Tag: streaming video

At least Apple won’t force us to budget for yet another subscription video plan

At this point, details about Apple’s still-to-come original video content offering remain few and far between, but we at least learned this week the company appears to be leaning toward… just giving the stuff away for free. (To Apple device owners, of course.) As of last month, the $1 billion Apple has spent so far […]

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Channel Master Stream+ Android TV DVR review: So much wasted potential

Article Contents Some people are cord cutters — fed up with cable bills that seem to rise every month, hardware rental fees, and the unshakable sense that they aren’t getting a ton of value for their entertainment buck. The just-under $150 Channel Master Stream+ and its ability to both stream online content and record free over-the-air […]

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Amazon is planning to give Prime Video a big makeover

Could user profiles and better personalization features be coming to Amazon’s Prime Video app at long last? The company’s new Amazon Studios head Jennifer Salke just teased that a major upgrade to Amazon’s streaming video app is in the works – and she already has it running on a phone in her office, she said. The […]

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It’s not been a good week for cord-cutters

Unexpected price increases, terms of service that change with no warning, and a gradual sense that you’re paying more and more but getting nothing extra: the same complaints that led many to cut the cord are starting to crop up again, only this time around on-demand services. Indeed, it’s not been a great week for […]

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PlayStation Vue price increase adds $5/mo to all plans

PlayStation Vue is about to get more expensive, with Sony announcing a price hike for its on-demand streaming service. The news comes, somewhat ironically, on the heels of AT&T confirming its DirecTV NOW service would be increasing its subscription fee, a move it said was to better match what rivals were charging. Come July 24, […]

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DirecTV NOW is going up by $5/mo, just because AT&T can

DirecTV NOW is getting an unexpected price increase, with the streaming service rising $5 per month across its tiers. Subscribers of the AT&T owned service were warned of the increase via email over the weekend, with the changes happening in roughly a month’s time. Those on the DirecTV NOW “Live a Little” plan, which until […]

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AT&T’s $15/month WatchTV streaming service is now open to all

AT&T surprise-announced WatchTV, its $15-a-month Sling TV competitor, in April. Earlier this month, the service went live for subscribers on certain AT&T plans. Now, it’s available to everybody, and if you’re in the market for an alternative to a basic cable package, it’s actually looking like a pretty good option. WatchTV includes some big-name channels […]

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YouTube thumbnail test apes Netflix but creators are furious

YouTube creators are up in arms over new auto-generated thumbnails, accusing the video streaming site of bulldozing over the custom graphics many rely on to make their clips more clickable. According to YouTube the change is “a small experiment” and only visible to a fraction of a percent of actual viewers. Users first noted something […]

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Sling TV adds a-la-carte channels as base price rises

Sling TV has raised its base price by $5 a month, though it’s hoping a new array of channel subscription options will encourage cord-cutters to stick around. The new Sling TV includes a set of free content that users without an active subscription will be able to watch, along with the company’s take on Amazon […]

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Amazon Fire TV Cube Review: Alexa, hide the remote

Alexa is coming for your living room and, just like the Borg cube that the Amazon Fire TV Cube might remind you of, resistance is futile. Amazon’s virtual assistant may not be an entirely new addition to the TV experience, thanks to integrations into early Fire TV adapters and dongles, but the Fire TV Cube […]

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Apple picks up the immigrant anthology series ‘Little America’ for its streaming service

Apple’s latest addition to its upcoming video streaming service is a timely one. The company has picked up “Little America,” a half-hour anthology series which looks at the “funny, romantic, heartfelt, inspiring, and surprising stories” of immigrants in America. The series comes from Oscar-nominated screenwriters of “The Big Sick,” Kumail Nanjiani (“Silicon Valley”) and Emily […]

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Google Home adds All 4 as 2nd UK video streaming service

Google Home users in the United Kingdom are now able to access a second video screaming service by way of Google Home: Channel 4’s All 4. This is the second video-on-demand service compatible with Google Home in the UK, after Netflix. All 4 streams some popular shows like “The Handmaid’s Tale” and the original “Shameless” […]

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Netflix won’t stream real games, but EA, Google, and Microsoft will

The tech world was buzzing today with a report that Netflix will stream Telltale Games’ Minecraft: Story Mode — an initiative that looked like the video subscription giant was planning to dip its toe into the gaming waters. But as it turns out, the report’s not quite accurate, which means Netflix is effectively ceding the soon-to-be major streaming game […]

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VCs like what they are hearing out of the podcasting sector

Podcasts are television for the earbud generation. And podcasts have been around for a surprisingly long time. If you’re one of the folks who got hooked on podcasts around 2014, when Sarah Koenig and other producers from This American Life launched the wildly popular Serial podcast, you might think that it’s a brand new medium. […]

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