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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...
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...
Due to Hulu's tight connection with CBS, Nielsen has been measuring the audiences that stream shows via that platform. For pretty much every other major SVOD network, the numbers are either a complete mystery, or each individual service reports their own proprietary figures. Essentially, there has been no standardized way to get a feel for viewership across streaming video platforms, and with so much content moving away from pay-TV channels and onto the Internet, it's obviously something that needs to be addressed. And that's exactly what Nielsen is doing. Starting next month, Nielsen is expected... Read more...
Amazon has begun shipping its Fire TV Stick to customers today, the company's low-cost streaming HDMI dongle that will go up against Google's Chromecast device and a growing number of competitors. The Fire TV Stick costs just $39, and while that's $4 higher than a Chromecast, there are a few advantages to Amazon's device. For one, it comes with a dedicated remote control to make navigation easier. There's also a mobile app available if you'd rather use your smartphone, which includes voice search -- it's powered by the same voice search engine as Amazon's Fire TV. From a technical standpoint, the... Read more...
MHL connectors have enabled advanced smartphones to both receive a charge as well as transmit 1080p video through the same USB cable for some time now, but as ever, technological progress is pushing things a bit more. This week, MHL has developed an Alternate Mode for the USB Type-C specification, which enables it to support 4K video, multi-channel surround sound audio, HDCP 2.2 and is backward compatible with existing versions of the MHL specification. “The USB Type-C cable and connector is designed to be a long-lasting, robust solution that is ideal for all platforms and devices,”... Read more...
Remember that uncomfortable feeling you got in the pit of your stomach from watching Amazon's terribly awkward commercial for its new Echo digital assistant speaker thing? Well, we felt it too, as did the Internet community at large. And just like a shot of something horrible tasting needs a chaser to restore order, so it goes with Amazon's ad, and thankfully somebody on the on web has posted a remake of the commercial on YouTube. First, a little refresher is in order. The Amazon Echo is an always ready digital assistant in the form of a cylinder speaker. To use it, you say the wake word, "Alexa,"... Read more...
Robots... they're taking over! That's a refrain we've heard for years, of course, but you have to wonder how close we're actually getting when they start to appear in popular music videos. Honda's Uni-Cub, described as a 360-degree personal mobility device, is shown front-and-center in OK Go's latest music video. Granted, the band has a penchant for oddities when it comes to crafting videos to showcase their songs, but this is certainly one of the most interesting uses to date. The song, "I Won't Let You Down," has been viewed over 11 million times on YouTube, and much of the attention has come... Read more...
Technology is pretty amazing when you take a moment to stop and truly appreciate how far things have come. Back when our folks were kids, they were filming silent, choppy videos on Super 8. And today? There are a number of mobile apps available to shoot hiqh-quality video -- with sound! -- on your smartphone. One of them is Instagram, which now supports time lapse videos. It's called Hyperlapse, and it allows you to take high-quality time lapse videos even while in motion. That's a pretty big deal -- taking time lapse videos usually requires holding a phone or camera perfectly still while you film... Read more...
Where would the world be without some much needed satire to put things into perspective? Thankfully that's not a question we have to worry about, not when there are shows like The Daily Show with Jon Stewart that are willing to take on tough subjects -- you know, like the current discrimination against Google's Explorers. You can see where this is going. In a five minute clip called "Glass Half Empty," faux coorespondant Jason Jones examines Glass and hosts a discussion with a panel of Explorers what it's like to wear the device in public. It doesn't take long for the complaints to start rolling... Read more...
At long last, you don't need two streaming boxes just to have a suite of services on one, and YouTube on the other. Roku has made a name for itself in the streaming box industry, but it has lacked perhaps the most demanded channel on the planet for as long as the company has existed. Yes, we're talking about YouTube. This week, Roku announced that it was adding a YouTube streaming channel to its Roku Channel Store for all current-generation Roku devices in the U.S., Canada, United Kingdom, and Ireland. Plus, you can also send YouTube videos from your Android devices, iPhone and iPad to your TV,... Read more...
Technically, Yahoo already has a YouTube-ish video service called Screen (show of hands, who knew that actually existed?), but the company is rumored to be hatching a plan to create a true YouTube competitor. According to Re/code’s sources, CEO Marissa Mayer wants a much bigger web video presence, and to do so, Yahoo is trying to poach some of YouTube’s biggest stars with the promise of--what else--more money. For starters, they’d get a better advertising revenue deal than the 45% cut that YouTube takes and/or get guaranteed ad rates for videos, but they’ll also get the... Read more...
In this episode of HotHardware's Two And A Half Geeks, Marco, Dave and Iyaz talk about Intel's hot new SSD 730 Series solid state drives, Intel's Ivytown Xeon E7 v2 server processors and Merrifield and Moorefield processors for smartphones, as well as the LG G Flex, hands-on with Samsung's Galaxy S 5, the GeForce GTX 750 Ti and details of our next giveaway where you could win a new custom small form factor gaming PC! Show Notes: 01:45 - Intel SSD 730 Series: Enthusiast Class Storage 05:27 - Intel Announces Ivytown Servers For The Enterprise 07:24 - Intel Debuts Merrifield and Moorefield Designs... Read more...
The mid-range graphics card market has seen a lot of action as of late, with an infusion of new products and the discontinuation of popular previous-gen products. Last week it was AMD’s turn to announce a new card—the $150 Radeon R7 265—and with its arrival also came a price cut on the Radeon R7 260X, which can now be had for as low as $129, though the MSRP has been reduced to $119. Today is NVIDIA’s turn to introduce a new mid-range graphics card. But unlike AMD’s re-brand and soft-launch, NVIDIA is at the ready with a brand-new GPU architecture and cards should... Read more...
The mid-range graphics card market has seen a lot of action as of late, with an infusion of new products and the discontinuation of popular previous-gen products. Last week it was AMD’s turn to announce a new card—the $150 Radeon R7 265—and with its arrival also came a price cut on the Radeon R7 260X, which can now be had for as low as $129, though the MSRP has been reduced to $119. Today is NVIDIA’s turn to introduce a new mid-range graphics card. But unlike AMD’s re-brand and soft-launch, NVIDIA is at the ready with a brand-new GPU architecture and cards should... Read more...
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