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Amazon backs down in Google streaming spat

<b>Amazon has started selling Google's Chromecast devices two years after it originally removed them from its store.</b><p>Amazon said it removed them to end customer confusion about which services were available on which device.<p>Analysts said it was because they let people watch services that competed with …

Amazon

Apple launches its podcast analytics service into beta

At WWDC this year, Apple announced it would soon offer its own podcast analytics service for show creators who publish on iTunes. Today, that service has launched into beta, offering podcasters the ability to track unique devices and playback metrics for their podcasts, including when listeners …

Podcasting

The Role of WebRTC in Low-Latency Media Streaming

August 15, 2017 by Tsahi Levent-Levi<p>Adobe recently wrote a touching obituary to Flash, announcing 2020 as the date of passing. While we’ve all known …

Software

Nielsen is tracking streaming services like it does broadcast TV

To address the new normal of cord cutting, Nielsen is going to start tracking subscription-based streaming numbers in a big way. The idea is to measure streaming services in the same way that the outfit has tracked broadcast TV for decades: with demographic info and the number of people streaming a …

Netflix

Disney just put a huge question mark over the future of Hulu

• <b>Hulu's Live TV service could be on the chopping block following the massive Disney/Fox deal.</b>• <b><br>That's because Disney will suddenly have control of a pay TV service, even as it does business with a slew of other pay TV offerings.</b>• <b><br>Plus, a 'skinny bundle' package may not be a priority for Disney given its</b> …

Walt Disney Company

The Biggest Whoppers From the FCC's Net Neutrality Meeting

It took less than two hours of debate for the Federal Communications Commission to repeal net neutrality protections, a decision that could send …

Net Neutrality

Chromecast is back on Amazon

Amazon will once again allow sales of Apple TV and Google Chromecast on its site, after banning them two years ago in an effort to promote its own Fire TV hardware to online shoppers. The addition of Apple TV is not surprising – Amazon and Apple came to an agreement earlier this year that included …

Apple TV

Netflix users collectively watched 1 billion hours of content per week in 2017

Netflix users burned a lot of time watching content in 2017, though metrics seem to point that users have been watching less and less on average over time.<p>In a year-end blog post, the streaming service announced that users watched more than 140 million hours of content per day, or 1 billion hours …

Netflix

While you're watching streaming video, your browser is secretly mining cryptocurrency

There’s a cryptocurrency goldrush on at the moment. People are investing insane sums, and also making good money -- Bitcoin, Ethereum and Litecoin …

Cryptocurrency

T-Mobile will launch a TV service next year

The company has acquired Layer3 TV<p>T-Mobile announced today that it’s getting into the television game. The company is planning to launch its own TV service sometime next year. To that end, T-Mobile is acquiring Layer3 TV to help build out its service.<p>In a video announcing the news, T-Mobile CEO …

Televisions

Amazon’s Twitch will live stream NBA G League games; viewers can access stats and win loyalty points

In what could be a preview of what watching sports online might be like in the future, the NBA today announced a live streaming deal with …

NBA G League

Disney-Fox deal would be a media and entertainment earthquake

If all goes as the media world expects, at some point this week or next Disney will announce that it is purchasing a large chunk of 21st Century Fox in what would be one of the largest media deals in recent years.<p>If the deal goes through, Disney will take ownership of one of the United States' …

Televisions

YouTube TV arrives in another 34 markets: New Orleans and more

YouTube’s live television service has expanded into an additional 34 markets, bringing streaming access to a bunch of cities like Fresno, CA and New …

Smart TV

Picture-in-picture mode comes to Hulu with Live TV’s beta web interface

Ever since it debuted earlier in 2017, Hulu has been streamlining and updating the interface for its Live TV service, giving users the ability to …

Televisions

Amazon Prime Video HDR10+ content arrives tomorrow

Amazon Prime Video will start offering HDR10+ content tomorrow, making it available to anyone who has a television that supports the standard. This …

Amazon

Twitter eager to cement its position as live sports content provider in Asia as Amazon settles in

As Twitter continues its fight against Amazon in the United States for sports viewership figures, after losing its NFL livestreaming rights, it is …

Social Media

AT&T begins testing high-speed internet over power lines

NEW YORK (Reuters) - AT&T Inc has started trials in Georgia state and a non-U.S. location to deliver high-speed internet over power lines, the No. 2 wireless carrier said on Wednesday, marking its latest push to offer faster broadband service to more customers.<p>AT&T aims to eventually deliver speeds …

Internet

Tidal may only have enough cash left to last six months

Music streaming service Tidal is facing both money and user growth woes, according to Norway's <i>Dagens Næringsliv</i>. After reportedly losing roughly NOK$368 million ($44 million dollars) before taxes in 2016, Tidal is now left with just enough cash to last six months. This despite Sprint buying a 33 …

Apple Music

NFL and Verizon Expand Live Streaming Agreement Starting in '18

NFL and Verizon Expand Live Streaming Agreement Starting in '18<p>Verizon will stream live NFL games to more destinations, including Yahoo Sports, but …

Televisions

'Father Of The Internet' Skewers FCC: 'You Don't Understand How The Internet Works'

More than 20 tech luminaries, including Vint Cerf, Tim Berners-Lee and Steve Wozniak, have urged the FCC to stop its plan to repeal net neutrality.<p>Internet luminaries, including “father of the internet” Vint Serf and Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web, have a blistering message for the …

Net Neutrality

Atari plans to open preorders for its Ataribox home console this Thursday

Pricing is still believed to be between $250 and $300<p>Preorders for the Ataribox, the classic game company’s take on a NES Classic retro console, are slated to go live this Thursday, according to a report from <i>CNET</i> citing an email from Atari sent out today to interested consumers. The Ataribox was …

Gaming Consoles

Verizon’s TV strategy sounds like a mess

Thanks to those gosh-darn millenials’ refusal to pay $100 a month for a cable package, the traditional TV industry is going through a tough time …

Televisions

Why Netflix Isn't Interested in Sports

Streaming live sports is all the rage, but Netflix is sitting on the sidelines.<p>It seems like everyone in streaming is getting into sports. <b>Amazon</b> …

Televisions

CenturyLink Says They Will Double-Down On Level 3's CDN Business - Dan Rayburn

With the acquisiton of Level 3 by CenturyLink now complete, many have been asking if CenturyLink plans to stay in the commercial CDN business. Based …

Cloud Computing

Video, Music Look To Meld Into All Entertainment Content Services

TV/video platforms taking on music? Music platforms taking on video? Digital media companies are all in these days.<p>The news is that YouTube -- the …

Digital Media

Apple is buying Shazam

It's official: Your go-to method for finding out what song is playing in your Lyft is changing hands, with Apple confirming today that will acquire …

Apple Music

Net neutrality: 'father of internet' joins tech leaders in condemning repeal plan

Vint Cerf, Tim Berners-Lee and other industry luminaries tell US lawmakers proposal to end safeguards is based on misunderstanding of internet<p>More than 20 internet pioneers and leaders including the “father of the internet”, Vint Cerf; the inventor of the world wide web, Tim Berners-Lee; and the …

Net Neutrality

Netflix leads the streaming pack with nine Golden Globe nominations

Nominations for next month's Golden Globes ceremony were announced this morning and streaming services had a pretty decent showing. Netflix led the pack with nine TV nominations while Amazon and Hulu each received three.<p>Netflix's <i>The Crown</i> took two nominations -- one for Best Drama Series and …

Awards

Bloomberg's TicToc Streaming Network To Launch Dec. 18

Bloomberg will launch its new 24 hour Twitter-based streaming news channel, called TicToc, on Dec. 18, according to a promotional video published to …

Advertising Industry