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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...
To compliment today’s launch of the GeForce GTX 950, Nvidia is also announcing that they’ve taught their GeForce Experience software a few new tricks. Two and a half years ago when Nvidia debuted GeForce Experience, it carried a simple tagline: “Console Simplicity, PC Performance.” In its infancy, it merely analyzed your unique hardware and recommend ideal settings for a popular selection of games, targeting a perfect balance between performance and visual fidelity without the user needing to experiment with dozens of graphics tweaks.  Since then, GeForce Experience has seen healthy growth... Read more...
There's a new app available in Amazon's Appstore for Android that will bring the Chromecast experience to your Fire TV or Fire TV Stick. It's called YouMap Cast Receiver by VMLite Corporation, and it runs $7.99 -- a bit expensive for app, though a fair bit cheaper than a Chromecast dongle, which normally sells for $35 (you can often find it for a few bucks less). To be clear, YouMap Cast Receiver won't replicate the Chromecast experience in its entirety (more on that in a moment), though it will allow you to mirror your phone, tablet, or Chrome browser tab to your TV. It implements the same protocol... Read more...
Sony is expanding its PlayStation Vue service to the Dallas-Fort Worth and Miami-Fort Lauderdale areas, the company announced. If you're scratching your head wondering what in the flip PlayStation Vue is, don't feel bad -- it's a relatively new offering that's only available in select areas, and one that hasn't seen any kind of heavy marketing efforts.PlayStation Vue is a streaming web TV service for cord cutters (it doesn't require a cable or satellite TV subscription) available through PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3 consoles. Sony launched the service earlier this year, though unlike Sling TV,... Read more...
I was really looking forward to Matchstick, the first HDMI streaming dongle based on Mozilla's open source Firefox OS. Unfortunately, its developers are putting the word out that they're cancelling the successfully funded Kickstarter project due to difficulties with digital rights management (DRM). On the bright side, if you can call it that, the Matchstick team promised to refund 100 percent of all pledges. Matchstick raised over $470,000 from more than 17,000 backers on Kickstarter. The developers set a goal of $100,000, and with the extra support, they committed to adding Local Play and Ad Hoc... Read more...
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