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One category that's been elusive to Apple is the TV business. Sure, the company has its foot in the door with its Apple TV set-top box, but what Apple really wants to do is offer a paid programming service through the web. It's long been a goal for Apple, and it appears that it may finally become a reality, provided it can seal the deal. According to Re/code and the industry executives it spoke with, Apple is currently in discussions with TV programmers to try and hammer out deals that would allow it to offer an "over-the-top" pay TV service, which is a fancy way of... Read more...
Up until last week, Marriott had the not-so-bright idea of blocking Wi-Fi devices in order to force travelers and conference attendees to pay for its high-speed Internet services, which in some cases could run as much as $1,000. Wiser heads prevailed -- a $600,000 fine by the FCC tends to do that -- and rather than focus on Wi-Fi hotspots, the hotel chain is now reportedly piloting a service that allows guests to access Netflix and other streaming media services through their televisions. According to Bloomberg, the Marriott is testing the service at eight of its locations. By offering guests access... Read more...
GoPro, the go-to company for hands-free recording of your adventures (at least until Apple joins the fray), has partnered up with Vislink to develop live wireless HD video transmission solutions for the professional broadcast market. The joint collaboration will enable GoPro's Hero4 cameras to broadcast videos in HD via a tiny transmitter. This transmitter will be small enough to be worn or mounted in unique areas to offer viewers a new perspective while they watch their favorite live sports and events. You'll get a first look at its capabilities this winter during several live events, one of which... Read more...
With the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas kicking off today, you can expect a bevy of product and service announcements, one of them being Roku's plans to support 4K Ultra HD streaming for future Roku TV models. The company said it's prepared a Roku TV reference design for 4K smart TVs and will license the blueprint to OEM partners. That's great for the hardware side of things, but what about software? On that front, Roku is working its connections to bring more 4K content into homes. That includes greasing the wheels at Netflix, which Roku says will provide 4K content for streaming... Read more...
First of all, to those of you returning from vacation over the holiday period and hopping back online for the first time since 2014, Happy New Year! With that said, if one of your resolutions for 2015 is to find time to play more games, you're going to have lots of options, should you be successful in your endeavor. One of them is PlayStation Now, Sony's online streaming game service that now has a subscription option. Sony kicked off the service by letting players rent titles at various prices depending on the length of rental. But beginning January 13th, Sony will launch a subscription... Read more...
The music industry has a history of fighting advances in technology, and rather than continue to do that, organizations like the RIAA and music labels in general would do well to pay attention to market trends and figure out ways to capitalize on them. Right now, the trend is towards streaming music -- downloaded album and song sales dropped sharply in 2014, while streaming services like Spotify are on the rise, according to data compiled by Nielsen SoundScan. Full album download sales declined 9 percent to 257 million albums in 2014, while individual song downloads... Read more...
Fancy yourself a PlayStation gamer? In the need for a new television? If you answered "Yes" to both questions, then hang tight and be on the lookout for new Samsung smart TVs coming out in the first of 2015. Why? Samsung has partnered with Sony to integrate its PlayStation Now game streaming service on select models, giving you access to hundreds of PlayStation 3 games streamed from the cloud, no console required! It's the same feature that's offered on the PlayStation 4, along with a variety of other platforms. Using PlayStation Now, gamers have access to over 200... Read more...
Ever since Microsoft announced that its Xbox One would have some sort of unspecified cloud streaming capability that would allow it to offload game processing into the cloud, speculation has run rampant over precisely what that capability would look like, or what form it would take. The announcement of yet another cloud streaming project at the company has partially answered the question: Microsoft still isn't sure.  According to a new job posting, Microsoft is looking for a "self-motivated, driven, collaborative, and flexible" candidate to seek "the simplest and most elegant" solutions to... Read more...
If your Netflix videos are playing with fewer interruptions, you may have your ISP to thank. Netflix announced that from November of 2013 to November 2014, the average speed for the top 10 ISPs increased to 3.07Mbps. Many users saw a 51% Netflix streaming increase, while people in the Midwest saw a 74% increase. That’s based on the Netflix ISP Speed Index, which measures media streaming performance on ISPs. It’s not meant to be a measure of ISP speeds overall, but it’s a well-known measure of Netflix speeds on ISPs. Image Credit: NetflixNetflix, which is responsible for nearly 35% of bandwidth... Read more...
Another year is almost in the books, but before we head into 2015, Spotify took a stroll down memory lane and revealed what we collectively listened to most this past year, which turned out to be Ed Sheeran. He beat out Eminem, Calvin Harris, Avicii, and David Guetta (in that order) for top male artist on the streaming service, while Katy Perry vibrated our eardrums more than any other female artist.The rest of the top 5 in the female category include Ariana Grande, Lana Del Rey, Beyonce, and Lorde. Unfortunately, Spotify doesn't include the exact number of times each artist was streamed, so it's... Read more...
Black Friday is officially in the rear view mirror, but it's full "stream" ahead for Cyber Monday. No, we didn't mean to say "full steam," not when there are so many deals on streaming devices to be had, including a delightful $11 savings on Google's Chromecast dongle. We've been fans of Chromecast ever since we reviewed the device over a year ago, and it's only gotten better since then.Head over to Amazon and you'll find Chromecast marked down to $24 (make that $23), a savings of nearly 32 percent over its regular selling price of $35. That's about as cheap as it's ever been (we've previously... Read more...
Aereo may be remembered as the most highly disruptive service in the technology space that the masses couldn't find a need for. Now, it'll also be remembered as a company that couldn't battle its way beyond a brutal court decision that effectively made its core service illegal to offer. For those needing a refresher, Aereo offered up an online stream of free, over-the-air network television channels. The argument was that if these stations were given away for free using an antenna, why should it be wrong to transit that same signals using modern technology (the Internet) instead? Evidently, the... Read more...
Rumors that Amazon was considering a streaming video service supported by ads and separate from its Prime program first surfaced back in March of this year. Nothing came of it, at least not yet, though that doesn't necessarily mean those plans are dead. These kinds of roll outs take time -- negotiations with content partners, technical details, pricing structure, etc. -- and now we're hearing that Amazon is aiming for next year.Adding to the original story posted by The Wall Street Journal back in March, the New York Post claims Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos is eager to get things rolling. The site also... Read more...
Samsung just rolled out its Milk Video service with eye on competing with YouTube, though it's only available to Galaxy owners. The South Korean handset maker describes Milk Video as being a video discovery platform that makes it easy to find and share the most popular and talked about online videos, and to kick off the launch, there will be exclusive content from various entertainment brands and networks. "The promise of Milk is a well-designed mobile experience that makes it easy to discover the content you want. We did this first with Milk Music, and now, we extend this promise with Milk Video,"... Read more...
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