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Netflix can be considered one of the pioneers in streaming video, having made the jump to a subscription online movie and TV show business back when DVD rentals where still fashionable. Fast forward to today and Netflix is on the verge of servicing more than 100 million streaming subscribers—it should hit (and exceed) the 100 million mark by the end of the second quarter. In the first quarter of 2017, Netflix added 5 million members to the fold, bringing its tally to 98.75 million. That is up from 81.5 million in the same quarter a year prior. If Netflix's projections prove accurate, it will increase its total streaming membership to 101.95 million users. "In Q1, we surpassed $2.5 billion in... Read more...
Becoming a YouTube star is not just good for your ego, it can be financially rewarding. In some cases, that is an understatement—look at megastars such as Felix Kjellberg (better known as PewDiePie) and famed prankster Roman Atwood, both of which have earned millions through YouTube. If you have an interesting shtick, you can also make money on YouTube, though your videos will need to amass at least 10,000 hits before Google's video service will pay out. YouTube's change in policy regarding channel views and payouts is a direct result of its massive growth. According to YouTube, it is seeing cases where people are re-uploading original content that belongs to someone else in an effort to earn... Read more...
Are you ready for some football? Amazon sure is—the online retailer has inked a one-year agreement with the National Football League (NFL) to stream 10 Thursday night games to its Prime subscribers. It is paying $50 million for the privilege, which is 500 percent more than the NFL's prior agreement with Twitter over streaming rights, and for the same number of games.Twitter got off to a fast start last year when nearly a quarter of a million viewers tuned into its first streamed NFL game featuring the New York Jets and Buffalo Bills. Sure, that was a drop in the bucket compared to the 15.4 million that watched the same game through CBS, but for a first shot on social media, the number of viewers... Read more...
With every passing day, more people are looking to the cut the cord with their cable and satellite TV providers in favor of streaming solutions. This has led to some intense competition among streaming set-top box and dongle providers, along with standalone services such as Netflix and Hulu. To make its own set-top box more competitive, Apple is trying to strike a deal with HBO, Showtime, and Starz to be able and package all three channels in a single bundle.Apple also wants to be able to offer the bundle as a standalone package through Apple TV. That would be a deviation from how things operate in the pay-TV world, where cable and satellite providers require that customers subscribe to a basic... Read more...
The game streaming wars are starting to heat up. Microsoft just announced that Xbox One owners can start fiddling around with Beam, its built-in game broadcasting service that will also roll out to Windows 10 PC owners when the Creators Update arrives next month. That will give Twitch some added competition in the space that it currently dominates, though Twitch is not panicking. Instead, the company made an announcement of its own—1080p streaming at 60 frames per second is now supported. Twitch said it is no longer limiting its ingest bitrate to 3.5Mbps. For most streams, it recommends 3-6Mbps. For gamers who plan on streaming at 1080p at 60fps, being able to maintain a bitrate closer to 6Mbps... Read more...
If you were just thinking that Facebook wasn't already addictive enough, don't fret: there's more feature goodness en route. Last year, the world's largest social network released Facebook Live, a simple feature that let people stream to their friends' lists on-the-fly, regardless of where they are located (provided there is Internet access, of course). How often you see this feature used will largely depend on your particular friends list, but overall, the feature has proven overwhelmingly popular. Now, that functionality is coming to the desktop (and notebooks), with a few additional tricks up its sleeve. When you create a status now, you'll notice "Facebook Live" as a new option. This will... Read more...
We will not call it a coup, but the number of people who are willing to ditch their cable or satellite TV service in favor of streaming content through the Internet continues to rise. Not only that, but the number of streaming service subscribers, both free and paid, has grown to 68 percent in 2016, up from 63 percent in 2014, a figure that catches up with and slightly surpasses paid TV service providers (67 percent) for the first time.That's according to the Consumer Technology Association's new study, The Changing Landscape for Video and Content. The study shows that the percentage of paid TV service subscribers has gone done from 69 percent in 2014 to 67 percent in 2016. What that shows is... Read more...
If you're an audiophile or someone who would simply prefer listening to the highest-quality version of a song or album possible, then Spotify's plans to offer a lossless subscription option should get you excited. That is, as long as you're willing to pay a bit more for the luxury. Starting this week, some of Spotify's customers have been receiving a prompt offering them a service upgrade, with premiums over the current subscription being $5 to $10. In some cases, people are offered nothing more than an upgrade to lossless audio (in addition to their preexisting premium subscription), while others get offers for a free vinyl as well as discounts on "limited edition" vinyl. If you're someone who... Read more...
YouTube is taking the next step in its ongoing evolution as an online video destination. The company announced on Tuesday that it plans to roll out live TV streaming service called YouTube TV that will run $35 per month and include access to dozens of channels, including ABC, CBX, Fox, NBC, ESPN, regional sports networks, and a whole bunch of popular cable channels. DVR is included, too.Jump starting a live TV service is no easy task. One advantage YouTube had going into this is its existing infrastructure with millions of eyeballs already in place. However, it still needed to hammer out agreements with major media companies, and as other companies that have tried to enter into the streaming... Read more...
Investors who own stock in Netflix are doing the happy dance this morning as shares of the streaming service shot up more than 8 percent in after market hours, reaching a record high of more than $145 per share. The company that made a name for itself by renting DVDs through mail before transitioning to a streaming juggernaut caught the attention of investors by capping off 2016 with some big numbers. Netflix finished the year with 93.8 million members after adding 7.05 million in the fourth quarter, tallying 19 million net additions for the full year. That puts the company on pace to top the 100 million member mark by the second quarter of this year, and perhaps by the end of the first quarter... Read more...
There are some things that you can see from a mile way. A raging wildfire with billowing smoke, for example. Another is the inevitable demise of "Free Downloader for Netflix," an authorized third-party tool that enabled Netflix users to download movies and TV shows for offline viewing. The developers behind the tool have yanked it offline and are no longer developing future versions following a trademark complaint.While the third-party developers were not necessarily being malicious in developing such an app, Netflix would prefer to handle things on its own. The problem is that Netflix is taking a long time to give customers what they want. To Netflix's credit, it recently rolled out a download... Read more...
Dish Network has been trying to disrupt the traditional cable TV model with Sling TV, its live TV streaming service for cord cutters that starts at $20 per month for over 30 channels. To make the proposition even more appealing, Sling TV is launching its own set-top box called AirTV Player. Subscribers will be able to use the set-top box to scan local TV channels from their digital antenna and combine that content with Sling TV's streaming channels. It supports Netflix, too. "Get the live channels you love and the shows you can't miss. Watch Sling TV on AirTV Player, and enjoy live sports, shows, and movies with the simplicity of an app. With the AirTV Player, cut the cord and keep the TV experience.... Read more...
Microsoft teased in November that it was working on the ability to stream Xbox One games to VR headsets connected to a Windows 10 PC. Less than four weeks later Microsoft has made good on that promise. Oculus today announced that Rift owners can stream Xbox One titles to their headset using the newly available Xbox One Streaming app. "Connect to your console via the app and watch your games come to life on a huge virtual screen in three immersive virtual theaters. Now you can expand your library of VR games with your favorite Xbox One titles, including Xbox 360 games that are playable on Xbox One," Oculus said. To stream games to the Rift, the headset has to be connected to the same network as... Read more...
AT&T is leveraging its DirecTV acquisition to try and attract a growing number of cord cutters into the fold with a new streaming service called DirecTV Now. The service will target broadband subscribers who either have no bundled TV package or are otherwise looking to ditch their cable TV provider in favor of a less expensive streaming service. "This is rules-free TV for anyone in the U.S. who wants to stream shows and movies anytime, anywhere. For the more than 20 million U.S. households who have dropped cable or are flirting with cutting the cord, we’re now delivering video over a technology platform that will have multiple product capabilities, the first of which we’re unveiling today,"... Read more...
Netflix may soon offer the ability to download movies and TV shows for offline viewing, giving subscribers a way to stay tuned to their favorite content when they're without an Internet connection, such as traveling to remote areas or bring a scary flick to watch at night while camping. It all sounds fun in theory, though in practice, you might not be able to use it. Ted Sarandos, Netflix's chief content officer, said the focus for offline viewing is on developing territories. Subscribers living in the United States, which happens to be the biggest market Netflix serves, may not have access to offline viewing right away, if at all. "Now as we've launched in more territories … They all have different... Read more...
External storage is commonplace now, but traditional standalone storage products sometimes leave a large number of devices hanging. I've got a 2TB external drive plugged into a USB 3 port, for example, which is great for the main PC, but it doesn't help much with the laptop, iPhone and iPad. That's where some of the latest wireless storage products like the WD My Passport Wireless Pro we're going to be showing you here come in. Through creative piggy-backing onto your Wi-Fi network, you can add multiple terabytes of additional storage that can be accessed by any wirelessly-connected device, giving your phone, tablet, laptop and anything else shared access through a high-speed wireless interface.... Read more...
Apple may have had grand visions of storming the streaming music arena and putting out of business the likes of Spotify and Google Music, but that is not the way things went down. It remained a crowded field, and now with Amazon also having an on-demand service of its own, rumor has it Apple is mulling a price drop to its regular rate and family pricing.An Apple Music subscription currently furn $10 per month for an individual user and $15 per month for a family of five. There is also a discounted student rate that costs $5 per month. The price drop is said to be as much as 20 percent, knocking the regular rate down to $8 per month and the family package to $13 per month. That would make it more... Read more...
Anyone who owns a significant number of shares in Netflix is about to have a good day. The streaming service reported better-than-expected earnings for its fiscal third period late on Monday, which in turn sent its stock price up by as much as 20 percent in after market trading. At the time of this writing (and prior to today's opening bell), Netflix shares are valued at $117.04, up over 17 percent compared to yesterday's $99.80 closing price. Netflix had a stellar quarter. It reported revenue of nearly $2.2 billion, an increase of 36 percent compared to the same period a year ago, and 40 percent of which came from abroad. This is the first time that Netflix's revenue has cracked $2 billion on... Read more...
Move over Spotify and scoot your booty Apple, you'll both need to make room for Amazon. The world's largest online retailer is now an official player in the streaming music business with Amazon Music Unlimited, an on-demand music service boasting "tens of millions of songs," hand-curated playlists, and personalized stations. Oh, and it's pricing plans are rather attractive, too. The streaming music field has become a bit crowded in recent years, but if there was one company in a position to make some noise, it was Amazon. And that's exactly what it's doing. Pricing is pretty standard at $9.99 per month for non-Prime members, but if you have a Prime subscription, you get a discounted rate of $7.99... Read more...
If you're without a cable TV subscription and have no access to legal sports streams online, chances are (probably) pretty good that you stumbled over to Twitter on Thursday night. That's where you would have found the NFL match-up between the New York Jets and Buffalo Bills. Or, perhaps you were simply on Twitter and happened to notice it in the side-bar.  Reuters is reporting that some 243,000 viewers tuned into the game through the tweeting social network, with viewers heaping praise onto it. And while 243K is a drop in the bucket compared to the 15.4 million that tuned in through CBS, for a first go, the numbers are impressive nonetheless. Consider this: people who can watch through... Read more...
Somewhere along the line it was decided that $10 per month would be the standard rate for an unlimited streaming music subscription. Spotify and Apple Music both charge that amount for their base service, as do several others such as Rhapsody and Google Music. But is that too much for the general public at large? Amazon and Pandora seem to think so, as both are preparing to launch streaming services for as low as $5 per month.Pandora is a bit different than the other music services named. It's essentially an Internet radio model that learns what types of music you like and tries its best to play tracks it thinks you'll be into. Starting perhaps as early as this week, it will offer an expanded... Read more...
It's no secret that Apple wants a piece of the streaming TV pie, but negotiating terms with big media firms has proven less than easy. That's especially true with Apple unwilling to budge on certain things, such as its insistence with Disney that the monthly rate per viewer it would pay to license the company's channels wouldn't change for several years.According to The Wall Street Journal, Disney was shocked by some of Apple's hard line stances, the cost of licensing per viewer being one of them. Disney, which owns lucrative channels such as ESPN and ABC, essentially told Apple to take a hike, as it's grown accustomed to annual rate increases on licensed content. Even though Apple could potentially... Read more...
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