All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘streaming video’

HBO Strikes Deal With Amazon Prime

With Netflix leading the online streaming video pack with original programming like the wildly successful House of Cards, not to mention their expansive catalog of movies and television shows, one would not be blamed for wondering if Amazon Prime Instant Video would ever be able to hold its own. Now Amazon Prime has stepped into the ring like nothing heretofore. …

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Amazon Fire TV Ad Stars Gary Busey

At a large announcement event today in New York Amazon officially unveiled its long-rumored streaming set-top box device. Called the Amazon Fire TV, the device is a streaming video and entertainment box priced at $99 to compete with other streaming boxes such as the Roku 3 and Apple TV. One of the Fire TV features that sets the box apart …

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Popcorn Time Torrent Streaming Site is Dead, For Now

It was bound to happen. Popcorn Time, the streaming video platform that allowed anyone to stream just about any TV or movie for free on a variety of devices is now gone. The creators of Popcorn Time have shut down the service despite their claims that the streaming was legal. Popcorn Time was released last month and slowly began to …

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Majority Still Attached to Physical Media

Over the past few years Netflix has led a revolution in digital media, bringing high-quality streaming and downloadable media into the homes of average consumer. However great cord-cutting may be for some, though, the majority of Americans still get their media from traditional TV broadcasters. The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) today released new data showing that 79% of U.S. adults …

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That Amazon Set Top Box May Be Coming In March [Rumor]

Amazon has long had its sights set on the living room if rumors are to be believed. The company is already reportedly working on a game console. Before it gets to that, however, it may be working on something a little simpler. Re/code reports Amazon is readying a set top box that would rival the likes of Roku and Apple …

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Global Over-the-Top Video Revenue Hit $11 Billion in 2013

As physical media has become more antiquated, content companies are turning more and more to streaming and IPTV solutions. This has led to a relatively competitive streaming service market, at least for the portion of the market that Netflix does not dominate. Market research firm ABI Research today released a report showing that Netflix now accounts for 40% of what …

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Streaming Video on the Rise as Premium Channels See Subscriptions Fall

Though cable companies are still dragging their feet, it is now clear that streaming video is the future of television. Subscriptions for streaming video services such as Netflix and Hulu are rising fast and hardware manufacturers are preparing to flood consumer markets with internet-connected video devices in the coming years. The WWE, of all organizations, has just paved the way …

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WWE 24/7 Streaming Network Announced

At the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) this week WWE CEO Vince McMahon officially unveiled the WWE Network, a 24/7 streaming network for WWE wrestling fans. The WWE Network will stream WWE-related programming at all hours of the day, including classic WWE matches, documentaries, reality shows, and other original programming. The network will also stream all 12 of the WWE’s monthly …

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CES 2014: Netgear Announces HDMI Dongle Chromecast Competitor

The success of Google’s Chromecast surprised many industry watchers. Google had tried to enter household living rooms in the past through Google TV and saw very limited success. It turns out, though, that a small, inexpensive solution is exactly what customers seem to want from their TV streaming devices. Today at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) Netgear announced a new …

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Netflix Tests Lower-Priced, Standard-Def Subscription

Netflix is everywhere. The company’s streaming video app can be found on set-top boxes, smartphones, tablets, video game consoles, smart TVs, and other devices. This ubiquity has allowed Netflix to grow beyond its DVD-by-mail roots and become the largest player in the quickly-growing video streaming market. Along with this popularity, though, comes a problem: how to prevent subscribers from sharing …

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Streaming Device Sales Hit 1.7 Billion in 2013

As app infrastructures move into more and more products, consumers are beginning to expect apps such as Netflix and Amazon streaming on all of their devices. As these services improve U.S. consumers are also relying on them for more of their daily entertainment needs, cutting out traditional broadcasters in the process. Market research firm IHS this week released a report …

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Blockbuster Closing All Retail Locations

Blockbuster was extremely popular in the 90’s on weekends for bringing popular movies home to watch. Timing was of utmost importance to snag the newest releases for movie night. Business did thrive for the company for many years, and expanded into shopping centers in suburbs and cities throughout the country. Blockbuster announced on Wednesday that it will be closing its …

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Xbox One Streaming Video Apps Announced

Just yesterday, Sony revealed all of the video streaming apps that will launch with the PlayStation 4 next week. The list includes major brands such as Netflix, Hulu Plus, and Amazon Instant. Today, Microsoft has countered with its own list of streaming video apps that will be coming to the Xbox One. Microsoft wasn’t explicit in saying that the announced …

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Streaming Video Devices to Hit 8 Billion by 2017

With Netflix programming now winning Emmy Awards, doubt is fading about whether streaming video is the future of TV. While competing companies such as Hulu and Amazon are heating up the streaming competition, hardware manufacturers are also competing to sell the screens on which subscribers watch their streaming shows and movies. Market research firm IHS today released a new report …

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Chromecast Adds Support For Hulu Plus

In late July, Google announced its intention to take over the living room with Chromecast. It’s an incredibly ambitious idea, but it lacked a lot of the services users have come to expect from streaming devices at launch. It’s getting better, however, with the addition of everybody’s favorite TV streaming service. Google announced today that Hulu Plus is now available …

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Vimeo Introduces New Features For Its On Demand Service

Vimeo’s On Demand service is an exceptional place to discover new independent movies that circumvent the traditional movie-making/distribution process. The service does a fine job showcasing its independent content, but more than that, the goal is to give filmmakers a platform to display and monetize their creations. From the On Demand about page: Vimeo On Demand is an open self-distribution …

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Set-Top Box Market Growing, Despite Other “Smart” Devices

For the past half-decade or so, set-top boxes have been getting smarter. Not the ones provided by cable companies, but boxes from Roku and other companies have been trying to provide quality streaming services to living rooms for years. Now, in an era when nearly all new TV sets have ethernet ports and Netflix apps pre-installed, how will the boxes …

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Google Kills Local Video Streaming App On Chromecast

Google is usually pretty good about keeping its hardware open for all to tinker with. Its Nexus hardware can be customized in any way you see fit and that’s not likely to ever change. As for its other hardware, it seems that Google is being a bit more heavy handed. Koushik Dutta developed an app called AllCast that would let …

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Hulu Debuts New Original Series “Run”

While Netflix gets most of the glory for introducing original shows for its members, they aren’t the only streaming video service that makes their own programming. It may also be true that Hulu originals don’t get the same amount of buzz as Netflix shows do; although, securing a show like Arrested Development has a way of increasing one’s Q rating. …

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PlayStation 4 Will Have Twitch Streaming Too

Back at this year’s E3, Microsoft announced that the Xbox One will come with Twitch streaming built into the console, while Sony announced Ustream streaming for its PlayStation 4. Though it was assumed that these were exclusive streaming deals, Sony today during its Gamescom presentation announced that Twitch streaming will also be coming to the PlayStation 4. Twitch followed up …

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Netflix To Start Testing HTML5 Streaming This Year

Netflix made Samsung Chromebook owners happy last month when it brought instant streaming to Chrome OS through the power of HTML5. It was finally able to do so thanks to a few recent developments made to the Web standard. Now it’s ready to start moving all browsers to HTML5. In a post on its tech blog, Netflix says that its …

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Google Drive Android App Gets Video Streaming

Google has launched an update to the Google Drive app for Android. The biggest new feature is support for streaming video files. You must be using Honeycomb or greater to access the feature, but the ability to stream video files you have saved to Drive makes the app a lot more useful in a new way. Google has also added …

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New YouTube App Comes to PlayStation 3 in Europe

Sony today announced that PlayStation 3 owners in Europe will finally be getting the newly redesigned YouTube app. The redesign emphasizes subscriptions and search. From the PlayStation blog post: You might have watched YouTube on PS3 before, but get ready for a completely new experience that’s designed for the big screen and PS3 controls. The new app brings you more …

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TwitchTV to Offer Expensive Ad-Free Subscription

One of the most frustrating experiences while watching an eSports event online is dropping a stream and having to reload and sit through another commercial while the action continues. TwitchTV, the most popular video game streaming service, has heard customer complaints and is now offering a solution. The new “Twitch Turbo” subscription service will allow users to remove all ads …

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Call of Duty: Black Ops II Gets Twitch Streaming

TwitchTV, the popular video gaming streaming website, today announced that players will soon be able to stream their Call of Duty: Black Ops II gameplay directly to their Twitch channel using the in-game streaming option. The feature is available today on the Xbox 360 version of the game, and is “coming soon” to the PlayStation 3 and PC). Black Ops …

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Amazon Instant Video Hits Wii Consoles

Better late than never. Nintendo of America today announced that Amazon Instant Video is now available for the original Wii console. The service has been available for the Wii U since late 2012, just before that console’s TVii service came online. Wii owners can now grab the Amazon Instant Video app from the Wii Shop Channel for free. After registering …

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Redbox Instant’s Early Streaming Selection Doesn’t Hold Up to Netflix

It’s a given that streaming services aren’t very good when they begin. Netflix’s Watch Instantly service was filled with obscure programming for at least a year before deals were made to provide subscribers with decent content. So, it’s no surprise that Verizon’s Redbox Instant doesn’t yet have the exclusives that would set it apart from other, more established video streaming …

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Hulu Posts Record Revenues In 2012, Hits 3 Million Subscribers

2012 is looking to be a stellar year for pretty much everybody who makes their livelihood on the Internet. The year has been especially kind to the folks at Hulu. The streaming service grew exponentially this year, and it looks like it’s going to keep growing. Hulu CEO Jason Kilar took to the company blog today to announce that Hulu …

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PlayStation 3 is the Most-Used Netflix Streaming Device

Netflix and Sony today announced that the PlayStation 3 now has more people streaming Netflix content than any other device. The statistic take in to account all other game consoles and set-top boxes throughout the world. “PS3 is our largest TV-connected platform in terms of Netflix viewing, and this year, at times, even surpassed the PC in hours of Netflix …

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Redbox Instant Release Date And Pricing May Have Been Leaked

Redbox Instant should be launching soon. Reports back in the summer had it pegged to launch late this year. Now, here we are heading into December, and nothing yet (other than the closed beta, of course). GigaOm’s Janko Roettgers stumbled across a help section about the service, which has now been removed from public view. According to Roettgers, the section …

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