Google Chromecast v. Roku Streaming Stick: Which One Should I Buy?

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When Google released the Google Chromecast last year and it made a big splash and sold briskly thanks to the low price and simple, but useful functionality. Roku didn’t want to be outdone; it followed with the Roku Streaming Stick to compete with Google’s inexpensive HDMI dongle. How did Roku do? Read our Google Chromecast v. Roku Streaming Stick head-to-head to find […]

Netflix Signs a Comcast Like Deal with Verizon

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Some heads are probably spinning among the streaming video market watchers, but at least Verizon broadband customers will probably experience less buffering when it comes to watching Netflix in the future. In what was a somewhat expected move, Netflix and Verizon announced an agreement today wherein Netflix will pay Verizon for direct access through Verizon’s […]

Amazon Fire TV v. Roku 3: Which One Should I Buy?

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The Amazon Fire TV brings the simple Amazon-focused interface of the Kindle Fire to the big screen. We decided to compare the Fire TV with the Roku 3, another popular set-top box that streams video to a TV from the Internet. We already took a look at the Amazon Fire TV’s gaming options to see how it works as […]

AllCast Screen Mirroring Now Available as an App for Fire TV

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Since its release two weeks ago, Amazon’s Fire TV has taken some kudos and taken some lumps from various quarters for various reasons. One of those lumps has been the “lock-in” that keeps users focused primarily on Amazon’s content. Even though Apps are available for Netflix, Hulu Plus and other content providers, Amazon, naturally so, […]

Amazon Fire TV: Review

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I feel very much the same about Amazon’s new Fire TV as I did about the first edition of Amazon’s Kindle Fire Tablets. There’s potential in this new born, but it hasn’t found its legs yet. Like most infants it is pleasant to look at and celebrate the arrival. But time needs to pass before […]

Amazon Fire TV v. Apple TV: Which Should I Buy?

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Amazon announced and released the Amazon Fire TV on April 2 to compete with other miniature set-top boxes and streaming video devices like the Apple TV, Roku Box, Roku Stick and Google’s Chromecast. The early indications seem promising, thanks to the blend of features, services and apps they will offer with the device. How does the […]

Amazon fireTV Unboxing Video and First Impressions

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The Amazon fireTV hit our doorstep today and we wanted to show it off to you with an unboxing video and some first impressions. The new fireTV set-top box offers 1080p HD streaming video plus 8GB of storage for apps and games. Users can watch content from Amazon’s video store, the company’s library of free […]

Netflix and Comcast Strike a Deal and Other Toll Gates Will Follow

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For the last several months Netflix customers have been noticing their video streams have not been flowing that smoothly. Simultaneously there have been unconfirmed rumors that companies like Verizon and Comcast have been throttling Netflix speeds. Add to that mix that a recent court ruling against the FCC essentially opened the door for ISPs to […]

Fox Will Stream Super Bowl XLVIII

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Yesterday we reported that for the first time CBS will be streaming all of the AFC Playoffs as the NFL heads into the win or go home part of the season. That’s the first time CBS has joined the NFL playoff streaming game. NBC will also be streaming the one Wildcard round game it has, […]

Netflix Price Drop to $6.99 for New Customers

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Is there anybody out there that doesn’t have a Netflix streaming subscription on a least one device? You’d think not by all the reports of that say Netflix chews through Internet bandwidth like New Year’s Eve celebrants drink through cheap champagne offered for free. But Netflix must want to find out as it is offering […]

Microsoft Tries to Send an Olive Branch to Google

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After Google demanded that the Microsoft-developed YouTube app for the Windows Phone 8 platform be taken down as it violates Google’s terms of service, Microsoft is attempting to make peace with its rival. Microsoft has responded to Google’s demands by meeting some of Google’s requests, but not all of the company’s demands surrounding YouTube. Google […]

Netflix CEO Deals Major Blow to BlackBerry

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While Netflix was bullish on Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 when that platform debuted in late 2010 with one of the first native apps, it’s taking a bearish approach on rival BlackBerry’s new BlackBerry 10 operating system. The streaming movie service says that it has no immediate plans to launch an app for the BlackBerry 10 […]

Disney Debuts New WATCH ABC Live Streaming Application

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Disney has announced that as of today, the company will be rolling out Watch ABC, an iOS and Kindle Fire application that will allow users to stream content over the devices as it airs in real-time. According to today’s press release, WATCH ABC will be made available via an “open access preview” to users in […]

ABC Streaming Live Shows to Mobile App This Summer

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Disney-owned ABC will begin streaming live television shows to its mobile app (currently available on iOS and Windows 8/Windows RT) starting this summer. The feature will initially come to New York and Philadelphia markets first, where users of the mobile app will find a “live” button to tune into live broadcast television. The feature will expand gradually […]

Redbox Instant Streaming Officially Launches

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After months of beta testing, Verizon’s Redbox Instant video streaming service has finally launched to compete with veterans like Hulu Plus and Netflix for a subscription fee of $8 per month. Redbox Instant will set itself apart from competitive services by offering unlimited video streaming on a variety of platforms in addition to four one-night […]

YouTube Videos No Longer Playing on BlackBerry OS 7

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Though BlackBerry is hoping to keep its BlackBerry OS 7 around for a while to fill the entry level gap while it focuses on the premium BlackBerry 10 market, Google’s YouTube web video arm is not so accommodating. According to reports on the net, users of BlackBerry 7 and BlackBerry 7.1 devices now no longer […]

Redbox Instant Streaming Pricing and Launch Details Revealed Ahead of Launch

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In a posting on Redbox’s support site, which has since been taken down, launch details and pricing information for the instant video streaming service was revealed. The service, which hopes to take on Netflix’s Instant Streaming and Amazon’s Video on Demand internet streaming business for movies and TV shows, will be delivered through a partnership […]

Hulu to Take Major Step Backward With Cord Cutting

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Internet video streaming services like Netflix and Hulu were once heralded for their forward-thinking, allowing consumers the option to migrate away from expensive cable, satellite, or fiber paid TV services in favor of cheaper monthly subscription costs. However, that may change as Hulu, which is owned by a Provident Equity and a consortium of TV […]

Does an iPad HD Mean iTunes HD+ Movies (Finally)?

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If the iPad 3 / iPad HD gets a sweet high resolution “retina display” it would mark a really good time for Apple to also announce HD+ 1080p iTunes video. After all, with a 2048 x 1536 pixel screen users will be able to play full HD content without compromise.