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For many years, Redbox has been the spiritual successor to the movie-renting behemoths of the 1990’s. Customers have been able to find the little red kiosks at places like grocery stores and rent a movie for a day. Now we've learned that Redbox will be venturing back into streaming on a trial basis. A Redbox spokesperson revealed that they have started to test “Redbox Digital” with a few customers. The company stated, “We are testing a potential new transactional digital VOD and EST offering, with a small subset of our customers, designed to complement our core kiosk rental business. As we test... Read more...
Nothing is simple when it comes to the music industry, especially where streaming is concerned. Ever since Napster originally hit the Internet and caused musicians, songwriters, and anyone else involved in the industry to see just how easy it is to share music online, there's been constant debate on how to better do things. We've even seen mega-stars like Taylor Swift chime in on various matters - something we've learned can have real effect. While it could be argued that Apple's size - and the amount of cash in its pocket - will keep it safe in the music industry while things continue to be debated,... Read more...
Piracy is a major issue and a vulnerability in the system Google uses to stream media through its Chrome browser could be making it worse. A flaw in the Google’s Widevine EME/CDM technology makes it possible to save illegal copies of media from streaming video sites like Netflix and Amazon Prime. How does the bug work? Google owns but did not create a digital management system called Widevine. Widevine uses encrypted media extensions to allow the content decryption module, or CDM, in your browser to communicate with the content protection systems of streaming services. EME, or encrypted media extensions,... Read more...
Netflix is a pioneer in the streaming video space and helped popularize the concept of watching movies over an Internet connection. Be that as it may, it's fallen a bit behind the technological curve in recent times, at least in terms of not being able to view videos offline like you can with rivals Amazon and Comcast. That's going to change. Industry insider and Penthera Partners COO Dan Taitz says Netflix is busy working implementing the ability for subscribers to download certain content for offline viewing. If true, it wouldn't be a complete surprise, both because the competition is already... Read more...
It seems as though nearly every corner of the web offers a login option through your Facebook account. The world's largest social playground has its hooks deep in the Internet, and now it's added Blizzard to its conquests. Starting soon, you'll be able to log into games such as Overwatch, World of Warcraft, Heroes of the Storm, Hearthstone, Diablo III, and StarCraft II using your Facebook credentials. "Blizzard games are best when played with friends, so it’s important to us to provide our players with features and services that make it easy and fun to share their experiences with each other,"... Read more...
If you're a content creator tied to YouTube and are itchin' for a change, Amazon's brand-new 'Video Direct' service is probably worth checking out. Amazon Video Direct is going to be a viable competitor to YouTube, but offers a little more flexibility with how you manage your content. And, because Amazon is behind all of this, you can expect excellent integration with the company's affiliate service. When content creators want to release their video on this service, they'll have four ways to do it. If everyone on planet Earth is welcome to watch, then the video will be ad-supported. Otherwise,... Read more...
Live broadcasting is one of the hottest trends right now, and Periscope is one of the most popular means of sharing with the world what exactly it is you're seeing or experiencing in real time. Prepare to get a new perspective on live broadcasting. We mean that literally, as Periscope is adding support for DJI brand drones. The Twitter-owned service said the feature update works with iOS (no mention of when it will roll out to Android). To broadcast from a supported DJI drone, all you have to do is connect your iPhone to the drone's remote. Periscope will automatically fetch your drone's video... Read more...
Do you like to rock out with your college textbooks out? Try listening to classical music instead, it could help with your studying. Don't worry, we're not here to nag you about your grades or bust your chops about how you spend your free time while mom and pop pick up the tuition bill. We're here to let you know that Apple is rolling out a discounted Apple Music subscription to students.If you're a student at a qualifying university or college, you'll soon be able to subscribe for $5 per month, a 50 percent discount over the regular $10 per month subscription. The student membership option is... Read more...
Google is taking another stab at the streaming TV market, this time through its YouTube division, which is prepping a paid subscription service called Unplugged. The streaming service is said to be a priority for Google and YouTube, which could debut as early as next year, providing everything falls into place.YouTube's Unplugged service would consist of cable TV channels streaming over the Internet. It already has the architecture in place to support such a service, so now it's a matter of getting media partners on board with the idea. To that end, YouTube has been in talks with several major... Read more...
Valve took a major step in growing its Steam digital distribution platform today by adding movie rentals to the mix. The addition of movies to Steam's catalog is a first, and it was made possible through a deal with Lionsgate Entertainment that immediately fleshes out the service with more than 100 flicks. This is a big deal for Valve and its Steam platform, one that hints at the company's plans of expanding Steam into an entertainment juggernaut. Steam is already the biggest digital distribution platform on the planet for games, and while it has a long way to go before it can claim the same for... Read more...
As more and more people cut the cable cord, cable companies, media companies and content creators alike are scrambling to make sure that those who want access to their services have it. Over the past couple of years, we've seen many examples of companies dropping their cable TV exclusivity, with Dish being one of the most notable. Last February, the Dish released a $20/mo package through Sling TV, and without much of a delay, AMC jumped on board, and so did HBO. With that kind of content support, it's of little surprise that other big media and major carriers wants a bit of the online action as... Read more...
A new plugin from Torrents Time that allows users to anonymously download and stream torrents directly in their browser of choice (it supports Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, and Safari) is garnering all kinds of attention, both good and bad. That's especially true since The Pirate Bay (TPB) decided to embed the technology on its website, a move that resulted in a Hollywood-backed anti-piracy group sending a cease and desist letter to Torrents Time. Located in the Netherlands, the anti-piracy group that's gotten involved is called BREIN. In its letter to Torrents Time, BREIN accuses the developers... Read more...
Several companies have tried to topple Spotify in the streaming music space, including bigwigs Microsoft (Groove, formerly Xbox Music) and Apple (Apple Music), yet it remains one of the most popular options out there. But lest Spotify rest on its laurels, there's another big name reportedly crashing the party—Amazon.Amazon already dabbles in streaming music, which it offers as a free perk to its Prime members. However, it's not an all-out streaming service and instead boasts a comparatively small library of 1 million songs. What Amazon has in store for the streaming music space is a standalone... Read more...
The next frontier in television is cutting the cord with traditional cable and satellite providers in favor of streaming content from the Internet. We've already seen it to some extent with services like Hulu and Netflix, but we're still waiting for that one unbeatable service to rule them all. Apple hopes to be it, provided it can make headway in negotiations with programmers. Therein lies the rub. Media companies have been painfully slow to adapt to the Internet era, choosing instead to cling onto old business models. A similar scenario played out when music made the transition from cassette... Read more...
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