finger on a touchscreen, or physically moving their phone or tablet around to look in different directions.

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Hulu and Disney pen major multi-year streaming movie deal

Hulu and Disney pen major multi-year streaming movie deal

Hulu has announced a new major deal with Walt Disney Studios that gives the company exclusive streaming rights to dozens of Disney titles. According to Hulu, this is the first time it has struck a licensing deal for Disney’s ‘theatrical features,’ the likes of which include Mulan, Sister Act, Pocahontas, and more. More than fifty of the titles covered by this deal will stream on Hulu for the first time.

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Vine will be reborn as Vine Camera, but don’t get too excited

Vine will be reborn as Vine Camera, but don’t get too excited

Twitter's decision to axe the Vine app came as a big surprise back in October, but now we know what will become of the short looping video service. Come January, the Twitter-owned service says, Vine will become Vine Camera, a "pared-down" app focused pretty much solely on creating short clips for sharing on Twitter. Meanwhile, there's news for those wondering how they'll be able to take their Vine audience with them.

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Apple’s TV app lands in iOS 10.2 and tvOS 10.1: What you should know

Apple’s TV app lands in iOS 10.2 and tvOS 10.1: What you should know

Apple's attempt to cut through the confusion of cable television continues, with its new TV app arriving on iPhone, Apple TV, and iPad today. Part of the iOS 10.2 release for iPhone and iPad, as well as tvOS 10.1, the TV app aims to put all of your streaming content - no matter the provider - into a single location. Along the way, Apple hopes to simplify how many login details you have to punch in too.

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