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Pakistan has ended its ban on YouTube that began in 2012 over "Innocence of Muslims," an anti-Islam movie upload that triggered demonstrations and violent protests in various countries, Pakistan among them. Over a dozen people died in protests that took place in Pakistan. The ban was to remain in place until Google allowed government officials to screen for "blasphemous content." Google didn't bend quite as far, though it did assure a senior official in the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority that blasphemous content had been taken down. The company also agreed to field reports for review and,... Read more...
I have a confession to make and it involves the Xbox One. There are two in my household -- one that sits upstairs in my son's room and another that resides in my living room. The one downstairs is mine and while I'd like to say I spend hours on the thing beating up foes and playing the latest titles, my use of the Xbox One is almost completely exclusive to streaming apps like Netflix and Hulu. What a waste, right? The sad truth is I've found it hard to find the time to play games, or at least justify the time when deadlines loom, projects around the house need attending, and so forth. If I were... Read more...
It's going to be a merry Christmas for fans of The Beatles. At long last, they'll be able to stream hundreds of songs from the iconic band through a choice of nine different streaming services, including Apple Music, Amazon Prime Music, Deezer, Google Play Music, Microsoft Groove, Napster, Slacker Radio, Spotify, and Tidal. The Beatles music has been curious absent from streaming services up to this point, and it was only in 2010 that the band's music finally made its way to iTunes, seven years after Apple introduced it to the world. It could (and still can) also be heard on YouTube, which boasts... Read more...
Netflix is on a mission to re-encode its entire library of movies and TV shows. The ambitious goal is to reduce data consumption by up to 20 percent without a degradation in video performance, and based on internal tests in which Netflix challenged employees to spot the difference between new and old streams, the effort seems to be working.The challenge was simple. Netflix placed two televisions side by side, each playing the same content except that one was streaming video based on the new bandwidth saving technology. Any employee who could spot a difference would win a bottle of champagne. In... Read more...
The $129 Roku 4 may be the flagship of Roku’s streaming lineup, but that doesn’t mean that the company has forgotten about the folks that don’t need a voice-controlled remote or 4K support. That’s where the new Roku SE comes in, which is for people that just want the basics when it comes to a streaming box. First of all, the Roku SE has a suggested retail price of just $49.99, however, it will debut on Black Friday with a price tag of $25. The Roku SE will be available in “limited supplies” from Roku’s online store and select retailers, so if you’re at all interested, you’d better order it fast... Read more...
Given the proliferation of online video streaming, you could say that it's taking quite some time for cable companies to "get with it" and begin offering us their wares online. It's no secret that the number of cord-cutters is steadily increasing, and it's no wonder why: services like Netflix have made it easy to watch content online in very good quality, and through a number of different devices. Well, it seems like Time Warner is going to be one of the first out the door with an online version of its cable TV service, and at first, it's just going to be using New York City as the testing ground.... Read more...
It's taken Apple just three and a half months to amass 6.5 million paid subscribers to its streaming music service. That's nearly a third of the number of users who pay a monthly fee to Spotify, which is sitting at 20 million paid subscribers after seven years in the streaming business. As you imagine, Tim Cook is pleased with how things are going. Cook revealed the 6.5 million figure while speaking at The Wall Street Journal's WSJDLive 2015 event. According to Cook, "people love the human curation" that Apple Music offers, noting that prior to launching the service he was tired of hearing the... Read more...
NVIDIA has been a champion of game streaming for a number of years now. Whether it be from a GeForce GTX-equipped PC to one of its SHIELD devices or from its cloud-based GRID beta service to a SHIELD, NVIDIA has been at the forefront of game streaming for a quite a while. Today though, NVIDIA is kicking its game streaming business up a few notches by launching a new service dubbed GeForce NOW. The NVIDIA GeForce NOW service streams PC games from the cloud to SHIELD devices at up to Full HD 1080p resolutions at 60 fps. It may be tempting to call GeForce NOW an official re-branding of its GRID game... Read more...
Those of you with kids and a significant other know the struggle when it comes to streaming music services. You can try to share an account with the little ones, who will leech on and seemingly fire up playlists during every waking moment (or at least when YOU want to rock out to some tunes), or suck it up and get them their own subscription. This is where family plans come into play, and Google is reportedly jumping on board with the multiple user movement.According to the folks at Android Police, new Nexus handsets and Chromebook models aren't the only thing Google will unveil tomorrow. It's... Read more...
Much to the chagrin of some and to the delight of others, YouTube is force feeding pre-video advertisements in their entirety to Chrome browser users who have ad blocking extensions like AdBlock installed. Those affected also point out that the Skip Now button that would normally allow them to sidestep an ad after a few seconds of viewing doesn't appear when attempting to block ads in Chrome. It's not entirely clear if this is an intentional move by Google. AdBlock Plus designer Ben Williams told The Inquirer that it's "an issue in Chrome" that only affects "a small subset of users." As far as... Read more...
The streaming wars are heating up. Hot on the heels of Amazon announcing that its Prime members can now download select Prime Video TV shows and movies for offline viewing, Hulu has answered the call for commercial-free viewing. That is, if you're willing to pay extra for the convenience. Hulu charges a $4 premium for the luxury of skipping past its advertisements, which brings the subscription price to $11.99 per month. This is an optional premium -- if you'd rather watch commercials to save a few bucks, the $7.99 per month option is still available. "At Hulu, we pride ourselves on listening to... Read more...
There's only one streaming video service in the world that offers the ability to download movies and TV shows for offline viewing, and that's Prime Video. Adding that function gives Amazon a leg up over the competition, including Netflix, which went on record saying it will "never" offer that kind of capability.Never say never, right? Netflix dismissed the notion of offline viewing before Amazon rolled out the function to Prime Members. By blazing a trail, it wouldn't be surprising to see other streaming services follow Amazon's lead. There are some obvious technical hurdles to overcome, but it's... Read more...
Few would disagree that YouTube dominates the online streaming video scene, and with that kind of foundation in place, Google sees an opportunity to expand into gaming. No, not as a game developer, but as an alternative to Twitch, the live streaming video game company that it tried to acquire last year before Amazon swooped in with a $970 million bid. Called YouTube Gaming, the new venture is set to launch later today, according to Variety. If previous information holds true, it will consist of more than 25,000 game pages and channels at launch in the U.S. and U.K. These pages and channels will... Read more...
Loved today, hated tomorrow. That's how it goes on the Internet, which is made up of a fickle community of users that will turn on your in an instant if there's a perceived slight. Spotify, long considered one of the so called good guys of the Internet, is finding this out the hard way after making some key changes to its privacy policy. Spotify wants to collect certain information from your mobile device, including contacts, photos, and media files, all "with your permission," of course. What's more, Spotify puts the burden of local law on you, the user, to determine if that's a good idea and... Read more...
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