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MGM’s EPIX NOW is the latest to join streaming service race

MGM’s EPIX NOW is the latest to join streaming service race

Streaming service is where entertainment's at these days. From music to video to even gaming, anyone and everyone want to be the next Netflix of something. So it isn't surprising that Metro Goldwyn Mayer, more popularly known as MGM, has announced the streaming counterpart of its pay-TV EPIX network. Dubbed, what else, EPIX NOW, the streaming service promises exclusive originals for only $6 a month, including a TV adaptation of the hit political podcast, Slow Burn.

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TiVo’s upcoming streaming apps have a big downside

TiVo’s upcoming streaming apps have a big downside

During CES 2019, TiVo revealed that it will be releasing free streaming apps for popular set-top boxes and smart TVs, including Roku and Fire TV. These streaming apps would allow TiVo DVR owners to access their content on other TVs in the house without buying a separate mini streaming box. That's great news for customers, but it turns out there's a big downside to the upcoming offering.

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Walmart drops unofficial streaming service in favor of Vudu

Walmart drops unofficial streaming service in favor of Vudu

Last summer, a report claimed that Walmart was planning to launch its own video streaming service, a product that would differ from its existing Vudu offering. Sources speaking at that time had cautioned that Walmart wasn't final in its decision to proceed with a streaming service, and now a new report claims that Walmart has made an unexpected decision: it won't launch the product.

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Netflix instant scene replay feature appears as test for some users

Netflix instant scene replay feature appears as test for some users

Netflix is testing a new feature that enables users to instantly replay a scene. The new ability -- which isn't a permanent option at this point -- is only available on Netflix's original content and for certain pre-determined scenes. The feature is offered on both TV and mobile platforms for users who have access to it.

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Nintendo Switch to get YouTube app next week, says leak

Nintendo Switch to get YouTube app next week, says leak

The Nintendo Switch is a great portable gaming handheld that’s made even greater by the assortment of games that come raining down on it. All that’s really missing, at least for some owners, is the ability to turn the device into a great portable media player like the Nintendo DS system. That may still be a long time coming but Nintendo might be taking baby steps forward with the expected arrival of a YouTube app on the Switch in the next few days. At least based on one leak.

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What to expect from video streaming services in 2019

What to expect from video streaming services in 2019

The streaming market is in full bloom and there's no shortage of options to choose from. The industry has experienced major changes in just a handful of years, seeing the launch of services that include live television, cloud-based DVR, offline on-demand content, and a growing body of original shows. What can customers expect rolling into the new year?

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Amazon’s IMDB tipped in plan to launch free video streaming service

Amazon’s IMDB tipped in plan to launch free video streaming service

Amazon's IMDB will be revealing a new ad-supported video streaming service soon, according to a new report. The service, which has previously leaked as an alleged form of Prime Video that is free to use, will be limited to Fire TV users, but won't come with the Prime subscription requirement that exists for Prime Video users. The service reportedly will, in part, help grow Amazon's digital advertisement business.

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3rd Gen Chromecast sold early, spoils Google surprise

3rd Gen Chromecast sold early, spoils Google surprise

Google's big October Pixel 3 event may not be for another week, but the 3rd Gen Chromecast we're expecting to see debut there has already shown up in the wild. The new version of Google's streaming TV adapter isn't meant to make its official appearance until October 9th, but it seems more than one retailer has pulled the trigger early.

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US carriers allegedly throttling YouTube, Netflix, streaming

US carriers allegedly throttling YouTube, Netflix, streaming

One of the tenets of net neutrality is that all Internet data should be treated equally. In practice, this means ISPs shouldn’t give one kind of data preference over another. In other words, they shouldn’t throttle data based on what they are. With net neutrality dead (except in California), consumer advocates fear that carriers are already taking advantage of their new found freedom. That is pretty much the implication in a recently published study that points out how popular video streaming services like YouTube and Netflix are being throttled by nearly all US carriers, big or small.

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Facebook Watch goes global

Facebook Watch goes global

Facebook decided some time ago that it wanted a slice of the video streaming pie, but it took a while for those desires to coalesce into one coherent strategy. Last year, Facebook's dive into video finally started to come together as it began testing a new service called Facebook Watch. Fast forward to today and Facebook Watch is launching around the world.

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YouTube’s new desktop video player ditches black bars

YouTube’s new desktop video player ditches black bars

YouTube is home to tons of different videos and, therefore, tons of different aspect ratios. While YouTube's desktop player is 16:9 by default (and indeed, that seems to be the go-to aspect ratio these days), there are still plenty of older videos that were recorded and uploaded in 4:3. Then, of course, we have the always controversial vertical aspect ratio of videos recorded on a smartphone.

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TwitchCon 2018 online ticket sales start, on-site prices revealed

TwitchCon 2018 online ticket sales start, on-site prices revealed

Tickets for TwitchCon 2018 are now available to purchase. The company launched sales today for the event that starts October 26 in California. Sales are offered online through the TwitchCon website, where multiple options are provided. Those interested in keeping costs down can get single ticket starting at $89 USD, but there's also a three-day pass available at a discount over the on-site rate.

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