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Netflix to give customers better speeds through AT&T peering deal

07/29, 8:13pm

Agreement dates back to May, but wasn't planned to be announced to the public

In the quest to give its users a better streaming experience, Netflix has reached an agreement with AT&T to gain a direct network connection. The two companies revealed that they entered into a peering deal after news broke from anonymous sources that the movie service reached another streaming arrangement. Previously, Netflix had worked out similar deals with Verizon and Comcast.

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Report: Google signs deal to purchase game-streaming platform Twitch

07/24, 9:35pm

Deal said to be worth $1 billion, matching previously rumored purchase amounts

A new report has surfaced that Google has signed a deal that would see the search giant picking up the popular game streaming platform Twitch for $1 billion. The report adds builds on the previous report floating around that Twitch was being courted by Google's video arm for a possible purchase with a price tag in the same ballpark. By purchasing Twitch, Google could be positioning itself to be the number one destination for live streaming games, as well as watching associated videos.

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Yahoo acquires steaming video platform RayV to build online video

07/13, 4:44pm

Israeli startup to be a part of Yahoo's cloud team, join research center in Tel Aviv

Yahoo announced last week that it is acquiring the Israel-based video streaming startup RayV for an undisclosed sum. The company will help Yahoo build on its video offerings, giving the company the technology it needs as it looks forward to video content for the future, says the search engine. The deal first made its way across the tech industry as a rumor back in May.

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Popcorn Time derivative GitHub repositories shuttered by MPAA

07/12, 4:10pm

Original repository remains intact, popcorn-official and time4popcorn dead

The US Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) has issued Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) takedown requests for code repositories for BitTorrent-based video streaming projects based on the Popcorn Time core. The MPAA requested that the code for "popcorn-official" and "time4popcorn" projects be removed from GitHub, but the original Popcorn Time repository remains intact and undeleted.

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Apple wins against Emblaze in live video streaming patent dispute

07/12, 12:33am

Jury finds Apple did not push app developers into infringing older streaming patent

Apple has scored another legal victory, this time against Israeli firm Emblaze and its charge that Apple induced app developers to infringe Emblaze's US patent on live video streaming. A federal jury found in Friday that Apple was not guilty of requiring any of the seven example apps used in the trial to use Apple's own HLS (HTTP live streaming) protocol, and thus did not foster infringement of the patent. Emblaze, a struggling audio company that had tried to sell the technology many times, is also suing Microsoft in a similar case.

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Google notifies YouTube users of possible Internet provider congestion

07/07, 8:24am

Blue warning notices appear under buffering YouTube videos, linking to a quality report

Google is taking a leaf out of Netflix's playbook, by hinting to YouTube users that their Internet service provider (ISP) is slow or poor. A new blue banner stating "Experiencing interruptions?" has started to appear underneath YouTube clips when users experience buffering or poor quality video, along with a link to the search company's YouTube Quality Report.

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Fox Broadcasting using Aereo judgment in appeal against Dish Network

06/30, 3:11pm

Lawyers use ruling to show 'unauthorized transmissions' through Hopper DVR

After the United States Supreme Court ruled against Aereo, effectively ending the company, Fox Broadcasting has been quick to use the ruling in another case, as uncovered by The Guardian. The media company has been waging a war against Dish Network and its Hopper DVR with Dish Anywhere streaming. The case is set for a hearing in the United States Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals on July 7 in California.

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Crunchyroll looks to improve video discovery with Redux acquisition

06/12, 9:41pm

Redux to bring discovery technology to Crunchyroll, will shut down apps

Popular anime and drama streaming service Crunchyroll has announced today that it has acquired video discovery startup Redux. The team behind Redux will be joining the Crunchyroll family, bringing with them experience in lean-back types of video discovery. As part of the acquisition, Redux will wind down their service and apps.

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Comcast's video streaming service will be in testing by end of year

06/12, 8:22pm

Service thought to be YouTube clone won't focus on user generated content

An article from Gigaom suggests that Comcast is looking to test its streaming platform by the end of the year. The idea of a Comcast streaming service was rumored to be under development by the company in March, but few details have been released since then. Comcast is looking to bring more focused content, hoping to retain audience attention with a variety of channels they already have rights to.

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Amazon launches Prime Music streaming as part of Prime subscription

06/12, 6:29am

Over 1M songs available on Amazon Prime Music at launch

Amazon has launched its long-rumored music streaming service, just one day after reports claiming it would do so this week. Prime Music follows on from Prime Instant Video and the Kindle Lending Library as an extra service included in the $99 annual Prime delivery subscription, giving customers the ability to stream music to multiple devices without any advertising.

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Netflix Verizon congestion message was a 'small scale test'

06/09, 4:54pm

Verizon drops places in latest Netflix speed rankings

Netflix will soon stop its customized error message warning of issues with specific Internet service providers (ISP), the video streaming company has advised. At the same time as releasing ISP speed results for May, Netflix states it will stop the customized notifications when its "small scale test" concludes on June 16th, before deciding whether or not it will extend the practice to other markets and ISPs.

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Amazon streaming music service could have restricted song catalog

05/30, 11:57am

Possible June, July launch touted for launch as part of Prime subscription

Amazon's rumored music streaming service could be launching sometime this June or July, though it may have issues competing with Spotify, Beats Music, and other competitors, according to a report. Rather than aiming to provide a wide selection of music, including newer titles, it is rumored Amazon will offer a restricted catalog, using songs and albums that are six months old or order.

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Google rates ISPs in United States with Video Quality Report

05/29, 3:39pm

Report shows streaming performance of YouTube videos over 30-day period

Google is expanding the coverage of its Video Quality Report to all Internet service providers in the United States. Originally launched in Canada in January, the service monitors the quality of connections between YouTube servers and the end user, with ratings provided for each ISP in an attempt to pressure telecommunication companies to improve their services.

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ESPN, 42 NPR stations coming to iTunes Radio

05/28, 10:42pm

World Cup will be first live-streamed sporting event

Apple is in the process of creating a dedicated ESPN station for iTunes Radio, its ad-supported free streaming service. The new channel will carry both original ESPN audio programs and will offer some live sports streaming, including this year's World Cup broadcast -- the first time a sporting event will be live-streamed through iTunes Radio. As reported in March, a number of local NPR affiliates will also be joining the iTunes Radio lineup.

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Google Fiber will not charge online services for content peering

05/22, 4:31pm

Google takes stance against Comcast, Verizon charging for 'last mile' access

Google will not charge Internet services to host their content at Google Fiber locations, it has revealed. A Google Fiber blog post states the Internet service provider will provide free colocation at its Fiber facilities for services like Netflix, rather than following the lead of Comcast and Verizon in charging for direct access to the last mile connection to the customer.

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Briefly: PS3 gets Virtual Joey app; Steam in-home streaming official

05/21, 10:05pm

Dish Network customers can access Hopper DVR through Playstation 3 app

Dish Network has teamed up with Sony to release a Virtual Joey Playstation 3 app that allows control of Hopper DVRs through the gaming console. Through the app, the Playstation 3 speaks with the Hopper DVR over an Ethernet connection. The application eliminates the need for another set-top box, but can be controlled with the Dualshock 3 controller or a Dish remote.

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Briefly: Spotify hits 10M subscribers, Southwest adds boarding passes

05/21, 1:53pm

Streaming service adds worldwide subscribers at rapid clip

Streaming on-demand music service Spotify has announced that it has hit a milestone in mainstream adoption, with 10 million paying subscribers among its 40 million worldwide listeners. The figure is up 66 percent from March, when it reported just six million paying customers. Among the top streaming services, Spotify has a much broader reach than any of the others, operating in 56 worldwide markets.

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Google eyes possible $1B acquisition of game-streaming service Twitch

05/19, 4:50am

Google, YouTube, Twitch in acquisition discussions, deal possibly struck already

Game video streaming service Twitch could be acquired by Google in the future, according to reports. The deal, according to Variety, is said to have been reached between Twitch and the Google-owned YouTube, with the all-cash offer claimed to be worth at least $1 billion, though the Wall Street Journal believes the two companies are in early-stage discussions, and are not imminently close to an acquisition.

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Coldplay's new album now streaming free on iTunes Radio

05/12, 6:33pm

Latest in a series of album debuts attracting listeners, press

Apple's iTunes Radio continues to attract publicity and listeners through a string of recent streaming "listening party" album debuts, with the latest being Coldplay offering their latest album, Ghost Stories, as a free stream on the service. The new album, which debuts May 19, joins a long list of recent debuts, including albums by The Black Keys, Pharrell, Eminem and Beyonce.

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Black Keys' new album streaming now on iTunes Radio

05/06, 6:30pm

New 'Turn Blue' to be released May 13; two songs available now

As part of an ongoing effort to differentiate itself from other streaming services, iTunes Radio has lately been on a tear of offering pre-release albums streamed on the ad-supported service. The latest entry is the new album Turn Blue by The Black Keys, now available to listen to in its entirety through a dedicated "First Play" channel. Also currently available under the "First Play" moniker are new albums by Michael W. Smith and Chromeo.

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Briefly: Watch_Dogs Nvidia bundle, Steam in-home streaming open beta

05/01, 6:55pm

Select Nvidia cards to come bundled with Ubisoft's cyber thriller title

Nvidia has announced a new software bundle for customers who purchase select Nvidia GeForce GTX video cards, starting on April 29. While more recent bundles have focused on free-to-play games, the newest bundle offers customers a copy of Ubisoft's Watch_Dogs when it releases on May 27. Consumers that purchase a GTX 780 Ti, 780, 770 or 760 card will be eligible for the promotion.

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Hulu will offer full episodes on mobile devices this summer

04/30, 12:31pm

Ad-supported mobile service touted as Hulu Plus hits 6M subscribers

Hulu will be enabling full episode streaming on its mobile apps for all users, the streaming service has revealed. Previously only available to Hulu Plus subscribers, users will be able to watch a selection of complete episodes of shows on mobile devices for free on the advertising-supported service from this summer, on top of the existing free service available via the desktop.

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Fan TV signs deal with Time Warner Cable, opens for pre-orders

04/22, 5:27pm

Streaming set-top box being offered to TWC subscribers

Fan TV, a set-top box from Fanhattan and designer Yves Behar unveiled last year, has signed a deal with Time Warner Cable, and has opened up for pre-orders. The device, which combines a number of streaming services in a similar way to the Roku and other media streamers, aims to streamline the viewing experience for users, and will be offered to Time Warner subscribers in the future.

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Netflix starts streaming House of Cards, documentaries in 4K

04/09, 3:41pm

High-resolution Netflix streams require 2014 smart TVs, fast Internet connection

Netflix has started to stream content at Ultra High Definition (4K), starting with original series House of Cards and a number of nature documentaries. The plans, which it first revealed last year and promoted at CES, provides owners of 4K televisions with more programming, though there are a number of caveats that potential viewers must work around.

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Briefly: SesameGO streaming service, Distiller app for Android

04/08, 10:31pm

SesameGO launches, offering US customers with kid-friendly streaming service

Sesame Workshop has today launched a educational television streaming service, called SesameGO. Offering children-centric, advertisement-free content, the service will features classic Sesame Street programming as well as current material. Web-focused, the service is optimized for Mac, PC, smartphones and tablets, with no native apps anticipated. SesameGO is available now for US residents, and is priced at $4 per month or $30 annually.

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Spotify update introduces darker theme, 'Your Music' collection

04/02, 10:27am

App update removes starred tracks from Spotify for new collection system

Spotify has made drastic changes to its user interface, by introducing a new darker theme. The change in appearance of the streaming music service across all platforms is joined by a new feature called "Your Music," something the company previewed in late 2012, allowing users to collect and manage their music without requiring users to create playlists.

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WSJ: Apple in talks with Comcast about live streaming TV service

03/24, 7:54am

Early-stage talks could see Apple-supplied device with higher-quality connection

Apple is reportedly in discussions with Comcast, which could see the two collaborate on a streaming TV service. Sources for the Wall Street Journal claim the service would involve Apple supplying the set-top box to customers, with Comcast giving the device preferential treatment in the bandwidth management of the connection itself.

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Amazon streaming device rumored to be dongle offering game streaming

03/17, 4:08pm

Chromecast-like dongle from Amazon could offer high-end gaming

Amazon's rumored media streaming device may have more in common with the Google Chromecast than previously thought, according to a report. The retailer is said to be making the media player in the form of a dongle that can plug directly into a television's HDMI port, with one rumor claiming that it would have the ability to stream high quality games from a server, instead of relying on modified mobile titles for gaming.

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Judge rules Pandora to pay 1.85 percent annual revenue rate to ASCAP

03/16, 4:10pm

Rate lower than ASCAP requested, higher than terrestrial radio

US Federal Court Judge Denise Cote has issued a ruling in a case between streaming music service Pandora and music publishers, which has set a new rate at which Pandora Radio will have to pay to the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) for performance rights on streaming radio. The rate is set slightly higher than the 1.7 percent Radio Music Licensing Committee rate for terrestrial radio Pandora argued was appropriate, but far less than the tiered rate ASCAP proposed.

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Report: Netflix signs deal with Norwegian ISP to avoid throttling

03/10, 10:39am

Agreement claimed to involve Netflix renting server space in Telenor data center

Netflix may be making more agreements with Internet service providers (ISP) to prevent throttling, and is apparently doing so outside of the United States. A deal between Netflix and Telenor of Norway is reported to be similar to one between the streaming service and Comcast, with Netflix said to be placing its servers within the ISP's own data centers.

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Ahead of SXSW show, Apple adds iTunes Festival channel to Apple TV

03/10, 2:59am

First time the event has been held in the US, will stream live on web, iOS devices

Just a few days ahead of the beginning of the first US iTunes Festival, being held as part of the South by Southwest (SXSW) conference, Apple has now re-added its iTunes Festival channel back to Apple TV, where concerts will be streamed live. Currently the channel also offers information on the concert schedule and background on the various acts, as well as a history of the festival -- which has previously only been held in London.

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Spotify acquires The Echo Nest to improve music discovery, curation

03/06, 10:43am

Music curation API used by other music services will remain open despite purchase

Spotify is looking to bolster the music curation and discovery functions of its service, by acquiring music intelligence company The Echo Nest, the streaming music service has revealed. The purchase will provide Spotify with deeper access to The Echo Nest's knowledge base and music curation tools, currently used by competitors such as Nokia MixRadio and Rdio for their own music discovery offerings.

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Twitch offers SDK to add game broadcasting to mobile games

03/05, 1:18pm

Twitch SDK allows players to stream game footage from mobile devices

Game video streaming service Twitch is hoping to expand the reach of its service into mobile gaming, from its existing PC and console efforts. The announced Twitch Mobile Software Development Kit will allow developers to add Twitch streaming to mobile titles, letting gamers broadcast their gameplay live, as well as capturing and archiving the video for future viewing.

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Rumor: Amazon in talks with record labels for Prime music streaming

02/28, 6:26am

Claimed discussions with labels stalled over music licensing discount request

Amazon Prime subscribers may receive another benefit in the future, if a rumor is found to be true. It is claimed that the online retailer is looking to expand the Prime bonuses from the current Kindle Lending Library and Prime Instant Video offerings to include music streaming, with Amazon said to be in negotiations with the larger music labels to make the service a reality.

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Briefly: BBM for Android on Gingerbread, Streaming music on UK charts

02/19, 5:32am

BlackBerry updates BBM app to work with Android 2.3

BlackBerry has opened up BBM for Android to users of older devices. BlackBerry Messenger can now be downloaded and used on smartphones and tablets running Android 2.3 or later, though the older version of the mobile operating system will not have access to new additions to the app, such as BBM Voice, BBM Channels, and Glympse real-time location sharing.

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Briefly: Hulu's CBS deal, Chromecast's embedded Youtube streaming

02/10, 6:58pm

Hulu signs with CBS for 2,600 new episodes of programming for Hulu Plus

Hulu has made a new deal with US broadcaster CBS, adding 2,600 new episodes to its subscription-based television and movie streaming service Hulu Plus. The library expansion includes classic television content such as The Brady Bunch, Melrose Place and Taxi, as well as more recent programming such as Everybody Loves Raymond. The added content brings Hulu Plus' CBS library to over 5,300 episodes.

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Report: Apple quietly building large-scale content delivery networks

02/04, 1:14am

Speculation of pushing TV content, taking iTunes content delivery in-house

Apple, which has for years relied on third-party content delivery networks (CDNs) like Akamai and Level3 to ensure reliable streaming of its media content, is now building out its own CDN, reports the Wall Street Journal. This would in time mean that items such as iTunes streaming video and music content (movie rentals, iTunes Match music, iTunes Radio) as well as other large files such as OS X updates could be delivered on its own network.

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NFL Now to offer extra football content through free, paid apps

01/30, 1:41pm

Archive NFL videos, highlights, analysis in NFL Now app

The National Football League (NFL) is introducing a new online streaming initiative for fans of the sport, that allows them to follow their teams on any digital platform they choose, alongside its existing apps. NFL Now is billed as a digital network that offers fans the ability to watch a range of video content produced by the teams as well as NFL Films, as the organization moves to embrace Internet distribution.

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Sony opens PlayStation Now private beta in North America

01/29, 7:56am

Invitations to test game streaming service sent to PlayStation 3 owners

Sony has reportedly started sending out invitations to beta test its PlayStation Now streaming service. Taking place ahead of its expected launch in the United States this summer, the private beta will allow users to play PlayStation 3 titles without needing to download the game beforehand, with players able to stream games to a console over the Internet.

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Briefly: Steam's beta PC streaming service, Dash driving feedback app

01/26, 4:34pm

Steam's streaming service in beta, allows streamed game play between PCs

Valve has announced the latest update to its gaming service platform Steam, which consists of a beta release of its new, in-home streaming component. Steam's in-home streaming, according to its site, "will allow [users] to play a game on one computer when the game process is actually running on another computer elsewhere in [one's] home." Game audio and video is captured on the remote computer, and subsequently sent to the player's computer.

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Netflix posts $48 million net income, notes 4K streaming bitrate

01/22, 7:28pm

International expansion still dragging down bottom line, improvement in sight

Internet movie streaming service Netflix has announced its quarterly earnings. The company continues to be dragged down by a loss overseas, but still managed to earn $0.79 per share. With over 44 million customers worldwide, the company pulled down $1.18 billion in revenue in the fourth quarter, with $48 million of that being net income.

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Google rates Internet providers by YouTube streaming quality

01/22, 5:33am

Canadian ISPs tested on streaming performance

Google will be offering users information about their Internet connection's capabilities for YouTube streaming, under a new monitoring system. The search company's Video Quality Report will analyze the connection offered by Internet service providers (ISP) and identify those that offer the best YouTube experience, in a move to help its end users have a more satisfactory Internet experience.

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Amazon preparing to mimic cable, offer live streaming programming?

01/21, 6:45pm

Project said to be in early stages

Amazon is reportedly working on a new video service that will mimic traditional cable and broadcast models by focusing on live streaming programming, unnamed sources have told The Wall Street Journal. The project is said to be in early stages, though the sources claim the company has already reached out to at least three major content owners to begin discussions for potential licensing deals.

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FCC sides with ASCAP, stalls Pandora's radio-station acquisition

01/16, 12:18pm

Commission cites foreign-ownership rules

The Federal Communications Commission has reportedly sided with the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), stalling Pandora's application to acquire a terrestrial radio station based in Rapid City, South Dakota. The commission is said to have notified the streaming music company of the decision, which cites foreign-ownership rules as a remaining hurdle, according to a Billboard report.

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Hands on: Sony PlayStation Now

01/07, 3:49pm

Tech demoed on Vita, Bravia

After a slew of announcements yesterday, Sony waited until this morning to formally introduce its PlayStation Now streaming game technology. The system promises to bring the company's game ecosystem to Bravia TVs and eventually non-Sony hardware such as tablets. We were curious to see the technology in action, so we stopped by Sony's CES booth to try out game streaming from a Vita and a TV.

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Digital music sales drop: streaming services the culprit?

01/03, 8:44pm

First drop in digital music sales since iTunes was invented

According to a new report by Nielsen SoundScan, digital music sales dropped for the first time since the iTunes Store went online in 2003. Sales fell by 5.7 percent to 1.26 billion songs, with industry executives putting the blame on streaming services like Pandora, Spotify and Rdio -- services the record companies themselves licensed their music to in an effort to reduce their dependency on iTunes. Whether revenue from streaming has offset the sales dip hasn't yet been revealed.

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Briefly: Netflix trials cheaper tier, ABC restricts online viewing

12/31, 6:31pm

Netflix trials single-stream, standard definition tier with some customers

Netflix is testing a possible new price plan for customers that do not require a HD stream. The new tier spotted by Adweek offers the user a single stream at standard definition for $6.99 per month, $1 cheaper than the normal two-stream standard and HD version typically offered by the service. Netflix has since confirmed its tests, advising "Not all people will see this option and it may not be something we ever offer generally."

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Netflix plans 4K 'House of Cards' streaming to smart TVs

12/19, 6:19am

4K content creation to help bolster small Ultra HD streaming catalog

Netflix will be offering some of its home-grown content in 4K in the future, the video streaming service has revealed. The second season of House of Cards will be shot in the format and will be available to stream to users sometime in 2014, though this is not a sign that the company will be offering the high-resolution option to users for all of its content.

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Netflix updates app with new UI, unified cross-platform experience

11/13, 5:24am

Image-heavy redesign adds more detail to show recommendations

Netflix has updated a number of its apps for smart TVs and set-top boxes, bringing them all under the same new uniform interface. The new UI heading to the Roku, Smart TV apps, Blu-Ray players, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360 aims to provide more detail about potential shows, using large images and more personalized recommendations.

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Briefly: TuneIn Radio adds college basketball, STM Bags' iPad cases

11/08, 12:15pm

TuneIn Radio update features redesign and optimization for iOS 7

TuneIn Radio, a free radio app for iOS, lets users listen to a variety of streaming radio stations features sports, news, talk, and music programming. Listeners have access to 100,000 live radio stations and two million podcasts, concerts and shows, all of which can be streamed on an iPhone, iPad and iPod. In version 5, Tunein features a redesigned interface, optimized for iOS 7. Live college basketball games can also now be accessed, including every PAC-12 game. Also included in the update are bug fixes regarding playback and streaming errors, and issues pertaining to viewing recommendations upon swiping the Now Playing screen. TuneIn Radio is available on iTunes, and can also be accessed from the web.

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