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Microsoft acquired LinkedIn over two and a half years ago, paying a whopping $26.2 billion in cash for the world's largest professional social network. It ranked as Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella's largest acquisition at the time. Microsoft obviously has a lot invested in LinkedIn, financially and creatively, and in a nod to both, it has started beta testing a new video streaming service. The service is called LInkedIn Live, and it is an invite-only affair in the United States at the moment. Those who accept the invitation and choose to participate can broadcast live video in real-time to certain groups, or even to the entire LinkedIn world. It's not clear if the service will eventually spread to... Read more...
With the Nintendo Switch being out for a while now and racking up big sales numbers, the Nintendo Wii gets almost no love. Odds are that Nintendo fans that had a Wii, and skipped the disappointing Wii U, probably already have a Nintendo Switch they are enjoying right about now. This likely means that a number of those Wii consoles out there have been relegated to a kids room or guest room to use as a video streaming device. Nintendo announced last year that it would be closing its Wii Shop in January 2019 and now we're hearing further end of life news. What some might not have considered is that the closing of the Wii Shop means that existing video streaming apps will cease to function.... Read more...
Yesterday, a sharply divided FCC voted to 3 to 2 to approve new Net Neutrality rules. The vote went down as expected with Democrats voting in favor of rules intended to prevent broadband service providers from blocking content, and Republicans opposed, claiming that such rules are an unjustifiable (and potentially illegal) power grab by the FCC. The rules were not the hard-and-fast protection of content and Internet access that Net Neutrality advocates wanted to see, but a compromise. They include vaguely-worded wiggle room for broadband pipe owners and sidestepped rules for mobile broadband (3G and 4G). The word "reasonable" is the problem, i.e. the FCC rule regarding blocking content states,... Read more...
It looks like Netflix isn't the only company that sees that streaming is the future of movie rental distribution. Blockbuster, which always seems to be playing catch-up with Netflix, will start making its on-demand rental and purchase content available on TiVo DVRs. While streaming video to computers is nothing new, streaming video to TVs is still a nascent, but fast growing concept. TiVo, which initially started out just as a DVR platform, has evolved into a much more robust series of devices and services that offer a growing number of Internet streaming options, such as from Netflix, Amazon Video On Demand, CinemaNow (which includes titles from Walt Disney Studios), Rhapsody, YouTube, and now... Read more...
We might not quite be at the point where we can watch whatever we want, when we want, but we're getting a little closer all the time. In addition to the plethora of sites that offer on-demand streaming content to our computers, such as Hulu, Netflix, and Amazon, new devices and services keep popping up that deliver Internet-based streaming of on-demand content to our television sets. The latest to join the likes of Roku and Vudu is a new service called ZillionTV. Similar to Roku and Vudu, ZillionTV relies on a set-top box that attaches to your TV. The ZillionTV Device connects to your home router via a wired Ethernet or Wi-Fi connection. It requires a broadband connection that is at least 2.7Mbps... Read more...
There will no shortage of ways in which you'll be able to view tomorrow's Presidential Inauguration Events, either via TV or online. But regardless of the plethora of options available, that hasn't stopped the Presidential Inaugural Committee (PIC) from also promising to host "live and on-demand video streaming of the official inauguration swearing-in ceremony on the PIC Web site." Perhaps what is most significant about the PIC's decision to stream the live event online is that it has chosen to do so using Microsoft's Silverlight technology.Silverlight is a browser plug-in that enables rich-media applications, such as streaming video playback. It is most often compared to Adobe's Flash technology... Read more...
Call this a rumor, but a particularly cool one.Netflix may consider extending its Watch Instantly movie streaming feature to game consoles, says one customer presented with a survey by the company. Polling its subscriber base, the rental outlet asks households if they would like to watch both movies and TV shows through either the PlayStation 3 or the Xbox 360 and suggests a custom software implementation that would allow the feature.No confirmation yet, and only one report of this survey, which makes this report very questionable yet.  It would indeed be a cool feature, however.... Read more...