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As most subscribers will attest, the HBO Now app is pretty awesome. It's easy to use, isn't saddled with bugs, and offers access to all of HBO's content, including Game of Thrones. However, only paying customers living in the U.S. are eligible to play. Some people in other countries have found ways around the territorial restriction by way of using a VPN (Virtual Private Network), but HBO is savvy to the situation and is attempting to crack down on the practice. Not to be confused with HBO Go, a complimentary add-on to HBO cable and satellite subscribers, HBO Now became a standalone... Read more...
During Microsoft's big Windows 10 event in late January, we learned that the company would be trying to tightly integrate its Xbox platform with the OS. That'll come to us in the form of an "Xbox" app, which will allow gamers to track their gaming achievements, chat to friends, view recorded gameplay, as well as receive a broadcast from an Xbox One so that games can be played from the PC. In a May Xbox One update, the first hint of that latter functionality is going to become availabel. While more than just that feature will likely be added or enhanced, the streaming capability could prove to be... Read more...
Sling TV is certainly emerging as a disruptive force, and if you're looking for just one more reason to cut the cord with your cable or satellite TV provider, the addition of HBO might be the nudge you need. The streaming live TV provider added HBO to its programming lineup today, making it the only live Internet TV service to offer the HBO's content on both a linear and Video-On-Demand (VOD) basis, the company said. Adding HBO to Sling TV's service costs an additional $15 per month over the $20/month core package. So for $35 per month, you can have access to ESPN, ESPN2, AMC, A&E, TNT, History,... Read more...
So picture this -- there's two dudes in a public restroom standing side-by-side at the urinals relieving themselves. The taller gentlemen on the left peeks over the barrier that separates the urinals and stares downward at the fellow on the right, giving him an approving nod. He's not checking out his neighbor's package, but his Netflix Watch, a smartphone shaped device that sits on your wrist like an enormous watch for ubiquitous access to Netflix's streaming catalog. No, it's not a real thing, and oddly enough, Netflix waited a week after April Fool's Day to post the hilarious video on YouTube,... Read more...
An increasing number of cable and satellite TV subscribers are cutting the cord and joining the streaming movement, and the landscape is becoming highly competitive as a result. Through it all, Roku's managed to keep the lead in streaming, and to help ensure it continues to be a front runner, Roku today upgraded its Roku 3 and Roku 2 players, and also unveiled new ways to search and discover streaming contnet. The upgraded Roku 3 now includes the ability to search content by voice. This is a feature that Amazon has heavily advertised with its Fire TV and Fire TV Stick devices, and now Roku lets... Read more...
OnLive, the promising cloud gaming service that launched in June 2010, is going dark. In a somber message posted on its website, the streaming games pioneer explained that Sony is in the process of acquiring key parts of Onlive -- patents, in other words -- and that the service as you know it will shutter on April 30, 2015. "After April 30, 2015, our data centers will shut down and the service will be offline. All accounts will be closed, and all data deleted including game save data, achievements, and credit card data will be deleted," OnLive said. "If you purchased a Steam game from... Read more...
The audio industry is filled to the brim with magical devices that are capable of reshaping the reality of those that dare tread within its realm. There is often utter bewilderment at the expressions some people use to converse with each other on the subject. What is the color of sound, 'clarity', 'warmth', 'coarseness'? These are also the same people that will take out a mortgage to buy a sound system, and even spend $10,000 on a single cable - yes, we're back to this chestnut again. (Update, 3/30/15: Pricing has been falling dramatically for these cables since the time the original article was... Read more...
As if the low asking price of $35 (and oftentimes lower due to sales) for Google's awesome Chromecast dongle isn't enough of a sales pitch, Google has decided to up the ante by offering up to $80 worth of additional incentives. All you have to do is buy and set up a Chromecast by April 19, 2015, and then click the "Redeem all offers" button on Google's website.When you do that, Google will reward you with $80 worth of Google Play (musick and movies), Qello concerts, Sesame Street Go, and DramaFever goodies. We know what you're thinking -- you don't give a flying flip about Sesame Street Go, or... Read more...
Cord cutters frustrated with their cable or satellite TV provider may soon have yet another option in the streaming space if Apple is able to seal the deal with programmers for a new online television service. The Cupertino outfit is reportedly in talks various programmers to offer a modest bundle consisting of about 25 channels. According to The Wall Street Journal and "people familiar with the matter" that it spoke with, the service would include ABC, CBS, and Fox, which would be available on Apple devices such as the Apple TV. Curiously missing from the list is NBCUniversal, which not only owns... Read more...
Pandora remains one of the most popular Internet radio stations out there and it's about to do something that could attract even more music listeners. During Pandora's investor day last Thursday, company executives said Pandora is likely to add a paid day pass to its service that would allow listeners to rock out with their cocktails out to ad-free music this summer. The thought process is that someone hosting a summer barbeque or pool party may want Pandora to DJ the event, but rather than pay $4.99 for a month-long Pandora One subscription, they'd be able to snag a 24-hour day pass for $0.99.... Read more...
Cable companies should take note; the cord-cutting revolution has begun in earnest. Somewhat ironically, it's a satellite TV provider that's disrupting the landscape. Specifically, Dish Network and its potentially game-changing Sling TV web television service, which has reportedly amassed over 100,000 subscribers since launching a month ago. Sling TV's base package is $20 per month and includes ESPN, ESPN2, AMC, Foot Network, HGTV, Disney Channel, TNT, El Rey Network, Travel Channel, TBS, Maker, Adult Swim, CNN, IFC, Cartoon Network, ABC Family, and Golovision. Four optional... Read more...
Comcast is one of only two companies (EA being the other) to be voted by readers of The Consumerist as the "Worst Company in America" on multiple occasions. It's fair to say the cable giant has an ongoing image problem, and Comcast isn't helping itself any by continuing to tick off subscribers, this time by preventing them from accessing HBO Go on their PlayStation 4 consoles. Much to the initial delight of PS4 owners, the HBO Go app arrived on the console on Tuesday. All a user has to do is authenticate the service through a cable or satellite... Read more...
Cord-cutting HBO fans are about to get their wish. Time Warner’s premium cable service is poised to offer HBO Now as a standalone, online service. Multiple reports confirm that it will launch in advance of the fifth season of Game of Thrones, which is slated to begin April 12. (Source: HBO) HBO Now is expected to be priced at $15 per month, making it one of the more pricey online video services. It will likely work with a variety of services and devices, including Apple TV, Google-backed streaming devices, and Roku streamers. HBO hopes that HBO Now will attract subscribers who don’t already... Read more...
News broke last week that YouTube was going to follow in the footsteps of Netflix and offer a family-friendly version of its streaming service for kids, and the report turned out to be true. The YouTube Kids app is now available to download from Google Play and Apple's App Store, the two most popular mobile platforms in the world. "Today, we’re introducing the YouTube Kids app, the first Google product built from the ground up with little ones in mind. The app makes it safer and easier for children to find videos on topics they want to explore, and is available for free on and the in the U.S.,"... Read more...
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